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Mitsubishi Galant

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  • Does anyone have advice for me? I'm currently looking at a 95 Galant LS, with 98000miles, do you feel they are reliable? I currently drive a 96 dodge Stratus, and from what I read here at Edmunds.com, they are not good, and I'm starting to believe them. Please help me?
  • ern35ern35 Posts: 11
    I have a '95 Galant ES, and although I have not had any of the various problems listed in the previous posts, I did have to have a new transmission at 53,000 miles, and had some minor cosmetic problems, i.e. the clock broke, the inside overhead light doesn't always go on when you hit the switch, etc. As you probably saw while reading through these, transmissions have been an issue with the Galants. However, regardless of what make or model, a car with 98,000 mi. has seen a lot of driving, so you might want to think twice about purchasing a used car with such high mileage. If price is an issue, think about this. If you purchase this car, and then need to replace the transmission down the road, you are looking at between $2000 - 3000 for that, so it might be cheaper in the long run to go with something with fewer miles.
  • I just purchased a 2000 Galant, 4 cylinder, and in the owners manual, it says to change the oil every 7,500 miles. With other cars I've owned in the past, I always changed the oil every 3-4,000. Isn't 7,500 too long to wait? Will it hurt the engine? Opinions, please.
  • Had the gasket around the valve cover replaced this morning, and hopefully will take care of my leak. Mechanic also stated that valve cover was loose, and that could have contibuted to my problem. In response to #563, I always change my oil and filter every 5,000 miles. Kind of an "in between" between 3,000 and 7,500.
  • I am looking into leasing a Galant ES with the performance package. I was curious to know if the white light covers for the rear lights are available for the Galant. I really like that look and hope that if I end up with it that I will be able to have them. From what I read you seem to know about these things so I am hoping you can help me.

    I just test drove the Galant today along with the focus and the Sentra SE. I found the Galant to have the best ride. I also test drove the honda Accord. I just found the Accord to be a little boring and it seems like every other car in the street is a Accord. I am just a little worried after reading all the transmission problems people have been having with the Galant. I noticed most of them were with later models. I really hope I don't make a mistake. Even though I also read alot from people that are very happy, so I hope I make the right choice. I just would hate to get into a new car and have any kind of problems. Any Advice?
  • Thank you for your advice, I think I'll shop around till I find something with less miles.
  • mcmc1mcmc1 Posts: 1
    How does 19500 sound for an es 4 cyl with moon roof and leather seats....That's with out tax...i live in ny...i thought 18500 would be fair? any thoughts?
  • Took a 2000 Galant ES I4, AT (no options) with a 21000 miles for a test drive.
    I liked the way it accelerates after when I stepped on the gas pedal.
    I think it has enough power for passing or merging into freeway and is like having a V6 (e.g. v6 170hp) under the hood. Not bad for a 4cyl.
    Handling is good and no steering wheel vibration felt at 70-80 mph.
    Interior is nice and simple with the controls practically placed where they should be.
    One fault I found which I want to attest to myself after reading one of the post is regarding the dome lamp/courtesy lamp on which it fell off after switching it on and off a couple of times.
    Mitsubishi should have secured it with a screw or anything to keep it off from falling.
    Anything else aside from minor faults and manufacturer's recalls, I think galant is a promising car that is capable keeping up with the rest of other imports.
    I had a '89 toyota with 180,000+ miles still running good and no major problems in the past and present involving transmissions or the engine.
    This would be my first mitsubishi car and I hope it will last beyond 100,000 miles if I do go for it.
    The dealer (N.CA,bay-area) went down from $13988.00 + fees to $12500.00 + fees. I told him I'll call him back 'cause I'm still shopping around. Off to the next mitsu........
  • What I would do about the price is check carsdirect.com , and then try to match or beat that price with the local dealer . Have in mind the $1000 rebate , try to make the dealer adjust that before taxes so you save yourself like $200 bucks.
    -Also good idea is to try autobytel or 1 or 2 of those things to have an idea.
  • Have been shopping prices on 2001 GTZ. Have gotten the following:
    Autobytel Dealer - $750 over invoice = @23127
    AutoTree Dealer - $23689
    CarsDirect - $23687

    Still can't decide though. Even though you get 1.9% financing, the value of the Mitsu after 5 years is about $2300 less than an Accord V6, and insurance is more on the GTZ. Any opinions...
  • I am a veteran and original owner of a 1995 Galant LS. Let me give you some simple advice - DON'T BUY A GALANT!

    Here's why -
    new transmission at 63,000 miles,
    new transmission again at 101,000 miles
    new rack and pinion at ~80,000 miles
    sqeaky belts, especially in cold weather (no adjustment gets rid of this)
    brakes are terrible - the rotors warp almost immediately under normal usage
    Mistubishi customer service is rude and inflexible

    In summary this car has cost me an arm and a leg to maintain and it is still worth less than the amount of principle left on the car loan (I wonder why??). I just wouldn't want anybody else to throw away as much money as I have.

    The car looks great though, and if you test drive it, you'll think it's a pretty good ride. If you're like me though, you're concerned mainly with 2 things:
    1) Reliability, especially beyond 50,000 miles
    2) resale value
    (these 2 are usually compliments of each other)

    The Galant fails miserably on these two metrics.

    Don't be fooled by good looks (in this case, at least). Look under the hood, so to speak.
  • I left out two other problems I had around 85,000 miles - motor and transmission mounts had to be replaced.

    Also, the sun roof leaks all over the front passenger in heavy rain.

    Let me know if you still think this car is worth buying...
  • I'll agree the resale value is not as good as the Honda or a few others. One thing you forgot about is that the Galant was redesigned in 1999. The Galant now has better 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control on high end models, a V-6 engine, a revised transmission, and other new options. The reliability on the 1995 model is a dismal 6.7 while on the 99 model it is a healthy 8.0. The Galant being made now is not the Galant of 1995. The Galant is not perfect, but I think the new Galants are much better than the ones made in the mid 90s.
  • But as usual there is always 2 sides on a coin . The resale value may not be as high as the Accord, but also take into consideration how much more you paid for the Accord to begin with .. Also, if you;re concerned about long term, buy an extended warranty all the way to 100,000 miles ... then you can get rid of it .
  • boston14boston14 Posts: 111
    Recall time is here people, Love my car but what the **** is this about now!!!
  • hi guys i have purchased a 1997 mitsubishi galant,equipped with the radio/nav system,my problem is that everything is in japanese,what can i do to have this system in english.
  • The 4 wheel disc brakes makes no difference brake maintainability in the 99-2001 Galants - they are still highly problematic and weak. My father has a 2000 Galant and has constant brake problems - the rotors are always warped. I quite sure that at the end of his lease, he will never get another Galant.

    DRobinson, what upgrade has been made to the transmission? And as far as reliability - I would hope and expect that the 99 models of any car have a higher reliability index than any 95 car - there's a 4 year age difference there! Once again, when my Galant was 2 years old (in 97), I had no complaints. In 1998, all hell broke loose as the aforementioned repairs cost me many thousands of dollars.

    Since 1995 there were some cosmetic redesigns and a larger engine available, but it is evident to me from close family members and friends who own newer Galants that poor quality still characterizes the Galant, as evidenced by high maintainability costs (rotor warpage, etc).

    ...and just yesterday I read about Mitsubishi's over 900,000 car recall which includes the Galant. I'm not surprised.
  • purp3purp3 Posts: 24
    I have a 2000ES 4cyl. Really like the car and think it is great value for the money. There are always some bad apples out there! Sorry to hear about your troubles. My buddy I work with has a 97 Galant with over 60,000 miles. He wasn't had any problems whatsoever except normal maintenance. Just found out my 2000 and his 97 have been recalled. Mine for a transmission line and his for something having to do with the steering. Hopefully, it won't be to bad to get this taken care of. Overall, I love my car and so does he! Happy driving!
  • The Galant is a unique car. It is good looking and fun to drive. So much so that it instills an almost instant loyalty. If you read this forum nearly all of the newer owners rave about their cars (and get angry at us who attempt to instill a bit of reality) while those of us who have put more miles on these cars know the real story. It is like looking back on high school and wishing, as we all do, that we knew then what we know now. Don't get me wrong, I too loved my Galant. However like amitsuowner and thousands of others, I put in two new transmissions over a period of 183,000 miles before I totalled it. I too replaced motor mounts. I replaced the entire front brake system (rotor, pads, calipers, etc.) at least three times and the brakes required pad replacement and turning of the rotors every 5 to 10 thousand miles. The interior trim was always falling off and the power window on the passenger's side was always very slow. To be fair though my only engine problems were a starter at @60,000 miles and new computer at 180,000 miles.

    Regarding the observations by drobinson19 about brake changes and transmission changes. My Galant was a '90 model. Consider that these problems have gone on year after year. If you just consider amitsuowner's car, it is a '95 - at least five years later than mine and Mistubishi still has not addressed the problems (actually if you compare reliability ratings in Consumer Reports my '90 model was a better car). If you scroll back on this forum just a bit you will see that these problems are still present. I live in Memphis but bumped into another gentleman last weekend from Cleveland. He too owned a Gallant, a 1999 model. He too loved his car but with only 23,000 miles he has already had to replace the transmission - so much for improvements. I could put up with some of the minor imperfections, the trim and such and would even buy buy another Galant if they would just address these two long standing problems, the transmission and the brakes.

    Lastly, regarding some the recent recalls. I cannot remember his exact words but even the new president of Mitsubishi, when announcing the recall, described the drive train linkage that is being recalled as flimsy or shoddy. By the way, since these same parts are used in several Chrysler products (also in the recall) several analysts blame much of Chrysler's recent decline on these unreliable parts.
  • boston14boston14 Posts: 111
    For all the time and trouble these many recalls takes from us shouldnt the company give owners a coupon for free tacos at taco time or something?
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