Early 2010 I had a rental Galaxy diesel 2.0 Ghia & loved it. Great cabin, DAB & Bluetooth, averaged 42mpg etc It convinced me to buy a Galaxy. By then the models had been replaced, instead of 2.0 Ghia they offered the 2.0 Titanium X. Apparently the new engine is more efficient, lower CO2, higher BHP and improved MPG. Ford claim this within all the marketing bumf. I was suckered in, & I bought a new (June 2010) Galaxy Titanium X diesel 2.0 & stuffed it with options. It is fine except that I cannot for the life of me get more than 36 to 37 MPG out of it! The economy has gone backwards rather than forward as they promote! A steady 55Mph in top gear on a level motorway would give me 45 to 47 mpg in the old model. This new model returns 37MPG tops! That is 10 mpg less than the old model. How can this be? I’ve had the dealer check the car out & they say the computer says there is nothing wrong with it. 10 mpg LESS than the older, less efficient model! No support from Ford! BUYER BEWARE! The published MPG stats for this model are wildly inaccurate (by over 10 mpg on average). Also, with this £32,000 car I got no tonnueau cover (covers the luggage area from view) which was standard on the old model – you need to be aware of this tight-fisted omission if you carry anything attractive or valuable in the boot it will be on view. Drives fine & is comfortable & well equipped, but I feel duped & deceived by the wildly exaggerated MPG. The lost 10 miles every gallon will cost a fortune!
I've now put 60k on a 2008 Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Edge. Other than a bulb and some loose interior trim, nothing has gone wrong. MPG is around 42, which includes occasionally towing a fairly heavy caravan. It is a large vehicle so parking takes care, and it's more suited to a relaxed rather than press on driving style. Having said that, I find the driving position comfortable and it's a good long distance cruiser. Down sides - as others have said, the interior trim feels a bit low rent. It also seems to need disks replacing almost like brake pads, I had the disks changed at 30k and now its done 60k I think it'll soon need them again. But the flexible seating is fantastic, I tend to use the car mainly as a 5 seater and leave the rear two seats folded into the floor. This gives a van sized boot, which is great for carrying all our camping bits and pieces. Overall, while there are clearly cheaper cars to run than a full sized MPV, for anyone who really needs such a big vehicle it is very capable, seems reliable, and I'll most likely buy another one.
Purchased a Ghia X back in 2008 after looking at several alternatives. From a space point of view nothing comes close, but I hate to say it, mine too pulls dangerously to the left. The car is now 1yr old, and has been back to the dealer 3 times purely for this issue. The standard response from the dealer is "all cars pull to the left" i.e. because of the road camber, but never have I experienced anything like this. Anyway, the dealer finally accepted somthing is wrong and kindly replaced the tyres and checked the tracking/geometry of the vehicle - but to no avail. So, having read some of the other reviews on this site it does indeed look like there could be an issue with this car. Sadly, this is very unfortunate, as the car could be really really good, but for £28,000 I don't think it is much to ask for it to go in a straight line, do you?
I bought this car to replace my ageing BMW 5 Series Touring, in the need for more space for my growing family. The criteria was space, practicality, performance, economy, safety,and handling. Unfortunately this car pulls appallingly to the left regardless of road camber, and has done so since new. So safety/handling are seriously compromised. After taking four separate days of work to visit dealerships in an effort to repair( finally acknowledged by the dealer as being appalling to drive;and drives as if it is a badly repaired accident damaged vehicle) they have given up. Currently the car is lying in my drive, and I have resorted to driving my 1995 1.3 CL VW Polo,. (a really nice drive by comparison)!! I am meanwhile waiting on Ford Customer Care/Technical to sort it out. Whilst they have been helpful on the phone, I don't believe they are interested, nor do they understand the dangerous nature of the fault. I paid £22K for this fully loaded Ghia X model,e xpecting years of happy motoring. Unfortunately this one major fault overrides anything that is positive about the car. The car as it stands is a danger to me and my family and to other road users. Ford should be investigating whether this should be a recall issue. Apparently my car had its front subframe removed during the manufacturing process to be re aligned.I wonder if this affected a batch of these cars, and possibly dissatisfied owners just put up with the fault or sell them on (if they can get rid of them).!!
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