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Ford C-max.....Any one take the plunge or know......

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jluck, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    It's about time to get the wife a new car and we are about to start putting on lots of miles with youth baseball traveling teams. The Ford C-Max caught our attention last night. The 47 MPG city AND highway piqued my interest. I thought I'd put out some info feelers here. Do you have one? Or direct experience with one?

    Were are heading out now to drive it....UH OH..
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Hybrids are great for city driving, but I have found the initial cost is too far over a similarly equipped Focus and it would take longer then I plan on owning the car to recoup the hit. Could be different as I haven't looked at the C-Max v. Focus directly.

    I just did a comparison and they looked to be about 4000 off, not too bad, let us know how the test drive goes.
     
  3. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    JUST GOT HOME.

    I got some info from another forum (hence the link thanks)
    http://api.viglink.com/api/click?fo...al-world-use&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13763380030046

    Nice comfortable car as one would expect from a brand new car. I am leaving it right where it sits. I thank those who posted links about actual mileage, It seems 35-36 MPG is much more accurate. That's a far cry from 47, It just don't pencil out in my book. The part that bothers me is FORD's side of things. It clearly says 47MPG for both city and highway, No spread at all. That says to me the car should be able to achieve 47 and yet it cannot. I consider this a lie and the epitome of false advertisement. The best I can tell NOBODY has reported 47 MPG or even close. (42 is not close IMO). There are better bangs for the buck out there I do believe. I am a little bit bummed as I do like the car.
     
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  4. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    If you want MPG in the mid-high 40s range, get an old diesel VW Rabbit or a Geo Metro.
     
  5. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    I know there are plenty of good MPG cars out there but I need cargo room too, see post #1
     
  6. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    I second that. A Geo Metro is possibly the most underrated commuter car EVER. I had an old coworker that got 40+ out of an 18 year old car that he brought BRAND NEW for $6,000. Sure, it has 3 cylinders but I would love to have one for fair weathered commutes to K. Falls or even Portland for that matter. I love my Tahoe, but our "economy" car is a '96 Ford Escort wagon. It only has 90,000 original miles and gets 20-25 MPG. Adding another 20 MPG would be huge when everything is a long way away.
     
  7. Ramjet12

    Ramjet12 PNW Member

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    Yahoo!

    There was another article recently about which cars got better than EPA ratings but I can't find it. The article above reflects what I read about the C-Max. It doesn't live up to it's hype.

    EDIT: See this too. Fuel Economy - Consumer Reports
     
  8. tunus

    tunus PDX, United States Active Member

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    Ford. I stopped reading right there. I've had nothing but bad luck with Ford cars. Trucks are another story.
     
  9. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    I would check out the new little Mazda SUV. It's available in a diesel and is a competitor to the CMax in terms of space etc... Knowing Mazda, I would guess it probably drives better than the Ford too.
     
  10. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Ford is the subject of a class action suit over the mileage figures on more than one vehicle. The car manufacturers are allowed to test and post their own mileage figures. They do not come from a government done test. But the car manufacturer is supposed to use the test figures, not pencil them in.
     
  11. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I wish I could easily show you some of the things I've hauled in an old Rabbit...
     
  12. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    I get it... I have had a diesel rabbit, a golf, TDI beetle and a 300sd Mercedes. ....

    It is not what we need (want) for a northwest traveling baseball car.
     
  13. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Ah, I see.

    In that case, a Ford won't be either... (spoken as a recovering Ford guy)
     
  14. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure Ford isn't the only one with this issue. Most manufacturers are currently being questioned.
    I don't think it's a simple matter of fudging on the truth in every case. Many parameters figure into actual mileage.
    YMMV. LOL
     
  15. letrain

    letrain toledo,wash Active Member

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    My older crappy 84 diesel rabbit was $1500 and gets 45mpg. Easily. Hell my 95 Ford f250 power stroke gets 25mpg. I know someone who bought a fusion hybrid and it made no difference in fuel costs. I think the better option would be flex fuel. E85 is 335 a gallon and regular is 389.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
     
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    Allfat Marion County Active Member

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    With flex fuel you also get less mpg's, so it really does not pencil out.
     
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  17. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Buying a new vehicle is a tremendous waste of money. I've only done it three times in my life and will never do it again (have owned over 70 cars/trucks). How that glorified tin can is $33k+? is anyone's guess - to have the latest green gadget to compete with the neutered Prius owner next door?

    Just another indebtedness to the banksters. Buy used, buy old, buy reliable, pay cash. Stay under the radar for SHTF when everyone driving something nice down the road (if at all) will be targeted with a rock.
     
  18. Blaylocke

    Blaylocke Lewis County Active Member

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    I could be wrong, but I remember being about 16 years old, reading an article about how MPG is tabulated. It's something really bizarre, like driving at 35mph during both tests only. That's the reason very few vehicles actually reach their MPG potential. Some manufacturers list the real MPG, but the EPA only mandates to follow those goofy standards, which always release bogus miles.

    Edit: I just read that some things have change regarding the test. So I might be wrong.
     
  19. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    I think your calculator is broken. If not you have the best MPG Powerstroke on the planet. I would hold on to that for dear life.

    I think we all know there are good MPG rigs out there... Anyone have experience with the C-max by Ford?
     
  20. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have two Honda Fits and would recommend them to anyone. The 2007 has 95K miles on it with no problems (only replaced the tires and front brakes). The 2012 has 15K miles on it with no problems.

    They are not sexy, but they are very functional, lots of room, and get good mileage.

    Go with a manual transmission since it is geared better to the 1.5L engine.

    The only downside is that they are not good in the snow. The 1.5L engine doesn't provide enough weight over the front axle.

    Peter