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#132 of 2502 General comments
Jul 03, 2000 (4:20 pm)
Hi there. I bought a Galant ES-V6 about 2.5 months ago and have now got 2000 miles on the clock. I thought I would share some observations and experiences.
Firstly, buying it... I spent a while on the web at edmunds.com, carOrder.com, carsdirect.com and anywhere else I could find prices and peoples comments. I decided on the strength of what I had read that people will pay extra for the Honda and Toyota name ( after 3 lousy experiences with Ford I decided to take peoples advice and leave US cars alone) and mitsubishi seemed to be good value for money. Armed with prices I had picked up from the web I did the normal tap dance with a local Mitsi car dealership. I ended up doing a turn key price of $20500 the dealer did the math of breaking that 20500 up into tax, the price of the car and all the other little things. I'm still not sure if I got a good deal or not.
Having had the car for a couple of months I do enjoy driving it (despite the following list). It is peppy and after driving my crappy Ford Taurus for the last 5 years it is like a breath of fresh air throwing it round corners (as opposed to bouncing the Taurus round).
But here are a few little things that I don't like...
1. There is no place to put a full size book of maps, there is no pouch in the back of the front seats and the door pockets are to small.
2. The position of the front speakers is wrong. My leg sits directly infront of the speaker, it should be higher up in the door.
3. On the center air conditioning panel there is a button for the rear demist and another to close the outside vents so you just recirculate the air in the car. There's 2 buttons and the dial that controls the fan, all have have small lights to tell you they are active. However, get a little bit of sunlight into the car and there is no way you can see if those lights are on or not.
4. I laughed when the salesman was showing me the 'features' of the car. He went to great lengths to say how cool it was that the fuel cap looks like it is locked and released from the inside but really all you had to do was push on it and it would open.... must be Mitsubishi sales training to smooth over the plain fact that Mitsubishi were too cheap to put a lockable fuel cap on the car.... maybe a worry now that the fuel prices are up so much.
5. I am use to resting my elbows on the door arm rest and the center arm rest. I find that the door arm rest is rock hard and it becomes uncomfortable quickly... maybe a little padding there would be a good move
6. I look the car for it first long trip the other weekend. I am 6foot 4 inches tall. To rest my arms to the arm rests I must move the seat forward slightly. But in doing so my legs get slightly scrunched and the angle that my foot must make to rest on the gas peddle makes my foot start to hurt ofter about 30mins... thank god for the cruise control.... This car is a little to small for me.
Having said all that, I really am happy with the car and don't egret buying it. And my wife, who is significantly smaller than me absolutely loves it.
#133 of 2502 noise when the car starts
Jul 03, 2000 (6:07 pm)
hi, all. just bought my mitsu and everything is just perfect except for one thing. after i start the car, there is some considerable noise (which is not really loud but just shouldn't happen for brand new car) from the engine. after turning on the air-con, the noise gets louder. it sounds like fan-noise, but i am not sure 'bout that. does anyone have this kind of problem before?
#134 of 2502 Happy and enjoying Galant
Jul 03, 2000 (10:41 pm)
Last November I concluded that dreadful stage of car negotiation. I got a brand new (33 miles on it)1999 ES V6 with, 10 disc CD changer, mudguards, indash CD, cassette, trunk mat and spoiler for
$17,380 without taxes including rebates and dealer discount. It took me more than a month to find this deal and I am happy with the outcome. The car is definitely worth the price and the little complaints that I have are the rattles (in cold weather), lack of dome light and the high beam in my opinion stinks, but the handling, engine, and looks certainly overshadow those minor glitches.
I will probably, when the time comes, change the tires and wheels when the factory wheels wear down and buy something that will considerably improve the grip. If any of you have an Infinity stereo system with cassette (99 premium package or 99 LS or 99 GTZ) and are selling it at a reasonable price please let me know here at Edmunds with a post. Hope all are enjoying your GALS as much as I am....
Jul 04, 2000 (8:08 am)
Yes, It looks like all Galant 4 cyl do make a considerable noice when you first start the car....which do calm down after like 1-2 minutes ... and since I'm at it Anyone buying a galant soon? Need a Favor, tell the dealer to throw in some mudguards for free, willing to pay like $30 ...
#136 of 2502 Just bought it
Jul 04, 2000 (9:40 pm)
Yesterday I bought and LS from Carmax to take advantage of the 1.9% financing. I love it! I tried to buy an ES V6 from the local dealer but he wouldn't negotiate at all, so remembering a post I'd seen here I called Carmax and walked away with an LS for 1000 more than the dealer would have charged me for the ES V6. I figured I paid $1000 less than MSRP but with it only costing $1000 to finance over 5 years (I put 4K down) I'm happy enough. Anyone else used Carmax? They didn't add any advertising or fueling or other stupid charges, I just paid the Carmax price and tax (which in LA was 2K) Origially I wanted the Lincoln LS--but when I test drove it I didn't fall in love. I love how my Galant handles, and it looks really sleek in black. (Buy a car duster!--they really shine it up). Do keep in mind that Carmax quotes you a price online with the dealer rebate factored in, and if you get the low financing you don't get the rebate (its either or) but I figure that my credit union would have charded 7.9 so I saved a ton of money there. Ford's red carpet lease was at 5.9 I found when I test drove the Lincoln LS and then you give the car back. I'm happy I chose to buy the Galant, and the LS leather, good stereo and other features really make it pleasant. I didn't care about a sunroof but I think I'll like it! AND ITS 6K LESS THAN A LINCOLN LS--but even more fun to drive!
#137 of 2502 Questions & Comments
Jul 05, 2000 (12:44 pm)
I just recently became a Gallant owner and had a question and a comment. Question: Does anyone know if there are any benifits or not to running the high octane gas? I've been running the low grade for the first 1800 miles and my finace inadvertantly put in the good stuff. It seemed to run okay but she didnt reset the trip so that I could see if there was any increase in milage. Anyone know? Now for my comment: Can anyone see the radio display when it is sunny out and you have sunglasses on? Is it just me or is this an across the board thing?
#138 of 2502 You're not blind MCECHMAN
Jul 05, 2000 (11:39 pm)
Its not you...I cant determine the time, station or track thats playing with even the slightest sun and wearing sunglasses. I dont know who they designed it for, but not for normal people.
#139 of 2502 How's the ride in the GTZ?
Jul 06, 2000 (4:29 am)
I've narrowed down my decision to by a 2000 Galant, now I can't decide between the LS or GTZ. My local dealer only has 1 LS on the lot (it's a '99 program car), about 6 ES's (all 2000) and NO GTZ's. I love the way the LS looks and drives, but for the small price difference the GTZ seems like the way to go. My question is this: Is there much difference in the way the GTZ drives, or is it basically a "tighter" LS? And is $23,300 a good buy on the GTZ? Also, is there any significant differences since the '99 model? Thanks for your help!
#140 of 2502 The GTZ ride
Jul 06, 2000 (4:16 pm)
I have a '00 GTZ and I love it. The ride is fantastic. Best handling car I have ever owned.
Unfortunately I'm afraid I won't be much help in comparing it to a '99 GTZ though. I have no idea what changed between model years.
I'm also not an expert in the differences between the models, but I can tell you what I do know. Some of this may be available on the LS, but I'm pretty sure most of it is only for the GTZ. On the outside of the GTZ you get a color matched grill and trunk latch as opposed to chrome. You also get a spoiler on the trunk, and the larger chrome wheels instead of hub-caps and a stiffer sports suspension.
On the inside, you have the wood grain finishes on the dash and armrests, leather seating, and a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear-shift. You also get side-impact airbags standard, (and I'm not sure you can even get those on any other model - Someone correct me if I'm wrong...) You also get inverted white faced gauges with black numbers on the instrument panel, and all the options on the other models are included standard except for the 6 disc-CD changer, cargo net, and mud-flaps. (None of which I wanted or ordered)
As for your price, I paid $23,252 for mine after destination. I also got the 1.9% interest rate and I'm thrilled with that. I figure with the thousands I saved that way, it wasn't worth trying to save another hundred or so. They won't move much on the GTZ model because they are so rare.
#141 of 2502 Smaller than a Camry, but not bad.
Jul 06, 2000 (8:38 pm)
My wife and I did purchase the ES as soon as they hit the market. We do like the car, but have had a couple of minor problems. The dome light did fall off and was replaced by a mitsu dealer and we have had a loud screeching sound coming from the rear driver side shock or spring. Very irritating. That will be fixed as soon as the part comes in. I have noticed that when the air conditioning is on, the car is pretty loud. The acceleration is great for a 4 cyl. and the handling is just as good. Have there been any other problems that I may possibly see in the future? I did laugh when I read that someone else had the dome light to fall out as well. Guess I am not the only one.