1989 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews from UK and Ireland

1989 Mitsubishi Galant GLS 1.8 carburettor

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 carburettor Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired138300 miles
Most recent distance158700 miles
Previous carVolvo 340


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.

General Comments:

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

1989 Mitsubishi Galant GLSi 2.0i

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carMazda 323


A real good investment


Electronic control unit failed this year, however was able to obtain a second hand one for £150 and the car is as good as ever.

Some plastic trim is starting to break, however this may be to do with abuse from children.

Original exhaust and brakes lasted for years, but replacement ones wear a lot quicker.

Never a MOT failure yet and I have had the car 11 years.

Tappets rattle a lot now, however once driving they go quiet.

Cassette player has failed after 10 years.

General Comments:

The car has given me years of luxury motoring and to replace it would cost a fortune, so long as it starts and drives and stays reliable I shall keep it.

Fantastic engineering.

Shame nobody does a manual for the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2001

13th Jun 2002, 10:18

Haynes do a Manual for this car. I have bought one.


Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews