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Mitsubishi Galant



  • ksuenksuen Posts: 1
    I am planning to get a 2003 Galant. Can anyone tell me if it is reliable? I am currently driving a Honda Del Sol with over 200K miles. It is still running OK but it is time to get something newer. I don't want to spend too much and the 2003 Galant is within my budget. Please email me @ I appreciate any advise.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I own one. If your getting the 4cyl. or 6 cyl. they are both very reliable. If your getting an '03-I assume that there is so sort of factory warranty still left. No matter how good the car-it's always buyer beware!
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The 03 Galant is a great car. I have a top of the line LS V6 w/ every option. The V6 is plenty powerful and it handles pretty well for a fwd car.

    I don't like the styling of the new car and prefer the older body style of the 99-03 generation. I think it's every bit as reliable as a Honda or Toyota. I worked for Mitsu for several years and bought one after I left the company. Depreciation is steep and I was able to pick up a very low mileage 03 that stickers for almost $25,000 new for a hair over 15 grand.

    There are a bunch on the base ES 4 bangers out they beacuse of the rental fleets. So you shouldn't have much trouble finding one. They're everywhere. But the higer end LS and GTZ'a are a bit harder to find.
  • richnflrichnfl Posts: 1
    I own an 03 Galant ES w/Sun & Sound package. I have enjoyed the car for the most part. Prior to owning the Galant I was a Toyota Camry owner.

    My Galant experience has been mixed. I am very upset by the steep depreciation. I am almost $11k upside down. I have 26k miles on the car and it has been in the shop for brakes and sunroof repairs. The Mitsubishi dealer in my area is rude and unprofessional. I like the look of the Galant and the it has the smoothest ride of any vehicle I have ever owned.

    I can't say my next car will be a Mitsu however. Since the companies future is uncertain and the dealer experience tends to be poor. I will spend my money elsewhere.
  • jaygejayge Posts: 2
    We just sold our 1990 Mitsubish Galant (original owners) with 120,000 miles on it. The inside and outside looked beautiful. Mitsubishi has probably the best finishes of anyone. Also the car was in excellent shape and expenses for the time we owned it were almost nil.

    We just bought the new 2005 Galant V6 and love it in every way.

    The Galants are really built well and the prices are excellent with extremely good rebates and best Warranty all around.
  • jaygejayge Posts: 2
    The Mitsubishi Galants are great cars. We put in over 120,000 miles on ours with little repairs and sold it for a good price because it was in excellent condition in and out. It was so great we bought the new 2005 V6 Galant LS and it does have ABS and front and side air bags and we just love it. Galants have long term reliability and low maintenance costs - go ahead and get yours.
  • fsvfsv Posts: 196
    Could pls someone tell me from their own experience (not from reading magazines) the actual mileage 2004-2005 Galant GTS gets with 3.8L on a gallon of gas? Tomorrow (Monday 7th) I have to give answer to my dealer if I take Galant GTS or not. Deal is too sweet not to take, but if the gas goes toward 3-4 dollars a gallon and the car has poor fuel economy, I'll be rather riding bus... Thanx everyone in advance.
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    CR just rated the reliability above average(red check mark)for the whole 99-03 generation of Galant. The only bad mark the last generation Galant got was for the brakes. Everything else CR marked pretty good. It was a great improvement in terms of reliability from the 93-98 Galant I think. CR don't reccomend the 97 Galant for a used car.
  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    I to had experience with a 1991 Galant with nearly 180K,(learned to drive on it) and last year I bought the 2004 Galant, Though the 2004 is solid in my opinion, the 1991 had a just as good build quality, but I beleive these were actually made in Japan, and the newer generations are cheapened, not in reliability, but in material quality, though the 1991 Galant required maintnance, the engine was not showing any signs of giving up nearing 200K abused miles. IMHO, I am picky about exterior panel finish and gaps, and I have yet to find one on my 2004 Galant, paint seems thick also.I really think Mitsu did a great job on the 2004 redesign, especially the side profile, very aggresive and sporty for a 4door, much better than Accord and Camry...
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    "Though the 2004 is solid in my opinion, the 1991 had a just as good build quality, but I beleive these were actually made in Japan, and the newer generations are cheapened, not in reliability, but in material quality,"

    I have never sat it in a 91 Galant so I can't talk about interior quality. As far as reliability since you are saying the late 80's/rearly 90's Galant(not sure what model years that particular generation of Galant ran from) was built in Japan in my opinion the plant in Normal, Illinois has done a great job at improving build quality from the 93-98 Galants to 99-03 Galants. As far as interior quality I'll agree the interior quality while not hideous in the US built Galants(93-98 and 99-03)those models should have used better interior materials than they did. The 93-98 Galant interior was actually decent. I think with the 99-03 Galants if you had the leather interior the interior didn't look too bad. With the cloth the interior kinda had a little cheap(not too bad but not great either.)
  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    Why you feel the need to quote my post is beyond me? Just stating my opinion
    I would say the Illinois plant, which is not far from me, does a good job, and in fact is one of the most advanced in the country, but they are running under capacity, I have heard from a guy that used to work there that Rich Gilligan is dedicated to returning the MMNA factory to full capacity, A 500million dollar plant. I am impressed with the build quality of my '04 Galant, but the interior is nothing special, the seat cloth is generic looking, and some plastic materials look cheap..but zero interior rattles etc..even toyota is having complaint after complaint with Camry's interior rattles..Mitsubishi N.America just had its best sales month since May'04..Good product..lousy advertising/marketing/loan practices..
  • My 2000 Galant ES is in the shop for timing belt & water pump. I met with the local Mitsu dealership to price out a 2005 GTS. This is the deal they offered $$4,000 for my 2000 (68,000 miles) and finance $18, 341.00. The car has 3,000 miles on it (they say the owner drove it for a few months). This car is SWEET!! Any thoughts or suggestions??
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I have seen used '04 ES (previous rentals) for an ASKING price of $14,000.00. It would seen that $18,000.00 might not be far off, but never pay asking price-see what you can get them down from that!
  • I have a 2001 Gallant with an In dash CD player. The problem is that the CD player has been giving me errors when I put a CD in there. It loads it up and then just says E 01 and ejects it. Now, I was thinking of removing it and either seeing what the problem is BUT I have no idea how to go about doing this. The dash seems to be interconnected and I don't see any screws or anything that would help me in the removal of the CD player. Can anyone give me some advice either on how to remove it or how to fix my Error problem? Thanks.
  • Should I buy this used 2004 LS Galant????

    It is used with 19,500 miles from a rental company from Illinois (buying it from Mitsubishi dealer). With a extended warranty (Remaineder of 6 years 85,000 miles) added as well as alarm and autostart.

    Purchase Price 13800 + Transportation 395+ Warranty 1295+ Tax 1355.48 + Processing fee 45+inspection fee 10.
    Total 16,900

    I put a deposit down but I am not in a contract yet. What are your opinions
  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    Purchase price of under 14K sounds very fair, and even more so being an LS, you also get the V6,sportronic tranny, ABS+EBD,traction control, and a few small add-ons.suprising a rental company had the LS and not the DE or ES. I see more and more Galant's everyday. I think the resesigned Galant has a Perfect mix for a sedan, sporty with good lines, a solid edgy Look...Go for it :)
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    Can't you get a 4 cyl LS as well? That car may not be a V6 that you were talking about.
  • I am not sure, this one is a 6 cyl though...........
  • My 2001 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4 4cyl. died while driving down highway. No fire out of coils. Code tested P0335. Repalced crankshaft position sensor, timing belt,and balance shaft belt, blade plate that goes with the crankshaft position sensor. Still no fire out of coils. Retested no codes. It is getting proper voltage to the crankshaft sensor. Have checked all wiring to sensors and power control module and can find no damage. Can find no fuses or relays blown.
  • skwillbskwillb Posts: 3
    I have a 99 GTZ and it has just under 200,000 miles on it. It has not been babied at all - it's been "rode hard and put away wet" most of the time but all the regular "maintenance" has been done including timing belts, tranny service, etc and especially oil changes every 3k miles. I can count on 10 fingers the number of non-regular maintenance repairs to this car. It has been the best car we've ever had and we've had Toyotas, Nissans, GM, Ford and Chrysler products. This is also my second Galant - the first was a 94 and it finally needed a valve job at 175 and my son decided to trade it - he got a 2000 ES. My husband also has a 2000 Montero Sport - it's just under 140000 miles on it. Solid vehicles - they do what we ask of them without complaining - I am a very satisfied Mits customer and will probably remain one if at all possible.
  • skwillbskwillb Posts: 3
    Unless things have changed, Hyundai is, in reality, Mitsu technology - they have in the past purchased the "technology" from Mitsu and implemented it into their vehicles.
  • mirde98mirde98 Posts: 95
    Im a very happy Mitsu owner. Proud original owner of a 1998 Mirage DE Coupe (A/T 1.5 12 valve 92hp) with 99k on the odometer. Never left me stranded and its reliable. More than my friend's 2000 V6 Accord. I love my Mirage, but my best friend bought a new 04 Galant DE. I drove it and its nice. Big and comfy. I like the looks and the 4 cyl is adequate. Inside too much hard plastic in my opinion but i like the styling. Mitsus made in Normal IL doesnt have remote fuel door release and the horns sound like old american cars unlike Mitsus made in Japan. And the switchger action is cheaper. Anyway.....i care about reliability. anyone had problems with the new versions? Im considering buying one. But i wonder if will be as reliable as my Mirage. Any comments welcome. Thanx!
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Actually, that's not the case any longer. Hyundai stopped using Mitsu technology back in 1998. All of Hyundai's products use their own technology now. The tables will soon be turned since an engine designed by Hyundai is supposed to find its way into future Mitsu cars.
  • fushigifushigi Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,400
    You've got about twice the mileage of my 99 LS. I'll pass 100K in the next couple of weeks. I agree that the Galant is a great car. Mine is easily the best car I've ever owned.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • And I absoluteley love it! It drives great, and if you are at all conserned with a newer version you could always purchase a warranty. I got a bumber to bumber warranty that covers just about everything......

    I love my LS.....I like the 6 cyl...
  • gourdgourd Posts: 1
    I've had a '99 Galant and a '03 Galant and I love these cars. Never had a single probelm with them. The '99 had over 85K miles and the '03 has over 40K miles. Now I've seen this '06 Ralliart Galant and I'm in love all over again. Does anyone have any more info about it (price, options, etc.)??
  • I've owned a Galant GTS for a little over a year now, my 1st Galant and I'm 100% satisfied. The Ralliart Galant was shown at SEMA last year and that Galant probably will go to production, but it will leave some of those high perfromance aspects behind, but it still will be competitive against the MazdaSpeed6 and SE-R Altima. The Ralliart Galant was billed as a bigger "version" of the EVO, minus the turbo. I do not expect the Ralliart Galant to come to production with the Brembo brakes and the forced induction system it has. But I would certainly add any upgraded Ralliart parts to my GTS. The price has to be less than $30,000 with options, dest, etc. for Mitsu to stay competitive.
  • Just got back back from the New York Auto Show. My favorite cars that were there looked absolutely 1derful, starting with the Ralliart Galant/Endeavour, the new Eclipse . The Honda Ridgeline looked really really good, and of course the new M5 was there in all it's splendid glory along with the restyled 7 and the new 330i which looks better in person than in print. The Ralliart Galant looks awesome, the interior is just as upgraded as the exterior and the engine. Also the new Sonata looks awesome. The G6 GTP or GXP was there along with the G6 coupe and G6 convertible, both cars looked great but they look like the Solara. Great day today despite the rain, wind and of course the traffic. P.S. the Dogde Charger was there looks great has the Hemi, but it looks like a Stratus from the rear.
  • Mitsubishi needed the 2004 redesigned Galant to be at least a double, instead it was a strike out. The front end with its ugly nose and, at least in base DE models, relatively cheap interiors needs to be improved for 06. I test drove an 04 Galant with the 2.4 four banger (a great, reliable engine) and found it to be a superior driving vehicle than the 3.5 V6 white-hot, best selling Chrysler 300 (the Galant base had more comfortable seats).
    Mitsubishi has a sloppy, inefficient product lineup, the Outlander should never have been born and the Endeavor should be about 10 inches shorter, its current size is too close to the Montero. Thankfully, Montero SPort and Diamante are gone.
    Mitsu can also learn from mistakes made by Pontiac with the slow selling G6 which replaced the moderately successful Grand Am. Mitsu must pinch every penny till it screams, it must become more efficient with product placement and design.
    I just sold a 97 Mirage with 79k, that first year of final generation of Mirage did not have power steering or even remote, non-power side mirrors or tilt wheel in base DE version. Really hurt resale value. Mirage was reliable but could not justify taking huge depreciation hit on buying new or nearly new Galant. Hope Mitsubishi makes it....
  • usaysousayso Posts: 25
    Pros: You'll not see another Galant on your route like you'll see 10 Accords and Camrys.
    Cons: You'll have a grin on your face and people will wonder why...

    Bought a new 2004 Galant LS (MSRP $21,992) for Civic or Corolla price with $5,000 Customer/Loyalty rebates got it delivered below invoice for $14,800, that evens the playing field with Camrys and Accords. Resale then becomes a non-issue. V6 zoom, 0-60 in 6.8 seconds(MotorTrend), 23 mpg "city" is amazing, other fine features are Select shift auto, Red Pearl paint, ABS/Traction control, European handling, Free maintenance for 45,000 miles, Hypnotic Blue dash lights at night.

    Not alls well, Premium fuel, Door plastics hard Dash difficult to armorall, ABS pedal feel and noise, No folddown rear seats, Steel wheels with ugly hubcaps, Just 25 mpg hwy, Zingy high frequency stereo, Poor FM reception, Sports coupe freeway ride, No techy bling like Projetor lens headlights or LED taillights or Electroluminescent dashboard or DVD audio or Steering wheel stereo/cruise controls.

    Overall, It's not boring, it has attitude. It has a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty and 10 year drivetrain warranty longer than Lexus or Benz. And you'll enjoy placing your right foot into the floorboards transforming a hoh, hum commute into an amusement park ride. Ahhh a Smile forms on your face....
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