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Mitsubishi Galant



  • drobinson19drobinson19 Posts: 11
    Galants come equipped with a filter that takes out pollen and dust like the honda accord and other cars in its class. I don't know how hard it is to change it, but you are suppose to change it out every 15K or so.
  • dedsxyjdedsxyj Posts: 1
    im looking to buy my first car. i found a 1994 LS with ced player sun roof cloth interior and 90,000 miles on it, someone told me this was a terrible buy and to find something else. someone who owns a 1994 please respond and tell me the pros and cons.
  • marak88marak88 Posts: 57
    Thanks drobinson19 for the info, but now I would like to know if anyone out there had actually changed the AC pollen filter, I need to know if it can be done easily or is it a dealers job only?

  • jazz12jazz12 Posts: 6
    I purchased a 1999 galant GTZ on 8-99 from
    Tempe Mitsubishi in AZ. I am overall pleased
    with the car. I had noticed a slight shake in
    the front end when applying the brakes at higher
    speeds(70+ mph.) I took it in to have it inspected
    within an hour I was called and told there is a
    service bulletin on this problem. They replaced
    the lower control arms, bushings, ball joints,
    resurfaced the brake rotors, installed new brake
    pads, and did a front end alignment. This was all
    under warranty, ( the car has 17,000 miles). Hey,
    they even paided for the rental car which I had
    for 3 days. The car drives perfectly now. I
    wonder if anyone else has this problem I was told
    it applys to all Galant models. The bottom line
    is be aware of your car and ask questions. Tempe
    Mitsubishi gave me excellent service in buying
    and more important to me, the same excellent care
    when I had a problem and needed service.
  • tallgaltallgal Posts: 14
    I have that exact car! It has 62k miles on it. It is only worth $4200 RETAIL. I have a Pioneer CD system, sunroof, Anti-lock breaks, tinted windows, alloy wheels, etc.... and it is in MINT shape! $4200 is all she is worth. I have no idea what you were going to spend, but w/ 90k miles... I would say $3500 TOPS! Make sure the recall work has been done on it too! You will undoubtly need to put some $$$ in to it after purchasing!! Tune-up, tranny service, belts....
  • marcin97marcin97 Posts: 7
    I have 99 ES 4cyl. I bought it on 6-99 and currently have 40.5K mi. Problem with brakes I encountered in just few days after buying the car. Actually the only serious complaint I have is on very weak brakes. I complained several times but all I got out of it was free rotor turning at 24k mi. Jazz12, you've mentioned that there was a service bulletin and all of this was done free of charge. That's great b/c I know there is a problem. Do you have any other info on this announcement? If not could you provide me with your dealership tel number. I want my brakes fixed before it's too late. thanks, m
  • vac23vac23 Posts: 118
    I have the same car as you & problem as well. I thought they were just the rotors being warp but since they have a bulletin on it I might use that to get my problem fix. If you can provide any info on that bulletin I'd appresciate it!
  • jazz12jazz12 Posts: 6
    The problem I had with the vibration felt through
    the steering wheel when applying the brakes at
    highway speed was there from day 1 of purchasing
    the car. I was told when I took it in that this
    was being addressed on a case by case bases. I
    was also told that there is a "service bulletin"
    outlining all the necessary repairs. The dealer
    is Tempe Mitsubishi in Tempe Az. 480-940-3400
    My service consultant was Chris Bates, direct
    phone number 480-763-4024. I was also told that
    it is not a recall, but a "service bulletin".
  • truckdude1truckdude1 Posts: 88
    My Mom's sister drives a 1995 Galant ES,it now has 68,893 miles,and it runs great, but they just had to put a new water pump and timing belt, which to me is not normal for such a new car,the only thing i noticed was that it doesn't acclerate very quick and the engine is quite noisy when first going, but it is recieving nearly 27.3 miles per gallon highway, but since they had just purchased an Accord, the Galant only is used about 1500 miles per month locally, the body is in ok condition, some dents and normal tear and wear, but the paint is dark gray and looks like new.Just wanted to post this to let others with a galant know how it's doing.
  • drobinson19drobinson19 Posts: 11
    Replacing the timing belt on older cars without the new timing chain systems is common around 60-70k miles actually. Now they last to around 100K. My friend has a 94 Escort with 75k miles, his belt and water pump blew on the highway around 70k miles.
  • cajun626cajun626 Posts: 54
    Hopefully this info will help another owner. I've read through this board and seen tons of complaints. I've performed routine maintenance on my '94 ES and at 95K miles it still runs great. My complaints: paint is faded badly in a few spots, had to replace ALL power windows, pwr antenna motor broke, dome light doesn't always work. I brought it in to a local chain last week to get the water pump changed (slow leak). When we got the car back my wife noticed that the car ran rough and vibrated. The shop manager told us it just needed a tune-up. After a week of fighting with the store and bringing the car back a few times, the mgr returned our money. We brought it to the dealer and found out that the first shop didn't know how to adjust the balance belt when they put the timing belt back on. The dealer's shop set the timing correctly and it runs fine again. If your car runs rough after having the timing belt changed make them fix it!
  • ahngelahngel Posts: 1
    I love the way the galant looks but i am not so sure about buying one now that I have read some of the complaints! Shake and rattles and all.
    I have a 95 nissan altima that i wanna get rid of since lately it has been spending too much time in the shop for costly repairs. I heard of the 1.9% apr with mitsubishi since i like the way it looks I was thinking of trading in my altima..
    should i fix the dents and such b4 i trade in? I have heard that dealers will devalue a trade a lot if it has cosmetic damage... i owe a lot on it since i bought it used and got screwed by the dealer so i am trying to avoid them taking too much out of my trade.
  • marcin97marcin97 Posts: 7
    try selling it on your own first. by trading in you will never get your full value of your car. but selling might be pain in the rear, you have to arrange time for people to show your car and let them test drive it. there are + and - no matter which way you go :)
  • cajun626cajun626 Posts: 54
    The dealer wants over $100 to fix my broken power antenna motor. The antenna stays about midway up and the motor makes a nice grinding noise when the radio is first turned on/off. Can I get by cheaper by installing a whip antenna used on later models, or is there a way to disconnect the motor while leaving the antenna hooked up to the radio? I don't care about the antenna being stuck since the radio works, but I'd like to cut out the motor noise.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    Go and see what a dealer offers you for your car the way it sits. The price of the Galant shouldn't be more than $500 over invoice. If you don't like the deal walk and you're back to the drawing board.

    Most of the complaints I've seen here have been 99 models (which was first year of the redesign) or earlier models. I'm betting some of the kinks have been worked out. So far, our 01 has been flawless. I've had 4 camrys and run them pretty hard without a problem. Wife loved the Camrys, but the boring looks and passing one every block gets old so she wanted something nicer looking and less common. The Galant is better to drive IMHO than Camry/Accord, but the contols/function are nearly identical. I personally don't think the Galant will be as trouble-free as the Camrys, but I guess you gotta pay to play. They certainly aren't worse than most domestics, but the pricing is very close. We bought a V6 btw, I can't stand 4 bangers. I doubt the 4cyl Galant is as peppy as the Altima, but the V6 is super smooth and powerful.
  • 4u24u2 Posts: 17
    My Galant now has more than 10,000 miles; and, I am still extremely happy with it. The V6 is smooth. The brakes are awesome. The styling is wonderful. The Infinity sound system is booming.

    I think this car is an exceptional value, and I am glad that I chose to buy this car. Hey, ahngel, buy the Galant. It's great!!
  • jazz12jazz12 Posts: 6
    I purchased part # mr468848 from the dealer for
    my 99 Galant. No way will it fit. It would involve drilling 4 holes and fabrication of 2
    brackets to MAYBE make it fit. What did I do wrong? Did I get the wrong bar? I was told it
    is standard on 2000 and 2001 Eclipse's. I can't
    remember who, but a couple of people got the part
    from a dealer in texas. Don Herring Mitsubishi.
    They are the ones who told me it would fit my car.
    Any advice would really help me out .
  • jazz12jazz12 Posts: 6
    Help me VAC23. This stress bar thing is causing
    me great stress. No pun intended. sorry about my
    mistakes in sending messages. I wasn't wearing my
    glasses. Thanks a lot!
  • sortiz1130sortiz1130 Posts: 1
    I'm in the market for my first car. Someone is selling a 94 Galant LS w/ 140K miles on it. I know, that's a lot. It will only cost me 2 grand.
    I'm getting mixed reviews from people. One side - Too many miles.....Other side - It's your first car, just for practice...
    It has power everything, sunroof, ABS, dual airbags..Any advice is appreciated!!
  • vac23vac23 Posts: 118
    It sounds like you are missing the brackets that goes with it. There should be a total of 3 parts-the bar itself & the brackets (left & right) They aren't sold together as a set. The only other thing you'll need to get from the auto parts store are the nuts (I forgot what size they were) but you'll need 2 on each side to hold down the bar to the brackets. The part # for the brackets are MR468851 & MR468852
  • ultratechultratech Posts: 141
    Hi people, haven't been here for a long time, so for those interested here is an update of my 2k galant:

    -I bought my 2k silver 4cyl galant Dec of 1999
    -10,000 miles on it ( I know it's very little for a 1.5 yr car)
    -getting 24 mpg on 89 octane
    -Still accelerates like new and drives like new ( smells like new too LOL! )

    -Did 2 oil changes so far , had the steering wheel recall taken care of 6 months ago, and will be doing the transmission recall next week.

    Still nothing breaking apart and nothing to complain about.
    The paint still looks sparkling , cloth looks new still ( btw, my back seats were used like 15 times only )

    That's all for now, and hope my car will give me 2 or 3 more years of trouble free performance.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    While it sounds like a very nice car, you need to be prepared for expensive repairs. If/when something breaks you can easily exceed what you are paying for the car. I've always run my vehicles close to 200K miles without spending much on repairs, but you always need to be prepared for something expensive.

    It comes down to this: If you only have $2,000 and don't have much cash to spend on repairs you should buy something cheaper to maintain/operate. All those power options are nice until they break. Anytime you buy a used car with high miles, you've got to be prepared to drop $1000 or more on repairs just in case.
  • houdinigalhoudinigal Posts: 1
    I am having a huge problem deciding. My 1997 Acura Integra was stolen and stripped down to bare bones and I am now in the market for a replacement. Decided my "sporty" days are over and am in to "luxury". The Galant ES V6 has impressed me but the Accord also is tempting. Since I got such a great payoff on my Acura, I am acutely aware of resale value and the Galant seems to trail the Accord here. But maybe the price difference would make it a wash. Can anyone give me an idea of how they have fared with resale? Also, reliability has rated lower on the Galant than the Accord. I'm worried that the Galant might end up in the shop too much. I had not one day of problems with my Acura so I'm spoiled. Comments about either the Galant or the Accord would be greatly appreciated. I need to make a decision in the next 2 days.....aaarrgghhhhh!
  • blf2blf2 Posts: 38
    the Galant LS if you can find one. We had an Accord a few years back & it was a great car, trouble free and held onto its' value well. We currently have a Galant GTZ, and it's been great. The reason I'd look for an LS, if it's still in your price range, is that you stated you want luxury now, and the LS (along with the GTZ) has leather seating, Infinity sound system, side air bags, alloy wheels included in the LS package. I test drove an ES4cyl, a ESV6, and the GTZ, The GTZ had a more solid feel about it, not sure why, but it was quieter, and w/ the leather also has a more "upscale" look. If you could get a V6Honda w/ leather & primo sound system for the same as the LS, I'd take the Honda, but if you can find the LS for about 1500 less, I'd take the Galant, plus the Galant looks better In my opinion. Either car would be a good choice, if you have a good local dealer, that could sway the choice too! Good luck!
  • 4u24u2 Posts: 17
    When I was in the market to buy a new car I chose the Galant for a number of reasons. I live in a metropolitan city where car theft is rampant. The Accord is one of the top stolen cars. Moreover, it didn't offer an engine immobilizer. The Galant offers an engine immobilizer where the engine will not start unless with a key that transmits a signal to a computer. Also, I have over 10K miles in my 2001 Galant ES V6, and have not encountered any problems. Last night, another friend just complemented me on the car!! Tell us what you decide.
  • tallgaltallgal Posts: 14
    I am so glad I read your comment about the timing belt! I had mine replaced a couple of weeks ago, and have been going back and forth with my mechanic ever since! It is still off, I can tell. It vibrates, and while excelerating, jumps to 3-4000 rpm's . It is driving me nuts! I will insist that someone else look at it. I thought it had to be the timing belt, but now I know, thanks to you, it is probably the balance belt.
    As far as your question about the antenna.... I don't think they make a rubber one for the 94. I paid $78 for a new antenna and installed it. You will need help though, as one person needs to turn on the car, while the other pulls the antenna all the way out. Then plug in the new one.
  • truckdude1truckdude1 Posts: 88
    Hi is a 1999-2000 galant with 50000 miles still dependable? we hear the rental places sell them generally cheap, our friend has a 95'ES with 79,663 miles and he had to put in some money, but its noisy and the 4cyl is slow? do any of you know anything on the new ones, how fast it is or reliablilty? will the 4 cyl suite two or three people on the freeway at 85?..Well Respond ASAP.thanks
  • drobinson19drobinson19 Posts: 11
    The 99-2000 model Galants are much better than the older models. The new 4 cylinders are much quieter and improved over the pre-99 models and a little more powerful. The interior is much nicer, the outside styling is much improved, and overall ride and handling in vastly improved. If you are worried about speed then look for an ES V6. Quieter more powerful engine, better 4 wheel disc brake setup, 16 in. rims, and a few other features over an ES 4 cylinder. For just a little more. Its probably the best bargain in the bunch. I bought an 01 LS V6 3 and 1/2 months ago. It has 3200 miles on it. I have had no problems and absolutely love it. I would recommend the Galant to anyone.
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