1986 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews

1986 Mitsubishi Galant 2.4 liter from Mexico

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired123533 miles
Most recent distance130600 miles

Summary:

Nice car, but costly repairs

Faults:

Well for an 86, it has been a reliable car. But since the car has a complex electronics engineering makes your wallet beg for mercy.

This was my first car and since the first time I saw it I liked it, the engine looked like new, but since I didn't test drove it (mom did), I couldn't be sure of its "off lot" performance, In short they sold us a mild lemon per-say.

First thing that went wrong was the transmission had a electronic shor-tout, repairs cost about 200 dolls. Then the steering column had some troubles add another 150 dolls. After a few miles the alternator gave out, turns out I had another short-out, repairs 50dlls (new alternator). Water pump replaced, it was making a loud noise, but I thought I was the engine, how wrong was i! add another 70 dolls. The master cylinder died also scary, replaced it on time or would have had an accident; add another 50 dolls. And last, but not least the frontal struts gave out, replacing them new was a bundle so I went to a junkyard found them for 60 dolls (each), and now the compressor stopped working at 130600 miles. That's the last ache. Almost forgot the mounts are faulty also.

General Comments:

Over all the car has great acceleration.

Engine roars for 130+ miles, great handling on curves, you just press the hard button on the electronic control suspension and you feel as the car literaly hugs the curve. Braking is good although it could be better for a 4 disk system. The ride is now a little bumpy since the compressor gave out, but it still runs great, I had a little accident like 6 months after the car was bought, crashed with another Mitsubishi (ironically), damage was minimal, and the car didn't shut down or anything; my moms 86 Oldsmobile died when a dodge ram rear ended her at like 5 mph.

So in short the car is still alive and running hopefully enough for my next purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th November, 2004

1986 Mitsubishi Galant S 4 cylinder from North America

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

Summary:

Inconsistant mix of good and bad qualities

Faults:

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

1986 Mitsubishi Galant GLS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10

Faults:

The central looking system has broken down. Starter motor and battery replaced at 142,000km. Electronic controlled suspension broke down at 148,000km. Leaky roof hatch. Some bolts in the steering came off in a sharp turn. The engine uses 0.5 litre of motor oil every 1,000km, and it has only been driven 152,000km. It has lots of errors with the lights on the car and the other electronic stuff.

General Comments:

This car seems nice, but with an old car like this everything will fall apart after some time, and it will rust a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews