Which used Ford Galaxy MPV should I buy?
There was a major face-lift in September 2000, so for a more up-to-date look, stick to cars made after then. And, check carefully how many seats any potential buy has: most Galaxys seat seven, but some only seat five while the plush ones accommodate six.
Whichever model you buy, air-con is essential, However, it wasn't standard across the range until February 1999, so be careful with lower-spec early cars. Trim levels started off in 1996 as Aspen, GLX and Ghia, before Zetec and LX models came along in early 1999. LX is best - everything you need at a more affordable price.
All engines do a sound job: the 2.8 V6 is swift but drinks petrol; the 2.0 and 2.3 petrols are perfectly adequate, although the pick of the range is the 110-113bhp 1.9 turbodiesel. It dishes out good pulling power yet returns 40mpg. There are also 89bhp, 128bhp and 150bhp 1.9 turbodiesels, but none has such a good balance of qualities.