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#56 of 2502 WorkAtHome - Re: Manual Transmission
Jun 12, 2000 (3:23 pm)
Thanks for the update. I wondered why Edmonds site listed the 2000 Galant available with a manual transmission. I guess they were also fooled into believing this option was really available for the average consumer.
Oh well, for what it's worth Mitsubishi, I am one customer that would purchase another Galant today, provided it had a manual transmission. Since this vehicle is not available in my area (or perhaps the U.S.), I will purchase VW, Nissan or Honda, as they do provide options for their customers.
#57 of 2502 Regarding " Xenon - white lights"
Jun 12, 2000 (5:25 pm)
Yes, I installed a pair purchased from Walmart, whose everyday price was interestingly (and perhaps still is) about half of what I had seen everywhere else for the identical bulb type and output. I believe they're Sylvania brand.
The whiter and brighter output is noticeable, and in my opinion a significant improvement though difficult to quantify. I had a difficult time figuring out that you must squeeze the wire socket horizontally, and very carefully, in order to remove the wiring harness. The owner's manual merely says the harness should be pulled straight back, which of course won't work unless you squeeze just right.
After installation I noticed that the cutoff pattern of one light is lower than other, even though I didn't bend or misalign anything. Could be the bulb itself. I'm not satisfied with the cutoff pattern, but that's a Mitsub. design issue. The improved light output of these bulbs minimizes the cutoff and, for me, is much improved (and legal).
Now if I could only figure out how to install better fog lights and daytime running lights --- the dealer has flatly refused to help, even after I offered to pay for either the wiring information alone or for the complete installation. Also, the emergency brake lever/dashboard is still pinching my normal-sized right leg...but I've given up on this. By the way, my gas mileage is 27mpg (2000 V4 ES) in the warm weather with very little highway or city driving.
I'm sorry to say I'm very disappointed with my local service department, but I still like the car and would recommend it.
Jun 12, 2000 (9:34 pm)
Here's a link that might give you an idea of how the wiring for the fog lamps are. It's on a 2000 Eclipse, but should be similiar to the galants.
#59 of 2502 vac23---Fog lights wiring information
Jun 12, 2000 (10:10 pm)
Bravo...your link and accompanying wiring instructions and photos are very well done and informative.
I may very well give it a try, though to be honest what I'd really like is a way to wire either the headlights or fog lights to automatically come on with the ignition, without routing a separate switch into the passenger area. The problem is using a voltmeter, I couldn't find a single hot wire that stays off when the ignition is turned off. Apparently the headlights are also controlled by a timer and/or ECM, as well as by the dashboard switch, which complicates matters.
Thanks again vac23.
#60 of 2502 I ain't gonna quit bashing mitsubishi
Jun 12, 2000 (11:13 pm)
Mitsu-bishi -bash! -bash! I am gonna bash any lousy product in the market, no matter who produced it. As for moving on, I haven't decided yet should I buy Mercedes E430 4Matic or Audi A6 2.7T. Even though the A6 design is quastionable, I'll probably choose it over the Benz. I don't want another Daimler-Chrysler-Mitsubishi lemon.
Jun 13, 2000 (2:18 am)
On the 99-00 Galants you can leave the headlight switch in the on position. everytime you start your car the light will come on. It'll turn off by itself when you turn off the car & open the driver's door, otherwise it turn off in 2mins. Not sure if you knew this or not. It beats trying to re-wire the headlights
#62 of 2502 vac23 and lights
Jun 13, 2000 (3:46 am)
Thanks, yes, I'm aware of that. I don't know enough to be sure, but I think the timed headlight feature may conflict with an aftermarket daytime running light kit I've been using on other cars, which requires a hot lead that stays off when the ignition is off.
#63 of 2502 CGA - fog lights & mods
Jun 13, 2000 (5:09 am)
Let me know if you try doing the mod on the fogs. I was thinking of putting in a third set right next to the current fogs. There is a place there on mine to fit. Think that would be to much??
And also, I saw a ground package that you can get for 8 hun out of NY. I was going to do just the sides for now and see what it looked like.
the site is www.spoilers.com, this is the only place I've found to have any aftermarket packages.
Mods I've done to mine so far.
1.Taped out the HL with color matching.
2.Color matched the grill, which defines the car more, and left a patch of chrome in the center. almost like the GTZ.
3.Pulled off the Mitsu chrome name and 3 diamond HUGE thing.. (careful, its got holes)
Has anyone put a K&N filter in their Galant yet?
#64 of 2502 Car and Driver Update
Jun 13, 2000 (1:35 pm)
Sorry if this has been posted before and I missed it, but C&D ran a 40,000 mile update for their Galant in the June issue. Appears they still dig it. Low maintenance cost, quicker, and almost all positive comments in the logbook. Cool. You might wanna pick up a copy if you can still find one.
My silver 2000 V-6 ES is at 5,400 miles and received it's first purple heart. One of those "little old ladies backed into me" stories. Dented the front fender and scrapped the front bumper for a total of $850.
#65 of 2502 Fog lights & mods: workathome
Jun 13, 2000 (11:09 pm)
Thanks for the link. I'll let you know if I try the fog light modification, but as you mentioned, in the end I'll probably try and install an additional set of lights -- I guess there's room next to the current fog lights for one of those newer small profile types. I have a set of very large Hella lights which are excellent, but installing those would require cutting out some of the plastic housing around the stock fog lights (which I'd rather avoid).