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Ford Focus C-Max
Member Name: rivierakid
Ford Focus C-Max
Advantages: Good drive and comfort, cheap.
Disadvantages: Reliability, running costs.
I own a 55 reg 1.6 LX (115ps) 5 door, which is the 111bhp version rather than the normal 98bhp 1.6 version. I got it cheap from an auction because it seems no one wants these cars. However I'm guessing it will have zero resale value.
I get 31 miles to the gallon round town and 33 miles to the gallon on longer runs, which seems to be about the same as other owners so it is not great in the fuel efficiency department. The emissions are also not good and so you'll end up paying a fair amount in road tax too. A few reviews have said that power is lacking, but I have never found this even with 4 people and a boot full. The car also has a 4 star NCAP safety rating which I consider very important.
Mine has developed a fault with the power steering pump, apparently this is a common fault with the cars. It wouldn't be so bad just under the bonnet the layout of everything is a complete nightmare where you can't get access to anything. To replace this you need to take the front of the car off, ridiculous. Although this would have been covered by an extended warranty I didn't take one out, and so ended up with a cost of £700 to replace such a small thing. Apparently there are other common faults such as the with the electronics.
The ride is very comfortable and smooth, and the handling of the car is great. The higher seating position is great, especially if you have trouble getting in and out of vehicles and also gives you good visibility. Although one point on visibility is that one of the struts of the roof is very thick and is positioned exactly where you need to look when approaching roundabouts.
Inside the car the rear seats fold down in a few ways or can be easily removed. The boot is fairly large anyway. The CD player and speakers are fine. Fully adjustable seat and steering column which allows good comfort while driving.
Overall I really like the car, but I really worry about the reliability of it, and then the subsequent cost of getting it repaired. If you can get one still covered by a warranty then I'd recommend it. But my next car I'll be looking to buy something more fuel efficient and reliable.
Summary: I'd recommend if it is covered by a warranty