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Mitsubishi Galant



  • cgacga Posts: 23
    Thanks, yes, I'm aware of that. I don't know enough to be sure, but I think the timed headlight feature may conflict with an aftermarket daytime running light kit I've been using on other cars, which requires a hot lead that stays off when the ignition is off.
  • workathomeworkathome Posts: 13
    Let me know if you try doing the mod on the fogs. I was thinking of putting in a third set right next to the current fogs. There is a place there on mine to fit. Think that would be to much??

    And also, I saw a ground package that you can get for 8 hun out of NY. I was going to do just the sides for now and see what it looked like.
    the site is, this is the only place I've found to have any aftermarket packages.

    Mods I've done to mine so far.
    1.Taped out the HL with color matching.
    2.Color matched the grill, which defines the car more, and left a patch of chrome in the center. almost like the GTZ.
    3.Pulled off the Mitsu chrome name and 3 diamond HUGE thing.. (careful, its got holes)

    Has anyone put a K&N filter in their Galant yet?
  • yadilosyadilos Posts: 2
    Sorry if this has been posted before and I missed it, but C&D ran a 40,000 mile update for their Galant in the June issue. Appears they still dig it. Low maintenance cost, quicker, and almost all positive comments in the logbook. Cool. You might wanna pick up a copy if you can still find one.

    My silver 2000 V-6 ES is at 5,400 miles and received it's first purple heart. One of those "little old ladies backed into me" stories. Dented the front fender and scrapped the front bumper for a total of $850. :(
  • cgacga Posts: 23
    Thanks for the link. I'll let you know if I try the fog light modification, but as you mentioned, in the end I'll probably try and install an additional set of lights -- I guess there's room next to the current fog lights for one of those newer small profile types. I have a set of very large Hella lights which are excellent, but installing those would require cutting out some of the plastic housing around the stock fog lights (which I'd rather avoid).
  • mpevznermpevzner Posts: 41
    They picked Galant because they were paid for it. If Yugo paid them enough (and if it was still in production) they would probably pick it as 'most reliable car' too. As for the Lemon law in California, if there's no safety issue - the car is not a lemon. For example if you sunroof is stuck and would not open - it's not a lemon because it makes the car unpleasant, but doesn't make it unsafe. So if you figure out that your car is unsafe to drive, you can claim it a lemon, PROVIDED YOU SURVIVED after discovering it.
    Being a consultant myself, I know that any advice (or other consulting) that you get for free is worth the EXACT AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU PAID FOR IT! This is how I value AAA, "Car and Driver" and all that crap. I trust something that I have seen, touched, drove not what I read about. Just by the way, do you know why journalists are sometimes referred as "second most ancient profession" or "professional unemloyed"? Because their job is to write about things they have no idea about.
  • bigb8bigb8 Posts: 6
    MPEVZNER, I am new to this page but your complaining is tiresome already. If so called established 3rd pary experts are not satisfactory then who do we go to for advice? You? I recently purchased a 2000 Galant ES for 60 months @ 0.9% and love it. I traded in a Nissan Altima, which was reliable and had a nice 4 cyl engine but was just ugly. I think Mitsubishi did it right with the new Galant. The styling is original the engine is adequate, though I wished it did have a 5-speed, and the price and special financing rates are unbeatable in this price range. I've only had it about 3 weeks but so far so good. It has a nice ride and feel. Some people need to find different outlets for there frustrations. If you don't like the car trade it in and move on....
  • sajaysajay Posts: 1
    hello everyone,
    i just purchased a galant from a dealer who avertised it as 97' but when i checked the VIN no it showed me that it was purchased in the month of DEC 97'.... so how do i know whether its a 97' or 98' model car and is there any difference bet' 97' and 98'...if any can let me know i'll be really happy.
  • vac23vac23 Posts: 118
    Let's take a vote here. Of all the Galant owners in this forum who thinks their car is a piece of junk? You're in the minority MP accept it & move on.
  • workathomeworkathome Posts: 13
    YO - SHUT UP on your complaints. I LOVE MY GALANT. I drove it from LA to Chicago and it drove like a dream. 00 LS Well, gee, there is one thing wrong, MP, I keep running out of road cuz my car rides so smooooooth!! My car is blessed in the city and blessed on the highway!

    Seriously dude, you need to get a LIFE!!!
  • workathomeworkathome Posts: 13
    HE'S a SPY......... the dirty Dozen, Hitler of the Galants. Spray 'em down boys. Mitsu came out with a "kickin" machine (the Galant V6) and now they're trying to take us down.

    As a great man once said, "Son, it's not where you start but it's where you finish." So far Mits has finished with an outstanding product. Next year will be even better hopefully.
    The BEST is YET To Come!!!!

    MMGC - Millennium Mitsu Galant Club...

    Anyone want to JOIN MMGC ??
  • workathomeworkathome Posts: 13
    Millenium Mitsubishi Galant Club

    Check it out!!!
  • magwaimagwai Posts: 4
    I bought it in January and feel pretty happy with car so far. Idle was smooth for first couple thousand miles but started getting rough and noticed engine vibration more on park or in neutral. Had more hesitation when flooring it also and felt that car wasn't as fast as before. Took it in to dealership and had 12000 mile service done to it. Car feels like it was running new again so don't know what they did to make it run good again. They said nothing was wrong with my engine and idle was smooth. Any idea what could've happened to my car and what dealership did to fix it? I've been putting 92 octane gas from good gas stations so dont think its the gas. Changed oil every 3000 so far also. I think for new car, engine should be smooth and worry free. Used to driving smooth Hondas and Toyotas. Overall happy with car because not that many people have GTZ's but wish this was AWD turbo model available in Japan with 280 hp with manual tranny.
  • marcinmarcin Posts: 64
    just one question - if you can afford to buy Audi, BMW or Mercedes why did you buy a Galant? If you can afford these all-German cars then just trade your Galant and your whining will be over! And this forum had enough of you already.
  • epikgtzepikgtz Posts: 18
    Here is some information about VIN Numbers (at least I am pretty sure this is accurate):

    1st number = Country (4 = US)
    2nd number = Make, E=Eagle, A=Mitsu, P=Plymouth
    3rd number = Vehicle Type (3=Car)
    4th number = Seat Belts? (B=Manual, C=Auto)
    5th number = Line (S=FWD models, T=AWD, etc.)
    6th number = Price Class (Higher number=higher trim)
    7th number = Body Style (4=Hatchback)
    8th number = Engine size (dunno how it's determined)
    9th number = A verification code, to verify the other data. (I dunno how that is determined either)

    Here's the important one for you...

    10th number = Year, A=1980, B=1981. They skipped I and O (probably so they wouldn't get confused for numbers), so J=1988 and P=1993. (so in your case if the 10th number is T, then your car is a '97 and if it's a U, then you have a '98)

    11th number = Plant by Make (K = DSM in Normal, IL)
    12-17 = Serial Number, Assumably sequintial, but some manufacturers use encoding of more data here, e.g. I think Harley used only even number in even years. DSM may incorporate some such system as well.

    For example VIN # 4A3BS44T3PExxxxxx would be aa US made, Mitsubishi, Car, made in 1993 and came out of the Normal IL. plant.

    I hope this helps.

    - EpiKGTZ
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    Posters like MPEVZNER aren't new to these forums. There was a similar poster in the Honda forums.

    If you ignore these whiners, they will go away. They can't stand being ignored!

    And he is thinking about buying a Audi !!??

    He has no idea what real troubles are!!
  • floridianfloridian Posts: 219
    fwiw: just returned from a round trip from central florida to colunbus ohio. drove my '99 galant 4cyl solo up I75,a little over 900 miles in 14 hours. average 32 mpg. running with the "big dogs" 80 to 85 mph the whole way (no tickets)this car is terrific. a total of 16k on the thing. no squeeks, rattles or other problems. for the money it blows away all in it's class hands down. go suck an egg MPEVZNER !!!

  • L8_ApexL8_Apex Posts: 187
    Are both welcome as long as they intended to help both owners and shoppers. While all are encouraged to provide information about positive and negative experiences, these forums shouldn't be used to blow off steam about a bad experience. Please keep this in mind as well as the general guidelines regarding civil discourse in the Participants' Agreement. I've not deleted anything yet but fear that I may have to soon...

    Take care,

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  • mishabr22mishabr22 Posts: 1
    I got a flat this evening, and i had to change the tire under the heavy rain :(
    Anyway, when i went to the closest shop to fix my tire, he told me that my tire is more than half worn, and that it is got 10K miles left. This is the front right-side tire, I have only 8K on my car, and i am wondering if it is normal.
    Other than that, i got absolutely no problems with my car, it runs strong, and i am not sorry that i got Galant.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    I agree with you except for one thing. He will not have any more trouble with Audi than he did with his Galant. I know as I am the proud owner of a VW Jetta. Lots of component sharing with Audi since Audi is owned by VW. For the record, I had a 97 Civic and a 96 Integra. Both were CRAP. Could not handle the abuse I put on them. My VW is the only car that is durable for my kind of driving - meaning hard and fast.

    Just had to defend the good VW/Audi name...:)
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    I am sure the Galants are better than the Hondas. I am intrigued by all the great finance rates. How is everyone finding the windnoise and tire noise in their cars??
  • bigb8bigb8 Posts: 6
    I love my new 2000 Galant ES. The only problem is that my dome light keeps falling out and won't stay in place. I am taking it to the dealer but do find it disheartening since I've only had the vehicle 3 weeks. Otherwise no problems.
  • bigb8bigb8 Posts: 6
    The 1.9% for 60 months got me in the store. Have not had any problem with wind or tire noise...
  • mpevznermpevzner Posts: 41
    As I don't want to turn this message board into a pissing contest I ain't gonna answer to all the insulting posts. I believe that it's pretty obvious for everyone that people who post insults are not worth our attention. I don't work for any car manufacturer and I am in no way affiliated with car business. I believe I have some fairly decent knowledge of cars, because I have a professional race car driver's license and I participated in several rally championships including winter rally in Russia, Sweden and Finland. If you have ever tried racing on snow and ice you know what the hell I am talking about. I bought Mitsubishi because I had some good experience with their old cars. The other reason was that I wanted a reasonably-priced trouble-free vehicle for everyday driving. I wanted to save some money for my custom-built sports car (I wanted an Impreza WRX or a Porsche). It seems to me that this approach didn't work very well. Galant doesn't seem to be a good everyday driver. It's because of the poor quality. I don't believe in Honda and Toyota quality either, my friends had anough bad experience with these cars. If I buy an A6 or an E class I will have to wait with my fun car for a while. I have also lost money by buying Galant, because their resale value sucks, which makes it even more frustrating. When I bought this car I never intended to sell it any time soon.
  • mpevznermpevzner Posts: 41
    Galant has lousy goodyears which are noisy. My car has $15K and they are almost gone. If I will have to keep the car I'll replace them under warranty and put the new ones on eBay. Michelin, Yokohama are definiety better and more expensive. The wind noise is also available as an option, if you turn the stereo off. As my hearing is not very good, so I don't care for it too much.
  • jordeejordee Posts: 1
    Has anyone seen the Mitsubishi commercials on TV? I do not understand, they say that for a ltd time you can get a Mitsu for 0.9 APR for 5 years? WHAT IS THAT?
  • cgacga Posts: 23
    Regarding wind and vehicle noise -- the first thing I noticed about the Galant when I test drove it was how quiet it is. And frankly this is one of the main reasons I bought it, along with the zero percent three year financing. I've read others complain about wind and vehicle noise and am perplexed. On the one hand at steady speed I find the Galant the quietest car I've ever owned on the road, and am wondering how it is mine is so quiet while others aren't (my hearing is good); and on the other hand I'm wondering why so few people are NOT annoyed by the emergency brake lever/dashboard right leg pinching (on a normal leg). The resale value issue is a fairly significant black mark against the car, but if you hold onto it long enough this factor becomes less and less important. The original tires on my car, by the way, are decidely quiet, but the car has a slight, but to me annoying hesitation that I noticed from the day I bought it, but the dealer refuses to even address this issue. Still...I like the car and by comparison consider it a good value in a universe of absurdly inflated sticker prices.
  • vac23vac23 Posts: 118
    I have a '99 GTZ with Goodyear eagles on them. They are extremely noise. I test drove a ES 4cyl which doesn't have Goodyears on them & the interior noise was very quiet. Good thing the tires are going to need replacing by the end of the summer. Gonna put Michelins on them. THat should help lower the noise level inside
  • ultratechultratech Posts: 141
    When I bought mines, the dealer didn't even mentioned the ad fee, they just told me a higher invoice, i mean like $200 higher than everyone else Then they just added $250 over that invoice...
    About tire noice, I have bridgestone tires on my 4-cyl, and no noice at all ...
    no complains about emergency brake, lights , rattles, handling, ...
  • floridianfloridian Posts: 219
    our resident Galant hater (we all know who that is)must be flogging the living hell out of his car. Goodyear tires as bad as they are should not "be almost gone" at 15k unless they have been grossley abused. Replaced under warranty ? Get real they'll laugh him out of the shop !! Mine have 16k on them and have virtually no measurable wear (not even been rotated)me thinks the boasting about a "racing license", European winter competetion etc is at best a bunch of "malarky" Anyone so informed about things automotive would have certainly seen thru the "glossy paint and good looks" to see the really crummy car beneath that he seems to be convinced that the car is. I feel he just has a BIG case of buyer remorse and is looking for a scapegoat in the car itself.You will never convince me that the Galant is no less than the BEST buy in it's class and I love mine and the other NINE (yes 9)that all my service reps drive.

    Sorry old man, buy in haste, repent at leasure !!

    Floridian (aka killjoy)
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    that Goodyear Eagles do stink. My Jetta has them, only has just over 15k, and the dealer is replacing them for free today. There was a bad batch of Goodyear Eagles produced in early 99 I guess (bought my car in 4/99, it was made in 3/99 in Mexico). They are putting the same brand and type of tires on, but have promised me that they won't be bald within 15k miles.....
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