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#2447 of 2502 help me decide on galant or fusion
Jan 16, 2010 (2:37 pm)
looking at a 2007 galant se (25,000 miles) . Do you think this is a reliable good car that doesn't have chronic issues.??..Or should I just go with a 2007 Ford Fusion.
I don't see anyone driving galants..Is there a reason for this>>
#2448 of 2502 Re: help me decide on galant or fusion [sammy2chins]
Jan 16, 2010 (5:44 pm)
Galant sales are down. Among the available midsize sedans to be honest it's good but not as good as a lot of the competition. It is overdue for a redesign or at least a significant freshening.
The Fusion is good and getting better.
I had a 4 cyl Galant as a rental last week. Probably an 08 or 09 as it had over 20K miles on it. It was decent, but not great. The engine was not as quiet as I would have preferred and there was an interior dash rattle (we isolated it; it would be an easy fix and I reported it to Hertz). On northern Washington roads (which are worn concrete) there was more road noise than I would expect. Comfort and fuel economy were good and power was never lacking (carrying 3 adults all the time + luggage sometimes). Trunk size was decent but could have been a little deeper.
I also had a Fusion as a rental in Hawaii this past October. Not sure of the year but probably an 09 as it only had a few thousand miles on it. Overall I'd say the Fusion was a nicer ride. I don't recall it being loud or having any other NVH (noise - vibration - harshness) issues. The trunk was roomier. Power was just adequate; I would have preferred a bit more.
BTW, this sounds like I'm somewhat down on the Galant. It is not a bad car but just isn't quite as good as the competition. From a reliability standpoint there shouldn't be any particular issues with either vehicle, but the Galant probably has more factory warranty left (I think the '07s have the 5 year/60K warranty).
If the Galant is cheaper, I'd lean towards it. If they're priced similarly, I'd lean towards the Fusion.
I owned a '99 Galant until last month when I bought a '10 Outlander. So I'm a Mitsu fan in general. But IMO they have not kept the Galant up to speed with the competition. You might consider a Sonata of similar age as well.
Jan 16, 2010 (9:24 pm)
Spare yourself the trouble with a galant. 2006 model had the service break go out in year one. At 1.5 yrs and 30k miles, spent $1100 on new tires and aligment as alignment had become so bad, tires wore down to steel. Right at 60k miles, service engine soon light came on. At 60,300 miles ac went out during hot summer. Brakes went out at 65,000. Put to new batteries in it since 2006. Bought the car brand new.
#2450 of 2502 SES light came on then AC quit
Jan 16, 2010 (9:31 pm)
My SES light came on right when I hit 60k miles. Literally simultaneously. At 60,300 miles my AC quit blowing cold air. I've recharged ac a few times and it blows cold but eventually leaks out again and blows hot. I recenty passed emissions tearing with intermitent SES light. Is it possible my SES light and AC problems are related? Anyway to know what my AC problem might be given the intermitent SES light but no emissions problems?
#2451 of 2502 Re: help me decide on galant or fusion [fushigi]
Jan 16, 2010 (9:34 pm)
Spare yourself the trouble with a galant. 2006 model had the service break go out in year one. At 1.5 yrs and 30k miles, spent $1100 on new tires and aligment as alignment had become so bad, tires wore down to steel. Right at 60k miles, service engine soon light came on. At 60,300 miles ac went out during hot summer. Brakes went out at 65,000. Put two new batteries in it since 2006. Bought the car brand new.
#2452 of 2502 Re: help me decide on galant or fusion [jbgalant]
Jan 17, 2010 (6:43 am)
What is a "service break"? Did you mean brake like the parking brake? This would have been covered under warranty so while an annoyance it shouldn't be considered a major issue.
Few cars have OEM tires that actually last a long time. Hunt around Edmunds and you'll see posts from others who didn't get many miles from their tires. And I'm sure the tires lives were shortened by being out of alignment so much. That can really accelerate wear.
The service engine light probably came on at 60K as that's a major service interval on the Galant as well as most other vehicles. Timing belt, etc. are due for replacement.
The AC going out is not good, but my '99 Galant had 152K miles and the AC had never needed so much as a recharge. Were you able to get Mitsu to fix the AC under warranty or at least split the cost since you were just out of the 60K main warranty? This is where having a good relationship with your service shop can pay off.
Needing brake pads at 65K is not bad. Brakes can last from 20K miles and longer; it is highly dependent on the nature of driving (highway v. city) and driving habits (harsh braking v. light pedal pressure). On my Galant, after a brake job at 67K, I never needed brakes afterward as I adopted a style of coasting to reduce speed then braking with mild pedal pressure when traffic allowed. I had the brakes checked in the 130K mile range and wear was minimal.
#2453 of 2502 Re: help me decide on galant or fusion [fushigi]
Jan 17, 2010 (7:12 am)
The parking break should have been covered but they said it was some obscure part not covered. It was the start of a poor relationship with the dealer and service dept. When I asked Svc dept about the AC going out at 60,300 they said "sorry you're on your own.". The Mitsubishi service is pathetic and gimicky. As for the car, you'd need to experience for yourself all the problems I have had with this well maintained car before trying to provide rational for why things have happened to the car. I'll never buy another Mitsubishi new or used because the product and service are horrible.
#2454 of 2502 Re: help me decide on galant or fusion [jbgalant]
Jan 17, 2010 (7:42 am)
"The parking break..."
You mean brake.
Break = taking time off
#2455 of 2502 Debating if i should keep my 03 ES galant with 125k miles
Jan 22, 2010 (7:25 am)
Hello i'm a college student and i have a nice 2003 Mitsubishi Galant with 125k miles. I'm debating if i should keep the car or trade it for a new car. The thing is that i'm moving, i currently live in NJ but i'm moving to AR for school to pursue my masters degree. The Masters program is going to take about 3 years to finish, i want to know for the people who have a Galant with alot of miles, do you think i should trade it in and get a new car or do you think this car is still going to last me another 3 years. I need a car that's going to be reliable. Also to mention i've been keeping up with the maintance for this car, i haven't missed an oil change yet. Please help me, what do you guys suggest that i should do? Thanks for reading.
#2456 of 2502 Re: Debating if i should keep my 03 ES galant with 125k miles [amaeloeze]
Jan 22, 2010 (10:48 am)
If you've kept up with the maintenance then there shouldn't be any issues with it surviving. I recently sold my '99 Galant LS V6 (same generation as yours); it had 152K miles and everything from the power windows to the stereo still worked. IMHO the maintenance is key, including not just oil changes but the timing belt and other scheduled service. The weather in AR, specifically the harshness of winter, should be better so environmentally the car should like it more.
You might also consider switching to synthetic oil. I went from regular oil every 3K to synthetic every 5K. In the end it's less expensive & synthetic is considered superior to dino-oil.
FWIW I replaced my Galant with a 2010 Outlander GT, so I've confidence in Mitsubishi vehicles.
Also, if you do decide to replace it, more than likely you'll get far more for it as a private party sale than as a trade-in at the dealer. The dealer only offered $500 for my Galant as a trade-in but my brother-in-law sold it for me for $2500.