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Mitsubishi Galant, Sedan
Apr 25, 2005 (8:22 am)
I've always liked Galants (and Mitsus in general) and I test drove quite a few in the past... I was ready to pull a trigger on a new black 2004 Diamante VR-X for $19K plus TTT when my local Carmax was closing its Mitsubishi franchise last year but someone from NC snatched it from right under me. New Galants had nothing to offer over that car except the side airbags. They're still very much overpriced, no matter how anybody spins it or unless it's your LS for $15K...
Christmas eve I again had a chance to get that new Diamante (different vehicle of course) from another closing dealership for $20K OTD. I was torn between it and the other Australian-made vehicle 2004 GTO SE for $22K OTD... A two-year lease of $120/month (less than $3K total for 2 years) kinda sealed the deal for me, so I'm now driving my first "American" vehicle. It's true that incentives were unreal back then and I hope 2006 will bring something similar and I'll be able to drive 400hp for $20K for good
Get your GM card, spend $100 bucks, earn your five points, stop using it, and wait for the points to turn to $2000-$5000 each Nov/Dec...
Otherwise, I'll be back to my '92 Mighty Max that's sitting in my driveway collecting pollen right now - hehe.
Apr 25, 2005 (3:05 pm)
Hey Cracovian, you look really young in that pic! I actually like the GTO either with 350 or 400 hp, but I'm more of a sedan man. My GTS is still going strong 15 months old and 29,800 miles and so far so good. Still lookin' for a good set of rims might go with a black web design with 10 spokes and a thick chrome lip. P.S. dump Buick and keep Pontiac.
#1941 of 2502 Re: Used Galant questions. [serniter]
Apr 25, 2005 (4:38 pm)
My 99 LS was sitting on an even 101000 this morning when I got in to work. No major work has been necessary other than a relatively cheap gasket repair with 80some thousand miles and even that was more preventive as it had not blown but had the tiniest of oil leaks.
I still average 23-25MPG in mixed driving and 25-27 straight highway, which is not bad at all from the 3L V6. I mostly use the recommended premium but sometimes use midgrade or even regular gas. Using regular I notice a slight decrease in performanace and maybe 0.5 or so less MPG but otherwise it runs fine; no engine knock or ping.
Everything on the car still works, from the AC to the sunroof to the CD player. No noticeable rust or cracks in the leather. Brakes were done as follows: fronts 22K (warranty), rear 60K, fronts 67K. Tires were replaced at 55K or so and are still going strong. Battery replaced after about 3.5 years. The muffler is original. I put in a K&N air filter to avoid buying one every 15K miles; no problems there.
Oh, I live in the Chicago area so it's seen it's share of road salt, cold weather, and hot weather. It's been garaged overnight the past 3 years but has never had issues from being left outside.
Really, while I like some of the new cars that have come out recently, I can't justify buying a new one when my Galant just offers everything I want (except traction control which wasn't available on the 99s) and has been paid off for 4 years.
Apr 26, 2005 (5:15 am)
That's a lot of miles for only 15 months - you must really enjoy driving it Have you kept track of your gas mileage? What are you averaging with that 3.8 liter? My 5.7l is getting a nice 25 MPG on the highway and ~10 in the city since I'm always in the hurry (plus I'm leasing it and have a short commute to my park'n'ride)...
Apr 26, 2005 (3:46 pm)
Yeah almost 30k. Everyone I know is like damn!, but my previous job from 2/04-11/04 I was a district manager and i had 40 Stop&Shops all on Long Island plus 2 in Brooklyn and 3 in Queens so on any given day I could travel 100-150 miles. Since November I put on about 4000 miles. I tracked my mileage for the first 3 months I had the car, and I averaged 20.3 mpg. And I was paying about $1.99/gal. I haven't tracked the mpg since last April, but i will start again and see where it's at. I had my 30K mile service about a month ago and all is good and my brakes were at I think he said 60%. As much as I love the GTS when I had to pay $2.60/gal for 91/93 about a month ago I WAS LIKE DAMN! Also after a year with the car I agree with something you said a loooong time ago that this is not a "family" sedan, but a car for an unmarried guy with no kids who dared to be different. P.S. one thing I did notice last night was the on my cluster pod with the speedometer, tach, and fuel/temp gauge, the entire cluster lights up in the cool blue, so you can see all the info, but the circular ring of light around the gas/temp is out. The speedo and tach are o.k. Might be a fuse or loose wire. I'll take it in at 31.5K when my next scheduled maint. is due.
#1944 of 2502 Re: KBB increased my Galant's value
Apr 26, 2005 (9:38 pm)
I plugged my info in KBB and My Galant actually increased from over 2 months ago, with 2400 miles, not much but It didn't decrease, I ran into an article www.suntimes.com/output/auto/carnews-mit13.html and stated mitsus problem started with millions in loan default from deadbeats "hey a new car and I don't have to pay for it" and that mitsus problems are in no way build and reliability, in fact they are somewhat overbuilt...not sure what that means...that's a huge reason why sales went dwn when the nixed the 0-0-0 disaster..Daimler pulling out sure didn't help...Enterprise has 04 Galants (2) and '04 Camry's (13) in my area and there is a $1,500 difference between the two...IMO the Galant has much better styling and good looks than Accord or Camry, Altima,I like the looks of the edgy well defined Galant much better, All very worthy cars..Sean
#1945 of 2502 Re: KBB increased my Galant's value [sean3]
Apr 26, 2005 (10:06 pm)
I think all of us need to really consider what the "Kelly Blue Book" is. It is a guide only. As a matter of fact, most car dealers use the NADA guide and NOT the Kelly Blue Book. With used "previous Rentals '04's" (LSw/4 cyl) going for between 13 and 14K, I don't know how this can be considered "good news" for re sale by any stretch. Maybe Mitsu did cut back some in to fleets. but there are plenty of used '04's out there. GO FIGURE!!
Apr 27, 2005 (6:22 am)
I don't think there's any doubt that Mitsubishis have the worst resale value next to Isuzu or Daewoo. No book or guide will matter when you trade yours in or sell it to your neighbor. If I were to buy one today, I'd buy it and keep it until the wheels fall off - that's what I do with all my cars anyway. If you care for resale value then you should have gotten the Accord (unless you got your Galant new for $10K off MSRP like some people did)...
#1948 of 2502 Re: seriously... [rjlaero]
Apr 27, 2005 (3:57 pm)
Low mileage 03 GTZ's are being sold for as much as $17,000 in some markets. The cars were only about 25 grand new, and mitsu had a ton of incentives and rebates back in 2003. That's good news for Mitsu owners.
No, it's only good news if you own a GTZ. Let's face it---these were sold in realitvily few numbers. The bulk of sales (for any given year) for Galants were always LS 4 cyl. The resale value of the GTZ's have no bearing on the other models.