I am now at the end of my second 3 year lease of an Alhambra. The car is a fantastic combination of car, people carrier and van, although removing the seats can be awkward and heavy. My first Y reg I drove from new. By the time I had hit 40,000 miles things started to fail - rear springs broke, and the air conditioning failed (results in the on board trip computer reverting to kilometres). Despite small annoyances I stayed with the Alhambra second time around and have an 04 reg. No problems until around 40k miles the air con failed .About 50k front rotors needed replacing and rear side lights were filling up with Last heartache was at 60k mile and the turbo blew, which totally immobilises you in the middle of nowhere. Overall I have been happy with the function of the car, and if their design was less dated than it is now, then I may have considered a third Alhambra. However, when buying used be very wary of high mileage vehicles unless you see service history showing work carried out on air conditioning and timing belts renewed – if no evidence then stay clear or get a better price as neither of these repairs are cheap. Ford has now given Galaxy its own design, and I have been told a “new look” Alhambra is in the plan, therefore new current models are dated, and loosing their price competitiveness. As a versatile work horse, comfortable people carrier, and part time work horse this vehicle is in a class of its own, but buying used just be very cautious of high milers
I've owned this car for five months since our growing family meant trading in my Skoda Octavia vRS for something more practical, and one that could accommodate two child seats and a nine-year-old in the middle row.
So far. the experience has been better than expected. In particular I'm pleasantly suprised at how 'car-like' it is to drive. The ride quality is very good, although at low speeds the 17-inch wheels can make the ride a little crashy over badly surfaced roads. It handles neatly enough and the steering is well weighted with good feel.
The 130bhp diesel unit is torquey and reasonably refined and offers excellent ecconomy (45mpg on the last tank). It offers enough pull in sixth gear at motorway speeds to not require changing down to for hills or swift overtaking.
Equipment levels are excellent. I'm looking forward to frosty mornings just to be able to try out the heated front screen and seats! The climate control is very effective and parking has never been easier with front and rear parking sensors - in fact, you soon get used to the size of the vehicle as it doesn't occupy any more space on the road than the Octavia.
My main niggle at this stage are the verious squeaks and rattles that come from the cabin (mainly from the dashboard), particularly when driving on less than perfect roads.
Overall though it's a great car. I've yet to try it with seven people on board or find out what Seat servicing is like.
This is my second Alhambra. I really can't fault it. One wheel bearing went after 30,000 miles which was replaced under warranty and the reat tail light seal went which was again replaced under warranty. I bought the car at 15 months old from Motorpoint for £12,999 and have driven 50,000 miles in the last year. I have also driven to Italy and the South of France, with no back ache or ant other problems. Road noise is pronounced on most British roads at speed, but is fine on good quality asphalt or continental toll roads. Lugging out the rear seats can be a pain, but its really not all that frequently required. Space and toys are great. I often muse over moving up to a 'quality' brand, but have struggled to find one so flexible and reliable. Will probably save up for an RX once I get itchy for a replacement.
Hi i have not long had this car but in the amount of time i have it was well worth the money i spent on it.
In the past i have had a vauxhall zafira 2l dti but it only towed up to 1150kg and the very back seats was only big enough for up to a 10 year old due to the space.
But the alhambra has enough room for an adult to sit comfortably and the towing weight is 2000kg. So overall the alhambra is well worth it and i would recommend anyone to go for this model the 1.9TDI PD STYLANCE because if you're like me i like all the gadgets and also go for a fleet lease one as all the servicing would have been done and they would not have cut corners on price when it comes to the servicing.
And also if you are just lookig for a name on the front of the car the alhambra is identical to the ford galaxy and the vw sharran It comes from the same manufacturer they just put a different badge on them and some different interior and extras. upto 2006 when they changed the models thanks and good look in finding yours
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