1986 Mitsubishi Galant Review from North America

1986 Mitsubishi Galant S 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Inconsistant mix of good and bad qualities

Faults:

Seals around doors were poor from the beginning, as evidenced by excess road noise, and a foggy interior. Eventually, the seals on the rear doors simply fell off!

The original brakes had a tendency to "grab" and thus any need for a quick stop resulted in an uncontrolled slide.

The original tires did not deliver good traction, which contributed to the lack of control during braking.

Once we replaced the brakes & tires, it drove much better.

The seat belts do not retract properly, so are frequently shut in the doors.

The paint has not aged well.

General Comments:

I was always very pleased with the power delivered by the 4-cyl engine. It was surprisingly quick on acceleration!

The car had an overall sound feel to it, with a good solid THUD upon closing the doors, and the shift of the weight was pleasant and easy to handle on cornering.

I found the cheap tires and shoddy brakes to be an odd choice to put on a car with a good engine and nice handling.

Fit and finish seemed to be a lost concept to the manufacture of this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th May, 2003

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 1 review