Written on: 28/11/2012 by S.WILSON213
HAD CAR 10 YEARS 18 MONTH OLD WHEN BOUGHT HER ONLY WEAR AND TEAR PARTS REPLACED ALLWAYS STARTS GREAT FOR COMFORT EASE OF DRIVING AND VERY VERISITLE WHEN TAKE SEATS OUT CAN FIT ALLMOST ANYTHING IN SOFA /BEDS MAIN THING IS THE COMFORT WHEN DRIVING AND PASSENGER (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2012 by carnut86 (3 reviews written)
I am on my 2nd Galaxy. The first one was MK1 1998 2.3 GLX Model and was great on fuel for its age, and only ever demanded the standard servicing parts, It was spacious, my dogs loved it as I have 3, 1 huge dog, 1 medium and 1 small dog who all had more than enough space, The suspension was firm but soft enough to take all the bumps, and it only failed its MOT on an ABS sensor and ring, which I DIY repaired and cost less than £50 for the parts. The only 2 reasons I got rid of it was because... (read more)
Written on: 28/03/2011
Owned a 2.3l Ghia x from new (£21,000) Jan 1998 and have just traded it in with 68K on the clock. Like all Fords the plastic bits came adrift in the first few years but having said that not one mechanical component has been replaced. The car has same exhaust and brake disks as from the factory. The starter motor is a bit noisy but what would you expect after 10,000 engine cranks. The Galaxy is a versatile MPV offering average to good performance on most road types and in in most road... (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2010
The only major problem I have had and cannot cure is the air con! I started having problems about 2 years ago and took it to local ford dealer to address the problem? they totaly overhauled it and it cost £1100!!! BUT the problem was never really sorted and the problem is this, The air con comes on when it feels like it and not when I want it to, If i turn it on it may not work but I can get it to work by turning the heat up to full and then it will kick in,It may then work for 5-10 mins... (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2010
Not a bad car but I had to pay £60 to get the air con recharged after only 8 months. The garage have put a dye in the system and said if the discharge has been caused by a stone chip then a new system (condenser) will be down to me!
Not very happy about this as I explained that it should perhaps have a guard in front of it. Or even suggested that it may not be fit for purpose. They wouldn't have it and I will await and see. Just a typical poor Ford service for a new car. Purchased from... (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2010
The steering rack packed in when the car was just over 3 years. £1500 replacement. Ford refused to make any contribution at all.
The central locking went after 2 and a half year on the passenger door.
The handbrake keeps falling apart - it's an absolutely dreadful, shoddy design.
I deeply regret buying a Ford Galaxy. (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2010
The Ford Galaxy is really the best car ever! You have a lot of space and it has a BEAUTIFUL DESIGN! EVERYTHING on and in the car is rounded, I like that. The 5 seats in the back are removable so you can create a big boot or you have 5 good seats. By the newest Galaxy you can't remove them an the seats are bad. I like the sound of that 2.3 DOHC engine. I'll keep it my whole life!!! (read more)
Written on: 12/03/2010 by Crannoid (1 review written)
I bought my 2.3 Galaxy as a replacement for my Chrysler Voyager and would definitely buy another. Although it was not as well appointed it is an order of magnitude more comfortable on a long journey, much easier to drive (great engine) and the visibility is way better than the Voyager.
It goes all over the country full of kids, camping gear, pulling trailers, (up to 1 tonne) full of Scout stuff, etc. and has given very little trouble.
I agree that rain does come in through the open window... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2010
Excellent people carrier. Excellent cruise on motor way. Bags of space. Good value for money despite new gearbox (link bolt dropped into gearbox)£1300. New clutch £400 (The alps a challenge for any vehicle fully loaded). Tyres expensive £100+ (Make sure you get the correct tyres they must be re-enforced). Cruise control packed up (common problem) not fixed. Windscreen wipers packed up now fixed after pulling apart linkage/cleaning/greasing etc (make sure make a note of the correct position... (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2010
Great car for carrying passengers and generally reliable but the VW built automatic transmission fitted on the 2.3 models of this year is apparently prone to trouble and is an expensive replacement. (read more)
Written on: 12/10/2009
Purchased 2nd hand about 6yrs ago with c60k on the clock. It has apart from the expected electrical gremlins (removed all interior light bulbs!) been very reliable & at 120K mls has just passed another MOT today only requiring some minor work on the wiring on the boot door. Performance is more than ample for a car of this nature (I drive a Porsche 911, this is partners car), economy is OK though obviously not a diesel, refinement, ride, road noise etc not up to more modern standards but car... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2009 by sallybee64 (2 reviews written)
I purchased a new galaxy in 2001. Its now done 87000miles. Problems I've had are from first day broke down, leaking thermostat casing - replaced. Air con not working , replaced matrix, aircon broke replace relay, replaced relay again within 12 months. An thats it!
For a car as complex as the Galaxy and the way we use it I would recommend it to anyone - BUT remember these cars cost £20K + for a reason - its not a Fiesta and parts can be pricey. A full exhaust system £500 - but I haven't had... (read more)
Written on: 03/06/2009 by xmrdunnx
i have owned a 2001 galaxy ghia for a while now! it has done 150,000 miles and has been lpg converted from new! once you flick it over to lpg its more cost efective on fuel than the 2008 1.2 fiesta i own!!!! loosing the awful fuel consumption when it runs on petrol!!!! but other than that what a boat!!! so slugish up hills, and the only time it doesnt rattle is when all the seats are sat in! and even then the dash drives me mad!!!! im adding a supercharger to it from a corrado G60 which ups... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2009
Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia car is very spacious. Problems with cruise control dont know where to turn, tried lots of garages, keep saying its a relay. (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2009 by excelsior
The Ford Galaxy 2.3 has all the toys with it being the Ghia model and the kids love the privacy glass in the back. Love the 12v sockets in the back so we can put the cool box in the back for long journeys, captain seats in the front so we can turn them around and play games with kids if we get where we're going and it's pouring with rain. gr8 motor only had it for about two weeks but so far so good - it's the 2.3 ghia on a y plate. (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2008
I have only one criticism - a major one. The design of the spare tyre retaining mechanism on my old model is awful. It frequently breaks - like mine did. How have Ford geared their mighty Empire to solve the problem on newer models? Simple - According to my info - you haven't got a spare tyre, just a repair kit! How daft is that? I cannot believe that Ford would do such a thing. What happened to research and development? (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2008
Just about everything has gone wrong with my Ford Galaxy, has cost me a fortune to repair, only 2001 reg but new gearbox, clutch, 2 exhausts and tyres every 4 months, lots and lots of repairs. (read more)
Written on: 13/07/2007 by TitaniumX (1 review written)
Having owned this Galaxy for 5 years and reading other reviews, I can only assume everyone that it is those who have trouble are writing the reviews, whilst the others are still driving!
I can honestly say only two things have gone wrong in the 5 years I have owned this car. The front antiroll bar link failed (£29 from ford) and the drivers door speaker became intermittent (faulty wiring in the door - easy fix though). Other than that this car has been ultra reliable and as we top the 140K... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2006 by keith hammond (1 review written)
Noise from engine at 27k miles - Ford didn't want to know. Noise worsened at 31k and drive plate cracked - Out of warranty and guess what, Ford did not want to know. Thanks for nothing and a £610.00 repair bill elsewhere. Oh yeah - air con is also no good - I've had it re-gassed twice. (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2006 by angiebabe42 (3 reviews written)
Have had my Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia in and out of the workshops so many times I can't count, to have the air conditioning looked at. Ford finally replaced the whole system. Out of warranty now and it's packed up again!
Likewise the windscreen wiper motor regularly blew fuses (Ford said we must have tried using the wipers when they were frozen to the screen, we hadn't) but after numerous times in the workshop to have a fault find on it, they replaced the motor, now less than two years on, and... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2006 by pandrew (3 reviews written)
Lots of people complain about the Galaxy but I think it's a great car.
We've had one for 3 years and have 4 children. There is loads of room and we don't have any problems with space. When we go on holiday we add a roof box and have plenty of capacity.
As long as you remember it's a big MPV and not a sporty saloon/estate you'll be fine. We had an estate before but it was too cramped and the Galaxy gives us all the space we need.
It's not a fashion statement but we don't care. The... (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2006 by JohnEvans (1 review written)
What a load of moaners below. This is my second Ford Galaxy. This one has done 265,000 miles! Petrol engine. Same clutch same exhaust!
Has had 2 coil packs and 1 extra set of discs all around.
It was hammered as hard as it could be, up hill, down dale and around the bend. Has never let me down. Was only serviced every 20k miles by mistake. (sales guy!)
My third will be delivered in July 06.
Goes like a rocket, I guess after 260k miles I've loosened the engine up a little. (read more)
Written on: 26/01/2006 by George111 (1 review written)
I replaced my very expensive Ford Galaxy windscreen wiper motor just a year ago and there are already signs of it deteriorating again. (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2006 by tanba (2 reviews written)
I wouldn't buy a Ford Galaxy again. Bought it new, 2002 model, and have been beset with problems including almost 18 monthly replacement of brake discs and brake pads. The front tyres also need far too frequent replacement and at around £110 per tyre, that is a very expensive regular replacement.
The aircon in the rear has been faulty.
Servicing has been horrendous and expensive. I've been completely put off Ford garages.
It is a very thirsty vehicle. There is far too much rattling in the... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2005 by johnnrossetti (1 review written)
I don't like the Ford Galaxy for the reasons stated above, but the dealer service departments are what really hurt. I find the vision out of the windscreen very limited and in particular there is a constant blind spot when turning left or right, where pedestrians can become invisible. The car has done 156000 miles, partly because I cannot afford to change it, and recently after a dealer forgot to check the spark plugs, I was told I needed a new engine, (£4750) I took it to a local garage who... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2005 by Mark Selby
Does what is is designed to do - carries seven adults or after leaving seats somewhere, can take a three piece suite. Seats are heavy, but easy to fix if you have a strong back. Handles very well for a big van and by using gears, with seats out and air-con off, will mix it with the best of saloon cars on winding country roads - and you can see over walls. More power would make this unbeatable, especailly if fuel use did not increase - 25 mpg average.
Lots of little faults when new, but... (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2005 by welshbird (1 review written)
This Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia is the first People Carrier type vehicle I have been given for work, performance and engine wise it's OK - but the interior and creature comforts necessary for long journeys are in urgent need of a make-over (read more)
Written on: 16/06/2005 by slholland
Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia - I get a private lease car every 3 years. This time (2 years ago) I was going to have one of the new Espace's. Because of constant problems with delivery, I opted for a Galaxy instead. What a mistake that was.
I find the car uncomfortable, the seats are difficult to remove. I have done 45,000 miles in two years and am on the second clutch already.
The air contitioning broke after about six weeks of ownership and the service signal always seems to be on.
I wish I had... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2005 by johnman (1 review written)
The Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia is the worst I've had. sub standard service history, T reg air con is better than newer 51 plate and what moron designs drink holders to be placeover audio /radio? (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2005 by WellContent (1 review written)
There is a lot of whingeing from the other reviewers. Maybe the petrol Ford Galaxy People Carriers are a bad choice?
But try this for size: 182,000 miles (yes, one hundred and eighty two thousand) from my 2001 Y-reg diesel - and still on the original clutch and gearbox, returning 41.26 overall mpg from new (including very high motorway speeds and frequent 7-passenger + luggage loads) and, apart from regular servicing including cambelts only track rod ends and brake discs replaced.
I'll... (read more)
Written on: 22/10/2004 by andrew251960 (1 review written)
The Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia People Carriers reliability is rubbish, I've had more niggly faults with this vehicle that any other I have owned.
Air bag light kept coming on, new sensor fitted and problem now reoccuring. Told its a common problem (the VW Sharron and Seat Alabamha have the same problem). Sensor wiring goes on steering column after approx 50,000 miles, quoted 500.00 to repair! Cheaper to just stick black tape over the warning light. Headlight and brake bulbs blow reguluar as... (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2004 by galaxyMum (1 review written)
I have a 2002 Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia automatic people carrier. Although I find it very comfortable to drive and easy, quick and versatile, I have found the number of mounting problems a pain: twice the pre tensioner has needed replacing (makes a high pitched noise), the service by the Ford company has been appalling (hence reason I will not buy another Ford in future), the petrol consumption, even for an automatic, is horrendous, and getting spare parts has been a pain.
Plus spare parts need... (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2004 by iancunningham (1 review written)
I have a Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia, "R" reg, and the brake lights on the car symbol on the dash dont always go out, when I press the brake pedal. and the actual brake lights don't work when this happens, but this is intermittant and when they do go out the brake lights work again, is anyone else having this problem? and I have read that if Galaxy owners experience flooding problems, Ford will repair free of charge, does this still apply to me if I am the third owner and the car way out of... (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2004 by jeffdaguilar (1 review written)
I bought my Ford Galaxy 2000 with 60,000 miles and a respectful full service history. I was disappointed when the gearbox went? actually it was a small bolt that locks into the lincages called a pinchbolt. If your not careful you will be charged for a full gearbox £1,200 when the job is only £100-200!! Also loss of power to galaxy common fault- new turbo? no you've been guilty of running the car in the red the injectors are very sensative it will pack up the turbo.Solution good injector... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2003 by Andrew Coe (1 review written)
I am glad my Ford Galaxy 2000 X 19 tdi has been under warranty! (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2003 by mikescales (1 review written)
Bought a 1999 T 2.3 LX Galaxy with 10k on clock in 2000. Immediately I had problems with electirc windows not working. It turned out to be caused by a water leak which was shorting some electrics. I then have the first of many visits to various dealerships to correct a problem with the Airbag warning light coming on for no reason. Over the past 3 years I have had two new Airbag units, 3 clock springs and various resets where the Ford garage have said that it is a build up of high resistance... (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2003 by wild oggie.
My galaxy is a T reg 1999 TDi ghia x. manual.
Purchased in 2002. every month something goes wrong. ie air con- evaperator changed. vibration when braking at around 70MPH. latest serious fault a bolt on the gear box i believe the selector bolt to the rods snapped and fell into the gearbox after mashing everything flew out of the casing, leaving me stranded plus a huge bill for repair. Whats next ?
other than expensive tyres and exhaust system. other than that i love it ha ha. (read more)
Written on: 30/04/2003 by GEOFF BUSHNELL.
Just purchased 96 Galaxy 2.8 ghia. Very nice, loads of room as only 6 seats,The engine very powerful v6 but watch the petrol!!!!.The bad points now a funny smell from heater on warm or hot .Only had 1 key so decided to get another one cut .Went to Ford in reading £76.00 for the remote key but they do not cut the keys as they are a VW key,Took the key to a locksmith then returned to ford only to be told you need 3 keys to programe any more keys.How stupid is this. Apart from that I love the... (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2003 by Richard.
Just returned my second Ford Galaxy after 6 months of driving. Why? Well, it was a leased car which went with the job, and I've now left that employer.
A review of my first Galaxy is also on this site, showing very poor reliability. So how did the second one compare?
This one was a 2.3 Ghia Auto in the new styling. The last one was a 2.3 Ghia X Auto. The X level trim is not currently available, so I bought heated front seats, sunroof, as extras.
This time, there were no reliability problems....
Written on: 18/02/2003 by Odahcam.
I bought my Galaxy 6 months ago. I compared with other MPV in the market and the interiors are the best. The performance of the vehicle is much better than other MPV (try to make a test drive if you have doubts). The Galaxy comes with the cockpit in front of the driver, not in the midle like most of the other MPV... (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2002 by chris wragg.
I have owned a 2.8 1996 Galaxy Ghia for the past eighteen months. What with having three kids and towing a caravan the car is ideal for our famaily.
The air conditioning has packed up. I've been quoted £1000 to replace the broken evaporator (which involves removing the dash (not too sure whether to have it fixed or not). Has anyone had this fault mended?
I also had problems with the electrics (windows, roof and alarm) going off on there own accord. After consulting an expert?????? i was told... (read more)
Written on: 22/09/2002 by Jimmy.
I have a 1997 1.9 Ford Galaxy tdi MPV. It's great with 3 kids on long journeys. However I've had it for about 2 years and had numerous problems with it.
It has constantly had problems with the ABS light coming on and staying on. I've had a new abs sensor (cost £90). This solved the problem for a couple of months and now it's on again.
The driver side electric window motor needed replacing, I had a new airflow meter fitted (£299) and the bottom engine mounting bolt snapped last week (£40). I... (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2002 by Richard.
As of this week I'm driving my second brand new Ford Galaxy, so it can't be all bad. BUT...
I had a 1999 T registered Galaxy Ghia X 2.3 Auto. During the 3+ years and 77,000 miles that I drove it, it suffered from the following:
- repeated air conditioning faults, resulting in it being off the road for several weeks (!), the fitting of 2 compressors and an evaporator. This last required the removal of the entire dashboard, resulting in loads of related electrical problems.
Written on: 30/08/2002 by dave.
My Ford Galaxy MPV is an older model - 1997 2.3 petrol Manual. I have three kids and the space is fantastic. We use it to day trip on Motorways and down country lanes. It does guzzle the juice when pushed at Motorways speeds.
I also have the airbag warning light recurring problem and also a few annoying squeaks from the underbody and rear door.
Altogether, I still like it and would certainly consider buying another - but certainly second hand - the retail price is out of reach. (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2002 by Mike.
I have sentiments about the Ford Galaxy that are reflected pretty much in several of the comments written in other articles here, and I own a late 2001 Zetec, petrol manual model. The seats can be a bit awkward, but manageable. On the whole, I am content with this vehicle, about which I knew little before I purchased it. (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2002 by Brian.
In view of the attitude of both Ford warranty staff & its obvious policy and that of their dealers I will never buy another Ford. (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2002
The drive on my Ford Galaxy MPV is good. It is a good mpv all round. I have not had it long but at the mo i cannot fault it yet!! (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2002 by Keith.
I've had my 2.0 litre Ford Galaxy Aspen (with air con) for over 4 years. In that time it's done 43000 miles, including 3 times the length of France - twice to Spain over the Pyrenees, and once to Corsica. It's never broken down. The worst repair was to replace the electric windows control unit. It's located in a well under the front passenger seat, which filled with water in heavy rain. That cost £180.
With the back seats out, I've taken my daughter's bed to her flat, taken an 8x6 foot shed... (read more)
Written on: 15/06/2002 by tim.
I've only had my Ford Galaxy MPV two weeks and am delighted with it. I imported it through a UK company and saved a massive £5500! The car is roomy, nippy and v.economical. It came with extras already included. I chose to buy from Ford a one piece carpet which goes on top of the rear carpets. It only cost £20 and will save the usual wear and tear caused by three childeren. I've no complaints at all (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2002 by Mark.
I would advise anybody to buy the Ford Galaxy (the new version). (read more)
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