This is my first post here. I originally test drove a C-max a few years ago, and really loved the ride, but at nearly $30,000 it was over the top for me. More recently two used C-max vehicles showed up. One a standard hybrid, and the other an energi model. Both 2013 models. The energi model is loaded. Sunroof, auto start, liftgate option, navigation, leather, parking assist, fog lights, etc. I think that particular model when new was about $38,000. Dealer is asking 14K, and will take 13,600. 29,000 miles. Clean as a whistle. The other is the standard hybrid, and has about the same mileage, and is about the same price. Has a few more nicks and scratches, no extras, other than leather seats.
It would seem the energi model would be the choice to make, but I'm not sure how practical they are in an extreme cold. I'm located way up in Alaska. There are tons of Toyota prius hybrids here. I think I passed four of them today in about an hour, but I think I've seen about one c-max in the past year.
When I started searching for for C-max customer complaints, I brought up quite a few! I'm not sure if these are just isolated events or if the c-max was really not ready for prime time.
I read lots of complaints about a bad starter battery. What is the cause of this? it seems like some people went through five or six batteries.
One guy said his power steering went out, something along the lines of $1800 to fix--ouch. Then there were quite a few wrench icon complaints.
Lots of miscellaneous problems with the sync and navigation system. From what I understand the first generation was quite slow, and voice-recognition clumsy or otherwise slow to respond.
So, I would like some feedback from members. What kind of problems have you experienced? Do you consider these vehicles dependable and reliable? I've owned a Subaru outback for the last 10 years, and those things are pretty much bulletproof. Well, certain years did have head gasket issues, but I think there are more Subaru's per capita than any place in the world here in Alaska.
So, just wondering if going in the hybrid direction is wise or not. I would be planning to put some blizzack tires all the way around to deal with the snow, but mostly I drive in town, and roads are generally well-maintained. Occasionally I do have to plow through eight or 10 inches of snow, but that's maybe a few times a year.
What do you guys think? is it wise to buy a hybrid in these kind of conditions? As I said there certainly are plenty of Toyotas here, and they seem to do fine.
I just don't want to get stuck with the vehicle that requires a ton of maintenance.
Lastly, what do you folks thinks about aftermarket warranties? The dealer mentioned a bumper to bumper warranty for about $1700 3yr, and I think a four year was about $100 or $200 more.
I think the local Ford dealership wanted several thousand, if not more for an extended warranty. I would much rather buy through the car dealer (not Ford) and include with the loan, as opposed to the purchasing separately that comes out of pocket.
Thanks in advance for any input!
Edited by AKTroy, 12 April 2017 - 06:44 PM.