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#1346 of 2502 Recall of 2003 Galant & 2004 Eclipse Spyder
Dec 04, 2003 (4:16 pm)
TO ALL '02-'03 GALANT OWNERS - CHECK THIS OUT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE ---- I recently saw this topic at the internet this afternoon-12-04(Thursday).
NHTSA Capmaign ID no: 03V442000
Components: Fuel System, Gasoline Delivery and Fuel Pump.
Consequences: Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the fuel pump pressure.
Notes: Contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 OR Mitsubishi Dealers at 1-800-981-0452.
I learned that the 2002 Models are carry-over of all 2003 Galant models. I own a '02 Galant ES so I'd better go to my dealer ASAP - sounds alarming - !!!!
#1348 of 2502 Galant Styling:
Dec 06, 2003 (4:01 pm)
The 99-01 model was a gorgeous looking car. I didn't like beak they put on the front end for the 02 model year.
The new one I have seen it in picture's. The front end isn't bad looking but the back end just looks unfinished to me. I think 2 things the new Galant has going for it or what I hear from the grapevine is lots of interior room and the 3.8 liter V6(lots of power.)
If Mitsu evolved the 04 Galant from the 99-01 model it might have came out better on the exterior.
#1349 of 2502 Brakes Lawsuit
Dec 16, 2003 (9:31 am)
With so many complaints about brakes in this forum, now when there is a lawsuit pending and notices were sent, I don't see any posts in this matter. Is nobody interested in getting this problem finally resolved with Mitsu???
#1350 of 2502 re: Brakes Lawsuit
Dec 16, 2003 (10:11 am)
I had my front brakes done about 22K miles on my 99 LS. It was done for free by the dealer, possibly because there was some suspension work to be done under warranty at the same time.
Rear brakes 60K; normal wear. Fronts again at 66K; normal enough. Both are more frequent than my prior car, a Mazda MX-3, which went 89K on the original brakes. But then the Mazda weighed about 800 pounds less and had larger discs.
The Galant is now at 81K and hasn't had any other brake issues. So I haven't had any real bad experiences and would in fact consider buying another Mitsu, most likely an Endeavor or another Galant.
#1351 of 2502 What's up with www.clubtgc.org aka thegalantcenter?
Dec 17, 2003 (10:21 am)
Anybody know what happened to this website? It's been down for over a week.
Dec 22, 2003 (10:25 am)
The other day I saw the 2004 Galant at the local dealer. I was quite impressed by the shape of the car although it does not look as beautiful as the 1995 model in the front.
Surely the car must perform well with the abundant horsepower in the V6 engine. What about the interior? I didn't get a chance to look closely at the interior of the car.
I am kind of surprised to see mostly negative comments about the Galant. Isn't there anything positive to say about the 2004 Galant?
I would be interested in seeing some comments from owners of the 2004 model year car. How do you feel after owning it for a month?
#1353 of 2502 Galant impressions
Dec 22, 2003 (11:30 am)
Aristotle, Im not an owner, but I had a very thorough test drive with the car, and since you are looking for a vantage point on the new Galant that is more positive than negative, heres what I had to say after my November test drive:
My impressions overall:
1) The lack of split folding rear seats is a major detriment to this vehicle, whose trunk is 1.3 cubic feet smaller than its predecessor, and smaller than the trunks of many smaller competitors, at 13.3 cu. ft. How can a car this big have such a small trunk. But, silver lining: cleverly, Mitsu chose NOT to use gooseneck hinges, but rather, the more sophisticated design which does not infringe on capacity.
2) The MIVEC 2.4L 4 feels decently peppy, and offers good power, but is SIGNIFICANTLY noisier than the Accord and Camry 2.4L engines, while returning 1-2 MPG fewer in city and 3-4 fewer in highway travel, according to EPA estimates. If you dont rev above 4000 RPM, you might not notice the extra noise, as this is when it becomes obtrusive. Unfortuantely, due to the MIVEC design, this is when the engine reaches its peak torque and starts to feel alive. Midrange power borders on impressive, and the transmission works well with the engine, delivering very smooth, appropriate shifts. The vehicle feels a bit pokey out of the gate, such as from a standstill at a stoplight, an impression that I didnt feel from the Accord and Camry, however. Overall, an improvement over the last generation non-MIVEC 4 cyl.
3) The front seats are firm and supportive, and felt excellent in my short trip. I got the impression that the comfort wouldn't fade. The seat is better than the Camry's, which suffers from a too-short lower cushion. However, the Camry offers standard 8 way power drivers seat, where as the Galant's is 6 way manually adjustable.
4) The ride is good, quite smooth, but felt somewhat floaty and decidedly Camry-like, especially compared to the previous generation Galant. Handling is a direct hit at the needs of 99% of buyers: NO SURPRISES, just roll and understeer. Steering is not up to Accord levels, but is decent overall, although on-center is vague, perhaps even more so than in the Camry, though I prefer the Mitsubishi's weighting.
5) My test-drive car did not have ABS. The pedal felt somewhat spongy intially, though fairly firm through its travel, which seemed a bit long, as in the drum equipped Camry LE.
6) The 16 inch wheel covers are very ugly, and do nothing to enhance the look of this car. The alloys that are part of the Diamond Package seem worth the price of that package by themselves, given the cheapness exuded by the wheel covers. Tires are a nice size, I personally like the extra tread width.
7) I found the interior well constructed, and pleasingly designed. Since my drive was at dusk, I had the lights on, and I enjoyed the bright blue instrumentation on black background. The dash is not overwrought as it is in the Endeavor, and I feel it hits its mark. The steering wheel however, is textured rather.... interestingly, and I'm not convinced.
OVERALL: This is a well conceived effort, and if Mitsu can boost resale (by not offering heavy discounts and significant fleetage), will prove a good choice if reliability is strong. Car and Driver correctly summed it up - the Galant does not do refinement, isolation, and comfort quite as well the Camry, nor does it do precision engineering and an involving driving experience as well as the Accord, but it is less expensive, won't be a dime a dozen, and offers a pleasing overall mainstream drive.
The car's major caveats are its engine noise and lowish MPG, small trunk/no folding rear seat, strange steering wheel, and unfortunate wheel covers. I also cant comprehend Mitsubishi's disinclusion of side chest and front and rear curtain airbags as an option, since Accord, Camry, Altima, 6, and Passat all offer this ideal combination of side impact protection.
PS- My test drive was of a no-option ES 4cyl, which stickered, including destination charge, at $19,592.
Dec 22, 2003 (4:19 pm)
Thanks for your detailed comments.
1. Engine noise - If I get the V6 will it be less noisy?
2. Lowish MPG - Not good, can't do much about this, though!
3. Small trunk/no folding rear seat - I have a minivan for carrying larger items. So, this doesn't bother me too much.
4. Strange steering wheel - Got to see it to understand what you are talking about. In any case, I can live with it if does not affect my driving too much.
5 Unfortunate wheel covers I probably will get the Diamond package to get over this problem.
Bottomline: As long as the V6 model is not too noisy, I will wait for the dealers to discount the car and then buy it at the end of the model year. Will an used 2004 Galant LS V6 be available for about $14,000 in one year? This car loses its value rapidly, but is a great buy after a year of service.
I hope they change the front grill to make it more attractive.
Dec 23, 2003 (3:40 pm)
steering wheel and rear folding seat should be fixed.
our diamante v6 is ok in the smoothness department. the new 3.8 is evolved over the Diamante so it should be smoother and much more powerful.
i doubt its a match for a nissan mill, but maybe sufficiently close and likely very superior to a GM pushrod motor.