1976 Mitsubishi Galant Review

1976 Mitsubishi Galant XL Sedan 1.6 4G32 SOHC Inline Four from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 4G32 SOHC Inline Four Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired356000 kilometres
Most recent distance356000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Valiant

Summary:

An easily modified, great looking RWD sedan from the 70's

Faults:

The valve seals and piston rings are gone so it goes through a bottle of oil a month.

Transmission needs the belts adjusted.

Brakes need work.

Replaced plugs only recently and had to advance the timing.

Speedo doesn't work properly and shows you doing 3 times more than you really are.

General Comments:

A great little car that I picked up for $400 and that included a great set of ROH mag wheels.

It is a really comfortable car with a nice driving position although the rear has almost no legroom.

The 1600 motor in it is drinking oil like there is no tomorow and I want to replace it with a 2.0 Litre Mitsubishi Sigma Engine with twin Mikuni-Solex carbies and extractors.

The transmission jerks a bit when it shifts from first to second so I believe the belts need adjusting.

It is very hard to drive in car parks although once the car is going faster it seems to lighten up.

I love the 70's look of the car and the fact it has a GT body that when combined with the ROH mags makes it look quite tough.

I would love to put an EVO or Galant VR4 4G63 2.0 Turbo in it (this would take work as the engine in the Galant is a north-south layout) but I would also like a 2.6 Astron Turbo or a fuel injected version of the Sigma engine using Magna parts.

Summing up. The car looks great as it has good paint and no rust, drives alright and is really comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2004

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 1 review