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#431 of 2502 Puzzling Options???
Nov 19, 2000 (6:46 am)
Hello Town Hall participants!
Iíve been reading and enjoying your comments for many months now, albeit itís been mostly in the Nissan Sentra group. Iíve been delaying a purchase of a Sentra SE for roughly a year now, just waiting for the right moment to come along.
Two months ago, I purchased a 2001 Galant ďES, V6Ē for my wife. Quite by accident, I fell in love with the car and the idea of settling for the Sentra SE was all but history.
Well, Iíve put all of my eggs into one basket as of today. I put a deposit down on a low mileage, one owner (verified via CarFax), used 2000 Galant, also an ďES, V6Ē. Iím sure hoping that I donít experience the same troubles some of you good people have encountered. A double whammy of this sort would be crippling.
Now on to my question, ďPuzzling Options?Ē
Since I researched the purchase of my wifeís car, I was somewhat familiar with the options that are available on the 2000-2001 ES V6. Normal options for this trim do not include LEATHER INTERIOR or CASSETTE/CD stereo, however the car that I place a deposit on has these items and they are factory. It does not have anything else outside of what come standard on the ES V6 trim. The car was originally purchased in Texas.
Does anyone have any ideas how these unusual options made it into this car? Iíve searched Edmunds, CarPoint, and Mitsubishi sites and these arenít even listed as being available for this trim. I noticed that post #31 referred to purchasing an ďES 4-cylĒ with unusual options as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#432 of 2502 87 galant air shock replacement?
Nov 19, 2000 (7:08 am)
I have an '87 galant and it's got auto suspension
in that you can switch to sport or normal
suspension and I believe it's got air/gar shocks
that automaticaly adjusts. My problem is that if
were to replace these shocks, they costs $350 or
so a piece. For a car this old, I really don't
want to spend this much money. Does anyone know
I can replace them with regular shocks? I've
contacted mitsubishi and a local mitsubishi repair
shop and they haven't been helpful. The car rides
as if it doesn't have any springs or shocks. It's
like riding a go-cart when you hit bumps. It just
#433 of 2502 MSN - Reliability -American Cars
Nov 19, 2000 (8:45 am)
Some of those odd option lists are due to local dealers. I know of one Memphis dealer that added leather seats and a few other goodies to base ES models...... Regarding reliability, have you noticed that most of those who rave about their Gallants still have relatively low miles? Admittedly, they are comfortable and fun to drive..... On American cars, the earlier post was unfortunately correct. According to Consumer's Reports, Ford has the best frequency of repair among the big three. How sad. A friend of mine has a '97 F150 with 150K miles that no dealer can fix, much less diagnose. It has run terribly for over two months. One Ford dealer put $800 worth of parts on the truck then, when that didn't fix the misfire, told him that he needed a new engine. A second dealer did the same telling him that he had zero compression on cylinder six. My own compression test, which I might add was very difficult to do due to very poor design (the back cylinders are actually under the firewall) revealed 150 pounds of compression. Don't even kid yourself into thinking that the 1-800 numbers to Ford, as listed in the owner's manual, will do any good. Chances are the guy answering the phone will barely speak English, will not connect you with a supervisor, and will only take your name and number, never to be called. In summary, the Gallant is a much better car than its American counterparts but is still way, way behind the industry leading Hondas and Toyotas (ugly though they may be), which are followed closely by Nissan, Suburu, then Mazda and Mitsubishi (probably a tie between these last two).
#434 of 2502 Vibration, help
Nov 20, 2000 (1:40 pm)
I drive a 99 Galant ES, I took my car to the dealer to let them know about some vibration that I feel in the steering wheel between 70-80 mph ( not while braking ), first they thought it was the tire balance (tried the balancing did not work), then I showed them that there was a recall on my steering wheel box, first they didn't know of any recall, but when I asked them to run the VIN#, they found the recall, they looked at the car they said every thing is Ok with the box, but my vibration could be to a defect in the tires, well, last week I went a head and replaced all my tires with new tires, and the car is still has the vibration between 70-80 mph,
does anyone have any ideas what is causing this vibration, (I don't want to keep on buying stuff for the car that It don't need), could a warped rotor (that a lot of people are talking about)cause this vibration.
any help will be appreciated.
#435 of 2502 Vibration
Nov 20, 2000 (6:44 pm)
Did they check the front end & made sure everything is nice and tight? I bad ball joint or tie rod will cause vibration in the steering wheel.
Nov 20, 2000 (7:30 pm)
yes, they said that every thing else was solid
#437 of 2502 justmoreconfused
Nov 20, 2000 (8:23 pm)
As for no one commenting on the long term reliability of the Galant, I have a '92 with 220k (no that's not a typo) that I would love to clone. We bought it used and cheap in college with 80k and replaced the clutch at 180k. After 2 kids, a dead deer and six snowy winters I'm having a hard time finding another car/suv/anything that I can replace it with. I've been eagerly reading reviews and posts for a month but all that information hasn't helped. I really enjoyed the new one I drove but the stuff about the company looks a little shaky. Well, you guys keep up the banter. I'm still on the look out for another "put in gas, change oil and drive forever"-mobile.
Nov 21, 2000 (3:22 pm)
Yes. I had the same problem on my 1995 Galant LS - vibration around 70mph. I got that taken care of with my 90k service which cost me $1028. The problem was engine and transmission mounts. I think the dealer will charge somewhere between $400 and $500.
#439 of 2502 Re; Vibration
Nov 22, 2000 (3:42 am)
I had my wife's 99GTZ in three times for the same vibration...first time there was a horrible noise to go with it. Replaced wheel bearing(after having to waint two weeks for a new one to come in)...no fix. Second time for recall...no fix. I turned around and got a tech to ride with me. He got nervous at 85mph when he could hear my watch jingling. Third time they checked alignment and balanced all the tires. Vibration went away. All this happened between 7k and 10k. We're at 19k now without it returning....however in my next post, I'll talk about that awful noise coming from the rear deck!
#440 of 2502 Squeek/Clunk from rear deck
Nov 22, 2000 (3:51 am)
Our 99GTZ has a bad squeek and or clunk coming from either the rear seat or back deck and glass. Our dealer is primarily Pontiac...so they are not really much help. I've never even seen a ES v6 on the lot. Any ideas?