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#15 of 34 Re: PAINT DISCOLORATION GALANT 2000 [near_2water]
Apr 14, 2009 (6:09 am)
I have a 2003 black mitsubishi galant ES with paint problems. I bought this car new and finally paid it off last August. Ironically, that's when the paint oxidation started. Estimates for a new paint job come in anywhere between $1000-$3000. I can't justify spending that kind of money on a paint job when the car also has mechanical issues. and it has had issues since I bought it (which the dealership brushed off). The car has 82,000 miles on it. As a single mom in grad school- I'm not going to be able to afford a new car anytime soon. Does anyone have any idea how we can get the manufacturer to recognize this problem and take ownership over it?
#16 of 34 2003 Galant Issues
Apr 23, 2009 (6:44 am)
I have a 2003 Galant that I purchased brand new. At 1800 miles the transmission went. I have been experiencing problems with the heater/air conditioning since I purchased the vehicle. I had to have the repair shop permanetly open the flap so I have heat. It would either stick on air or stick on heat. I have taken it to so many repair shops and no one can figure out what the problem is, but it appears other people have experienced the same problems with their heating/air conditioning system, is that correct? About 6 or 7 months ago I noticed that my paint was started to fade. At first I thought it was just salt marks from the roads because it in the winter time. After I washed it, I realized that it wasn't salt. The clear coat is actually coming off of the car! It is spreading like cancer! I wrote a letter to Mitsubishi Motors to let them know all of the problems that myself and many others are experiencing with the heating/air conditioning system and the paint. I did receive a call from Mitsubishi letting me know a Case Manager would be contacting me the next day, but I never received a call. After researching this problem on the internet, I came to find out that 10's of thousands of people are having the same problems. I saw pics of other people's Galants and the paint is fading exactly like mine! The Mitsubishi Dealership took pictures of my car and sent them to the District Rep. I got a call the other day from the dealership letting me know that I had to provide them with all of my maintenance records for the Galant since I purchased it. Luckily I kept a lot of it! I am piecing it together right now. The Service Manager for the dealership said after the District Manager takes a look at the service records (since I took the vehicle to other repair places...not just the dealership), he will determine whether or not they will pay for the paint job to be fixed. Has anyone had their Galant repainted?
#17 of 34 Re: 2003 Galant Issues [kotuce]
May 02, 2009 (9:14 am)
Keep me posted on what they say. I have the exact same problem you have with your AC/Heater. I also had to have the thermostat replaced last year since it was sticking which wasn't that big of a job- but it was inconvenient.
From what I understand about the paint, we aren't going to get very far b/c we won't be able to prove that by not keeping it in a garage, environmental issues, not waxing the car enough, etc this caused the problem. We know better, but they'll fight to the end. One thing I know for sure, I will NEVER buy a Mitsubishi again and I certainly would never recommend one to anyone.
#18 of 34 MITSUBISHI GALANT PAINT RECALL
May 05, 2009 (7:30 am)
I am an owner of a 2003 black Galant. As many of you have experienced, the paint has been fading on my car for the past year. It's spreading like cancer and Mitsubishi is doing nothing about it! I was told by an insurance adjuster to take my vehicle to my local Mitsubishi Dealership for them to take pictures of the vehicle because they are aware of the problem and they may fix it. I jumped through so many hoops, provided maintenance records on the vehicle since the day I purchased it just to get a call from Mitsubishi telling me they were not going to fix it! This is BS! Something has to be done! There has to be something we can do to get this recalled! Does anyone have any ideas? I just paid my car off within the past year and it looks like garbage! This is so unfair! There has to be something we can all do considering how many of us (Galant owners) are experiencing the same issue!
#19 of 34 ATTN: GALANT OWNERS WITH PAINT ISSUES....
May 05, 2009 (8:15 am)
I am an owner of a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant (black). My paint started fading/oxidizing about a year ago. I went to the dealership, they took pictures and had me submit my maintenance records and jump through a bunch of hoops just to tell me my vehicle was out of warranty and they weren't going to do anything to help me! This needs to be recalled, but enough people have to file a complaint first! If you are having paint issues with your Galant, PLEASE file a complaint at the following website: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/index.cfm If enough people file a complaint, we may all be able to get our paint issues fixed! Keep your fingers crossed...and keep complaining! We deserve to be treated fairly. This is a manufacturers defect that MUST be fixed! We didn't pay all that money for a vehicle to look like garbage! I am actually embarassed to drive around in my vehicle because of the paint! PLEASE HELP ME GET A RECALL!!!!
#20 of 34 Valve
May 24, 2009 (5:27 am)
I have a question regarding valves and my Galant 92` (diesel). Should there be a distance between distance from valve head to heaver (i know that for some older cars there must be one)?
#21 of 34 drive around a mall lot
Jun 24, 2009 (4:41 pm)
This problem happened to me as well on my black 2001 galant... my wife was skeptical until I told her I'd prove it... on a random drive to the mall, we cruzed around the parking lot and i swore to her we'd find another black galant with the same problem... she laughed at me but sure enough after 3 minuets we spotted a 2002 black galant with major clear coat cracking WOW everyone has this problem.... but according to Mitsubishi we must be crazy... screw them ripoffs... buy American... wait nevermind, they make ugly and boring cars
#22 of 34 Re: drive around a mall lot [pukiee13]
Jun 24, 2009 (8:11 pm)
I believe Galants are made in Illinois so they're pretty much just as American as anything else (my qualification for American-made is manufactured in the US. Brand matters not; what matters to me is which workers get paid).
You should repeat your mall experience with a camera in hand. Park your car next to theirs & take a picture. Send it in a written letter to Mitsu customer service citing your case number and tell them that since you can find a car with similar issues in just 3 minutes, they're the crazy ones.
Anyway, I'm sorry you've got the paint problem. My '99 "Barcelona Red", i.e. burgundy, Galant has a number of paint chips i the hood from rocks etc. and the requisite door dings but the finish is otherwise undamaged. 10 years and 150K miles (any day now). I'm considering an Outlander to replace it but am finding it (and every other vehicle I've looked at) a bit of sticker shock as I haven't had a car payment since 2001.
#23 of 34 Re: drive around a mall lot [pukiee13]
Jun 29, 2009 (5:14 am)
It is a shame that everyone with a Galant manufactured during that 3-year period has that problem, but they do. I contacted my local Mitsubishi dealer as well as Mitsubishi Corp. and they didn't do anything. I have posted links to the Better Business Bureau as well as the link to the site where you submit auto defects for recall, but if enough people don't do it....Mitsubishi won't do anything because they won't have to. If you haven't done so already, I would urge you to file a complaint with the BBB and also file a complaint with the Office of Defects Investigation at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/. If enough people file with them Mitsubishi will have no choice but to recall the vehicles and fix the defect, which is obviously is! Pass this information on if you contribute to other blogs which refer to this problem. I ran into a guy the other day at a gas station that asked me if he could take a look at my paint. He said that the clear coat was actually 'chalking' and that it may possibly be able to be buffed out. I have contacted a local auto detail shop and they are going to take a look at my vehicle today after work. If they ARE to buff these spots out (of course as a temporary fix), I will make sure I update this blog so everyone else that has this problem can be made aware! It's going to probably cost me around $200 to get it done, but that's a lot cheaper than $1000 to get it repainted (that's the estimate the dealer gave me) It really stinks that we all have these vehicles that we have taken care of that look like this and they are not even that old! My vehicle is in great condition, but the exterior looks like garbage because of these 'blemishes'!
I was going to hold on to my vehicle for a little while to see if enough people submit complaints and Mitsubishi recalls this defect, but I am in desperate need of a 4-wheel drive vehicle, so I may sell my vehicle sooner than later.
If anyone hears of a way this defect can be fixed, please let me know!
#24 of 34 Bad paint job on Galant 2002 ES
Jul 01, 2009 (1:24 pm)
I have a 2002 Gallant ES. The paint job is absolutely awful. Iím am noticing dis coloration in the paint. Rockville Mitsubishi dearlership in Maryland is the worse in getting help with the matter. Iím going to just bite the bullet and take it to an after market body shop and have the entire car repainted.