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#258 of 2502 Mitsubishi recalls their lemons, once again WITH FE-E-ELING
Aug 23, 2000 (7:16 pm)
Enter Mitsubishi/ Galant/1999 or 2000
A small excert of the from the NHTSA website:
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. A nut in the steering gear assembly was not properly tightened, resulting in ranging from steering wheel vibration to stiff steering, and in the worst case, no ability to turn left.
A loss of steering control could increase the risk of a crash.
Just my 2 cents on this one: You can probaly get away with the brake failure, provided YOU ARE LUCKY and your car has a manual gearbox and you know how to downshift, but if your steering is 'kaput' then you're toast...
I have a receipt from Mitsubishi service where I complained about steering wheel vibration. Guess what was their verdict? "No problem found" - you got it.
Loss of steering control is a kind'a bad thing, more than that, I would admit that it kind'a [inappropriate language] big time. "Increase the risk of a crash ..." - how very true! I would rather say "If your steering is screwed up while you are driving the [inappropriate language] thing - you're pretty much dead".
I called the local Mitsu dealer and they said that the only info they had about the recall was rumors. Isn't it pathetic?
Have fun drivin',
'Lucky' owner of '99 ES V6,
a.k.a. Local Friendly Mitsu Basher.
'Lucky' means still alive as of 08/23/00
#259 of 2502 2000 Galant ES Price????
Aug 23, 2000 (8:17 pm)
What would be a good price to pay for a 2000 ES?? I was thinking invoice minus $1500 rebate, Does anyone think this is possible.
There are being advertised locally for $15,999. According to Edmunds invoice + destination is $17135 minus rebate is $15635.
Does anyone know what the approximate ad fees are? Any advice/input would be appreciated.
#260 of 2502 CA advertising fee
Aug 23, 2000 (11:08 pm)
In California around 1 year ago it was somewhere between $400 and $500, I've seen the invoice for my car.
IMHO If you want to buy a Mitsubishi - think twice. Good looks, shoddy quality and poor reliability.
#261 of 2502 Not all are Lemons MPEVZNER
Aug 24, 2000 (2:21 am)
Look MPEVZNER, just because cars get recalled doesn't mean all are lemons! Come on and get a grip! If you check most of the posts on here there are more positive comments then negative ones. You are the one that puts most of the negative comments! One negative comment is all it takes to let us know how you feel! We all know how you feel OK! I have a 2000 ES and totally love it! I have almost 11k miles on it with no problems whatsoever. I'm sure most of the people that come into this forum agree with me that Mitsu makes a great car! Look, most of the higher up companies like Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, and Mercedes all make Lemons unfortunately. You happened to get one from Mitsu. I think you agree with me in my earlier statement that most people that post in this forum like their Galant. Come on and get a grip and let it rest! You need to move on with your life and get rid of your Galant if you aren't happy with it.
#262 of 2502 Happy? Hell YEAH !
Aug 24, 2000 (6:42 am)
Well, we respect your freedom of opinion .... but i think everyone should think twice before buying any car .... ..
Maybe a galant 4-cyl around invoice + dest fee, + ad fee of $350 makes sense since they have 2001 now... BUT remember, they take out rebate after Taxes .....
The other day, i took out the yellow things from my front lights and looks very sleek ....
#263 of 2502 Lemon definition
Aug 24, 2000 (4:26 pm)
Stiff steering and inability to turn left in my opinion is a SAFETY ISSUE. IMHO if a vehicle is not safe to drive it is a LEMON.
P.S. Did you know that the most frequent cause of death of americans under 35 is a car accident?
P.P.S flames > null
#264 of 2502 22 months, 16k miles, with a '99 ES V6
Aug 24, 2000 (4:48 pm)
Back in 1998, my wife and I decided we needed a 4dr sedan, with good performance, reasonable price, and good quality. We looked at Camry, Maxima, and Accord, but couldn't get past the "Wake up and drive" promotion playing at that time. We decided on the Galant then.
We took delivery of our silver ES V6 on Halloween, 1998. Maybe the date should have told us something, but I am not a superstitious man.
I can relate to the service complaints many have written about here. Our local Mitsu dealer here in a small but growing CO municipality has failed us several times, and other times blamed us for the problems (example; warped rotors, an issue discussed repeatedly here, were caused by my wife's driving). Curiously, our 2000 Civic with 6000 miles has no brake problems.
I just got off the phone with the service manager, and pointed out that our current rash of steering vibration issues related to a NHTSA recall on '99 Galants with our car's date of manufacture (May 1998), of which they were unaware, and blamed on tires. They took their 3rd shot at a water leak into the right rear trunk well, and still haven't resolved that one (the rubber plug is removed to let it drain, wonder if rust-through will cover that). We have the common rattle issues, the VIN plate, driver's C pillar, glovebox, and they deny that these are common issues. As a matter of fact, they deny most everything. I had to talk them into reprogramming the trans to resolve a harsh downshift issue; they said no trouble found, but Mitsu has service bulletins on this as well (ours seems to be 4th to 3rd, the bulletin covers 3rd to 2nd shifts).
Anyway, it is now for sale. Our Honda, though not nearly as exciting under throttle as the Galant, rides better, handles almost as well, feels much better built, and cost $5000 less. Lessons learned:
1. Don't buy first off the line, or first model year for that matter
2. Don't buy a Mitsu, then a Honda later
3. Buy a Mitsu in a bigger city with more dealers from which to choose
#265 of 2502 Weighing in....
Aug 24, 2000 (8:35 pm)
I may regret it, but I guess I'll join what I consider an interesting and informative discussion on the overall quality of the Galant.
The 2000 Galant ES 4cyl I bought new, with about 5,300 miles on it now, is a very pleasant and quiet car. While I have not yet had anything repaired under warranty, several experiences with my dealer are making me think twice. Most of us realize dealers as a group can be less than helpful and not forthcoming regarding common problems, etc. etc. but my local (an hour away) Mits. dealer is poor even by these standards. Surface courtesy is not sufficient. It's not enough to address us as "sir" or "maam" and then ignore our problems.
From the day I bought the car, my Galant has occasionally exhibited metal-to-metal squeaking noises on left turns only --- the steering wheel vibration is minor but noticeable --- as is a jerky 3rd-4th AT upshift --- and low speed hesitation. The dealer has told me, without offering to repair anything, that I may have to learn to accept certain quirks in my particular vehicle.
This bothers me. The dealer that is, and VERY much. But at this point I'm enjoying the car's overall value, based on good comparative power, fuel economy, and comfort. That sums up why I like the car. In everyday 20-30 mile driving I routinely get 28-29 mpg (I kid you not) in the warm weather --- with very little highway or city driving, and in relative comfort (I still hate the emergency brake lever). So I don't want the dealer to start making adjustments yet, but since they haven't agreed to even look at the car the point is still moot. If I insisted I'm sure they would take the car in and check for the problems they no doubt know are more common than they will admit. But based on the dealer's attitude I've lost faith in them, which is not a good thing while the warranty remains in effect.
I haven't called the dealer to inquire about the recall only because if they blow me off again, I want to be be prepared for the situation with some plan of action (silly as this may sound). With all of this in mind, I still like the car.
#266 of 2502 CGA
Aug 24, 2000 (8:46 pm)
Remember....you have warranty in your car....enforce it even if the dealer tries to blow you away!
#267 of 2502 Steering vibration
Aug 25, 2000 (12:21 am)
Has anybody experienced problems with Galant steering and survived? Despite the NHTSA information Mitsubishi still keeps denying everything. Even though I have got a second car now, I haven't got rid of the Lemon yet. I don't really feel like selling a vehicle that may have a deadly problem with it, without of notifying the buyer. I can probably try selling it to the dealer, notifying him of the known issues. They will probably give me a price way below the KBB trade-in, though. The only other possible solution I can think of is donating the vehicle and writing KBB value off my yearly income tax.