10 March 2014
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Strong, well-run and quiet car with excellent comfort and good visibility. We bought our 2.3 model last year because we needed a spacious car for my wife’s disability scooter, and our experience with the vehicle has been good. The only minuses are a high fuel consumption of 9.5 km / l and a high annual road tax here in Denmark at the same level as the car cost in purchasing. But it always starts, is well on the road and has an extremely good power reserves. Moreover, it does not appear that it is particularly susceptible to rust. But Ford has always been good at producing attractive engines and the rest of the car oozes unfailing German VW quality.
Submitted: 23/02/2014 09:01:08
Bought the car just under 2 years old from private seller, the thing that we liked about the car was the 7 seat capacity and that it had 3 full size separate seats in the rear, and that seats 6-7 were decent size seats, unlike we saw in the Outlander! We have had the car regularly serviced by local dealer and apart from the usual oil, filters, wiper blades, brake pads and tyres its been a very good car. We had a problem with the bonnet release, I managed to fix this myself from info gleaned on one of the owners forums. We have experienced the problem with blowing tail light bulbs - but not too often. We get around 41mpg, that’s mostly urban driving and take it down to the French Alps every year, the car has the 18" wheels - the tyres are expensive if you go for branded ones - we buy Sunitrac at half the price and are very good. We have a 2nd set of 16" wheels with winter tyres for the Alps trips - this makes a massive difference, we couldn’t get off the drive with the 18" and low profiles. Car is quite noisy with the low profiles on - lots of tyre noise. We had the brake servo pressure relief valve replaced - £40 inc labour - we had experienced this known problem of the ’stiff brake pedal’, worried the hell out of my wife! Today found that the centre exhaust pipe hanger has broken leaving hole in pile £90 to replace. All in all very pleased with the car thus far, good combination of spaciousness, handling, economy and style.
Submitted: 11/02/2014 08:22:46
I bought my 2.5T auto petrol Kuga from a main dealer when it was 2 1/2 years old and have been delighted with it so far. Only problem has been the sat nav which failed within the warranty period so was fixed free of charge. The car is comfortable, handles very well for a 4x4 and is plenty quick enough for most people and certainly rapid for this kind of car. The 4wd is reassuring in bad weather, though not experienced snow in it so far. The 5 cylinder engine is smooth and the 5sp auto box is fine, though a 6 speed auto gearbox would have been better. Lots of goodies on the car including heated seats, cruise etc and the brilliant rear camera. By choice I would have preferred larger wheels than my standard 17" alloys, but I’m told the bigger wheels are noisier and give a much harder ride. Economy-wise I get an average c.26 mpg though this will get to c.32 mpg on a longer run, both of which is as good as I expected. Of course road tax is high at £450 pa. I have thought of having the car converted to LPG which would in effect double the mpg and maybe improve resaleability in the long term, but not done so yet as a couple of people have put me off the idea due to risk of damaging the engine. The boot is not huge but the Kuga is in my view one of the best-looking medium 4x4 cars on the market. I would certainly recommend the Kuga from my own experience. This vehicle was bought.
Submitted: 03/02/2014 14:40:55
Got a Ka Studio 2012 on finance, straight away am very nervous driving the car. I have been driving for 2 years already and commute to work everyday. I am usually a confident driver, but the clutch on this car makes me so nervous but only going into first gear, it seems to stall so easily and jump suddenly in gradually getting used to it but I miss my old 2002 Ka so so so much! Was so much easier to drive, also have noticed that sometimes where the mileage I have done is on the little screen it changed randomly to a really low number with a petrol tank sign next to it? Only occasionally this happens has anyone else experienced this? And am also very angry with the manual locking - the passenger side doesn’t lock unless sitting inside the car..., not sure what to do other than that everything else seems to be fine! Anyone else had similar problems ? X
Submitted: 03/02/2014 09:26:02
Bought my swb 2.2 Transit with 43k. It had no problems until it hit around 60k. New gear cable as snapped whistle in city centre, 2 new fuel injectors and I have just fitted a new clutch and flywheel to it. Lucky for me I have a good mechanic. Fixed it all no problems, on 75k now. I love my Transit, I’m glad I got it for a good price; I would never fork out 23K on a new one. I would consider the mk8 once they come down in price. My honest opinion though is the mk6 Transit was the best ever made, bullet proof.
Submitted: 28/01/2014 21:20:05
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Bought and used on company business so I could get some sun while out and about. 132,000 miles and never gone wrong apart from a headrail seal replaced FOC by Ford, there was a recall apparently. Reasonable economy of 37-43 mpg from 2.0 petrol, but suffers round town a bit due to weight. Not the fastest thing on the road, but adequate and no 4 seat convertible is a sports car! Handles well as it actually has ST suspension as standard. Huge boot which swallows everything needed in normal life. I now have a Saab 9-3 diesel (but stlll have the focus to sell in spring) and the boot is nowhere near as good and has less features as standard. I may sell the Saab and have the CC3 "refurbished" as it has no peer in my view!
Submitted: 16/01/2014 19:19:22
Our company has bought 7 of these over the last 10 years, we are currently running 6 of them and most have over 200k on the clock. If they are well looked after servicing wise, they will go for years. Ok, usual problems with alternator looms, starter motors and vac pumps ,boost pipes leaking but no major engine surgery or transplant, not even a clutch on any of them. Just yesterday we bought 2 more with 100k on the clock each, both feel like new to drive.
Submitted: 11/01/2014 21:45:50
Had the car for 18 months through motability, been back to the dealer 8 times with differing minor and major faults. Main recurring fault being un-traceable battery drain that Ford cannot find nor rectify, just have to keep topping up with electricity every now and again. The equipment level is very good ( HID headlights and leather as standard) build quality is fairly good. I have recently run out of electricity again so have had the VW Sharan as a replacement car, I do not see how the review for the Sharan on this site states that the Galaxy drives better and is more comfortable, because it just isn’t the case. The Galaxy wallows terribly in corners, feels like the back end is about half a second behind the front end. The lumbar support in the galaxy feels like a stretch of wire inside the seat that is tightened, awful! The fuel consumption on the 1.6 ecoboost is terrible, 29 mpg everywhere, 350 miles on a tank of fuel that costs in the region of £90! Admittedly, the 2.0 140PS DSG Sharan we had did between 35 and 40 MPG, not what is stated on VW site. Sharan had a better build quality, that you would expect with a VW badge on the front, but comes with hardly any equipment, eg, tinted windows are an extra, even on the SE version! As with all new cars it would appear, visibility is terrible, slightly better on the Sharan and water pours in through the front windows when it is raining, straight onto the electric window switches (yes I’m a smoker, boo hiss). One minor winge, the VW do not come with a speed limiter, this is very useful in 30 and 40 mph speed limits, Ford system is easy to use and well located. Come on VW, get with the times.
Submitted: 11/01/2014 13:42:36
Brought new in 2008 now has 76,000 on the clock. The average fuel consumption is 65mpg, this drops dramatically if supermarket fuel is put in. The only thing that has gone wrong is a broken drivers side front spring. It drives just as well full as empty. A very much underrated car.
Submitted: 05/01/2014 01:00:05
Good work horse, roomy enough and nice shape. Seems heavy on steering, but has been very reliable on 20k- 30k since I’ve had it. 34.4 mpg around town.
Submitted: 24/12/2013 15:25:23
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What a disaster this thing has proved to be! The tax on petrol is high in Rep of Ireland due to CO2 and EU, but I got the car cheap as a result. It looks nice with all extras you could think of. I bought it privately, but I had it checked by a mechanic. Dual mass flywheel in flexi-fuel went at a cost of 1000 euro (and that’s mates rates mechanic). The alternator and battery were replaced as the car keeps cutting out while driving. This still hasn’t resolved the problem, I don’t know if it’s because it’s a flexi-fuel or what, but I had heard great things about Mondeo. Good size, huge boot, plenty room , nice cabin are positives. However the fuel economy is dreadful. City driving empties like a performance sports car. If buying a Mondeo don’t buy flexi-fuel - however cheap you get it!
Submitted: 11/12/2013 22:27:09
I have a 63 reg 2.2 TDCi Powershift which has now done 3000 miles. It really is a great car (my 4th Galaxy I think) but the fuel consumption is appalling. I am currently averaging 32.4 (and when I did a fuel check by filling up, taking the miles & filling up again etc it came up with 29!). I even have a tuning box on it to try and improve things but hasn’t made any difference really - I have played about with the settings too. I had a 2.0Tdci before which did 42mpg and a brand new rental 2.0Tdci for 3 months which did 40mpg straight off and never wavered. I fail to see how a 10% bigger engine can turn in a 25% reduction in consumption! So beware buying the 2.2 Tdci unless you have deep pockets!
Submitted: 10/12/2013 14:17:43
When I bought this car I really loved the look of it. It was smart and easy to drive but now a year on I’m really not happy with my purchase, I feel robbed to the bones as I look at what garages are selling them for and I feel I’ve lost big time. I’ve had my wheel nuts replaced once already and in 6 months I’ve notice they’re rusted yet again so I’m not happy. Don’t buy one.
Submitted: 09/12/2013 10:53:48
Mk 5 ’smiley’ is a great van. Totally reliable (to be fair it’s only done 65000 miles). Drives really well, the only problem has been some rust, which was my fault for not fixing a hole that appeared right away. Apart from that it’s awesome and we will be keeping it as long as we can. If you’re going to buy a transit, make sure it’s a pre 2000.
Submitted: 04/12/2013 22:21:36
Since my first report I have found that Sony only make the control panel on the dashboard for the VERY EXPENSIVE OPTION and that Bosch make the system but Ford sell I as Sony product. I must say the car itself is good but this extra is useless and Ford themselves took over 8 months to admit this. I would think they are contravening sale of goods act by selling it as a Sony product.
Submitted: 11/11/2013 15:14:04
Hi, just got a new Transit Custom 2 weeks ago, but traded in my old 2009 Transit with 290,000 on it with the same clutch. What a workhorse.
Submitted: 11/11/2013 08:29:56
Pleased with the car overall. I expected noise from the tyres due to their size, but it’s more than my Leon fr. Very economic, I’ve had 60mpg on a 300 mile motorway run and a bit wobbly through corners. Reliable apart from problems caused by a flat battery at 35k.
Submitted: 01/10/2013 11:51:53
Great car and I’ve had great service out of mine so far. I bought it from Ford and it was a lease car with 16,875 miles on the clock. I’m on 62,500 miles plus and not a day of problems. It still drives like a new car. It’s got amazing handling in a mountain pass. I’m not one that pushes too high speeds all the time but now and then I’ll test the limit in nice flowing bend and it’s got amazing grip. It’s very easy to work on. I do all my own servicing since the car ran out of the service plan.
Submitted: 01/10/2013 08:31:17
My 3rd Mondeo, it’s a quiet, reliable ride, a little harsh due to the 18 inch alloys. Don’t know if I’d go for another Mondeo but a fantastic car all the same. The current shape is a bigger car, must be good as there are enough of them on the road.
Submitted: 30/09/2013 15:15:32
Bought car having only 1 previous owner in 2011. It has never failed me. Loads of ’extras’ on the + model too - heated front window, electric power-folding side mirrors, 6 change CD player built into dashboard, tinted rear windows and more. Extremely spacious car without being too big. Very easy gear change and simple to park. Best of all is cost of road tax - £30 a year. You can’t beat that! My only criticism is that it looks a bit outdated. But who cares? I don’t see the outside of the car when I’m driving it!
Submitted: 28/09/2013 21:54:01
Recently purchased a Zetec 138 bhp powershift, owned for about two weeks now and I’m very impressed with economy, smooth engine and gear change, although I drive very relaxed with economy in mind. This is a huge mpv, needed this size as I have 4 kids and a dog and it fits us all in with ease. Comparable in size to a Grand Espace although I’d prefer the Ford based on looks etc. I’m well happy so far although very much let down by the main dealer who I purchased from who promised a wet valet, a replacement carpet tray behind drivers seat (bit worn) and they did none of this. Also passenger seat was not bolted down correctly although the car had had a 145 point safety check (yeh right!!!). Ended up doing the repair myself to seat after dealership salesman failed to re contact me, also failed to send out a £3.50 trim fixing screw that was missing (bit poor when I had spent £15500 cash), guess its a case of we have your cash and they are no longer bothered as with most dealerships I’ve dealt with in the past (promise everything and fail to deliver). Overall very happy with the car but dealership has been shocking,
Submitted: 23/09/2013 22:09:36
Bought new Transit van from Fords of Bolton back in 98. Lovely van, only done 100 miles when on the way to work the van started to misfire and loads of smoke coming from the exhaust took it back to Fords of Bolton they had the van for 3 days then told me the bomb shell that the engine was goosed so they wanted £5000 to replace the engine. I told them it only done 100 miles and would be under warranty they came back to me and said that some had dropped something in the engine I said, "Why would someone do that when it’s your only vehicle?" To cut a long story short after 3 months of the van being down at Dagenham for forensic they came back and told me it would be done under warranty because there was a fault with the valve stem seals. I had no problems after that.
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I bought my 2007 280 85ps SWB in 2009 and it had 18k on the clock. Never caused me any problems until a couple of months ago when I noticed it leaking oil. Apart from that it ran like a dream. Took it to the garage, by now with 132k on the clock and they replaced two mail seals and as they had the gearbox out I asked them to put a new clutch in as well. The total was just shy of 1k (ouch !). When I got it back from them it was noisy where previously it had been quiet and it even whined in 5th gear on the motorway. The garage said it was due to a worn gearbox. Possibly it is, however, it made no noise until they did the work. Is it possible they could have damaged the engine somehow ? To add insult to injury 8 weeks after spending a grand the pistons have gone and it’s now dead. Fed up doesn’t even come close. Hope you have better luck with yours! - Joeseph Williamson
Piston on my 2003 2.4 diesel minibus has got big chip out of it - why? Why did yours go? Engine has only done 72k miles - William G from Lancashire
Submitted: 23/09/2013 21:54:22
I’ve had this Van since Sept 2006. Purchased from Ford Dealer and was ex BT. Full bulk head, roof rack/tube and hazard beacon. Also a safe, bins and rack system fitted. 23800 miles on the Clock. I have just put it through a cam belt change and Mot at 51300 miles and passed again without issue. Only ever had one advisory note which was inner face of discs corroding (lack of use). Replaced these, along with fluid change. In the time I had this van, it only failed to start immediately on the key once (3 months ago), which I found to be the original battery getting tired and the earth connection needing a clean. Smoke tests always passed and well down. Still a very clean van, I prefer to drive this rather than a car. It goes where you point it, ok , it’s down on gradient power (75ps) and is the old Endura engine, but giving it fresh oil and filters every 18 months (average 4000miles) seems to have kept it happy. Maybe I’ve been lucky, and I’m going to miss it as I no longer have a need for it. The only reason I didn’t mark it as 5 stars is the power output.
Submitted: 14/09/2013 17:01:31
I love my Ford transit 120 swb smiley face. This van make and model is fantastic in so many ways. its cheep to repair and just goes on and on without a fuss. This is my third 120 swb nothing can beat it as long as you service it well and keep the body work up to date then you will have a van that makes you smile for life well dune ford please remake them as they beat all other transits hands down. swb is like driving a car ive use it everyday and life would be dull without it. Camping, fishing, working everything you could wish for.
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I am getting one of these vehicles this week end. Is it possible to ask you how much shelving you would recommend as I plan to install custom built storage for my wooden work materials and completed items of work. Many thanks - Adam MacIvor from England
Submitted: 14/09/2013 16:41:57
Van was sourced through Ford Direct and sold by a Ford dealer in Middlesbrough. Six months in wrote and gave them a list of ’snags’. Thing was in dealers’ garage for a week, supposed to have done all 7 items on the list but hadn’t. So-called exhaustive tests couldn’t discover the cause of squeaking noise. Mate discovered the exhaust wasn’t secured properly. Rust has been an increasing problem. Wiper blades are rubbish. Stone chip guard to underside is coming off. VW can show Ford how to apply good quality stone guard! Electrical faults are on the increase, fuel injectors are clogged and the fuel consumption is through the roof. Body work develops rust on a daily basis. Ford couldn’t give a care. The dealer is a waste of space, admits the product is of poor standard "the one that got away "he said. Service at the dealership is dreadful and their work incompetent. Dealer thinks by way of compensation he’ll sell me a new van. He doesn’t appear to understand that I bought this one so that I wouldn’t need to think about buying a new van for at least 7 years. At this rate the one I have will be nothing but a rust bucket before it’s 3 years old. Plan on taking dealer to court under Sale of Goods Act 1979 for faulty goods.
Submitted: 14/09/2013 16:24:50
Up until now I would have given a 5 star rating, but this past month has been a nightmare. My van has only got 15,000 on the clock and yet I broke down on the M6 and had to be towed to main dealer in Stafford as the AA couldn’t do a proper diagnostic test on it, so it had to be done by dealer. It turned out no.4 injector had gone. Got it repaired and had it back from the garage a week before it broke down again. And now after another diagnostic test injector no. 1 has gone down. This is at a different garage now that I’m back in Surrey. No telling if no’s 2 and 3 will go or when. Costing a fortune. I would normally be covered under warranty but I’m out of it, despite only doing 15,000 miles. Not nice.
Submitted: 05/08/2013 15:49:22
Hi! I’ve had four of these vans and with the exception of regularly servicing I’ve never had any trouble at all. I don’t spend a fortune buying a van, I just make sure it’s the tdci model, has a full service history and hasn’t been a ex-rental. I used to run Ford Escorts before the Connect, but I think the Connect is a much better van...just buy wisely.
Submitted: 29/07/2013 13:06:45
I decided to upgrade my 2007 Yaris with 175,000km in the dial. I’d pretty much decided to trade it in for a later model Corolla ... Until I drove the beautiful little bright blue 2010 Fiesta Zetec at the local Ford dealer’s yard. I’m 38 and have had a car every couple of years since I was 17. I’ve also driven a variety of other company cars and hire cars ... .. this one is my favourite (except maybe for my ’69 mini but the mini didn’t have cruise control and air conditioning lol). This car feels like quality. Some little hatch’s feel like tin boxes lined with tupperware. This one does not. It’s tight and solid and everything fits together nicely. It drives like it’s on rails. Very direct and flat around corners, none of the sloppiness of the Yaris. The seats are firm and supportive. A note for taller people, I am tall and have the seat all the way back on most cars, this one if I put the seat all the way back I can’t reach the pedals. Plenty of room. I bought the 5 speed manual, I think automatics are for my grandparents. I travel up the freeway here from town, about 5 km of fairly steep uphill. My Yaris used to scream along in 3rd at 4000 rpm all the way to the top. This one cruises up the hill in 5th at 100kmph like it’s on flat ground. No shortage of power. I pulled my Alpine head unit and speakers (including amp and 10inch custom sub) out of the Yaris before I traded it in. I was going to put them into the Fiesta. Now I’m not so sure. The sub, maybe, when I get around to it, but no rush. The sound in the Fiesta is very good. Balanced and clear with plenty of volume and bass. 100 times better than the Toyota factory unit, and much better than other cars I’ve driven. It also has a USB port to plug a thumb drive into. No expensive iPOD required (although there’s iPOD connectivity if you want it. To sum up, I spend about an hour and a half a day in my car. It used to be a chore. Now it is not. This car is pure joy. P.S. Please don’t think I’m hating on the Yaris. I’ve had mine for 6 years and it’s been a very reliable little car. No complaints. I just didn’t realise how very BORING is was. Ditto for the Corolla I had the "pleasure" of driving yesterday. I’m glad I didn’t buy one.
Submitted: 14/07/2013 22:36:24
Update to my dispute with SMC Gravesend and Ford Motor Company regarding water ingress into both driver and passenger doors of 2013 Ka Studio. This is Ka number 2 both with same fault. I have been officially told by SMC Ford at Ebbsfleet, Northfleet, they will do nothing to refund my money on my faulty Ka and according to Ford customer relations it is within the technical design of the Ka and the water ingress within the door seals is of a tolerable acceptance. I now face the long process of asking the help of the ombudsman and then probably going to the small claims court. It is a disgrace that Ford and Swale Motor Company wash their hands with these faults and put people through their own time and expense to seek their rightful refunds. Never again! I have to rate 1 star as I would score 0, but no option of this score, I wonder why?
Submitted: 08/07/2013 19:06:50