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1969 Ford Galaxie 500 302 2v

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1969
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 302 2v Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles

Summary:

Solid, powerful, reliable, comfortable tank

Faults:

The alternator went out at 80,000.

Car had to be repainted at 75,000.

Upholstery had to be replaced at 75,000.

No other problems, ever.

General Comments:

This Ford Galaxie 500 is perhaps the most reliable car ever built (that I can attest to).

It always starts and runs perfectly, even though it is now 35 years old.

It sat outside for 20 years and thus needed new paint and seat covers, but all other interior material is still intact and looks new.

Even though it has about 220 horse power and about 295 foot pounds of torque (with that little 302), it still gets 20 mpg with nice driving. My 1974 Lincoln had a 460 with 195 hp and 250 torque, but got about 10-12 mpg.

I love this car. We have new cars that we drive daily, but they are not nearly as reliable as the old Galaxie. Oh, well. Those were the days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2004

19th Nov 2008, 10:50

This really is a great car. I'm 16 and my dad bought me one. It is comfortable, reliable, and amazing we still have the original 302, but with major change for more power. I added a new EFI system and I took the two inside headlights out for a forced air intake, and just ran straight headers. Pretty soon I'm getting a direct port fogger system. It looks really good with 70" raised white walls in the back, with 60"s on the front on chrome reverses with out caps.

"THIS CAR IS NICE", even better as a hot hod and it still has almost the original interior, except I took the bench out and put in buckets from a 67 Mustang.

1972 Ford Galaxie 500 351 Windsor

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 351 Windsor Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles

Summary:

This car is a keeper!

Faults:

This 1972 Galaxie 500 did need a few fresh parts as age had taken it's toll here and there. I replaced all hoses and belts and upgraded to radial tires. I did have to replace the radiator; I feel 25+ years from the original was pretty good! I upgraded the failing original distributor with a billit aluminum electronic distributor and replaced the single exhaust with a dual set-up complete with Dynamax Flowmasters. I also had to put new gas shocks all around, too. Otherwise it's just been regular maintenance.

General Comments:

I purchased the car from the original owner who purchased it new when he retired in 1972. He felt at 92 years of age that he just couldn't drive it anymore. The 351 Windsor with a two barrel carb and automatic transmission make this large car a good, solid performer. I feel this car is a wonderful road car; a large comfortable cruiser that makes long trips a real treat. I have to use 93 octane fuel for the best performance; but I do get 24 MPG while cruising along at 70 MPH. This is my second 1972 Galaxie 500 two door hardtop and I find them to be very reliable and durable. Most repairs so far have been from parts failing as the result of age or to modernize an antiquated part. In the years I have owned this car it has never let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

30th Aug 2004, 19:45

I also have a 1972 Galaxie 500 with a 351 2-V. I am getting 11.5 mpg in town with air conditioning, sometimes only 8mpg. Is that what yours gets too? I haven't taken it on a long highway trip. There is approximately 39,500 miles on it.

8th Jun 2007, 20:03

I bought my 72' Ford Galaxie 500 over a year ago for only $700. I also get about 12mpg on highway. 24mpg I just don't see.

1966 Ford Galaxie 500 289 V8

Year of manufacture1966
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 289 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles

Summary:

A Galaxie 500 is a great and inexpensive muscle car.

Faults:

The carburetor needed new seals and a new float shortly after I bought it.

The old cork valve cover gaskets went out on it recently.

The original u-joints didn't have grease fittings on them, so they went out.

The steering wheel somehow got crooked on it before I bought it.

The Cruise-O-Matic transmission dripped fluid for a while, but the transmission fluid pan just needed tightening.

The choke sticks once in a while, but its no big deal.

That's about it.

General Comments:

The bench seats are very roomy and comfortable.

It feels and rides like a Cadillac. It just floats over bumps.

It sounds and drives like a muscle car, but wait... it is a muscle car!

The little 289 has got more torque than any jap car, and it sounds a lot better too!

A Galaxie 500 in the same shape as mine also makes a great show car! It seems to turn heads everywhere I go.

The car doesn't have a radio, but the sound of the V-8 sounds better to me than any music.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2002

12th Aug 2003, 21:01

My Galaxie now has 33,000 on it and its still doing good.

5th Oct 2004, 02:28

Great cars have one my self. a 1966.

7th Mar 2005, 05:22

Had my 390cu Convertible for 20 years and I love it. always started and never has failed a mot test. model is a 1966 car and I am only the 2nd owner. would never part with it as in excellent condition, however may consider if a 1966 XL with the larger engine became available, but would also have to be in a1 condition.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 13 reviews