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Hi all
I’ve read previous older entries on here, but wondered what owners are currently paying for annual services?
Been quoted £295 for a fairly basic - oil, air oil, fuel and pollen filters, on our 2014 1.6d.
I’ve already changed the oil since the last service (about 8,000 miles ago just before I bought it from a Ford Dealer) and am probably quite capable of carrying out the rest myself (armed with YouTube/Google). Obviously I wouldn't get the book stamped though. Unless I’m not aware of something particularly expensive/difficult on the B Max this seems damned expensive!

Noticed the dipstick rising up a couple of times recently and allowing a small amount of oil to spray out. Am assuming it could be the crankcase breather hose either leaking or blocked - will order a new one and fit ASAP - meanwhile nylon ties fitted to stop the dipstick rising up again.

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Is it a Diesel ? on a Diesel the sump oil rising is usually the leakback pipe putting Diesel into the sump, very dangerous because it dilutes the lubricating oil.
 

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Done

Well, no feedback given (thanks Jack for the info re oil), so I can't compare. But FYI everyone I got it serviced for £149 by main dealer plus half price MOT, so 'reasonable'. And it passed (after rectifying one minor issue, which didn't cost me anything)!

Wish they'd put notes in the service book as to what has been carried out - went back to Ford Huddersfield who were able to give me full details of previous services (they were the only ones the car had been taken to before now). Turned out I'd been quoted originally for work not due till next year or beyond!

The video message of the underside of the car and a running commentary was a nice touch.
 

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I took a vehicle of mine to be serviced at Halfords, quite a few years ago.

I wouldn't go there again, even though I live right next door to them.
Maybe things have changed over the years, but the people they employed were
fitters, not mechanics. They were on a basic wage, and encouraged to find work
to do on cars, for which they were given bonuses. As I said, things may have
changed now ? Although a friend took his Kia people carrier into his local branch
last year, and they couldn't even do an oil change properly.
 

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I have just had my B-Max serviced at Lancashire Ford, fourth service 50,000 miles £253, I thought this was OK.
 

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1.0 B Max. 1st service cost about £200, second service cost the same and they say 3rd service will cost about £300 as it is a full service

I did ask them to rotate the tyres, but they said they would charge extra as they don't take the wheels off for the first 2 services.

At least the car comes back clean and vacuumed, though they invariably managed to chip the paint or scratch it somewhere along the line.

They won't accept that the automatic wiper sensitivity switch has never worked though and they also turn the dashcam up towards the roof before starting the work.
 

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I'm inclined to agree with you Jack, though I had autowipe on my 2007 Fiesta and it was great. I would keep it on mid sensitivity and just adjust it up and down a bit where needed. On the B Max, the sensitivity switch has no affect whatsoever.

I've switched it off in the vehicle settings several times and switched it back on again but I may well turn it off permanently.

It's very annoying that the dealer (Trustford Bristol) won't accept that there is an issue. Of course there is very little I can do to prove it. Maybe my next car will have to be something other than a Ford.
 

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On the B Max, the sensitivity switch has no affect whatsoever.
I raised this issue with 2 different FORD main dealers (Arnold Clark and Evans Halshaw) both said that the rain sensor turned on overrides the sensitivity switch, and the sensitivity switch only works in manual mode.

That is assuming you have the same model as.mine with the rain sensor in the big ugly black box attached to the windscreen behind the rearview mirror
 

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Page 45 of the owners manual states clearly that the sensitivity of the auto wipers can be turned up and down using this switch as well.

Ford dealers fobbing us off with duff info again. They tried that one on me too, so I showed them the manual 😃
 
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