Originally Posted by Showbiz
Our family is going to get bigger soon and we've decided to change my wife's car.
Yesterday we went to a Ford dealer and fell in love with the B-MAX 1.6 auto. The car is from 2014 and has 3900 miles on clock... pretty much new! After some negotiation with the dealer, we decided to buy the car with a 3 years standard ford warranty.
Unfortunately I just found this forum yesterday (after paying the deposit)... It seems that these auto gearboxes are not very reliable.... I did drive the car and couldn't find any problem with it, actually found it quite "smooth" and nice to drive, but now I'm quite reluctant about the choice we made.. the car is covered for the next 3 years but the last thing I want to spend time with recurrent gearbox problems.
Now the questions are:
- has anyone who owns one 1.6 auto b-max (petrol) never had any issues with the gearbox?
- I've paid 500£ of deposit. Given the fact that I'm looking for a car to keep for around 5-6 years (covering 5000-6000 miles year), should I go ahead and buy the car or try to pull out of deal and most likely loose 500£?
What are you thoughts about this?
As one of the owners of the 1.6 auto complaining on here, I have been through all of the problems. Ford have been aware, for years, that the auto clutch is not fit for purpose and have been trying all sorts of temporary fixes to spread the cost and wait for a proper fix.
The latest 'Clutch Pack' IS a proper fix. I have had this in the last few weeks and the judder has gone. I just have a vibration issue, which I believe is down to the fitting at the Ford dealer.
The many, many, good points of the car make it worth having. Just make sure that you insist upon the latest Clutch Pack being fitted before you take delivery, if it hasn't already.
Just be aware that, previously, replacement clutch packs have been installed but they were the old design. They had to clear the stocks of them first, even though they knew it wasn't a fix.
Be aware that to experience the judder, on my Bmax, I had to go on a 20/30min run first. Then any stop/start work would bring it on. A cold short test run did not produce the judder on my car.