2003 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews from North America

2003 Mitsubishi Galant LS 2.4 gas

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

Pleasantly surprised

Faults:

Sway bar links, front and rear, were bad when I bought it. Old ones had to be cut off, so they were probably factory.

General Comments:

Have only owned the car a few weeks so early into this relationship, but so far I am very pleased. It is proving to be a comfortable, economical car.

Primary use is for my wife to go to work. She must have a reliable vehicle as she travels to different locations daily. I hope this proves to be a good choice.

We drive highway quite a bit on weekends, and it is a very comfortable highway car. It is quiet, even with the sunroof popped open.

Performance is good for a 4 cylinder in a larger car.

Economy is fantastic. 30+ highway.

I'll update in a few months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2011

2003 Mitsubishi Galant ES V6

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles

Summary:

A much loved car that will be hard to replace

Faults:

The heater quit working in the middle of winter, and new brakes, but that is the only issues I ever had. To be expected on a car with such high miles.

General Comments:

I just absolutely loved my Galant. I drove it for three years before I was rear-ended, and I am having a hard time finding a replacement. I took out a loan for 5,000 for it, and they gave me 900 for my trade in at the time. My insurance valued the car at 5,045 still, three years and 30,000 more miles later, and that is with some minor damage to the interior and front bumper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2010

2003 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Good looking, good engine, some issues

Faults:

Only have had the car for a few months now... A few nagging issues.

First noticeable; the rear defroster when ON, statics out the radio. Just a wiring problem there...

More nagging... the AC when on leaks on the passenger side, and is fairly noisy for a newer car.

The key also sometimes has trouble coming out the ignition slot, which can really be irritating since it's the factory made key.

General Comments:

This car overall has been the best purchase my girlfriend has ever made in terms of cars. She's been riding in the unreliable and not so refined GM mobiles, and I've finally been able to persuade her to cross over the Japanese ways.

Since she couldn't afford a Toyota or Honda, we took a chance on a Mitsubishi this time around. This car reminds me of the 2000 Toyota Camry in the way it rides, handles, and accelerates. The 2.4L is more than adequate for someone in the suburbs who has an equal balance of stop n go and freeway driving. The engine will never become rambunctious unless you floor the automatic transmission that shifts for maximum power and downshifts when appropriate.

Gas mileage really could have been better, and definitely isn't as good as the Toyota and Honda 4 bangers, but isn't BAD at all.

Inside the car, the front seats are more than comfortable in a durable cloth material. The side door panels are a mixture of plastic and cloth as well, which feels appropriate for the car.

The dislikes come elsewhere... The center dash where the radio and climate controls are located the silver plastic lining is faded and chipped (before the car was purchased).

The dimming light for the AC and rear defroster seems very DIM during the day.

The top of the dashboard itself creates an awful glare at times into the windshield.

All buttons and dashboard pieces itself feel well constructed and well fitted, unlike GM cars we've had in the past.

Another gripe is for a car of this size, the rear seat has very minimal leg and toe space if the front seats are half way set back. It's by no means a compact car space in the back, but it just seems like it should have been more for being mid sized.

Theres no dome light in the center, and only in the front. Since this car is used with 2 occupants in the back a lot of the time, it's difficult to see anything towards the back, as the front dome light really only illuminates what's in the front ONLY.

Overall, as this car what priced right on the second hand market, I can't complain much, even though some things about it seem disappointing. A few steps back from Honda and Toyota IMO, but a lot of steps forward from the usual domestic product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2008

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 11 reviews