1989 Mitsubishi Galant GLS 1.8 carburettor
A very comfortable and reliable vehicle
Gearbox failed 500 miles after purchase.
Heater matrix core replaced. Replacement part was cheap but it needed a lot of work to fit.
Thermostat replaced. This only cost £7.
Despite that I believe this car is very reliable if not neglected for too long. However, the original Mitsubishi parts can be very expensive and because of the rarity of the model second hand parts are difficult to trace.
I always wanted to buy a Galant. I loved its looks and I had heard about the Mitsubishi built quality.
I bought this (my first Galant) for £300. Unfortunately it had been seriously neglected and previous owner was a bit of a boy racer. The gearbox failed soon after purchase and was replaced with second hand for £100. The coolant mustn't have been changed for ages so heater matrix corroded and was replaced with a used one for £20.
The engine however pulled like new. Once I travelled 1000 miles in one day when the car had around 150000 miles on the clock. No overheating, no nothing. It kept going on and on. I did almost 16000 with no service and I had no problems.
Especially when driving on the motorway the Galant is at its element. You just cruise and rarely get tired. The velour seats are just superb and you can also adjust height, lumbar support and the level of the steering wheel. The soundproofing is very good too and both the engine noise and road noise don't become disturbing even at high speeds. You also get comforts such as electric windows, electric sunroof & electric heated mirrors.
The handling is very good but I wouldn't say it is outstanding. I think it could handle better with wider tyres (mine had the 185/R14 ones). Also fuel economy in the city circle isn't very good, although it is excellent on the motorway.
Overall I would say that the Galant is a great vehicle for those who value comfort more than performance and are also interested in a car that doesn't break down easily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2008