1989 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews

1989 Mitsubishi Galant GLS 1.8 carburettor from UK and Ireland

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 GSR 2.0L DOHC turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance272530 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser


Great car for my drag racing carree


There is not much wrong with the car.

I have just had to replace the engine after it was destroyed from a dropped valve.

Some slight head lights problems (coming off high beams turns the entire lights off)

General Comments:

Repair costs for the turbo engine are very high (AU $172 for an exhaust gasket)

Other than expensive parts the car is extremely fast for a FWD, easily beats V8's. very comfy inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2004

1989 Mitsubishi Galant Twin Cam 2.0 Fuel Injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Fuel Injected Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord


Good Riddance!


Starter motor needed overhaul in 2002.

Bodywork would dent easily.

Poor quality metallic paintwork.

Bonnet hard to open at times.

Fuel economy pathetic, despite careful driving and maintenance.

General Comments:

This car was greedy on fuel compared with other comparable models.

Cabin and exterior seemed fragile at best.

I never drove it hard as the gearbox of this model is not known for longevity.

The "economy" mode button on the transmission console is a joke.

No problems with handling or brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2003

23rd Mar 2009, 04:16

I had the same problem with my bonnet being hard to open. I fixed it by putting oil all over the mechanism that holds the bonnet down. Now it opens every time.

1989 Mitsubishi Galant GLX 1.8L naturally aspirated from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8L naturally aspirated Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired229000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona


Excellent first or second vehicle


Oxidized paint.

Power steering fluid leak.

Minor rust spots above rear window and inside boot (trunk) seal.

Dents in rear passenger doors from the previous owner.

Mold and mildew build-up from being left outside during winter.

Mud and dirt build up behind rear mud flaps and near front doors, inside fender panels. This mud can stay wet and cause rust in colder temperatures.

Checking on official safety check failures with this general make of vehicle, I have found they mostly fail due to steering/suspension related problems as well as oil/fluid leaks.

General Comments:

Very spacious interior.

Surprisingly, the original cigarette lighter still works.

Shifts gears very smoothly and easily.

Good handling for such a large vehicle, but the suspension can still be a little soft on corners.

Decent pick up and top end speed.

I prefer classic cars and I got the car as a cheap run around vehicle. I have only owned this car for just over one month and since owning it, I have realized what a great car it is. I am going to restore it to original condition and keep it now.

A real sleeper. Nobody looks at it twice, even with the body damage it has.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 8 reviews