1992 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews

1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 2.0 twin turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Cheap thrill

Faults:

Clutch slave cylinder, clutch died due to lots of 8000rpm launches, rear diff shattered.

General Comments:

At first sight these cars look pretty standard and nothing really special, however with a few mods it doesn't take much to wake these cars up. Rated at 250hp and a healthy 308Nm of torque, the 92 VR4 is a capable machine.

My VR4 has a few mods done to it, enough to pull a 13.3 time on a quarter mile, which in a car tipping the scales of around 1500kgs is a pretty fast whale.

The engine is a 2.0lt V6 Twin Turbo intercooled; the turbos in these cars are really small, but can handle up to about 15 psi to redline. The rods in these engines are tiny, and if you put enough power and stress on them, the rods will break out of the engine and dance on your bonnet, however the engine is pretty strong.

The gearbox is almost bulletproof in these things; I have put serious amount of abuse on my gearbox and it's still fine.

I've driven an auto; they suck, don't get an auto because they have smaller turbos.

Suspension wise, factory ones are OK. I changed mine straight away and put coil overs in. Big difference handling wise.

Brakes will pull you up nicely thanks to a set of twin pots up front and ventilated all round.

The interior is simple, and what you would expect in a early 90's model car. Seats are comfortable, and being 4 doors, enough for your mates or family.

In general, these cars are pretty cheap in NZ, and have around the same acceleration as cars double the price. Gas sucks, if you looking for a car that's economical, get a non turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2009

1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance131000 miles
Previous carDodge Colt

Summary:

Extremely fast car, very nimble

Faults:

I bought the car with a blown head gasket and replaced it. I also replaced the water pump because all the fins were shredded off.

The ECU just broke, and it will cost $600 to fix. But from what I know, that's normal for these vehicles.

General Comments:

Replacing the ECU is a small price to pay for a vehicle this nice.

This is a great car! It's very fast and nimble. I can keep up with most Camaros and Mustangs. And my car is completely stock.

My car dyno'd at 224hp 247tq with a K&N air filter and Spectre intake. This car has great potential. I plan on making at least 350hp before I stop modifying it.

In my opinion, if you can find one of these cars, buy it! Parts may be expensive, but they don't fail often and it's worth the money!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2008

1992 Mitsubishi Galant 2.0 SOHC 8v from Venezuela

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Festiva

Summary:

Reliable

Faults:

Clutch went out at 60000miles, its expected life of this component, i fixed myself costing me 350$ all components needed.

Water pump seal fail at 65000miles requiring timing belt and tensor pulley too, I do myself at home in a day, costing me 200$ in parts.

Idle speed problems at 70k miles, ECU of the car revealed 3 codes problems, but sensors and engine parts are fine, resulting in ECU malfunction some times.. finally I replace the computer at 400$ and the car ride like new.

The brakes are the same since new, but I'm resurface the front rotors twice.

General Comments:

The paint and interior still like new over the years. The performance its only fine for this engine, but its reliable, soundless, comfortable like a more expensive car and cheap to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2005

1992 Mitsubishi Galant SE 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired164000 kilometres
Most recent distance166500 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

High class Japanese-made motoring at a bargain price

Faults:

Spark plug came loose, and I tightened it back up again. No damage.

General Comments:

This car is excellent buying now 12-13 years on. It was a high class car and has many options, dual-mode AC, dual mode electronic 4 speed auto, 4 speaker stereo, central locking, adjustable seat heights, lumbar support, vanity mirrors, reading lamps for all, dual odometers, etc etc. All the mod-cons. Metallic paint.

Exellent ride, well noise insulated, acceptable performance, although no rocket. Standard ULP. Good economy, 10.5l/100kn in the city, 8.2l/100km on highway.

The hatch gives access to huge space, and the seats all fold down cleverly to provide almost bed like space.

Oil should be clean and not black, check for leaks.

Timing is from a chain, not a belt, so gives 100,000km life per chain. Check for replacement at 100,000k intervals when buying.

Only things missing are a CD player, and keyless entry, not standard in 1992.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2005

15th Nov 2005, 17:05

The Timing Belt is not a chain, but a belt, like most cars, and does need replacing at its scheduled interval.

The Auto Transmission is OK, but not great, appears to be good for around 150,000kms. Have had to replace mine at 170,000kms, cost $1700.

Front brakes wear down and will cause shuddering under pressure, approx every 15,000kms, around $100 to fix each time.

Runs well on 94 octane Ethanol Mix ULP, (versus normal 91 octane ULP).

Fuel economy is approx City 11 l/100km, and Highway 9.5 l/100km.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 8 reviews