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Used Ford C-Max Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Ford C-Max faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Ford C-Max fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Ford C-Max (2003 - Present) Fault Guide
Ford C-Max (2010 - Present) Fault Guide


Ford C-Max (2003 - Present) Fault Guide

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We know of 12 FORD C-Max (2003 - Present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 4 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 1 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 3 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD C-Max (2003 - Present)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most petrol engines the cam belt must be changed within 8 years or 100,000 miles. On most diesel engines the cam belt must be changed within 10 years or 100,000 miles.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £300.


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Ford C-Max (2010 - Present) Fault Guide

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We know of 13 FORD C-Max (2010 - present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 2 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 4 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 3 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD C-Max (2010 - present)

What to look for:

Check the service history/ask the vendor if the car is due an expensive cam-belt service. As a general rule Ford advise all cambelts be done at 120,000 miles for diesel cars and 125,000 miles for the 1,6 petrol. Technicians suggest no more than 90,000 to be on the safe side.

What it means:

The steering wheel in this car can suffer premature wear of the central silver trim part If you find the cambelt service is due, then you will have to budget for it.

What to do

If you find the cambelt service is due, then try to reduce the price of the car by £400. If the car has passed 90,000 miles without the belt service having been carried out then have the service done before driving anywhere as failure of the belt can destroy the engine. A new engine can cost £4,000+.


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