I have a 2013 C-max SE that I bought new. I'm thinking of upgrading to a used SEL with auto parking so that the new driver in the household would be able to park it on the streets with ease. However, it seems impossible to find a used CMax or even Fusion Hybrid with the automatic parking feature. I do not want to buy a new C-max because the depreciation is unreal especially for the loaded model.
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Is it impossible to find a used C-Max with Automatic Parking feature?
Posted 30 June 2017 - 09:05 PM
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Posted 01 July 2017 - 04:20 PM
This is what I did.
I googled to find out what Ford calls auto park
and figured out it is call "active park assist"
Then I went to cars.com and searched for used c-max with keyword exact phrase "active park assist"
and came up with this which is 14 cars listed:
After selecting a car into another window of my browser I clicked on "view more" under "features" and under "seller's notes" to expose the active park assist.
I noticed the first one is a 2013 for 12K dollars and also has the panoramic roof
Though I would stay away from the 2013 to avoid the transmission problem. (some people would avoid the 2014 or the 2015 also built before a certain date.)
PS: I have an SE and am not very good at parking so I added a sensor that beeps onto the back license plate and it helped HUGE. Pretty cheap and medium easy to install. I wrote about the install somewhere on this forum.
Edited by obob, 07 July 2017 - 05:52 PM.
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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:22 PM
Active Park Assist was only offered as part of Equipment Group 303A on the 2013-2016 C-MAX SEL and C-MAX Energi SEL models.
It is part of a different Equipment Group on 2017 Platinum models, but I'm not certain of the number.
Active park assist 'warts' can also be seen in close-ups of the front end by the distinctive round sensors, like the sensors used in the rear bumper.
Here are the sensors on a 2017 C-MAX Platinum Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 7.11.10 PM.png 120.85KB 0 downloads
Black 2013, so more difficult to see: Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 7.13.14 PM.png 91.08KB 0 downloads
It is no longer easy for users to look up the original factory Monroney Sticker listing Equipment Groups, but if you have a VIN etis.ford.com provides correct info about this option, but note that the actual Model designation may be listed incorrectly (Our 2013 SE is listed as a 2014 Energi)
Here's a screenshot of the etis.ford.com report on the VIN of a used C-MAX currently for sale, equipped with the Park Assist option 1FADP5BU7DL503562
It's called Automated Parking System
Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 7.14.56 PM.png 15.33KB 0 downloads
(By the way, the 2013 for 12k listed by Obob is NOT equipped with active park assist, according to etis)
Edited by kostby, 07 July 2017 - 06:27 PM.
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 07:49 AM
I didn't like that feature on my FEH so I didn't get it on my CMAX. Just to scary.
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Posted 09 July 2017 - 09:15 AM
I wouldn't need park assist but the new driver in the household would benefit from this. I can't think of a cheaper used car that has this available feature besides the C-Max.
Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:06 PM
I traded my 2013 SE for a 2014 SEL with all of the bells and whistles, including auto park. But I'm afraid to try it in traffic, which is dumb. I'm sure it parks better than I do! I went on all of the car selling websites and when I saw the one I wanted, I went and bought it that day. I'm so glad I did, too. The seats are more comfortable, the sound system is far superior. I got a big sun/moon roof that I didn't even notice until the saleman pointed it out. I agree the depreciation is horrible. My fancy 2014 cost less than my plain old SE. I hope to keep this one until the wheels roll off.
Just follow Cars.com and Autotrader.com everyday and be ready to buy when you see one for sale.
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:31 PM
... the new driver in the household would benefit from this....
Most new drivers benefit from exposure to a wide range of driving situations, as there is no predicting what they might encounter on the road. This is never more true than for common vehicle operations. Parking a car is a common vehicle operation. You may want to reconsider, and give your new driver the opportunity to learn to park.
Edited by fbov, 29 September 2017 - 12:33 PM.
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