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Mitsubishi Galant, Sedan
Sep 23, 2003 (5:51 am)
I have seen pictures of the new 2004 Galant and in IMHO I think the outgoing 2003 model is better looking. The interior appears to be a bit funkier as well - not as evenly executed as the Camry/Accord. I will reserve judgement until I see it up close.
For those of you complaining about Galant fuel economy - are you talking 4 cyl or 6 cyl?
The rental I had for a week was a four and I got 38-38 mpg (imperial)/32 (US) on the highway in Canada. I loved this car. Only 1-2 mpg lower than equivalent cars from Toyota and Honda. It is better looking than the Camry and more engaging to drive. The interior did not look as nice but it felt and drove like a quality product.
In Canada, Mitsubishi is selling under its own name since around 2001 but have been selling cars through Chrysler for many years. Mistus were always considered the only decent second-hand picks from that Chrysler and have a good reputaiton for durability and economy of ownership.
Sep 23, 2003 (10:43 am)
My brake upgrade cost $840, including new slotted rotors, carbon fiber pads, braided steel lines (the biggest improvement), off-car inspection of master cylinder and calipers, and finally, labor. I've put 1100 miles on the car since getting it done and so far so good, no shake, excellent power, feel and control, and no squeeks.
My 4 cylinder Galant has always gotten poor fuel economy. THis weekend I drove 900 miles in a round trip from Los Angeles to San Jose, and unllike mu usual 85mph, I set my cruise control at 75 and turned off the AC (I drove in the dark hours of the morning). The car returned 28 mpg, which is the rated highway MPG, and could probably have done a bit better at 65, but of course, I can't drive at 65 without dying of boredom.
I had performed a similar test last year and only get 24mpg AND DID DRIVE 65 THAT TIME, so my guess is that brake friction was the cause of both my poor MPG and my rapid brake wear. Since upgrading the brakes the also just feels a bit lighter and more responsive to changes in throttle, further suggesting friction was my problem.
Sep 26, 2003 (10:23 pm)
Test drove the LS 4 cyl. The ride is amazingly smooth and comfortable. The power is only adequate, but I'm not expecting anything from a 4 cyl. Dealer is offering invoice and $4000 rebate. Any thoughts? Also, is there any known problems for this model? Dealer doesn't have a V6 model for me to test drive. Does it worth the extra $2000 for the LS V6? Which one (4 or 6)has fewer known problems?? Is this vehicle expensive to maintain??
Sep 27, 2003 (10:45 am)
I keep getting less than 18 mpg in he town,and I wonder how I know if I have any break problems. Please give some ideas how to identify that this is the reason for my bad fuel economy!
#1268 of 2502 I just purchased a 2003 Galant...
Sep 27, 2003 (11:52 am)
And I have a few questions. My first, a friend of mine read that one could special order a Galant with Xenon headlights (I drove a car with them and loved it) but the dealer told me that was not possible, and I don't know who to believe, the dealer (who has a horrible rep.) or the article my friend read. Also, my car gets terrible MPG's, is this normal? I have a 4cyl ES. Any comments appreciated!
Sep 27, 2003 (4:12 pm)
You can get aftermarket lights for any car but the Galant does not have factory or dealer installed Xenon lights.
Sep 27, 2003 (7:10 pm)
Like anonymous posted above, xenon headlights are not available on the Galant. Give your car some time to break in. 2 weeks is not enough time to gauge your mileage. My Lancer initially got as low as 22 mpg, but after 5k or so it was consistently getting 27 mpg in city driving.
Sep 28, 2003 (5:19 am)
Thankyou for the info! I am sure I will have more questions soon!
Sep 30, 2003 (11:51 am)
Hi, I'm presently driving a 2002-03 Galant ES Model, 4 Cylinder and I do have problems on my right front brakes - when it gets hot, it has a squeeking noise which bothers me a lot specially when you're driving in a city (LA)wherein there's several stoplights! I only bought this recently -3mths. ago (Used) and has a 28,000 mileage only, had my 30K mileage check w/c cost me only $135 from a reliable auto shop owned by a US-Korean mechanic/technician instead of bringing my car to gas station service or to a car dealer ($300 up).
I was only told by my dealer that when the brakes (ceramic) gets hot, it squeeks, does it mean I have to suffer and get used to it instead of solving the problem since it's covered by warranty??? Pls. give some advice.
Sep 30, 2003 (3:32 pm)
Unless the pads are worn (which would cause noise), squeeling will at least be looked at under warranty.