1998 Ford Galaxy Reviews

1998 Ford Galaxy Ghia 2.3 litre from Sweden

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 litre Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired49800 miles
Most recent distance96540 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

Not a bad car at all

Faults:

AC empty.

Some light switches broken.

Brake job.

Tyres.

Oils and filters.

General Comments:

Reliable, comfortable and nice to drive.

I did not like the seats and the lack of boot space.

Good on the road, the 2.3 is fast enough, but I would opt for the Ghia X with dual AC, the single manual system I had was not efficent enough. Also, I have never owned a car that steams up like the Galaxy did, I briefly owned a Sharan too and that was the same.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2007

1998 Ford Galaxy GLX 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Summary:

Loved her sorry to part

Faults:

Nothing went wrong.

Changed the wipers

Had a MOT.

General Comments:

The car was comfortable

Performed well for a big car

Family liked the space (they are tall except me)

Never missed a beat on a 750 mile journey stopped to take on fuel and comfort breaks, but not even a little water or oil needed!

Economy not bad for bid motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2006

1998 Ford Galaxy Ghia X 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Brilliant for young families

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong.

A couple of electrical gremlins, fuses needing replaced etc, but nothing major.

It's rubbish in the snow.

General Comments:

I own a BMW 5 series and when my wife bought the galaxy as a 3 year old used car I had low expectations. I was aware that the Galaxy has often been placed low down - sometimes last! - in reliability surveys. However, it has turned out to be an extremely reliable and hardy family car.

It is economical - 40mpg average - and has enough torque for most driving conditions.

It is a great family car - loads of space. We have taken out the back two seats and used it as a large estate car. The boots swallows prams, buggies and luggage easily.

It has been utterly reliable - much more than my BMW - and the local dealer is brilliant.

Services cost and parts and much cheaper than I expected.

Second hand values aren't bad. Buy a Ghia or Ghia X.

Who cares if is isn't quite up to the build quality of prestige marques? MPV's are not cool, don't drive like cars and never will - so why waste your money on premium brands? Consider it a cheap, tough family bus that can take the abuse your kids will throw at it. We love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2003

1998 Ford Galaxy GLX 2.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Carlton

Summary:

An excellent car for a big family and very good to drive, too

Faults:

Airbag fault: the "clock spring" wiring loom in the driver's steering wheel needed replacing.

Other than that only light bulbs.

Of course a 17 year-old in an Escort driving into the side of the car doing 50mph through our village with my wife and 2 daughters on board didn't help. The Galaxy did get badly damaged, but his car was a real mess. I was very glad my girls were in a Galaxy which showed itself to be a tough car and therefore a very good investment. It was repaired and drives perfectly.

General Comments:

Bought it from Belgium in 1998 and saved £5000 - off to a good start!

We have driven it on holiday to Spain twice and southern France once. We have 4 children, and the seating and room was very good although luggage space is limited (you do need a roof box).

The car with 2.3 petrol is a bit thirsty (27mpg) but surprisingly good performance.

I am very surprised by some of the bad reviews I read - I think that families on a tight budget spend a lot of money on these cars and are disappointed when the slightest thing goes wrong. I'm just glad my wife and daughters are still alive. And it's a jolly good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

1998 Ford Galaxy Ghia X 2.3i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Excellent family-shifter!

Faults:

Repeated shrieking noises from air-conditioning from 20000 miles onwards. Finally fixed by new bearing at 55000 miles.

Tonneau cover rewind mechanism failed at 10000 miles. Due to an apparent design change (which the dealers did not know about and could not cope with), Ford could not replace it, even though they tried 3 alternatives. This was still outstanding when the car moved on.

General Comments:

Excellent level of specification inside and out. (Why does the replacement not live up to this?)

Ideal for transporting anything from small children & bikes to christmas trees.

Air-conditioning fault was annoying and possibly the reason why the interior fogged up readily during heavy rain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2002

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 8 reviews