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#711 of 2502 If only I had listened.... looks get you nowhere
May 25, 2001 (12:30 pm)
I purchased my 2001 Galant ES in February. Beautiful car, smooth ride, draws attention, good price. Now for the real deal. I have 4500 highway miles and have been to the shop 3 times for steering wheel vibration, there is a rattle in the dashboard, keyless entry works when it wants to, and where is all that power I heard its 4-cylinder had? Let's not forget all those recalls. Had the one for the transmission hose today. These are some of the same problems I have read that other people had but I was foolishly hoping that my Galant would be different. This is my first and last Mitsubishi purchase. You should be suspicious when such a beautiful car comes with such an attractive price.
Misubishi's wake up and drive should be wake up and run.
May 26, 2001 (9:38 am)
It's really sad that Mitsu can't come up with a better percentage of good cars. For instance, I haven't had any problem with my 4 cyl 2k ES I bought Dec 99 . The only time it's been at the shop was for recall stuff.
I still think as bad as the Galant sound to be, they are still $2000 cheaper than the other 2 japanese cars, and will of course in my opinion be a better buy than any Domestic in it's class.
For those who feel like hearing good stuff instead of bad about the galant check the Galant Forum in Yahoo clubs, or visit www.thagalantcenter.com.
#713 of 2502 to ern35 and Cajun626
May 29, 2001 (1:40 pm)
Update: My Galant is running smooth as silk once again! The timing belt WAS loose and the adjuster (balance) belt was too tight!!! It WASN'T the transmission, thank goodness! THANK YOU to both of you for providing the information that you did. If I hadn't read what happened to your 94, Cajun, I wouldn't have been so determined!!! They (mechanics) may have even convinced me of the worst!
Thanks again, and I will check every day or so for any other ideas/suggestions/comments. I am SO GLAD I found this forum!! I may have saved over $2k in repairs! By the way, once she was running great... I spent 4 hours washing, waxing, and shining her up! Funny how we take new pride w/ the outside when things are right w/the inside!
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Jun 01, 2001 (6:58 am)
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#715 of 2502 Mitsubishi Galant vs. Subaru Outback Sedan?
Jun 05, 2001 (7:14 am)
I am in the market for my first car and have been considering the Mits. Galant or the Outback Limited sedan. The diffence in the engine size concerns me. The OB is an H4, whereas the Galant LS I am looking at is a V6. From the Subaru owners I have talked with, they have had only positive things to say about the OB, whereas it seems to me that a lot of you are unhappy with Mits. cars. I was just wondering if anyone had some advice for my decision, or some info about the life of the V6 versus the H4 engine? The rides seem similar on both, the Subaru was a bit nicer (smoother) I think. The AWD is also a plus for the OB. How does the Galant handle in wet and snowy conditions? Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks.
Jun 06, 2001 (6:11 am)
Sorry to hurt your feelings, but I think that Outback is just plain and ugly looking. Chunky car. If it doesn't look good outside, I will not even consider a car no matter how good it is inside. Just my 2 cents.
#717 of 2502 Outback vs. Galant
Jun 07, 2001 (9:35 am)
I actually think that the Outback Sedan is quite nice looking... however, I agree that the wagon is not attractive to me. At 22, I am not ready to be driving a "soccer-mom's" car just yet. However, I am trying to be a little more practical than solely looking at the outside of the car. What's inside matters the most in terms of its life and quality... and whether or not I love driving it day in and day out. The looks of the cars aside, I want the car I purchase to be one that is reliable and one that I won't be disappointed with. I haven't been able to find many, if any, positive sentiments about the Galant from this forum and as such, I don't think that I would go for it despite its good looks. Like sknight27 said, "you should be suspicious when such a beautiful car comes with such an attractive price." Plus, I worry about the whole scandal Mitsubishi had when they hid all those customer complaints. I don't want to save money on the purchase of a car only to be emptying my wallet on it later during repairs. As time goes on, I want to be able to buy a beautiful car that is JUST as reliable and sturdy as it is beautiful, perhaps a Mercedes or a BMW, but for now my budget won't allow it. That's my 2 cents. Can anyone answer my previous questions?
Jun 07, 2001 (12:52 pm)
We bought a Galant ES V6 a few months back. For us it was the perfect blend of good looks, good performance, smooth ride, good handling, and nearly identical interior controls as the Camry. We've had several Camrys and my wife really liked the controls/driving position. The looks were poo-poo, but we were planning to buy another V6 Camry. After driving the Galant, we liked it better than the Camry in every aspect. We did also drive an Outback Sedan back-to- back with the Galant (mitsubishi/audi/subaru dealer). Wife immediately disliked the controls, seating position, and 4cyl engine. If it had some power I would have pressed for the Outback because we see some severe weather. Considering how hilly of an area I live in, 4cyl's just plain run out of power, and I haven't owned for several years.
I like the looks of the Galant better, but the Outback Sedan looks good too. My salesman said the V6 should be coming for it though, he just didn't know when. Honestly, I was hoping to wait for the 2002 Camrys coming this fall because they look very nice, and will be more powerful and I'm sure just as reliable/nice to drive as their prior models. However, we had a incident with her camry and had to get a new one sooner than planned. You may want to research the new Camry.
I don't think the Galant is "too cheap to believe", but it's priced between the domestics and the camry/accord/maxima. It is probably more reliable than the domestics, and maybe not as reliable as the Toyota/Honda crowd. That was the chance we took to get the car we liked. Most cars (even domestics, albeit less refined) are really reliable for the most part. Nothing out there has the tires falling off (well maybe a couple fords, lol!).
As for snow, the V6 comes with traction control which should help some. The AWD Outback is great, but could be overkill if you don't see really severe weather. We see alot of snow here, but most people manage fine with FWD. If you don't see ALOT of winter, the AWD might not be worth it (long-term reliability, weight, etc).
#719 of 2502 Rotors + rattle = irritation
Jun 07, 2001 (5:52 pm)
I recently bought a 99 Galant GTZ. I like it but there is a loud rattle around the glove compartment that the dealership claimed it fixed with replacing the lock . . . but it's still an irritating problem. And now there is big time vibration when braking and my mechanic says it's the rotors so another repair to schedule. I sold my 91 Honda Accord because I was expecting to have maintenance expenses. I didn't expect problems so soon with this Galant. Has anyone else had similar problems?
Jun 08, 2001 (8:11 am)
I had two related rattles in the glovebox - the lock itself rattled in its hole, and the glovebox lid rattled because the lock wasn't fitted properly. The dealer replaced the lock, and the rattles ceased. Go back and make them fix it right! As for the brake vibrations, it seems that the rotors are (overly?) sensitive to how much torque is applied to the lug nuts - too much can cause warpage. After you have the rotors fixed, make sure any time the wheels have to be removed that the mechanic uses a torque wrench, not an air wrench, to tighten the nuts. My car has not had this rotor problem, but apparently many others have.