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#1470 of 2502 Former Galant owner - my experience
Feb 12, 2004 (10:15 am)
I had a 2000 Galant LS before buying my 2004 Accord EX-V6 with Nav. My Galant was purchased new with 9 miles on the odo and had no major problems, except for 2 recalls and having to replace the brakes at 22K...too soon in my opinion. But several things troubled me about the car in general. First, the timing belt had to be replaced at 60,000 miles which seemed to be a very short interval compared to my 1998 Civic, which could go over 100,000 miles before reaching the replacement interval. Also, the battery from the factory failed in less than 2 years, as well as the upper radiator hose. I live in Raleigh, NC where it is basically warm most of the year, and the car was garaged its entire life, so it didn't have to exist in harsh conditions at all. Overall, I didn't feel comfortable with keeping the car for an extended period of time. It just seemed that my Honda had higher quality parts that were more durable. Despite only having only 42,000 miles on it, the 2000 Galant was worth less than my 1998 Civic EX Sedan when I got rid of the Galant... that alone was enough to convince me that Honda was the way to go for my next car. I was also not pleased with the direction that the new Galant went with its styling.... in fact, it was the styling of the last generation Galant that brought me to the Mitsubishi dealer to begin with back in 1999. However, I feel that it takes more than slightly better handling and braking and acceleration to make a great car, or else I'd be driving a Pontiac.
#1471 of 2502 Honda vs Mitsu quality:
Feb 12, 2004 (10:28 am)
Mitsu doesn't have the money to spend on R&D that Honda has. Honda is a very rich company. The reason for below average resale on your 2000 Galant was because of of factory rebates(which Honda doesn't give) and possibly the 0/0/0 deals that lowered the resale on your 2000 Galant.
Brakes on the 99-03 Galant's seem to be an issue from what I have seen on this particular board.
Feb 12, 2004 (2:40 pm)
Do you have to change the timing belt in the V6 in your Accord? If so, what's the interval?
You don't only have to change it often on Mitsubishis but it's super expensive too. And it's not like they're too cautious with the recommendation either. One day I felt that there was something wrong with my engine (I had the belt go to 67K miles), I drove to the nearby station, and the t-belt was half-broken - I got really lucky that day
#1473 of 2502 Just checked....
Feb 12, 2004 (9:39 pm)
...and my V-6 Accord needs a new timing belt every 105,000 miles or seven years...whichever comes first. I think that I can live with that. I plan to keep this Accord for a long time. I wish all new Galant owners the best with their cars here on the Galant Board!
#1474 of 2502 First 04 Galant Sighting:
Feb 15, 2004 (1:22 pm)
I saw a white 04 Galant last night on RT 1&9 in Elizabeth, New Jersey last night.
Feb 18, 2004 (4:07 pm)
How does it look - a white '04 GTS??
Feb 18, 2004 (4:16 pm)
Finally, my rotors were resurfaced at 34K mileage & have my brake pads changed into "ceramics" thus, no more squeeling sounds. My technician told me to have my rotors resurface first before replacing them into new ones since these are originals, which costs me $180. I'm just waiting until Mar. before I decided to trade-in my '02 ES Galant for an '04 GTS - hope my decision is right!!
#1477 of 2502 White looks great!
Feb 18, 2004 (7:59 pm)
Hey RTO I'm up to 2100 miles and the car wows me every day, I saw a white GTS at one of the dealers i visited a month ago and it looked great, actually better than the sterling silver which is what I have. But I do not like white cars to own for myself. The only other colors I saw was the red and the "beige" I forgot what mitsubishi calls it. it was the first time I saw a GTS. Good Luck
#1478 of 2502 response to post 1475:
Feb 19, 2004 (10:13 am)
It was in the dark so I really couldn't get that good of a look at it.
Feb 20, 2004 (7:12 am)
We just took delivery of an 04 White GTS. When we first went to the dealer they had only a titanium pearl GTS on the lot with black interior. We have always liked the Dover White color on other mitsu's and had them locate one with creme interior. The car was a big hit as soon as it arrived on the lot. It was the first Galant they had seen with the two tone creme interior and impressed both employees and customers as well.
First impressions: (We traded 2000 D for this car) Road noise level is higher than the D's perhaps due to sport suspension. I think that the D's are as quite a car as I have been in. Wind noise in the Galant is louder above 75mph.
Build quality at this early stage of our relationship seems to be better than the D's.
The Galant GTS has many more bells and whistles
than the D'. It gives up power passenger seat and driver seat memory. You gain 6 disc CD, compass, outside temp is always on display, more power, better headlight fog light system. The Galant trunk is smaller but the hinges due not go into the trunk space which helps.