What should I look for in a used Ford Galaxy MPV?
By their very nature, the Galaxy will have been used as family transport or as a minicab, so check for signs of wear and tear in the interior, especially in the folding rear most seats. Also check for bodywork scuffing and, especially, check the alloy wheels for signs of kerb damage.
So far, there have been a few recalls that concern the Galaxy, but the most important cover overly stiff brake pedals and diesel engines cutting out. Cars should have been recalled to address these, but get a franchised dealer to confirm that any model you're looking at has been called back.
What are the most common problems with a used Ford Galaxy MPV?
On the whole the Galaxy appears well screwed together, but there are a number of minor niggles that crop up repeatedly. Electrical complaints are amongst the most common, and can affect everything from windscreen wipers to engine malfunctions. One fault causes the battery to drain in a couple of days if the car is not used, leaving the owners stranded.
The fit and finish of the trim appears to be an issue, too, with items working loose or breaking over time. The centre console and door trims seem particularly vulnerable, and the interior can look scruffy quickly if it's not looked after.
Is a used Ford Galaxy MPV reliable?
In our most recent reliability survey the Galaxy scored very well indeed in the MPV class, as did its siblings the B-Max and the C-Max and, to a lesser extent, the seven-seater S-Max. Only a very small proportion of the cars in the survey reported faults, most centering on non-engine electrics, but all were fixed under warranty and for free. Ford as a brand did well, finishing in 9th place out of 32 manufacturers, an excellent score.