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Mitsubishi Galant



  • elgatolocoelgatoloco Posts: 92
    Went to a little ship party at MMNA on Thursday May 12 where we sent the first truckload of the PS 24 Eclipse off to Cally-forney. They had a large screen set up showing various Mitsu models including the 2 SEMA Ralliart concepts, Galant & Endeavor, performing maneuvers & under scrutiny at auto shows. They then announced they would be built next year for release as an 07 model.

    This only makes sense seeing as how we have all the necessary ingredients right there & I'm not saying it's been hammered in stone but it's as close to an official announcement I've yet heard. I saw both vehicles at the Chicago auto show & thought they were really well thought out. Right now I have no idea what standard or optional equipment will be. I'm guessing that a 6 speed manual will be available in both, as well as the 5 spd auto. A 6 spd stick AWD Endeavor with the new MIVEC V-6 would be pretty original I'm thinking. Not a whole hell of a lot of something like that cruising down the highway right now.

    I would simply have to have the Ralliart Galant !! End of discussion.
  • mirde98mirde98 Posts: 95
    To sudeep and everyone.... Mitsubishi's are as reliable as any Japanese car. As ingtonge18 says..... Problems started when the hot selling Eclipse started using Chrysler's Neon engines which are known to daily break downs plus those cars made in Normal IL, for some kind of reason the build quality is not up to the japanese built. I have a 1998 Mitsu Mirage DE coupe with 1.5L 12 valve 92hp with 4/AT. My car has 105,050 miles on the ODO and it NEVER.....belive me...NEVER had left me stranded. My best friend just bought a 2004 Galant DE. She loves it. But i have a friend that has a 97 Eclipse and its been troublesome. 96 Galant and interiors are falling apart. I know Mistubishi is having rough times now..... partly because since 1995+ most of carmaker improved quality and Mistubishi sunk themselves using HORRIBLE Chrysler engines and dumb. Now they are trying to improve the image. Im a truly beliver of Mitsubishi. I know they will make it. As long they come up with fresher cars and made standard safety features like side and curtains airbags, ABS and all the good stuff.....they will make it. Look Hyundai. They had the worst they are highly desirable. So if they did it.....Mitsubishi can do it too.
  • stuckeystuckey Posts: 12
    So far I am very much enjoying my new car. It handles quite well - sturdy suspension, ABS, TC, smooth shifting, strong acceleration, and confident braking.

    Avg. MPG so far: lowest 23, highest 25 in mixed highway/city driving (note: likely could do better if I could stop testing how quick it can go from 0 to 60 : ).

    Concerns: (1) occasional "creaky" sound that comes from dash (radio and passenger side) when driven over moderate to harsher bumps, (2) driver comfort (lower back) improving, but still a bit of a problem for me - old car had more lateral support, (3) ceiling insert has twice popped out of its seal as it meets the back of the sunroof, (4) brake dust accumulation.

    Positives: (1) great sound system and controls, (2) still liking the look and function of the dash and gauges, (3) the larger size of the car - I'm the guy who traded in the 2000 Galant, (4) fit and finish of the exterior, (5) very sporty animal in an executive skin - pretty impressive for a car under $20,0000, (6) only car like it in my small town of 35,000.

    Other people tend to react very positive to the styling or very negative. I've not recalled hearing such polarized opinions about the style of any car like I've heard about the Galant. On the other hand, all those who I have taken for a spin have been extremely positive about the ride, their comfort, and interior appeal.

    I certainly hope that Mits. finds a way to thrive. It would be a shame to deprive those who enjoy their products the chance to consider future Mits. models and purchases. Mits. Galants (love them or hate them) provide for additional car world diversity. I'm very glad I have one in my driveway.
  • juvaknightjuvaknight Posts: 1
    I have a similar problem with my 1996 galant S very wierd don't know what it is .did you fix it!
  • Hi Everyone,
    I need some help, just leased a new GTS and the window sticker describes the stereo system as having 8 speakers. I can only find 6. I called the dealer they said it is a misprint, there is only 6. The GTS they have on the showroom also has a sticker stating it has 8 speakers. This seems like a mighty big misprint to me. Anyone have any info on this? My salesperson looked at the car and consulted with the repair department and couldnt find the last 2.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    My guess would be there is a speaker in each door (4), 2 in the trunk under the rear dash, and 1 in each A-pillar above the dash (2), for a total of 8??? This is just my guess from looking at interior shots of the car on the 'net.
  • these are the 6 i have found - 2 in trunk, 2 in front doors, 2 in dash - no speakers in back doors....even the salesperson and service dept couldnt figure out where the other 2 are. :confuse:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Are you certain that none of the housings contain a pair of speakers? This is a common configuration, not sure about the Galant, but it is common in other cars.
  • someguysomeguy Posts: 3
    I, too, was wondering where the other 2 speakers are in my GTS. Maybe the door contains a pair of speakers, or perhaps even one coaxial speaker (which is like a tweeter atop a woofer or midrange). The rear speakers look like singles from inside the trunk unless they're coaxial.

    I bet the dealership's service manual tells all.
  • someguysomeguy Posts: 3
    I just bought a new 2005 GTS, and .... I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CAR !!! The only thing I dislike are the daytime running lights, a very minor annoyance compared to how great this car is. My Mitsu dealer swears there's no way to turn them off, but might there be a secret, albeit safe, way to turn them off without screwing up something else on the circuit?
  • portknoxxaportknoxxa Posts: 69
    I looked at the review that Edmunds did on the '04 GTS and they said that there were 6.3" speakers in all four doors In their stereo evaluation. I've owned my GTS for 16 months and I don't have any in my rear doors that are visible. After reading the posts about this topic I called the 888-MITSU number and they did not know and told me to contact a dealer on the matter. Even on the MITSU web site they say that there are 8 speakers. Maybe there are a 4 speakers in the dash because the housing looks big enough to support 2 tweeters or something. Let the scavenger hunt begin!! :)
  • juswheelsjuswheels Posts: 42
    I am about to purchase a new vehicle - Was looking at 3, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Mitsubishi Galant and Pontiac G-6.

    All are priced about the same, within $300 to $500 as equiped - The G-6 is the quickest but has a very small trunk but that's offset by very pleasing styling. The Malibu Maxx without any doubt has the best utility and had a surprising quiet, stable ride. The Mitsubishi Galant has the best warranty and drove on a par with the G-6. Not as quick but handling and braking were about equal.

    Wife doesn't really care for the styling of the Chevrolet and I agree it's different but also think it grows on you.

    Not a hard decision, you might think but if I should choose the Galant, it would be my first purchase of a car not built in the US for more that 40 years.

    Thoughts and opinions are very welcome.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Aren't they built in Illnois?

    I thought the Galant was built right here in the good ole U.S. of A.
  • juswheelsjuswheels Posts: 42
    I didn't know that they were built in Illinois. Thanks for the info - But would still welcome opinions on how others feel the 3 cars compare. Thanks
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    Yep!-Normal, Illnois!
  • observer22observer22 Posts: 41
    Hi Juswheels,

    All three (Galant, G6, Maliu Maxx) are very slow sellers who will have poor resale. Consider a base 2006 (just introduced) Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai has a lot of momentum and no one is talking about them not being around a few years from now (in sharp contrast both Mitsu and Pontiac are regularly mentioned as brands which could die off). Buick's slow-selling Lacrosse might be worth a look since two of your three choices are GM (Buick seems to have realized Lacrosse is priced about $3k too high).

    The Galant will be more reliable than the G6 or the Malibu Maxx, Mitsubishi's 2.4 is a terrific engine that has benefited from a decade's worth of refinement and improvement.

    Have noticed the newly introduced Eclipse has received some lukewarm reviews, Mitsubishi needs a hit desperately. The Galant's ugly front end and the hopeless Outlander should be enough for someone to get fired (was amazed GM did not fire the guy who styled the ugliest vehicle ever produced, Pontiac Aztek, proof positive of GM's dysfunctional condition). Mitsubishi needs a $20K base Endeavor. I have owned two Mirages over the years, both were reliable and fun.
  • juswheelsjuswheels Posts: 42
    Thanks for the info. This past Saturday, I did drive the 06 Sonata. Very Impressed. However since it's a first year car, I decided to pass and priced a Santa Fe. OK car with handling that was a little sloppy, considerable body roll on corners. There's a big "BUT" in the equation for the Santa Fe. This dealer was the worst I've ever tried to deal with in over 20 years. The purchase sheet was a total mystery, no APR, no amount for my trade, no info in incentives or rebates. It was like trying to purchase a car at the Zoo. If Hyundai allows dealers like this one, they are in for problems with their reputation. The next closest dealer is 60 miles and that's too far for any warranty work.

    The Galant I test drove did have the 2.4 Mivec engine and you are correct, it's terrific and they have a super warranty 10/ 100,000. However, I live in the NE and wanted anti-lock brakes. To get those you need an equipment package that adds a lot to the price.

    Re-Sale is not important to me. With my job and family obligations, I put nearly 100,000 miles on my car in 4 to 5 years. Nearly all are highway miles so the wear and tear is minimal. I know this but no one on a used car lot would believe that the miles were 80% highway, so whatever I buy will be essentially worthless when I sell. Example - my current car is an 01 Ford Taurus with 85,000 miles on it. My one major repair was an oil seal for $300. Other than that just oil changes, brakes, tires and 2 transmission services. (I service my tranny every 30,000 and have never had one go.) I did replace the battery last month but other than that, no problems or complaints with the car. I would purchase another but this is the last year for the Taurus.

    The Malibu I drove was very quick, super utility, little or no road noise. I just learned that the Malibu was given the JD Power award for Quality and it tied with the Audi in Side Impact Crash Tests. Rather impressive for a Chevy. I think you might be able to guess where I'm leaning.

    Sorry for the long read but I'm also impressed with the friendly replies and helpful info on this site.

    Thanks again and I welcome additional comments.
  • usaysousayso Posts: 25
    Hi juswheels,

    Everyone now qualifies for GM Employee Discount Price for 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
    Selected Style: LS 1SA
    MSRP: $22,090.00
    GM Employee Discount Price: (approx.) $17,696.53
    Get another $2,000 Rebate for financing through GMAC...
    So your price BEFORE haggling begins is $15, 696.53

    The invoice on this model is $1,825 lower than MSRP...

    So you could EASILY buy this car for $500 over invoice at..... $14,371!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't think you'll find anything comparable at this price... I love my '04 Galant LS and strongly advise folks to buy it BUT only if they get the right numbers..... I did via $5,000 in rebates back in January but they're gone now....

    Pluses for the Maxx are the Remote starter option, same platform as the SAAB 9-3 (european handling), love the button on the auto shift for punching up and down the gears manually!
    Besides the V6 in the Maxx has the distinction of the best mile-per-gallon V6 for sale in America so ENJOY! Get it in Black it really looks cool!

    Happy Motoring!
  • stuckeystuckey Posts: 12
    I like my new Galant a lot (more so than the Malibu - personal preference), however the creaky/squeaky dash has been driving me crazy. Such a great and classy car with such a noticeable annoyance and distraction. The dash will creak and squeak over bumps, around turns, at stops, and etc. After much investigation (taking different parts of the dash off), I think I found the source of much of the noise. If you press down on the far corners of the dash - near the windshield - you will likely hear of the creaks of speak of. The speaker grills pop out if you can get under the front edge of them and lift up. The speakers themselves are in a plastic casing which twist into the plastic dash setting. It is this plastic on plastic connection that seems to be producing these awful noises.

    1) does anyone else have this(these) problem(s)?
    2) is there a source I'm not considering?
    3) has anyone found a solution to reducing this noise?

    I appreciate any ideas/comments you have.

    On a different subject. I have to agree with "usayso" on the pricing. It is hard to ignore a good deal when they come along. If the Mits. was currently offering what GM is, I would say go for the Galant. At the moment Mits. is not. Good luck "justwheels" with your decision.

    Thanks in advance, Mike.
  • portknoxxaportknoxxa Posts: 69
    You should take another look at the new Sonata. i owned a last gen sonata i think it was a 2002, and it was a 1st year car new everything and the car was almost perfect except there was no sportiness to it, and had no problems whatsoever. I own a '04 Galant GTS and despite the problems of Mitsubuishi, I love the new Galants, mainly the GTS, and I've put on 31,500 miles and no problems. But it sounds like you have already made up your mind. The way I see it. You should get the car that is not going to make you cringe when you have to write that monthly payment. I cringed :cry: everytime when paying for my '02 Sonata. Now I don't cringe I :)
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Actually, your 02 Sonata was in its 4th year. The Sonata was all new in 1999. The 02 model was simply a facelift and a slightly larger version of the same V6. Thus why your car was so reliable. The 06 Sonata would be a big gamble, because not only is it a first year car, its the first ever Hyundai built in the US at a completely new factory. A lot of firsts for one car. I think I'd rather leave the gambling to someone else on that one.

    The Malibu Maxx is a sweet car. I almost bought one a year ago and I still want to get one. It's a little ackward looking but the interior packaging is simply amazing, the fuel economy is awesome, its surprisingly fast, and the ride is comfy without feeling wallowy. With the current special prices, I'd probably go for it over the Galant. That being said, the Maxx won't be as cheap as the other guy mentioned. The employee discount pricing is about as low as the dealer will go. The invoice price doesn't march downward with the employee pricing. By buying the car at the employee price, you are already theoretically getting it below invoice. It's all a numbers game though since in reality, the price is not much different from what it was before. You loose the regular rebates but gain the ability to get a good deal without having to haggle.
  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    Not sure what it was before but there's a $2K rebate on the Maxx right now and that's off the employee price - not a bad deal.
  • usaysousayso Posts: 25

    I had an opportunity to walk around and sit in the new '06 Eclipse GS (4 cylinder)... Very nice car. Seats had more bolstering, dashboard materials a step up, switchgear though was similar to past models ( I traded a 2000 Eclipse RS for my '04 Galant LS)... Headlights had these lenses fitted externally to change the color of the beam to bluish tint, kind of a zenon look. For $20,500 it was a very nice package. It will be interesting to see how sales are... By this time next year they'll be blowing these out too...

    Also saw the new '06 Subaru Tribeca SUV.... Strange beast, half mini van half SUV (seats 7, and it's fairly small)... The dashboard was gorgeous in my humble opinion. Looks alot like the dash in the Taiwan Mitsubishi Grunder (Asian Galant)...

    And yes I was wrong about my MAXX pricing for juswheels above, no haggling will be necesary as the GM Discount price is the price paid, end of story... Unless you finance with GMAC then another $2,000 comes your way.. NICE...

    Happy Motoring!
  • juswheelsjuswheels Posts: 42
    Purchased the Maxx this morning. :)
    Something you may be interested in - The regular rebates still apply. They are taken off the price after the deduction for the employee discount. This one, was loaded with the exception of leather seats and stickered for $24,000 +. With the employee discount and rebate the price BEFORE deducting my trade was $18,000. I don't think you can touch that with any other car in this class. I believe I'm going to be very satisfied.
  • observer22observer22 Posts: 41
    Local Mitus dealer (really just a used car dealer who sells an occasional Mitsubishi) advertises base Galant (DE) for $500 more than a local dealer lists their new Camry LE.
    And if one considers a large Toyota dealer about 100 miles away, the base Galant is $1500 more than a Camry LE.
    As a longtime Mitsu fan who has owned one for about half of the previous 20 years I must say it looks really bad for this brand's survival. A lengthy recession would likely bump it off. Meanwhile new stick shift Hyundai Elantras selling for $8888 (with air/tilt wheel and radio).
  • usaysousayso Posts: 25
    Nice buy!
    SEE if you buy these vehicles well enough like you and I did ($7,200 off my '04 Galant LS) folks don't have to consider resale value.

    Did you get your Maxx in Black or dark Gray?

    Did you get the DVD player in the rear?

    I love the way the reclining back seats turn the Maxx into a limo, and now with the DVD you can park with your wife up at lover's leap and watch the latest DVD's through your fine car sound system..... Great camping vehicle!

    Happy Motoring!
  • juswheelsjuswheels Posts: 42
    Thanks to all for the help on this:

    The Mitsu is an excellent car but the dollars and cents of the Maxx, coupled with extra safety equipment and great utility made it my choice. The color is Silver Green Metallic. This color looks completely different in person than it does on-line. My wife likes the interior very much but still hasn't gotten used to the exterior look. I jokingly told her that we purchased a new 1986 Taurus at a time when it was the only "Egg With Wheels" , on the road. So, the new Maxx would grow on her, just like the first Taurus did. She replied, "What, Like a Wart". :) (She was just busting my chops)

    Only had it a couple of days and so far I'm very pleased. Absolutely nothing to complain about. :) :)

    That 86 Taurus reminded me of something. Remember the saying "Don't buy a first year car, wait till they get the bugs out". Well, I bought the 86 Taurus the first year it was made. Drove it until 1993, then gave it to my daughter to take to college and she drove it until 1997. After graduating from college she traded it in for a Saturn. Not bad for a first year car.
  • adityaaditya Posts: 8
    i bought my 2000 galant from a private owner recently. for some electrical work my mechanic had disconnected the battery. and on connecting it - the cd player / radio asks for a 4 digit code - which i don't have. the dealership is quoting a $45 charge to give me the code.
    do i have any other options where i can get the code from? :confuse:
  • stuckeystuckey Posts: 12
    That kinda s****. I had a 2000 Galant with the same radio security feature you speak of. Short of trying all 4000 code combinations, I think you'll likely have to shell out the 45 bucks. Actually, on second thought, I would not recommend just entering misc. numbers as the radio may be programmed to give you just several attempts - after several unsuccessful attempts it may not give you the option to try again. Did the car include the owner's manual? As I recall, included with the owner's manual were 2 credit card size documents that contained the code number along with the specific serial number of the radio that came with car. Whenever the car battery would drain completely, I remember having to re-enter that code.

    Good Luck,
  • adityaaditya Posts: 8
    Hi stuckey
    Thanks for the update.

    I was wondering if having the VIN, there is some database that can be looked up for the Code???
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