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Hi All

New poster....long time Ford owner, on and off, with a handful of Escorts, an Orion and a couple of Focuses.


I've just purchased a 2013 plate 1.6 Powershift B Max with 23k on the clock.


I've read all about the problems with this auto box, and gave the car a really good test drive before deciding to buy. During that test drive and a longer one of about 30 miles it didn't exhibit any noticeable issues.


The dealer (indy, not main) is long established locally with a good reputation, and has given us a 12 months parts and labour warranty on the car. In response to my enquiry about what would happen if our B Max started to exhibit the notorious shudders and judders he promised to "look after us", even after the year is up. He says he's sold almost 200 Fords with Powershift boxes and has only ever had one come back with problems, although whether this is because the owners went straight to Ford rather than back to him, I don't know. Before I committed to buy, I checked Ford ETIS and there were two outstanding "field service actions", which the dealer sorted with the local Ford main dealer before we picked it up.


I've decided to take a punt on the strength of that 12 month warranty, because apart from the uncertainty about the integrity of the auto box, we love everything else about the car. I hope I don't live to regret this.


Questions: has anyone who posts here, and who owns a B Max with a Powershift box had absolutely no problems whatsoever?


Is it true that Ford has extended the Powershift gearbox warranty to five years, and if so, will they only grant the extension on a case by case basis?
 

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Welcome to the group Des, I think you are possibly right that there are hundreds who have not had any problems, but I too have asked on here is there anyone who has not had any problems with the auto box, but no one spoke up, possibly because any one with problems tends to end up on this site.
 

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True enough, and thanks, Jack. It does tend to be the case that car-wise, only those with a negative experience tend to make the effort to go searching for others with the same problems.

The dealer has checked for me and yes, my car and gearbox is warrantied with Ford till 5 years after registration, which is June next year.


I've noticed that the front brake discs have a significant lip and scoring, so they will need replacing soon. There's no Haynes manual, and I'm unsure of the quality of the downloadable manuals. Has anyone here done discs and pads on a B Max? I've replaced the linings on my son's 59 plate Fiesta twice. As this car is based on the Fiesta, would it be the same procedure?
 

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When I used to have an auto galaxy I read that the oil in the gearbox must be changed at certain times/mileage. This is often overlooked and if I remember correctly costs on the wrong side of£200. Your car is now 4 years old maybe worth checking if it needs an oil change.
Don't know if the galaxy powershift is the same type as the one used in bmax. Never heard reliability issues with the galaxy.
 

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wazza said:
When I used to have an auto galaxy I read that the oil in the gearbox must be changed at certain times/mileage. This is often overlooked and if I remember correctly costs on the wrong side of£200. Your car is now 4 years old maybe worth checking if it needs an oil change.
Don't know if the galaxy powershift is the same type as the one used in bmax. Never heard reliability issues with the galaxy.
My dealer advises that this Gold Plated oil change does not apply to the Powershift Bmax.
 

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Welcome David (desthemoaner)

Search for "brake pads and discs" top right corner to find previous posts.

p.s Regarding your initial post regarding autoboxes, good to see you've done your homework before purchasing, rather than finding out about potential problems after buying (as so many others have done !)
 

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Confession time:we did commit to buying the car before I read about the issues with the gearbox, and the horror stories I found caused me to spend a couple of nights wondering whether to pull out. However, the car was appealing in so many ways that we decided to take a punt. We love the sliding doors, and the car in Race Red with alloys looks superb.

As for the gearbox oil change I read about that somewhere also and yes, it was said to be upwards of 200 quid to get it done. So I really hope your dealer is correct, number 6.


Will search as advised, John, thanks.
 
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