Ford Focus C-MAX Review from Belgium

2004 Ford Focus C-MAX 2.0 TDCi turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 TDCi turbo diesel Manual
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen Xantia


A great car that turned out to be dangerous


This week my brakes failed completely without warning (no warning on the LCD, no warning light, no sound). The brake pedal was hard and could not be pushed in. I was just about to drive onto the road. Fortunately the EPB could still be activated. After deactivation of the EPB, the brakes functioned again. This happened twice. Each time in the morning when I wanted to get to work.


I have read many cases on this site where a faulty alternator or low battery may cause power steering and brake issues. I just spent 1600 Euro (tires, breaks, air con,...) a few months ago. It's always a lot of money, but I value my safety (and that of my family)! But this issue is very severe, and may cause deaths if Ford doesn't deal with this!

General Comments:

I really loved this car for its all-round use up till now! I have to figure out what I am going to do with it, because I want a safe car, and I don't want to sell an accident waiting to happen to someone else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd June, 2011

24th Jun 2011, 08:46

Get rid of this deathtrap before it kills you!!!