I bought my Galaxy in September 2003 and sold it in March 2006, having covered 51,000 miles of city, country and motorway.
It was a great motorway cruiser, averaged 48mpg and handled and pulled well, even with seven people on board. It had superb space for everyone and decent handling for an MPV. Performance on the motorway was impressive for an MPV.
However, the negatives pull this car down badly. Despite being pampered and serviced every 10,000 miles, problems were unacceptable - there was a drop-link failure at 10,000, booster heater failure at 18 months and again at 30 months. The water pump failed at 26 months.
The front doors started rattling over bumps due to worn striker pins and needed electrician's adhesive tape to restore the pindiameter to reduce noise. Road noise from the tyres is quite intrusive on a car of this price when travelling over uneven surfaces. In manual gearbox specification it is quite tiring to drive around town.
I am about to trade this car in for a newer motor.
She has done us proud. It has been cheap to run, needing only four tyres, MoTs, its annual service and a set of wiper baldes. It is an utterly reliable R-reg and took us to the south of France at 130 kph all the way there and back, with never a murmur, and lots of local work as well.
Would I buy again? Frankly, the current models seem to be wearing badly. The condition of two-year olds is worse than mine, so no. That aside, yes.
The new owner will have a dream car, if not a young one.
I drive around 55,000 miles per year, and I'm on my fourth Galaxy. This time, I have a 1.9 TDi Ghia. I'm currently up to 80,000 and the car is 15 months old. It has to be the most reliable piece of machinery on the road. The thing never breaks down.
It gets serviced every 10,000 miles by the local Ford dealer (which is superb) and it just keeps on going. The good points are the reliability, visibility, comfort, and economy for the size of vehicle.
The bad points are no that there's no inbuilt DVD system such as cheaper rivals have, and an insatiable thirst for tyres.
With regard to the tyres, here's a word of warning: expect to change the front tyres every 18,000 miles, and they are a special reinforced tyre that only Dunlop make. Expect to pay around £160 per tyre.
Having said all that I'm not having a Galaxy next time around, simply because I'm bored of them.
I own a 1999 'V' reg Ford Galaxy 2.8 Ghia X auto. I am the second owner and it has done 77,000 miles and is a very reliable car.
The car does 28-30mpg, but has dipped to 22mpg in the towns.
It is in blue metallic and when I clean it it looks like new. I don't keep it in a garage but the colour hasn't faded at all.
I have the six-seat leather interior, which is fantastic because the muck just wipes off.
The car is ideal when all the kids are in it, and it is just as good at cruising up and down the motorways.
The specification is fantastic, with cruise control, heated seats, front and rear parking sensors and CD autochanger to name a few.
I would recommend a Galaxy to anybody who has a large family, but who doesn't want to drive a boring box. This car is great to drive and very smooth and comfortable on the motorway.
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