1995 Ford Galaxy Reviews

1995 Ford Galaxy GLX 2.0i DOHC petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0i DOHC petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Excellent family car providing you can handle the size

Faults:

Reverse lights stopped working

Interior lights won't go off when doors are closed

Plastic trim at sides of seats fell off

Spring fell off one of the rear seats.

General Comments:

Very spacious interior

Acceptable build quality

4 front cup holders

Seat back trays in the rear

Front swivel seats and arm rests

Very easy to steer

Good visibility

Good at speed on the motorway

Not as good on rural roads although you will get used to it over time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2003

1995 Ford Galaxy GLX 2.0 i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 i Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Versatile family car

Faults:

Fuel system relay.

Catalytic converter.

Starter motor.

Gearbox mounting.

Speaker grills.

Idle solenoid valve.

Seat belt retaining clips.

Blocked bulkhead drains.

Brake master cylinder (Ford recall).

Nasty flat spot at 2000 RPM. Still haven't cured this. Can anyone help?

Cables in flexible tube to rear tailgate keep breaking.

General Comments:

Despite all the trouble I've had, I'm quite attached to the old bus. With a wife, 3 kids and a dog, the old girl has been put through hell. I agree that the interior trim quality is very poor.

The driving position is great, you can see over all the cars in a traffic jam!

2.0 litre seriously under-powered and very thirsty (and mine rattles a bit - hydraulic tappets).

Considering buying the diesel version for better economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2002

1995 Ford Galaxy GLX 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 505

Summary:

Comfortable, spacious, but make sure it's got air-conditioning

Faults:

There were quite a few little faults with the car, but nothing too major:

The entire braking system needed to be replaced, due to a water leak, (but Ford recalled the model for this, so it was repaired free of charge).

The steering rack needed to be replaced earlier in the year, due to a lot of play in the steering.

Water leaked in to the central locking system, and needed replacing.

Engine mounting screw came loose driving over a speed hump.

Brake disks needed replacing at about 50,000 miles.

Seat trays came away from the back of two of the seats, and the Ford dealer couldn't even get them back on.

Sunroof leaked whilst in a car-wash, meaning that the clock (mounted just underneath the sunroof) needed replacing.

Speaker grills got cracked easily, but I was charged over £100 by the local Ford garage to fix them.

Heating/ventilation system got blocked up, and needed to be cleared out, and the pollen filter replaced.

Airbag warning light illuminated, requiring a new air bag unit.

On very cold and icy mornings, the door locks were frozen, and I was were unable to enter the car for a couple of hours.

Reversing lights failed, just before the car was part-exchanged.

Smell of fuel, noticed shortly before the car was part-exchanged.

Some small pieces of trim have fallen off.

General Comments:

Very large and spacious MPV. Excellent visibility, but because of this lots of heat gets in, so air conditioning would have been very useful. In the winter the car steamed up very quickly so the air-conditioning would also have come in useful here.

Lots of small faults, but considering the high milage in the short space of time, it was very reliable.

All seven seats were very comfortable with plenty of legroom and headroom.

The Galaxy, is the most car-like of the full size MPV's.

Fairly high fuel consumption.

The 2.0 litre engine had plenty of power, even when the car was full up with people and luggage.

Overall, was a very versatile, mostly reliable and spacious car, and I was very sad to see it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2001

11th Feb 2002, 14:40

Would love to here from you. Have just purchased a Galaxy and have a water leak, possibly from the sunroof, not sure. At my wits-end, short of putting the vehicle into the garage at very large amounts of money, would like to cure problem myself. Water coming in on o/s and gathers in driver's foot-well any ideas?

Thanks

Owen.

1995 Ford Galaxy Aspen 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

I've had the car for 2 years and I am on my 3rd complete set of tyres - I've only done 30,000 miles - yes I've had tracking and alignment checked - and I check the inflation regularly.

Battery went dead for no apparent reason - I'm still worried it might occur again - garage could not explain it.

Interior is NOT very family proof - all the seat valances are falling off, the drinks holders are broken, and 1 of the sun visors fell off.

The drain holes below the front windscreen get blocked up very easily and I have come back to find the car footwells full of water on a couple of occasions.

The front door electric windows worked erratically for the first year of use - now, fortunately resolved.

General Comments:

The car is great for a family and we find it great to be able to throw bikes and children in or all the paraphanalia kids involve.

I like it, but wonder if Ford could sort out these basic problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

19th Aug 2001, 07:47

I was interested to see the comment about the foot wells being full of water. Our Galaxy is the same - if it rains heavily the foot wells are swimming. The only problem is that we can't find the drain holes to clear them out!! Our local Ford garage say that they could do it - but they would charge £150.00. Can anybody tell us how to find them?

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews