1989 Mitsubishi Galant GLSi Hatchback 2.0 8-valve from Sweden
Reliable and comfortable even after 30 years of service
Check engine light is on, most likely an idle control valve.
It runs too low at idle when cold, and too high when warm, see above, but it still gets me where I need to go.
Has developed a pronounced "lifter tick" especially when cold, but comes and goes even when warm. This ticking has stayed even after oil changes, and as far as I can tell there's nothing wrong with the engine itself. I write it off as a sign of old age and "wear and tear".
Front end alignment was way out of whack when I bought it, it shredded the front tires, most likely due to some previous owner hitting a curb too hard. Had it fixed at a reputable mechanic and slapped new tires on it; sticks to the road like glue and runs straight and true.
Gas struts holding the rear hatch up have failed; "fixed" with a wooden stick kept in the trunk.
I bought this car dirt cheap as a stop-gap because I had to go cross-country and needed a car quick. It did what I needed it to and has been with me ever since.
It's hard to start during winter, but I've managed it by tightening the idle-screw on the intake as the weather gets colder.
It feels heavier than it is with its soft suspension, and the ride quality is good, especially on long trips. I really like the adjustable lumbar support! The seats are comfortable and supportive, even in the rear where leg-room is adequate but not great. Plenty of space in the trunk and the folding rear seats make this a capable make-shift hauler, although the slanted rear hatch can complicate moving larger square/rectangular objects.
The engine - bearing in mind that this is by no means a sporty car, and in fact, quite heavy for its size - is adequate and has a very pleasing "growl" when pushed beyond a leisurely cruise!
All in all, a comfortable, reliable car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2019