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#572 of 2502 used 2000 galant ES
Feb 12, 2001 (2:46 am)
Took a 2000 Galant ES I4, AT (no options) with a 21000 miles for a test drive.
I liked the way it accelerates after when I stepped on the gas pedal.
I think it has enough power for passing or merging into freeway and is like having a V6 (e.g. v6 170hp) under the hood. Not bad for a 4cyl.
Handling is good and no steering wheel vibration felt at 70-80 mph.
Interior is nice and simple with the controls practically placed where they should be.
One fault I found which I want to attest to myself after reading one of the post is regarding the dome lamp/courtesy lamp on which it fell off after switching it on and off a couple of times.
Mitsubishi should have secured it with a screw or anything to keep it off from falling.
Anything else aside from minor faults and manufacturer's recalls, I think galant is a promising car that is capable keeping up with the rest of other imports.
I had a '89 toyota with 180,000+ miles still running good and no major problems in the past and present involving transmissions or the engine.
This would be my first mitsubishi car and I hope it will last beyond 100,000 miles if I do go for it.
The dealer (N.CA,bay-area) went down from $13988.00 + fees to $12500.00 + fees. I told him I'll call him back 'cause I'm still shopping around. Off to the next mitsu........
Feb 12, 2001 (11:13 am)
What I would do about the price is check carsdirect.com , and then try to match or beat that price with the local dealer . Have in mind the $1000 rebate , try to make the dealer adjust that before taxes so you save yourself like $200 bucks.
-Also good idea is to try autobytel or 1 or 2 of those things to have an idea.
#574 of 2502 '01 Galant GTZ
Feb 12, 2001 (7:13 pm)
Have been shopping prices on 2001 GTZ. Have gotten the following:
Autobytel Dealer - $750 over invoice = 23127
AutoTree Dealer - $23689
CarsDirect - $23687
Still can't decide though. Even though you get 1.9% financing, the value of the Mitsu after 5 years is about $2300 less than an Accord V6, and insurance is more on the GTZ. Any opinions...
Feb 13, 2001 (5:16 pm)
I am a veteran and original owner of a 1995 Galant LS. Let me give you some simple advice - DON'T BUY A GALANT!
Here's why -
new transmission at 63,000 miles,
new transmission again at 101,000 miles
new rack and pinion at ~80,000 miles
sqeaky belts, especially in cold weather (no adjustment gets rid of this)
brakes are terrible - the rotors warp almost immediately under normal usage
Mistubishi customer service is rude and inflexible
In summary this car has cost me an arm and a leg to maintain and it is still worth less than the amount of principle left on the car loan (I wonder why??). I just wouldn't want anybody else to throw away as much money as I have.
The car looks great though, and if you test drive it, you'll think it's a pretty good ride. If you're like me though, you're concerned mainly with 2 things:
1) Reliability, especially beyond 50,000 miles
2) resale value
(these 2 are usually compliments of each other)
The Galant fails miserably on these two metrics.
Don't be fooled by good looks (in this case, at least). Look under the hood, so to speak.
Feb 13, 2001 (7:17 pm)
I left out two other problems I had around 85,000 miles - motor and transmission mounts had to be replaced.
Also, the sun roof leaks all over the front passenger in heavy rain.
Let me know if you still think this car is worth buying...
Feb 13, 2001 (7:25 pm)
I'll agree the resale value is not as good as the Honda or a few others. One thing you forgot about is that the Galant was redesigned in 1999. The Galant now has better 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control on high end models, a V-6 engine, a revised transmission, and other new options. The reliability on the 1995 model is a dismal 6.7 while on the 99 model it is a healthy 8.0. The Galant being made now is not the Galant of 1995. The Galant is not perfect, but I think the new Galants are much better than the ones made in the mid 90s.
#578 of 2502 We repect your opinion
Feb 14, 2001 (12:40 am)
But as usual there is always 2 sides on a coin . The resale value may not be as high as the Accord, but also take into consideration how much more you paid for the Accord to begin with .. Also, if you;re concerned about long term, buy an extended warranty all the way to 100,000 miles ... then you can get rid of it .
#579 of 2502 Here we go again
Feb 15, 2001 (8:30 am)
Recall time is here people, Love my car but what the **** is this about now!!!
#580 of 2502 don't read japanese
Feb 15, 2001 (8:51 am)
hi guys i have purchased a 1997 mitsubishi galant,equipped with the radio/nav system,my problem is that everything is in japanese,what can i do to have this system in english.
#581 of 2502 drobinson19: Response to #573
Feb 16, 2001 (8:32 pm)
The 4 wheel disc brakes makes no difference brake maintainability in the 99-2001 Galants - they are still highly problematic and weak. My father has a 2000 Galant and has constant brake problems - the rotors are always warped. I quite sure that at the end of his lease, he will never get another Galant.
DRobinson, what upgrade has been made to the transmission? And as far as reliability - I would hope and expect that the 99 models of any car have a higher reliability index than any 95 car - there's a 4 year age difference there! Once again, when my Galant was 2 years old (in 97), I had no complaints. In 1998, all hell broke loose as the aforementioned repairs cost me many thousands of dollars.
Since 1995 there were some cosmetic redesigns and a larger engine available, but it is evident to me from close family members and friends who own newer Galants that poor quality still characterizes the Galant, as evidenced by high maintainability costs (rotor warpage, etc).
...and just yesterday I read about Mitsubishi's over 900,000 car recall which includes the Galant. I'm not surprised.