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#1361 of 2502 Test Drove a 2004 Galant
Dec 27, 2003 (11:42 am)
I test drove a 2004 Galant ES today and was pleasantly surprised.
Roomy and comfortable. Exterior styling puts the Accord and Camry to shame. Ride and handling were very good...no rattles or squeaks to be heard. In fact this car was very quiet EXCEPT for the engine noise under acceleration. Trunk uses gas struts and not space-hogging metal hinges. Base 140W stereo with 6 speakers was OK...maybe a little muddy with the bass pumped up. Wonder what the Infinity system sounds like? Acceleration was more than adequate with the 4-cylinder engine. Can only imagine what the V6 will do!
Engine noise...very raucous. Trunk was smaller than I expected. No fold down rear seat (shame on Mitsubishi!). Fit and finish were spotty, especially around the trunk area where I could see differences in the size of the panel gaps from the left side of the car to the right.
All in all, a very welcome surprise from the folks at Mitsubishi. Dealer tried his best to get me to buy today, but I'm holding out for a test drive of the V6, of which they had none in stock.
#1362 of 2502 2004 Mitsu. Galant GTS
Dec 27, 2003 (4:15 pm)
I was just wondering if anyone has test driven the 2004 mitsubishi galant gts. i'm looking to trade in my 2002 hyndai sonata gls which is all paid up and of course i was looking at the accord, altima, mazda 6. I saw a gts on the road and it just blew me away at first site i thought it was a redesigned diamante. i thoroughly like the design and look of the new galant. i priced one online for about $26,562. the only option pkg. is for heated mirrors and seats. everything else is std.leather, sunroof, spoiler, 17" wheels, abs, adaptive crusie, adaptive braking, side air bags etc. i've read the reviews above and as far as engine noise goes, that's what i expect from large cars that use 4 cyl. i hope the 6 cyl. is much smoother. waiting to test drive one.
#1363 of 2502 I have driven the GTS model
Dec 27, 2003 (6:00 pm)
And I must say that the engine is downright impressive and reminds me of the Altima 3.5SE. The Engine sounds pretty good, but not as good as the 3.5L in the Nissans.
The interior was pretty nice. I drove a Titanium model with Creme interior.
The wood trim is very bright, like it many new Infiniti and Lexus cars. The leather was nice as well, but the padding for the seats was not the best I have been in. I really liked the dash board, and the gauge lights looked very nice, almost VW-like.
Some of the materials were a bit cheap (door knobs) but it was better than the Altima (the worse Japanese sedan-interior wise)
The interior was roomy though and better than the Accord, especially in the rear IMO.
I don't particularly care for the exterior, but it isn't any worse than other cars in the class.
Overall, I like it well enough, but I'd take the Accord or Mazda6 over all of them...but that is just me.
Have a Happy New Year
#1364 of 2502 MT Comparo
Dec 31, 2003 (1:40 pm)
I've been reading some posts in other forums about a sedan comparo test in the February issue of Motor Trend. The Galant came in 2nd behind the Accord, and ahead of the Malibu and Camry. Don't know if or why not the Mazda 6 was tested.
Anybody get a copy of this issue yet?
#1365 of 2502 The Galant GTS has it.
Jan 01, 2004 (7:56 am)
On New Years Eve i finally got a chance to test drive a 2004 Galant GTS. When the 3.5 SE Altima came out I did not like the car. It just did not appeal to me so I did not get one. The Galant GTS did for me what the Accord or Altima could not do. I pretty much like every aspect of the car especially the exterior of the car with the "triangular" front and the tailights out back. The leather seats felt very comfy. and supportive and overall cabin feel was that of a spacious car. Liked the layout of center dash w/ the faux wood and titanium. Controls were easy to reach and i relly liked the information screen atop the center dash which gives compass, outside temp, inside temp, etc. The interior was beige, I'm getting the black. As for the test drive, the 3.8L V6 with 250ft/lbs of tourque, well of course the car had some real get up and go. the engine was smooth but was a little unrefined compared to the Altima V6. the engine had a nice growl to it, but was not loud or chattery, but nevertheless, this car has above average power, acceleration for a family sedan. Wind noise at about 70-80mph was minimal. The one thing I did notice was the slightly choppy ride, but that was due of course to the sport tuned suspension and what looked to me as being somewhat of lo-pro 17's, but overall still a good ride. To me this is the car "kinda" reminds me of the Sonata GLS, in terms of getting alot of car but for thousands less than the competitors. I priced an Altima 3.5SE for $28,500 and about the same for an Accord, the Galant stickered $26,292 inc. dest. charges, and is fully loaded. my payments would be about $320/month for 72 months with my trade in (2002 Sonata GLS) which is paid for. Unfortunately I'm going away for 2 weeks so my Kalapana black w/ black leather is going to have to wait a while, and that's going to be torture. P.S. the Mazda 6 does nothing for me either.
Jan 01, 2004 (9:15 am)
You should also check out the Edmunds.com comparison test, which reviews the full dress GTS in a rather positive light.
Personally, I'm not a particularly big fan of MT or Edmunds.com comparos, but different vantage points and perspectives enhance understanding of the available choices, which I'm all about.
I'd like to see the Galant models reviewed by Car and Driver and Consumer Reports...
portknoxxa- Congrats on your Galant! (For reference though, the Accord EX V6 w/o Nav stickers at 26,900, not 28,5K)
#1367 of 2502 Oil light flashing, ...help
Jan 03, 2004 (6:41 am)
hello, I picked up my 99 galant last week after getting the timing built changed, but now, every time I start up the car in the morning or after it has been setting for a few hours the oil light will flash for about 4-5 minutes then go away, I checked the oil level and its full and very clean (was changed 1000 miles ago.
Any one have any ideas or seen this before, please help.
#1368 of 2502 "Transplant" Cars
Jan 04, 2004 (7:31 am)
"I have driven the GTS model by maxamillion1"; Hey Max lets not forget that this car is considered a "transplant". It is assembled by US auto workers in Normal, ILL plant. This new Galant is ugly looking. There is nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing that would have me buy one of these new 04 Galants. When you look at a car, there has to be something that inspires a person to want to have ownership in that product. In about a year you will see rebates on this car. Look at the Infiniti M45. This car is a fabulous car engine wise but the exterior is awful looking. SO much that Infiniti is rushing to redesign it after 2 years. Look at www.autospies.com (great website into future cars) under Nissan FUGA design in Japan, Oct 23rd volume. This is now a beautiful car. Look at BMW 7 series, This will be redesigned next year because of the ugly trunk. So in a couple of years when this low selling, low resale value on the Galant. Maybe Mitsubishi will get the message and start designing beautiful looking cars. Just look at Suburu's new 2005 Legacy. It looks extremely nice; They used to have so-so cars and they finally got the message too.
Jan 04, 2004 (8:06 am)
aren't everything. The 99-03 Galant was an attractive car, at least compared to its competition, but poor fuel economy and massive fleet sales put resale value in the toilet.
#1370 of 2502 Mitsubishi used to make nice looking cars:
Jan 04, 2004 (12:00 pm)
It seems like Japanese Car Companies are trying make their cars more American looking because the Domestic Big 3 buyer always said Japanese Cars are bland. Look at the 03 Accord and 02 Camry. The 02 Camry looks like a Tarus and the Accord looks like a Buick on the back end. I like the older Accords and Camrys better. At least they didn't look like of rehashes of American Cars.