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Author Topic: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic  (Read 3396 times)

Offline GReenCastle

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2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:44:23 AM »
Hi folks, new to the forum. I have a few questions regards this car, I should also point out I love it!

Faults.

Brakes.
Brakes seem to work ok, I say OK as the pedal is quite soft and the car does seem to take a long time to stop. I have also had to replace the pads every 12 months at services as they have worn quite considerably and the brake warning light comes up every 12 months without fail.

Tyres.
I have standard ford alloys on this vehicle and changed the front tyres last year for some semi decent tyres, however within 14 months (approximately 17k miles) they were in need of replacements. I have just shod all four in new dunlop rubber which has stopped a lot of vibration etc. Do they always eat tyres so fast?

Dash Clock. (mechanical clock in centre)
This will not keep time?

Battery Fuse Assembly.
This burnt out, quite spectacularly! Have bought and installed a new one and also replaced the alternator wire to it. Is this a common problem?

Rear screen wash.
This is not working, I believe it is fed via same pump as front ones which work fine, where do I start fault finding on this system?

Anything else I should be keeping my eye on?

Brake and suspension upgrades.... Seriously thinking of upgrading brakes and possibly suspension just cleared 63K on original suspension and it is a bit soft/ship like. What fits? How easy is it to change? Do I need to change wheels as well to clear brake upgrades?

Engine remaps/chips... is it worth it? Any recommended? (Once brake and suspension upgrade done of course!)

I think that's it, sorry for the shopping list....



2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic

Offline GReenCastle

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Re: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 12:23:17 PM »
Sorry forgot to mention the other fault is the heater. The fan works at all speeds and the front temperature control is fine, however the rear fans only blow out cold air, even with the temperature turned up high. As it is cold, the kids are now beginning to moan.... oops
2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic

Offline insanitybeard

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Re: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2014, 12:52:15 PM »
I can't answer all of your questions but....

   Brakes- whose replacement parts are you using? How many miles do you do a year? Is it the fronts or front and rears that are worn out after 12 months?

  Tyres- I believe they do go through tyres quite fast, there was a thread somewhere here recently and the upshot was that cheaper tyres possibly last better at the expense of grip and handling!

 The battery electrical junction box burning out is a common fault.

 Rear screen wash- check to see if the washer pipe has come apart at a joiner under the  front passenger seat well, this causes the well to fill with water and can take out the parking sensor module. If this is dry/ok it could be a blocked/kinked pipe, blocked washer jet or defective pump or dodgy contact- sometimes the pump can fail in such a way that it still pumps water in one direction. Can you hear it running when operating it despite no water coming through to the rear washer?

Rear heater not working- is the secondary water pump in the engine bay running? If your Galaxy has done a lot of miles the brushes in it could be worn out and need renewal, or a new pump- the pump sits behind the coolant expansion tank, you need to take the scuttle out to get to it properly. It's a little cylindrical unit with two coolant pipes going into it at 90 degrees to eachother with an electrical connector. With the ignition on, you should be able to hear it running, or if you can locate it, put your hand on it, you should feel it whirring, if not it's probably not working and consequently not circulating hot coolant to the rear heater, therefore it will not blow hot air.
Always learning..... Often by mistakes!

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Re: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 01:01:37 PM »
OK

Its the fronts that are going quickly. Using OEM pads. Do approx 15k miles a year

Tyres - Think I will keep the grip and handling and keep buying tyres.

Will check the other 2 points when I get a chance. Many thanks for the reply ib!

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Re: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 03:25:52 PM »
Hello GReenCastle  welcome5

Brake wear can vary considerably from driver to driver, generally cheaper pads give effective braking but wear out quicker.

Similarly with tyres you'll go through two sets of fronts to one of rears, buy the best you can afford.

If clocks working but loosing time not much you can do with it only replace.

Battery fuse box, have you soldered the crimps to the cable to avoid repeat problem?

Rear washer pipe joint in footwell edge of sill most common.

Remaps don't go there (my opinion)

Rear heater cold, check out auxiliary coolant pump (run on pump) Runs continuous while engines running and carries on for three minutes after switch off (115 engine)
This pump also ensures correct operation of the booster heater if indeed it's working.

you may want to consider getting one of these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAG-GROUP-USB-COM-PORT-OBD2-II-KKL-ECU-DIAGNOSTIC-CABLE-LEAD-WORK-VCDS-LITE-409-/271036790042?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item3f1b0d351a
and scan your car for fault codes.
2009 Kia Sedona GS In Black 2.9CRDI 183PS. 5 Speed Manual WAV.
2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia In Solid Black 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic.

Upgraded Eberspächer booster heater  to independent heating with 7 day timer.

With VCDS lite (full version) need a code clearing or want to scan for faults in the north kent area, PM me.
All for a pint of Strongbow.

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Re: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 05:33:38 PM »
Thank you all for your advice on the faults, I will work may through them, however, does anyone have any information on:

Brake and suspension upgrades.... Seriously thinking of upgrading brakes and possibly suspension just cleared 63K on original suspension and it is a bit soft/ship like. What fits? How easy is it to change? Do I need to change wheels as well to clear brake upgrades?
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Offline Mirez

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Re: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 06:14:35 PM »
Yay, someone else who's happy to modify :D

The quickest and easiest option for brake upgrades is to fit the V6 setup. The fronts are a direct bolt on setup, the rears depend on what rear axle you have (probably the wrong one!) but the difference just doing the fronts its a big one :)
There are some porsche setups that would bolt on as well as a lot of standard VAG setups (T4 Caravelle brakes should fit). The biggest problem is clearing the wheel, you need 16inch alloys to start with the V6 setup - 17's for caravelle and 18's for the porsche stuff.

Suspension wise there are lots of choices out there, a lot depends on what your ultimate aim is and what wheels you are planning on running. The factory sports setup is made by Eibach and is a 35mm drop. You can also get 40 and 50mm drops but to be honest, its a people carrier - 35mm sets it up nice and firm whilst still having give.

Remap wise, they'll take a 115 all the way up to 175 - sensibly though, aim for 140/150. What I would say though is that the PD's need to be kept cool - ensure your intercooler is clean and the secondary run-on pump is working and you should be fine.

Ohh and a note on tyres, make sure you are running reinforced. Its quite surprising how many aren't which isn't right for the Galaxy (or your insurance!)
03 Ford Galaxy 1.9 TDI 115 Ghia in Spruce Green Metallic
With cream leather interior, Full Bodykit, Remapped at 145bhp, Lowered on 18's
14 VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 177 AWD R-Line in Deep Black Pearl
With panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights remapped at 205bhp.
08 Ford Transit 2.2 TDI 115 in Frozen White
With retrofitted everything except another slidey door! :)

VCDS HEX/CAN - Scans/Coding done in Wiltshire in exchange for winegums! :)

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Re: 2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2014, 06:31:09 PM »
Very happy to modify....
Car history includes VWDRC team and 7.1 sec 1/4's in a VW beetle... Jap tuners (Mainly Supras) and of course, what Essex boy would be complete without a Capri 2.8i or Escort RS in in his past?

Now have a family of 4 kids and hence the galaxy. Never had MPV before, so it is totally new. I just don't like the way the car feels or stops...So Brakes and suspension/wheel first... then maybe a remap later... want to find someone good at it first though...

Will look at the 35mm drop... and we have just destroyed one wheel (well, Im not pointing at anyone (MRS!)) so will maybe look at changing sets over if I cant find a decent single wheel replacement. It already runs 16's so I will investigate the V6 brakes unless you have any suggestions, although do like the sound of the Audi 18's.... although my pocket may not LOL.
2003 MK2 Galaxy Ghia 1.9 TDI 115PS. 5 Speed Automatic

 

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