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Mitsubishi Galant, Engine
#7 of 16 Lingering Death meets hot weather
Mar 19, 2003 (2:02 pm)
Today it so nice and warm after last night's storm. My car is so savory, just smelling like mildew and cloth rot. Today it nearly stalled attempting to downshift for the steep climb into a parking garage. "Chugga-chugga-chugga- CLUNK!" is it's new chant regarding inclines. I could start a conga line.
I called the dealership and asked if my car (a '03 Nissan Altima) had arrived yet. Nope. Of course not. In fact, it's not going to arrive because it was sold. I almost took the silver one on the lot, but couldn't bring myself to pay $25 extra a month for a zillion obnoxious buttons on my steering wheel and power seats. Phhht. Convience packadge. More like a $1600 crap-you-don't-need-but-have-to-buy-just-to-get-ABS-and-curtain-a ir-bags-packadge-which-is-an-additional-$700.
So I told them I'd commit to buying a suitable base model, gave them 5 exterior color choices and 2 interior choices. I included a check for $1500 to grease things. I get the sneaking idea that they never really TRIED to get the other car because they wanted to waggle me into getting the silver one on their lot. Thankfully, I blamed it on my accountant and my bottom line.
But now that I've turned that one flat-handed down, given them a check and plenty of options, I'm hopeful that one may magically appear sooner rather then later....
All told, I am now housebound (I work at home though) I refuse to drive my current car for fear it will REALLY die! The next time I drive it, it better be 7 miles to the dealership.....
#8 of 16 re:dying car
Mar 19, 2003 (3:27 pm)
wow,and i thought my ride was bad.
Mar 19, 2003 (9:35 pm)
...and this car is only 8 years and 100K old!
Mar 20, 2003 (8:58 am)
Mitsubishi may not be one of the more durable lines. I had a 1982 Plymouth Sapporo that I bought new. This captive import from Mitsubishi struck me as being an excellent car, except for the paint durability and the fact that I had to reupholster the front seats at 35K. From the mechanical point of view, it was a treat to own, and far higher in performance than competing cars of the day.
#11 of 16 Plymouth Saporro...
Mar 20, 2003 (9:03 am)
...didn't those things have a Mitsubishi 2.6 mated up to a Chrysler Torqueflite tranny? I always thought they were neat little cars, and one of the last "true" hardtops that were offered.
I've also heard that a Mopar smallblock will fit right in!
Mar 20, 2003 (9:12 am)
...had a 4 speed manual linked behind the 2.6L 4L engine, with rear wheel drive.
Mar 20, 2003 (9:20 am)
time warp! I can't remember the last time I saw one of those...it had a good look actually...I don't really remember how good Mitsus were for the long haul 20 years ago, but they are not that great now.
#14 of 16 Update on the Mitsu
Mar 21, 2003 (6:15 pm)
The Mitsu, for anyone who cares to know, has now moved onto greener pastures....er, grayer asphalt?
I traded it for $1000 to the VW dealer on a 2003 Passat (which I verified does not have the defective coils- they got titchy when I demanded to check for myself!)
The Nissan dealer just couldn't seem to get me the car on time- even though it was the most unpopular color (pewter) with the most unpopular drive train (manual) with the most unpopular options (none!) and there were scads avaliable in the state, they all seemed to get sold before they could negotiate a deal. Yeah, right. They just wanted to twist me into the optioned out ones on the lot.
#15 of 16 so their little upsell trick didn't work
Mar 21, 2003 (6:25 pm)
have fun with your new ride.
Mar 27, 2003 (8:35 am)
I think they should drive that Sapporo off that cliff back there before they ruin their relationship. I like his "Italian lover" shirt though. Her shoulders need work don't you think?
(I'm so CRITICAL today. Must be the caffeine).