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Mitsubishi Galant



  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    If you take a Look at the 04-'05 Galant you will see many design cues from higly sucessfull models--Current and Past Chrysler 300,The crease in the trunk lid,tall doors, same door handle, And other similar Sculpted Lines, The redesigned Galant took a whole different direction, from the more Jellybean shape, to a more tailored, hard lined look. It seems many cars are starting to take that approach, I for one like that look more, hard creases in the sheet metal, Makes it look more Musucular, and the tall doors sturdy looking and safer. I like the Galants Large Tall rear Bumper that extends into the rear 1/4 panel..The wheel well flares mimic the current Chrysler 300M, and the current Maxima..from the side the Galant has a short decklid.and a longer front..Just like the 300M..the rear door windows swoop at a 90 degree angle..Simalar to maximas..The only part that needs help on the current Galant is to remove the large crease in the hood, and maybe round off the area where the Mitsubishi emblem is..Good headlights though!! And the Interior Fabric in my (ES) looks cheap..but I say mitsu overall did a great job on the new Galant...especially along side the Ever boring Camry..and to a lesser extent ,Accord. The altima looks sloppy and back and the rear bumper hangs down to low...Galant's rear lamps are high and cornered...the Body line flows right into the rear lamps..and certain design theme on Galant also looks Passat-ish, Maxima-ish,Chryler 300-ish,Altima-ish.....Mitsu..wake up and Market your products...
  • Hi guys, I have a 1998 Mitsubishi Galant. I've noticed lately that after I have turned my car off, my car alarm would chirp 4 time every 15 mintues or so. Do you guys have any idea what this means?

  • stuckeystuckey Posts: 12
    How did you get such large rebates? I am a current 00 galant owner and am only aware of a $1500 rebate, plus $1000 loyalty rebate on new 05 galants.

    Thanks, Mike
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "but I say mitsu overall did a great job on the new Galant...especially along side the Ever boring Camry..and to a lesser extent ,Accord"

    I disagree. I own a '03 Galant and love the looks of it. However, the '04 is one ugly car. The sales numbers of the new Galant speak for themselves. They are WAY DOWN when compared to the old model. And the Camry and the Accord sell in far greater numbers. Yes, marketing plays a role-but that's not the problem here......
  • usaysousayso Posts: 25
    Thanks for asking. I bought my '04 LS on January 30th..... And they had a $3,000 consumer rebate on 2004's and a $2,000 Loyalty rabate. That's the reason I bought.

    I'm seeing Galants, ES, being blown out in Portland Oregon for $14, 499 this past weekend. And if you took the $1,000 Loyalty, $13,500!.... Amazing deals....

    I love my ugly duckling... The styling is growing on me slowly, even the front is looking better. I've seen the '06 pics and all they did was take the Diamonte front end and attach it. So it will be years before they get this Galant looking better.

    BUT it's the drive, it's the V6 motor, it's the handling, it's the smile it brings to your face when you pass 5 cars tapping 100 that really makes you enjoy this car. Where else can you find this power for this price point? Nothing selling for $15,000 comes close.

    Drive the V6.....
    Drive the LS...
    You'll be happy....
  • Hi: I am new to this forum. I have a 2002 Galant ES 4 cylinder. The manual says that the minimum octane rating for the fuel should be 87. And that's what I have used so far.

    Is there an advantage of using a higher octane fuel?

    Also is it bad for the engine to keep using the 87 fuel?


  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    If you really lookes at the numbers you will see Mitsubishi Drastically cut it's fleet business, to strenghten resale and profit..obviously it will take some time..
    the 99-03 Galant was nice for it's time but it was a dated design, if you notice alot of newer cars follow the basic design of the '04 Galant,
    Pontiac's G6,Chrysler's 300 series, Nissan's maxima and Altima, Passat,and somewhat the New 2005 Avalon...they all share a blocky side profile, especially in the C pillar,rear quarter window 90 Degree angle..I will Agree the front end could have been softened up, but the rest of the car has a fresh new look...where alot of new design's are going, I receive nothing but compliments on my 2004 Galant....:)
  • To friend needs her brakes changed and I will be doing the job this weekend. She questioned me why her mechanic friend could not get the wheel off without the rotor coming with the wheel. So I guess my question is, is there a special lock on the wheel he overlooked? Or is there another possibility that could be causing this?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I find it hysterical when people say this "I receive nothing but compliments on my ".

    Who do you think is really going to come up to you and be all "Wow, that is one butt-ugly car?". Certainly not strangers, and probably not friends.

    Sean, you can make all the excuses you want about the Galant's sales, and no longer going to fleets, but I recall reading recently that Mitsu is still doing about 20% fleet sales of Galants, higher than Camry and far higher than Accord. The new Galant hasnt helped Mitsu, and it will continue to be hammered in the marketplace, especially with the introduction of the new Hyundai Sonata. The 2005 Galant has a great service package, a good warranty, and standard side airbags (And clearly, Mitsu is playing the options game, sure side airbags are standard, but to get ABS on a 4 cylinder model you have get it fully loaded- at an MSRP of over $24 grand). Otherwise, its nothing more than a good, unexceptional vehicle whose current supply far outstrips demand because it brings nothing new to the class, while unfortunately suffering from poor resale, poor reputation, and an uncertain future for Mitsubishi Motors in America. In today's market place, good isn't good enough.

    Just for fun, here's my thoughts on the Galant when it first debuted in Fall 2003.
    alpha01, "Mitsubishi Galant" #1310, 17 Nov 2003 10:40 pm

  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "Sean, you can make all the excuses you want about the Galant's sales, and no longer going to fleets, but I recall reading recently that Mitsu is still doing about 20% fleet sales of Galants, higher than Camry and far higher than Accord."

    I have to agree with Alpha. I have been to a Mitsu dealership-and there were several redesign '04's that were "off rental" (not dealer loaners) for sale on their used car lot. They were your standard ES models with the typical equipment. Asking $13,999. I bet you could get them "out the door" at $12,000.00 Talk about poor resale......But that's why I bought a '03 ES-it was CHEAP!!!
  • usaysousayso Posts: 25
    Hi gang!

    You're right if you buy right like I did '04 LS for $14,800 (V6 MSRP $21,992) you beat Accord and Camry which sell for at least $2,500+ more for the 4 cylinder versions, V6 would be at least another $3,500 more. Soooo, if I were to sell my '04 LS after 5 years it will be worth $8,200 at Trade-in values. My depreciation, $6,600.... While the Accord or Camry with V6 will depreciate to $8,900 and one's depreciation would be at least $11,000 from what they paid..... These Trade in Values are from Kelly for 2000 models with 50,000 miles in Good condition. Sooooo, you see Buy Low Sell Lower and still beat the class leaders at there own game...

    Happy Motoring!
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    I have a top of the line 2003 LS V6 car w/ every option. If you look @ KBB numbers, my car actually went up on resale over last year. Mitsu was suffering quite a bit from that 000 backlash, and their entire product line took a hit. But people were starting to realize what great cars they were for stupid cheap low prices on the used market. There are plenty of the ES 4 cyl cars still out there from the rental fleets, but the LS V6's and GTZ's are a lot harder to find and starting to command higher resale values.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    ...but it's a nice dream to have - think of that beach house you always wanted and with Galant's increasing resale values it may be yours in a few years :)
  • usaysousayso Posts: 25
    Hi Crac...
    What's a nice Isuzu/Pontiac guy doing in a place like this?

    By the way, how much did you pay for your '04 GTO?

    I've read folks buying them for $10,000 off MSRP..... using rebates and GM credit card discounts and secret slush funds that GM uses to push there product out the door.

    Are you looking for another sedan or are you just thinking how can these guys be serious about this car?

    Anyway, Happy Motoring!
  • serniterserniter Posts: 12
    I've been browsing through used car listings and find that Galants have attractive prices. Judging from this forum, I get the feeling some of them might have been rental cars. So, I'll probably stick to a private seller. Does anyone know if rental cars are usually the I4s or do they also use V6s? The other thing is long term reliability, as I need to keep the car for atleast 5 years. Typically I'm lookin at a '02 Galant with 30-40k miles on it for $8000. I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thanks.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I purchased a previous rental Galant LS '03 with only 15,000 miles on it. Almost all "off rentals" will be the LS w/4cyl. I have purchased many makes of previous rentals through the years. All have been reliable. With my '03, I got the rest of the 36,000 mile bumper to bumper and the 50,000 powertrain warranty. It now has 39,000 miles on it with no problems. With the "off rental" you get the remainder of the warranty---Where is the risk? I would think about spending an additional $1,000.00 to get you in to a one -year later model and a warranty.
  • serniterserniter Posts: 12
    Thanks Chuck1, appreciate the suggestions.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    I've always liked Galants (and Mitsus in general) and I test drove quite a few in the past... I was ready to pull a trigger on a new black 2004 Diamante VR-X for $19K plus TTT when my local Carmax was closing its Mitsubishi franchise last year but someone from NC snatched it from right under me. New Galants had nothing to offer over that car except the side airbags. They're still very much overpriced, no matter how anybody spins it or unless it's your LS for $15K...

    Christmas eve I again had a chance to get that new Diamante (different vehicle of course) from another closing dealership for $20K OTD. I was torn between it and the other Australian-made vehicle 2004 GTO SE for $22K OTD... A two-year lease of $120/month (less than $3K total for 2 years) kinda sealed the deal for me, so I'm now driving my first "American" vehicle. It's true that incentives were unreal back then and I hope 2006 will bring something similar and I'll be able to drive 400hp for $20K for good :-)

    Get your GM card, spend $100 bucks, earn your five points, stop using it, and wait for the points to turn to $2000-$5000 each Nov/Dec...

    Otherwise, I'll be back to my '92 Mighty Max that's sitting in my driveway collecting pollen right now - hehe.
  • Hey Cracovian, you look really young in that pic! :) I actually like the GTO either with 350 or 400 hp, but I'm more of a sedan man. My GTS is still going strong 15 months old and 29,800 miles and so far so good. Still lookin' for a good set of rims might go with a black web design with 10 spokes and a thick chrome lip. P.S. dump Buick and keep Pontiac.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,217
    My 99 LS was sitting on an even 101000 this morning when I got in to work. No major work has been necessary other than a relatively cheap gasket repair with 80some thousand miles and even that was more preventive as it had not blown but had the tiniest of oil leaks.

    I still average 23-25MPG in mixed driving and 25-27 straight highway, which is not bad at all from the 3L V6. I mostly use the recommended premium but sometimes use midgrade or even regular gas. Using regular I notice a slight decrease in performanace and maybe 0.5 or so less MPG but otherwise it runs fine; no engine knock or ping.

    Everything on the car still works, from the AC to the sunroof to the CD player. No noticeable rust or cracks in the leather. Brakes were done as follows: fronts @ 22K (warranty), rear @ 60K, fronts @ 67K. Tires were replaced at 55K or so and are still going strong. Battery replaced after about 3.5 years. The muffler is original. I put in a K&N air filter to avoid buying one every 15K miles; no problems there.

    Oh, I live in the Chicago area so it's seen it's share of road salt, cold weather, and hot weather. It's been garaged overnight the past 3 years but has never had issues from being left outside.

    Really, while I like some of the new cars that have come out recently, I can't justify buying a new one when my Galant just offers everything I want (except traction control which wasn't available on the 99s) and has been paid off for 4 years.
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