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Mitsubishi Galant



  • jlimkjlimk Posts: 3
    Hello, I am looking at a 99 ES V6 Galant which is selling at $9825. As I have never own a Mitsubishi before, I don't know how reliable is this car. Would you classify it with the Hondas and Toyotas (cars that run forever) or is it like a Mazda ([non-permissible content removed] make but is really a ford)? Any advise will be great. Thanks.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,225
    Reliability wise, it's sort of in-between a domestic and a honda/toyota IMHO. Which makes it a good deal on the resale market because it depreciates as fast as the domestics. $9825 for a '99 though seems kinda high. I just sold my '01 ES V6 with 9,700 miles and every single option available for $13,000. And I had to work to get that. Market sucks right now if you're selling, but it puts you in a good position.

    btw, Mazda is actually pretty good and in most cases Mazda provides goods to Ford but not the other way around. The Ranger is associated with the Mazda pickup and the old Probes had some Mazda parts but I don't think it goes much deeper than that. Chrysler and Mitsubishi are similarly joined at a factory in IL. When I bought my Sebring it was built in the same factory as the Eclipse and shared a lot of parts.
  • jlimkjlimk Posts: 3
    The Galant has 48k miles on it. Has standard options. What would be a reasonable price for the car? I am thinking of bargaining it down to $10k (car, sales tax, titles, fees etc included).

    My experience with Toyotas and Hondas has been great. However, my Mazda MX6 almost fell apart. Thus, my prejudice against Mazda.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,225
    private sale price is a good indicator to market value. Their retail price is crazy. Private sale price on a '99 ES V6 with 50K miles is around $8300. I sold mine for $1000 less than KBB private sale which was the only offer I got on the car in two months. But if you're satisfied with the car and willing to pay their price then it's a good deal. Willing buyer/willing seller is how it works! Good luck!
  • bbf65bbf65 Posts: 29
    personally, i have had 2 mitsubishi galants
    ('96 S and '01 ES-V6).
    they never let me down.
    as reliable as my sister's honda (civic) and my other sister's toyota (camry).
    my parents also have a lancer and prior to that, 2 previous generation lancers which they kept for at least 5 years.
    no major problems.

    so from our experience, mitsus are just as reliable as other japanese makes.
  • jlimkjlimk Posts: 3
    Thanks for all your advice. I will be test driving the car this weekend.
    Thanks again!!
  • I had the unfortunate experience trying to deal with Mitsubishi dealership. My aunt's car did not start, after a quick run to the store. So, I had the car towed to the dealership. The car is on a 5 year lease with only 35k miles. I was sure it was the battery, but I thought it was under warranty and should be replaced for free. That is a beauty of leasing, you don't have to worry about things like that (except of course maintenance work).
    Bottom line, she took the car in. The dealer wanted to charge her $70 to look at the car, and additional $90+ tax for the battery. I complained, talked to the Service manager, but they stated the battery only has 3 year warranty. It is not covered under warranty.
    Usually if I go to the mechanic, they would take the diagnostic charge and apply it towards the repair. But no, not this dealership. Anyway, after complaining for about 1 hour, the cut the bill $35.
    I have owned several new cars, and I have never been charged during my first 36K miles for anything that made my car non-operational.
    Just with that experience I would never own a mitsubishi vehicle. I have dealt with jeep, toyota, nissan, ford. No problems with customer service. Of course the jeep always stated, "normal for jeep" for every problem.
    Just wanted some of prospective buyers know about my "bad apple" experience.
  • y338y338 Posts: 6
    My car always stalls after the engine was started in the first 15 mins when the trans is in the Drive mode. (It doesn not stall if it is in the park mode)It usually happens when I step on the brake and stop in front of traffic lights. I therefore brought the car to the dealer and the technician advised me to replace the Idle speed control motor. The tech. also suggested to do a major tune-up for the car but I only decided to replace the speed control units. However, after the part was replaced, the problem still exists. The car is still in the dealer shop now. Does anyone have any idea what causes the problem? Is it because of the transmission? Thanks!
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I had a 93 Diamante that went through the same exact problem. Have your throttle body cleaned (simple process of spraying throttle body cleaner into it and taking a rag on a pole and wiping out all the gunk). More than likely, the throttle body is all gunked up with carbon deposits and it is blocking the air flow through 2 small pinholes when the throttle is in the closed position (aka, at idle). If these pinholes are blocked, the car starves for air and stalls. The car will tend to stall when in drive and stay running in park because while in drive, the engine is under load and idles lower than it does while in park. I can't guarantee this will fix your problem, but it fixed mine without having to replace the expensive idle speed control motor. I had to do it once a year on my car. Poor quality gas tends to gunk up the throttle body faster, so you might want to look at what kind of gas you are putting in it.
  • Hey has anyone out there heard of metallic flip. I just got back my 2001 Galant from a reputable body shop and when you look at it from a certain angle in the sun it looks horrible. The car is dark metallic red, and when looking at it from behind the parts that were re-painted look pink and have no reflective qualities at all. If I look at it from the front it looks all right. Needless to say I took it back and told them to fix it. The service advisor said he had seen this before and called it metallic flip. So what I am wondering is this really a term or did he make it up to cover up a bad paint job.
  • Please help me find the web sites for 2002
    inventory. I am looking for a bargain price on
    new old models.
  • I have a 42 months old '99 Galant DE with 35k miles on it. The lease (balloon actually) is due to expire in a couple of weeks. I already acquired it's replacement, so I had no interest in keeping the vehicle until my dad the other day mentioned that if the price was right he could use it as a second vehicle. The buyout payment on the car is $9,200, KBB retail is $7,500 and trade in is $5,600. I called MMCA (Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America) to ask about if the buyout payment was negotiable and the agent flat out said no. I decided not the push it any further and finished the call. With the above numbers it would be a very, very bad financial decision to buy the car, as you will be $1,7000 upside down from the beginning. I was wondering if any of you have had any luck negotiating the buyout payment. Some leasing companies have their buyout payments insured (that's what I've heard), so maybe that's the reason they didn't want to negotiate. So please share your experiences and recommendations.
  • I have 1995 Galant with 170,000 miles on it and it's runs like a new car. I purchased the car with 32,000 miles on it in 1998. The car has never had any major work on it thank god. One thing I am noticing is that when I go start it sometimes it doesn't do anything but eventually it catches. It doesn't do it all the time but sometimes. When I say it doesn't do anyhting it doesn't. Can anyone give me advice on what they think the problem is? And is it true that if you havn'e changed your transmission fluid/filter etc.. you shouldn't because it might mess up the transmission? e- mail back at
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Wow! $2500 cash incentives are available in my area, and after checking dealer inventory, there are quite a few V6 models around... This means that, if you can negotiate down to invoice, you can get a great V6 Galant for more than $3500 OFF sticker. That price makes a decent car great. And although reliability isnt what it once was, these savings leave alot in the budget for an extra warranty! If there were prices like this when we got our Camry in Dec 2001, the choice would have been ALOT harder.
  • 01 ES V6, 27k miles
    After unplugging the battery mileage for city driving dropped from 21-22 mpg to about 17-18 mpg (using same 89 gas, 10% ethanol in CA). Anybody had experienced similar problems? BTW my highway mileage has not been much better than the city mileage. Great car otherwise, bought used one year ago with 20k on it.
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    This is the last year for this body style of Galant so thats why there are good deals. I think the new body style comes out in September for the 04 model year. The Galant is a good bang for the buck.
  • Then every midsize will be redesigned by then.
  • wgrwgr Posts: 127
    When is the redesigned 04 model going to be at dealers ? Does anyone have any site for pictures ?
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    It looks like the Camry a lot from the sides, but then again, it was disguised. I cannot wait to see it in person!
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    What we can guess is the new Galant should have a 2.4 liter SOHC 16 valve 4 cylinder with MIVECS (Mitsu's version of Honda's VTEC variable valve timing system). This engine produces 160 hp, so the Galant is finally on equal terms hp wise with the Accord, Camry, and Mazda 6. This engine will also power the 04 Lancer Ralliart. The Lancer ought to be tranformed into one sweet pocket rocket with this engine! If the Galant stays on the lighter end of the scale, it should be pretty quick too.
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