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Mitsubishi Galant, Sedan
#37 of 67 When will the 2004 Galant be available at the dealers?
Sep 13, 2003 (9:45 am)
Does anybody know when the 2004 Galant will hit the dealers? I really liked the looks of my previous Galant ( 1995 Galant ES ). The only thing that I thought it needed were:
1. a more powerful engine
2. more leg room in the back
3. a more silent engine ( very important )
4. Less road noise
5. better material for the interior dash
I guess the newer Galants with V6 engines are already more powerful. I would think the rear legroom must also be better in 2004 model.
So, the only things ( I am mainly concerned about ) that remain to be seen are if the engine is quieter than the previous year models and if the cabin gets less noise from the road and from the wind.
If Mitsubishi has already fixed those problems, the 2004 Galant is bound to attract a lot of buyers if they price it right.
#38 of 67 Engine...
Sep 13, 2003 (12:55 pm)
Should be quieter.
#40 of 67 Not going to get same buzz as Altima did.......
Sep 20, 2003 (6:14 pm)
Realize when the Altima came out, all these people were talking about it. It was the buzz of the country. Then, it became Car of the Year, and Nissan got into revival process. Is it me, or is Mitsu trying to do the same thing, and get out of there "ONLY 16-30 year olds drive" it image? If they are, they're definitely not getting the same buzz as they wished too. The 2004 Galant was unexpected to me and probably to you when I went to the NY Auto Show earlier this year.
We'll have to see about it. Not so impressed with styling though. What kind of direction is it going in?
#41 of 67 Mitsubishi styling:
Sep 20, 2003 (7:35 pm)
I don't know who is styling their cars but their direction since the 02 model year has been not good. I'm hoping with the guy from Hyundai coming over to run Mitsu he can get a good design team in there. Mitsu had some good styled cars in the mid to late 90's period. I don't know what happened.
#42 of 67 Mitsu styling
Sep 21, 2003 (4:42 am)
I like the styling of the Lancer Ralliart and the Sportback. That's it. The Galant looks like a bloated camry. What happened?
#43 of 67 Saw the 04 Galant Yesterday
Sep 26, 2003 (12:55 pm)
I saw the 04 Galant yesterday morning during rush hour traffic (along 880 South - SF Bay Area). The front looks good ... but I was disappointed by the rear. As soon as I saw it from my rear window, I got hooked. But when I slowed down to let it go past me, the rear was too edgy in design - love it or hate it.
It definitely looks more substantial to the current model. When I was next to it, I thought it was the new Maxima. Quite aggressive stance.
It's the (rear) same styling philosophy as the Altima - love it or hate it.
But it seems more aggressive - if not mascular than the Altima.
More men that women would probably go for this car.
Camry - 'Offend no one' styling philosophy, conservative rear design.
Mazda6 - Sporty
Altima - Sporty and bold design
Galant - Aggressive
Sep 26, 2003 (1:12 pm)
Here's what I think:
Galant: Something Aggressive
Camry: This is a bland one
Accord: EuroAsian combination. (Bland and Edgy)
#45 of 67 04 faux pas
Oct 06, 2003 (5:32 pm)
It seems the 04 Galant will not offer dual row side curtain airbags. Is this correct? If so, this is a MAJOR oversight, especially with the IIHS's new dyanmic side impact testing.
Oct 10, 2003 (7:25 pm)
I went to the Charlotte International Autoshow today (Friday), and the new Galant was there.
It is bigger than the current car, but not as big as the pictures make it seem.
Two models were on display. A GTS and LS. The GTS was on a turn-table so I could not see inside it, but the LS was out in the open for everyone to see. Being the car freak that I am, I jumped right in.
The Exterior of the Galant is pretty nice looking IMO. The car essentially reminds me of the Altima/Maxima twins. As a matter of fact, a Maxima SL was parked right beside the Galant I sat in. The similarities were obvious, from the nose to the tail. The Alloys (which are now OPTIONAL on the LS)were nice enough, but looked somewhat small IMO. The color of the car was Ultra red pearl, and it had a nice gray leather interior. The tail is about the only thing I have reservations about, it just looks silly IMO. The front did not bother me, as a matter of fact, the front of the Galant looks better than the Maxima, though they are similar.
A surprise I must say. From the pictures, the Galant looks somewhat cheap, but the materials seemed better in person. Mitsubishi tried to use VWs theme by using Black dash tops. It works overall, but the materials aren't better than the Camry or Accord, but they do beat the domestics, the Altima and the current Galant. I particularly liked the dash design. The materials were not soft-touch, but they do look sturdy, and long-lasting. The fit and finish was excellent! Down-right surprising.
I am not really a tall person (5'9") but I weigh over 270lbs. I was able to adjust the front seats of the Galant to a comfortable position. I proceeded to sit in the back, and I must say that the Galant had plenty of rear seat room. The Galant was definately roomier than the Mazda6 and Accord, but the Camry and Altima felt slightly more roomy.
I really liked the Galant. It seems like a pretty good competitor to the Camry/Accord/Altima/6 crowd. I especially think it will compete more with the Altima/6 group. The interior was much better than I had expected, and the car looked downright attractive for the most part. The car felt pretty roomy, and the quality/fit and finish was excellent.
I definately added it to my list of cars to consider.