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.