I have owned 2001 my Galaxy for almost 3 years. It has covered 45000 virtually faultless miles in that time and now shows 112000 miles on the clock. The only problems have been air conditioning pump failure (£400 bill for that) and ignition coil failure. I have had all but one replaced, but they only cost £30 from Ford and you can easily replace them yourself. Anything else has been servicable items such as brakes. My car has the VW sourced 2.8 V6 engine, which is generally recommended as a 'do not but' or 'one to avoid', however it returns 25mpg on short trips and 30-32 mpg on a run. If you ask me, why pay 2k plus more for a diesel. I would recommend one to anyone looking for a 7 seat MPV and if you fancy a big engine, so what. Go for it, you can always spend another £1800 and convert to LPG and turn your V6 into a 50+mpg car over night. My local BP station sells diesel at £1.16/litre and LPG at £0.52/litre. That's a 64p saving.
i have owned my 02 galaxy for just over one year now.so far i have not had any serious problems with it.with 103k on the clock there isn't even a rattle out of it. we took the car from ireland to france and covered 2,500 miles and it performed excellently.fuel ecomomy was running at about 45mpg on a mix of fast motorway driving and gentle driving of the motorway.we covered up to 600 miles per tank.no complaints about comfort either.seats were great. i haven't had any mechanical problems with it but some things do not work as they should. -since i've had the car the air-con doesn't work.have been told its the compressor and will cost about €600 to fix. -remote locking did not work when i got it,ford wanted €50 just to diagnose but i fixed it myself in about 30secs with info off the net -park sensors not working.....yet to be fixed -headlamp bulbs a nightmare to change with my big hands.
overall the car is great for our needs and would reccomend one.
Oh dear. I bought my 2002 TDi Ghia eight months ago as a second car as we were about to have child number four.
Having owned VW/ Audi cars for a number of years, I thought this partnership between Ford and VW would be the one for us. I would have taken any of the three models but the Ford was the best I could find.
It has all the essential kit, drives well, is comfortable and has loads of room for the kiddies and us and was well liked by everyone.
But... here we go. It has been an unreliable pig of a vehicle. First of all the air-con clutch fell off. It's lucky it was a poor summer or we would have expired. You can't buy the clutch so a complete compressor is required at £400 plus labour.
Then it started shaking violently. This turned out to be the Dual Mass Flywheel. Another £350 plus labour. Then, last month, just before Christmas, the turbo started cutting out. I have it booked in for next week for this, so I've no idea why it's happening.
We decided to just use the heap around town as we have an Audi A4 to use if we have to go anywhere distant. Unfortunately this means we can't all go places at the same time.
Then just last night my wife pulled in with the hazard lights flashing quickly and various windows refusing to budge. So now we can't even drive the heap around town so when I go to work she is stuck in the house with a baby and three other children to collect from school etc. Total disaster.
I bought this as a second-hand car for £2300 - I have since found out it's grossly overpriced, especially with a mileage of 110,000!
I have only had it for six weeks and have had no end of problems - dodgy windows, and the electrics are shot. I had the RAC out twice and now face an expensive repair bill.
I wish I had never looked at it, but as the parent of five kids and having two elderly disabled parents to taxi around, I liked the size and space - about the only positive for this heap of junk.
Lesson learned - they don't call them 'Fix Or Repair Daily' for nothing.
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