1997 Ford Galaxy Reviews

1997 Ford Galaxy Ghia 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carCitroen Saxo

Summary:

Great car; nice drive and family car

Faults:

I have had no problems with this car at all.

General Comments:

The car is very good. It has got me to France and back, from the other side of Paris, on a tank of fuel, on more than one occasion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2009

1997 Ford Galaxy Aspen 1.9TDI from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9TDI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A lot of car for the money

Faults:

Since I have purchased the car, only minor things have gone wrong with it.

Needed new brake discs and pads as you would expect from the mileage.

Rear windscreen wiper has stopped working.

Spare wheel winder needing repair.

General Comments:

I am very impressed with my 1997 Ford Galaxy 1.9 TDI, especially since it is now 10 years old and done over 120,000 miles.

This was my first MPV and I did a lot of looking around before deciding on the Galaxy. I did much comparison too many other MPV's, 7 seater hatchbacks and 4*4's. I was put off slightly with people reporting high running costs, but I have not found that.

I am somebody who is very picky when it comes to cars especially when it comes to reliabilty and repairs.

Although I was intending to buy the 110bhp version, I eventually settled on the 90bhp version and although not the quickest thing in the world, still goes well with full weight and towing if necessary.

The drive and handling is superb and handles like a car although rear visibility can be poor making parking awkward.

I have found the running cost to be extremely reasonable and in fact its once of the cheapest vehicles I have had to service.

The Galaxy is very economical and I can probably get around 45 mpg when not towing or fully weighted.

The interior I have found to be very comfortable and can quite easily be used to carry 7 on a long journey without too much discomfort.

Overall I would deffinately recommend the Galaxy and would buy another, although maybe next time go for a TDI with a bit more power if I had the chance. I guess like any vehicle there is horror stories of bad workmanship and poor reliability, but my experience has been a very well made vehicle that seems to go forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2007

1997 Ford Galaxy Ghia X 2.3 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Very spacious

Faults:

Drain hole at base of windscreen blocked, during a torrential downpour, water seeped in through the dashboard on the passenger side. This water found it's way into a little storage space under the front passenger seat which houses the ECU (which controls all the cars electrics). The ECU sitting in a pool of water caused the central locking to fail, & more distressingly, made all the electric windows open.

I called a recovery service to help me close the windows, but they were unable to help. I covered the car with a tarpaulin & took it back to the dealer the following day who replaced the ECU under warranty.

I have since placed the ECU in a polythene bag, tied with a cable tie & placed the unit on a thick piece of foam. I have not had any problems since. This is the only fault I have had with the car.

General Comments:

Very comfortable ride.

Handles well considering the size.

Everything I've bought has fitted in, from 8 foot children's slide to double wardrobe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2005

1997 Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Good for families if you have a enough money to run it

Faults:

Speaker grills missing, visor bits missing, aircon not working, car stereo wrong code had to buy another one, looking for relacement visors, but told 70 each only sold as a whole part.

General Comments:

We like the room, its comfy, smart, but expensive to run,

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2004

1997 Ford Galaxy GLX 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Transmission noise (cured under warranty).

Idle speed sometimes erratic.

General Comments:

Poor interior trim quality, it literally falls apart if you touch it.

Very versatile though.

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

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1997 Ford Galaxy GLX 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Engine cutting out and sudden lack of power. Cured by dealer after several visits. Engine idle erratic sometimes.

Difficult to get into 1st gear when first starting off, easier when warm!

Air conditioning failed, cured by dealer.

General Comments:

Great family car, loads of room when back 2 seats removed . Very thirsty, even gentle cruising gives about 28mpg.

Tyre wear seems to be high.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

4th Sep 2002, 16:08

To this owner, I am having similar problems with my ford galaxy. the dealer is at a lost as to what the problem is. the car lacks in pull, its sluggish. when I first purchased it I had to replace the MAF sensor as it was faulty. the proubles now are similar to that of when the MAF went, but we now know presently the MAF is fine. what could be the problem?

14th Sep 2002, 12:56

I have a 2.0l Ghia auto, 95/96, 47K. Lost all power of acceleration, all diagnostics showed OK. Solution was collapsed baffles in exhaust which passed gas at low revs, but shut off the gas flow on acceleration. Several hundred pounds of new exhaust cured the problem.

Other experience as other owners: great people/goods carrier, very comfortable, auto box good, weak plastic bits everywhere, poor petrol consumption. I would go diesel if I bought another.

26th Apr 2003, 16:59

The Ford Galaxy is more or less the same car as the Volkswagon Sharan. (identical motor)

I recently lost my Sharan thanks to a total engine burn-out, the result of an empty oil tank NOT REGISTERED on the dash board read out.

Can anybody shed some light on this?

1997 Ford Galaxy Ghia 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Recirculating air switch failed and replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Exceptional versatility for a big family. Image irrelevant, this is a superb vehicle offering acceptable performance and excellent economy (41 mpg average).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 7 reviews