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#581 of 2502 drobinson19: Response to #573
Feb 16, 2001 (7:32 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.
#582 of 2502 I like my Galant!
Feb 16, 2001 (10:44 pm)
I have a 2000ES 4cyl. Really like the car and think it is great value for the money. There are always some bad apples out there! Sorry to hear about your troubles. My buddy I work with has a 97 Galant with over 60,000 miles. He wasn't had any problems whatsoever except normal maintenance. Just found out my 2000 and his 97 have been recalled. Mine for a transmission line and his for something having to do with the steering. Hopefully, it won't be to bad to get this taken care of. Overall, I love my car and so does he! Happy driving!
#583 of 2502 Relaibility - Amitsuowner is Right
Feb 17, 2001 (2:16 am)
The Galant is a unique car. It is good looking and fun to drive. So much so that it instills an almost instant loyalty. If you read this forum nearly all of the newer owners rave about their cars (and get angry at us who attempt to instill a bit of reality) while those of us who have put more miles on these cars know the real story. It is like looking back on high school and wishing, as we all do, that we knew then what we know now. Don't get me wrong, I too loved my Galant. However like amitsuowner and thousands of others, I put in two new transmissions over a period of 183,000 miles before I totalled it. I too replaced motor mounts. I replaced the entire front brake system (rotor, pads, calipers, etc.) at least three times and the brakes required pad replacement and turning of the rotors every 5 to 10 thousand miles. The interior trim was always falling off and the power window on the passenger's side was always very slow. To be fair though my only engine problems were a starter at 60,000 miles and new computer at 180,000 miles.
Regarding the observations by drobinson19 about brake changes and transmission changes. My Galant was a '90 model. Consider that these problems have gone on year after year. If you just consider amitsuowner's car, it is a '95 - at least five years later than mine and Mistubishi still has not addressed the problems (actually if you compare reliability ratings in Consumer Reports my '90 model was a better car). If you scroll back on this forum just a bit you will see that these problems are still present. I live in Memphis but bumped into another gentleman last weekend from Cleveland. He too owned a Gallant, a 1999 model. He too loved his car but with only 23,000 miles he has already had to replace the transmission - so much for improvements. I could put up with some of the minor imperfections, the trim and such and would even buy buy another Galant if they would just address these two long standing problems, the transmission and the brakes.
Lastly, regarding some the recent recalls. I cannot remember his exact words but even the new president of Mitsubishi, when announcing the recall, described the drive train linkage that is being recalled as flimsy or shoddy. By the way, since these same parts are used in several Chrysler products (also in the recall) several analysts blame much of Chrysler's recent decline on these unreliable parts.
#584 of 2502 Maybe Mitsubishi should pay us
Feb 17, 2001 (5:55 am)
For all the time and trouble these many recalls takes from us shouldnt the company give owners a coupon for free tacos at taco time or something?
#585 of 2502 Re: post 580
Feb 17, 2001 (4:34 pm)
Funny you should say that. A guy at work recently purchased a Mazda tribute which was recalled twice. Mazda sent him an apology letter for the inconvience and a nice waterproof backpack type thingy-that's customer service.
#586 of 2502 warped brake rotors
Feb 17, 2001 (8:42 pm)
I had warped brake rotors, among other problems, on my 2000 Galant ES when it only had 18 miles on it. I was told that it was from the car sitting on the loading dock for a long time. Having read the previous posts and in light of the recent news stories, I can't help but wonder if they were feeding me a line of ****. There are times when I can't help but wonder if I got a "remanufactured" car.
#587 of 2502 Used 1999 Galant ES
Feb 18, 2001 (2:08 pm)
I'm having second thoughts regarding buying a galant new or used. Maybe I'll reconsider it 5-10 years from now or until they establish their reputation from (scandals, recalls for the second time around) and improved the overall quality of their car.
I like the good looks, sleek styling but reliability in the long run is what matters most.
I looked at another used galant (private seller) it's a 1999 ES I4 AT with only 10100K miles on it. Asking price:$13000.00 firm. We talked and I explained and she came out with $11500.00 as her best offer. Ask her about the recall and she said she has not received notification from the dealer. But the carfax report said otherwise.
At 10K miles, the car temperature knob is broken would'nt stay in place. Aircon, 5-10 minutes had passed still no cold air coming out from the vent only warm air. I'm not surprised after she told me that she had the dome lamp replaced after falling off several times. I wondered what would be the next problem?
It seems to me that this is an indication of a "bad apple" and they are becoming more evident as I go looked around for a late model car, low mileage used galant.
For now I'll stick to my good old Corolla (I'm keeping this one for life)and would consider other car make/model. Off to the next......toyota? honda? or nissan?
Feb 18, 2001 (6:35 pm)
I bought a new dover white 2001 Galant GTZ today for $23,800.00 total, including taxes & paper work. This includes an in-dash six CD changer. The only problem is that I got 4.9% instead of 1.9%. Changed my payment by $14.00-not bad though. I just hope I don't have any problems, but I pick it up Tuesday. I'll keep any posts for problems.
#589 of 2502 Mitsubishi Headquarters
Feb 20, 2001 (6:14 am)
Hello My Fell Galant Owners,
Just wondering if I wanted to write a letter to Mitsubishi who and where would I address it to.
Curious if any cops are available regarding recalls. My 99ES has 13707 miles on it and no major problems except minor adjustments. So far very happy and I hope it stays that way. I know people on this site have had problems but unfortunetly hats the way it goes and all cars made are not problem free. Just hope the service kept. is complying. My service kept. in Manhattans west side is 100% on the ball. They listen and are extremely friendly and are helpful in every way. Thanks
#590 of 2502 Front end vibration
Feb 22, 2001 (7:00 pm)
I have a 2000 Galant ES V6. Absolutely no problems, until now. Back around Christmas time I was out of town, and needed to go out to the store.....and there was ice on the road. I started out at a light, turning left, going very, very slow. I ended up sliding into a curb while turning. Had to have the alignment adjusted, and I had the tires balanced and rotated for good measure. But........still have vibration through the steering wheel AND driver side floor board (felt through pedals also). The vibration starts at 50, but is worse at 70 and seems to start fading slowly after that. The steering wheel does not vibrate or shake, but can feel vibration. The vibration is steady, doesn't get faster with increase in vehicle speed. If I turn the wheel slightly to the right, vibration TOTALLY goes away. Turn the wheel slightly to the left, and the vibration seems to pick up tempo. Nothing is bent in the front end. Took to dealer, and all they try to tell me is that it is the tires. My experience has been that if the tires are bad, the wheel will shake everywhere, and when the tires were rotated, the vibration would have gotten better or worse, not have stayed the same. I am thinking that it is either the CV joint(s), or the wheel bearings. Right now it is just irritating, but don't want it to turn into something major down the road. Any ideas as to what it could be??