I bought 52 reg with 45000 on clock with full history inc cambelt change from a good dealer on ebay.I drove back 250miles and averaged 50+ mpg!I am planning to use as taxi and will update in a few months how its doing on running costs,reliabilty,etc.This is my 1st 7 seater and am enjoying driving it and all the extras on this model are very useful.So far steering is light and easy to handle,car stays true to the road,controls are all accessible,gearbox is sweet to use esp.being 6 speed,kids love it and their friends!giving easy access in and out of car,plenty of room for allsorts and seat combinations and so far so good.I also think this model looks very good even dare i say sporty and i chose this make after many weeks looking at reviews comparing vw sharon,galaxy,trajet,zafira and other similar mpv's.
I have owned this alhambra for nearly 6 months now. we find it an excellent all round car from going to the tip to pulling our caravan on hoilday, with good quality seats, plastics and a very good engine (130 1.9TD) which does anything from 40/45mpg, co2 of only 173km/g for the size of car we think is good. We had before this a 1.9TD galaxy getting on a bit and had for 3 and half years with not one problem. We like the look of the grand picasso and a dealer had 15 in stock wanting to shift them and offered one to us at a px value which we jumped at, lucky it was, as it was so rubbish to drive. Down the motorway it would not stay stiaght (even after tracking was done twice) and it bounced so much it was funny (we still laugh now when we see one). A month later got money back by px for a quality alhambra, what a difference.
I have a 2000 X-reg and have owned it from new. We have now done some 120,000 miles together, all over the UK and Europe.
We have had some recent problems which have now resulted in a new turbo, mass air-flow meter and water sensor, but after almost 8 years of problem-free motoring, you have to expect things will start to go wrong.
I also have to say that it now drives like a new car again following this work.
Other costs have been minimal. I get around 28-30,000 miles from a set of tyres (might just be my driving!) and have only had one set of brake pads in this time as well, although they are due for replacement shortly.
I had to have a new back section of the exhaust last October for its MoT but at seven years old, I can acccept that.
I do have another niggle to sort with the electric windows, but to me the car is worth spending the money on.
It still looks good and I don't think I could find another car that I love driving so much. It handles really well, its sports suspension is still great and, believe me, I drive it!
I would recommend it to anyone looking for something in the large MPV bracket.
I have owned this car for eight years from new. It's an excellent family car but 90bhp is underpowered.
Things that have gone wrong are the accelerator pedal module, which failed at 46,000 miles, and the air-flow sensor at 60,000 miles.
Other than that, it's just been brake pads every 30,000 miles and tyres.
The speaker grills in the doors are poorly constructed and all broken.
Apart from these few faults, the car has been great. If you buy one, go for the 115bhp version!
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