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


Inconsistant mix of good and bad qualities


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