We bought a Galaxy as a compromise between an estate car (my choice) and a camper van (my husband's less sensible option!) and I think it has to be one of the best purchases we made.
We didn't buy it as a "family car" but to cart around our bulky equipment (bikes, inflatable canoes, camping gear etc), and for what we wanted it is great. It can fit two bikes (it even has a gizmo that fits in the rear seat fittings that means bikes can be clamped onto it and stand upright safely, saving precious space for other things), 2 canoes and all camping gear.
My favourite feature, however, is the swivelling front seats which mean we can sit facing the back, with the rear seats folded down and use them as little tables. It definitely makes camping in the rain a much more pleasurable experience!
The only complaint I have is that it's quite noise to drive and I'm scared of parking it as the rear window seems miles away from the front seat!
Yes, I drive a Galaxy and yes I do the school run in it. Us mums are the but of many a joke, especially those who cannot drive their multi purpose vehicle. However for the mums that can drive their mpv's I recommend the Galaxy as a good all round vehicle. For the money Ford give you quite a good bundle and the second hand galaxy's are very reasonable to buy. I shopped around a bit before purchasing this car and was quite shocked to see the VW version was almost £5,000 more. However the lack of boot space is a big draw back. I have removed my two rear seats thus only having a 5 seater now. If I hadn't done this then I would never be able to get a buggy inside the car yet alone shopping. So be warned, its a good car, not to steap on the insurance premium's but there's not a lot of space to be had. happy motoring
We have had our Galaxy for 4 months and I have fallen head over heels in love with it. Not because it's the newest car I've ever had (which it is) or because it's the biggest (which it is) but because it's the best. We have a 2 litre Galaxy GLX petrol version which is 5 years old. Although we also liked the VW Sharan and the Seat Alhambra (which are all the same chassis & body I believe) our budget was more suited to the Galaxy, which is one of the most affordable people carriers there is. We discounted the Toyota Previa as we needed rear doors on both sides, not just one. The reason we needed a bigger car was that we have 2 children who are under 4 and another due 30th May 2001, so we would have 3 children in car seats. Even our previous car, a Ford Granada, couldn't cope with that. So why do I love the Galaxy so much? I'm not very tall at 5ft 3, and have always found driving more of a chore than a pleasure. Largely because if you're short, it's hard to see out of normal cars. The windows start too high up, you can't adjust your seating position properly, in fact in some cars I can't even reach the pedals properly. The Galaxy is a refreshing change. The all round visibility is brilliant, not just because of being higher up in the first place, but also because the windows are larger. It is easier to get in and out of (even at 37 weeks pregnant). I can get in the back (middle row of seats) with the children to secure their car seat harnesses (yes, I can still fit at this late stage of my pregnancy), I can sit close enough to use the pedals without being too close to the steering wheel. Lots of the simple things that make driving a more pleasurable experience. On top of all the extra space we have (we don't need 7 seats, we really needed 5 seats plus a decent size boot for shopping & double buggy), the Galaxy has air conditioning, electric sunroof, electric front windows and a host o
f other gadgets that I haven't yet played with (must read the manual!). If you need a people carrier on a budget, this is definitely a vehicle to consider. One warning - do NOT buy one without air conditioning. They heat up VERY quickly even in winter sunshine (think greenhouses...).
The Ford Galaxy is probably the best known and most sold People carrier in the UK. This comes as no suprise, for as comfort, reliability, and sheer value for money, in my opinion, there is none better. First introduced to the shores of Britain in 1995/6, the Galaxy has kept its original features, but changed its shape slightly to go with the times. The model range consists of Petrol up to 2.8 litre engines and starting from 2.0 litre...And diesel 1.9 tdi, which is the best buy but are as rare as rocking horse poo!!!! I have decided to tell you about the 2 litre, as that was the first one in the catagory, and other than performance, the interior is virtually the same! Right, lets see if I can satisfy you data hungry staticians out there: Cost new appx £18000 Colours available tend to change with the weather, as do all Ford models. most commonly sold in Pepper Red or its nearest equivalent (Burgundyish) 4 year old model can be picked up for about £8000 on the used market, as they hold their value extremely well. Standard features include Power Steering, electric windows, remote central locking, child locks, 7 seats, either air con or sun roof (if you find one without don't touch it, as it will be hard to sell at a later date) and either is required as they tend to act like a greenhouse in the heat. Mettalic paint is usually an extra £250, and is worth having as the "flat" colours of red or white tend to age a lot quicker, making your Galaxy look jaded and old! 0-60 in about 10 seconds, depending on passenger load and how develish you feel with your right foot. fuel consumption is pretty good, averaging about 33mpg, although on a 1500 mile round trip I only put in about £115 worth of petrol, which was then £3.50 a gallon, so I think on Motorways you can get up to 40 if you drive well! (this was in the automatic as well!) Quite a pokey engine and the drive feel is
that of a car. Handles well on the roads, rather like a mondeo, but is murder to reverse into tight parking spaces. This can be resolved by fitting reverse sensors at a cost of about £200 All in all a good car for the money on a technical side. On a personnal note, there is no room whatsoever for luggage or shopping etc. Yeah right, you can take the seats out to make room for luggage, but isnt that defeating the object? and what if you have 4 or 5 kids, and you are going up to Gatwick for your holiday? other than that the leg room is fine both front and back (and I am 6 ft) and the car is worth the money, then some. A good bye for a good buy Angus
My Galaxy is 3 years old next month - it's a Ghia X so has all the extra bits on it so hwn I ordered it I worried that there may be much to go wrong. Immediately after placing my order I saw a Watchdog report on how unreliable they were and I considered cancelling my order but Ford assured Watchdog that they were aware of the problems and that they had been updated since. As I needed a big car (3 kids, big dog...) I crossed my fingers and awaited delivery. It was delivered in about 6 days and first opinions were good - solid, good paint, very comfortable, great on motorways, handling remarkable for size of car, 2.3 engine powerful enough. And all was fine for about 6 months. I won't bore you with the details but the car has since suffered from silly niggly problems, none of which have caused real stress (except one) but all of which were annoying. 1. Flap on both sunvisors broke leaving light on which got hot and scorched the headlining. This is a known problem Took weeks for dealer to get new ones, and they told me they were in when they weren't causing a wasted journey. Thanks SKY Ford, Hemel Hempstead who proved to be useless on several occasions. I don't use them any more. 2. Pulls to the left, took ages to fix. When it was finally fixed, SKY Ford fiddled again and made the problem return. Thanks again. 3. Very high tyre consumption (3 sets of front tyres in 40,000 miles). Last time I went to get some they were not available in the UK as only Dunlop make the correct size. Maybe the demand is high because all Galaxys have high tyre consumption? 4. Fuse for interior light blows. Never fixed. 5. Car had an odd vibration - took it to the garage who said that both track rod ends were dangerous - at 40,000 miles. Took 2 days to fix. 6. The black strip of plastic at the bottom of the front bumper falls off. See how many Galaxys you see around with this missing. 7. Prone to steaming up - would be undrivea
ble in the rain without heated windscreen. 8. Rear electic window failure. 9. Cruise control failure (I suspect the garage for this one). Etc, etc. Mostly very minor (apart from track rod ends) but annoying. If it was not a company car and I had to pay the bills I would probably be more unhappy. Is it all bad? No. The car is supremely practical, comfortable and is nice to drive. It has done some very big journeys loaded to the roof, which is an awful lot of kit, it has been used as a temporary home at racing circuits and has done many other things to endear me to it. It is fully loaded with equipment including climate control and cruise control, and with the seats out it the largest thing this side of a transit. The concept and the design is brilliant, what a shame it is spoilt by faults.
Bought a GLX TDi in 1996 and it has not been a happy experience. Had serious break problems from day one, with TWO official recalls. After 60,000 mile service at Ford Main Dealer, the same dealer did the MOT at 61,500 and failed it for catastrophic break problems. Took them 2 weeeks to sort this lot out at their expense - they replaced the entire breaking system. Beaks also pulling to one side constantly and tracking kept going out of line so the tyre got ruined. Air conditioning blew up during a heatwave in France and need replaced. It has been problematic ever since and gives off a nasty odour. Door handles jammed in the open position due to problems with central locking, and I mean all four doors at the same time. Other times the doors jammed open with the windows automatically opening for good measure. Drivers seat gets stuck in one position and cannot be moved - happened 4 times. Interior trim is very poor - plastic trays constantly fall off the back of the seats, cup holders break very easily - speaker covers have shattered when doors are closed and childs knees hit them. Interior lights on sun visors would not turn off - this happened when I was working away and my wife did not notice until the sun visor began to melt with the heat. Ford dealers were absolutely hopeless and every service bar the 1000 mile one was problematic. Jobs not done correctly, parts not available, no courtesy cars available, failure to pick up car from home and return it, and so on. In late November my wife and daughter were involved in a major accident - when about to make a right turn into the estate where we live a large truck decided to overtake them and ripped the car open from back to front down the drivers side. Thankfully they both walked away unharmed and the Galaxy - a total write off (problems with insurance claim is another tail of anguish and frustration. Currently driving the latest
VW Sharan at the insurance companies expense and there is simply no comparison - it looks and feels a far better car than the Ford, although I haven't, and more to the point will not, look at the latest Galaxy. As we need an MPV to get the family around the SEAT Alhambra 1.9 TDi PD SE looks the best bet, especially when you can get it for under 20,000 new.
Not so much an opinion, more a long and sorry tale of woe... Purchasing a Galaxy back in '96 was hardly a snap decision, as we've test driven and looked at all the other people movers available. It took 4 months for our eagerly anticipated shiny new Galaxy to arrive only to find that the garage hadn't even done a proper inspection on it - it was covered with chips and scuffmarks! We took up their offer of taking this Galaxy while another, hopefully unblemished model, was shipped over, which sounded like quite a good deal in the circumstances, but soon we started having problems: the bumpers started falling off (repeatedly), the driver’s door jammed and it broke down just as we were going away for a long weekend (scrub one short holiday, cue three very disappointed junior members of the household). (Handy Hint for People Carrier Owners: make sure the recovery vehicle is up to the job. The first one tried to load the Galaxy and its nose started to point to the sky.) Obviously this was a “Friday afternoon” rogue vehicle and all would be well once we got our hands on the replacement vehicle. Which took another 3 months… At least the next Galaxy passed our rigorous “Has it arrived without any scuffs and chips in the paintwork?” test but problems set in within 48 hours. The trim on the backs of the seats starting coming away and the garage insisted this was due to our children being “too rough” – we’d had an identical car for 4 months without them managing to achieve this – duh! So we went back to the garage and swapped the seats over, thereby having a brand new car with seats from the old one! Another relatively minor, bit mind boggling problem was that we had ordered fitted mats for the second Galaxy. One luxury item we had ordered with the first one was a £200 fridge. (Okay it sound flash, but these things are really useful on holidays, but experience has taught us: bu
y one for £80 from Halfords.) This purpose made item clicked into an empty chair space in the floor for safety. Unfortunately those wonderful people at Ford had not worked out was that the fitted carpet raised the fridge up a few millimetres and it wouldn’t click into place. The garage told us “No problem, we’ll get a refund for you from Ford.” Weeks went by, no dosh. Chased garage: “Sorry, Ford say you can’t have a refund.” Us: !!*?!! Refund eventually arrived from garage/ Ford/who cares? Then the Airbag warning light started coming on and the garage warned us that it was not advisable to drive with this on as it indicated that the airbag might inflate while driving! Another weekend away down the pan… Correspondence with the garage escalated to correspondence with Ford who were incredibly slow to reply and very dismissive. (“We’ve had no other similar problems with the Galaxy” – yeah, right.) We were so disgusted we just wanted them to take the car back and give us our mone. We established that this happens only if the car is off the road for 30 days out of the first year and/or the same fault cannot be rectified in three attempts (and subject to the AA mileage allowance – fair ‘nuff). We came close – it was off the road for 28 days in the first year and the airbag fault was rectified only on the third time in the garage, but by this time we’d had enough and traded it in for a Chrysler Voyager, which we still have three years on and has been first rate. We got rid of the Galaxy just before the pathetic one year warranty ran out (this being on the second one – are you keeping up with this?) and we took a huge financial beating on the depreciation. Another Ford? – not if they were giving them away. By the by, the Galaxy was a 2.2 litre and we get better fuel consumption from our 3.3 litre Voyager. Does that tell you something about the Voyag
er or the Galaxy??
I have had a galaxy turbodiesel auto for 22 months now, it was bought brand new and serviced by a main dealer garage. In this time it has done over 100000 miles, it has had to have 3 new gearboxes, not one under warranty, I only received one year warranty. My cars brake servo failed and I had to pay for it myself until ford realised that there was a safety problem here, they refunded my money only when threatened with court action. They still have not sorted out the problem because my car is on its 4th brake servo now. The air conditioning smell and has had many faults. The car is currently off the road requiring a new wiring loom for the gearbox, maybe a weeks wait. On the plus points the engine is powerful for a diesel and very economical too, vision is excellent apart from obstruction by the thick pillars, lastly if you must buy one of these vehicles make sure you buy the Seat version, not only cheaper, better equipped, but also has a standard three year comprehensive warranty. Also dont forget Seat servicing is at least 25% cheaper than the equivalent Ford garages. This is the latest on my car, the brake master cylinder has gone again, the garage promised it would be fixed the next day, 7 days later I am still waiting for the car to be returned. The safety recall on the car, after it had been shown on Watchdog and not by the Ford manufacturers, has shown that even the modified part is still faulty. They have had 9 months to rectify this position but have been unable to do so. I have phoned Ford direct and they blame the garage, whilst the dealer washes their hand of it by claiming that they only service the cars and dont build them, myself I have had not had any compensation whatsoever or even a curtesy car, sometimes I just feel like taking a box of matches to the car but hey then my insurance would go up AGAIn. So the moral of the story is and I beg you DONT buy this car unless u want to end up like me.
The Ford Galaxy is Ford's people carrier. It has just had a slight facelift, the traditional Ford thing of changing the lights at the front but not doing anything to the shape of the car (they have done this to every model they have ever made!). The Galzxy seats seven, and looks quite simple, but is nicely rounded and curvy. they are available in a wide variety of engines and specs, from economical diesels to a high capacity petrol engine. A variety of specs arer available, with the top of the range being the Ghia. Overall, if you have a large family this is a good all-round vehicle as it's roomy, econmoical, and very comfortable and refined.
The Ford Galaxy is a people carrier that looks remarkably like the VW Sharran and the Seat people carrier, this is for a very good reason, as they are the same vehicle, with different badges and different (but very similar) specifications. The model I drive is the 2.0 basic petrol model. The seating can be arranged in many different ways around the two in rear, three in middle and two up front formation. The rear seats are designed very much for the smaller members of the family, anyone over four and a half feet will start to feel cramped. The middle row have reasonably good legroom and good visibility, there are also little fold-up tables and pockets for magazines etc. The front seats are positively luxurious, with plenty of legroom, fully adjustable seats, armrests, and even FOUR, yes count them, FOUR cup holders. Looks are good inside and out, although I challenge the average person to wash the roof effectively. It is quite high off the ground, and difficult to get into/out of the rear of the cabin. The engine, although powerful in a saloon car, is just not powerful enough for a vehicle of this bulk. Uphill and overtaking is a challenge not always worth taking, especially if the car is fully loaded with seven people. A point needs to be added about the steering, although not power assisted, is very easy to maneuver. With all seven seats in use, there is little space for much else in the back short of a few carrier bags or schoolbags (kit bags as well are a no-no). As a five seater vehicle, it is good. As a seven seater vehicle, don't bother unless you get a bigger engine.