2005 Ford Galaxy TDI Zetec 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Reliable and practical
Inner drive shaft develops play as splines wear out. There is a Polish company which manufactures an improved design version, which I currently have on my Galaxy.
A/C condenser usually breaks and requires replacement at some point in its life.
Booster heater glow plug required replacement.
Run on water pump required replacement.
N75 turbo solenoid needed replacement.
Battery fuse box and alternator cable needed replacement.
I've done a lot of miles on this car, and to be honest for the amount it's been driven, not a lot has gone wrong. It's never broken down, and luckily I can do pretty much all car related work myself, so I saved massively on labour costs. Parts can be had very cheap from euro car parts or TPS, as this particular car is built by Volkswagen.
It is a large car, and as a result, it's a bit barge like to drive; but I love it, it's never let me down, tyres wear well, I've had over 700 miles on a full tank a few times, and its 115 HP engine is sufficient to say the least.
It's very practical, as the rear five seats can either fold down (not down to the floor pan unfortunately) or come out completely, turning the car into a van.
Front and rear parking sensors are great, and I do sometimes take them for granted.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th June, 2014