1992 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 2.0 DOHC turbo from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

The Galant VR4 is fun, practical, and quite rare, with huge tuning potential

Faults:

Balance shaft bearing failure resulted in timing belt failure, etc. requiring a full engine rebuild. Balance shafts have been eliminated as part of rebuild.

Upper inter-cooler hose split.

Rear wheel power steering lines were leaking and have been blocked off and removed.

General Comments:

This is actually a very good reliable car, given its age. The problem that resulted in an engine rebuild was something of a fluke.

Dead stock, the car has good performance with about 200HP to motivate its 3200 lbs. The all-wheel drive makes for confident handling in bad weather. In fact, I have come to think of rainy days as "VR4 weather".

The car has great tuning potential, given its engine and drive train which are shared with the US Eclipse Turbo all wheel drive GSX.

The interiors of these cars tend to hold up very nicely, a testament to the quality of materials used throughout. I have seen quite a few VR4s and in nearly all of them the leather seats are in very good condition, free of tares and heavy wear.

The seats are comfortable and very supportive. The driving position and outward visibility are first rate.

The styling is a bit dated, but still handsome.

The original paint on my VR4 is still in very nice condition, again indicating a good grade of materials in the car's exterior finish.

The previous (and original) owner of this car had it in Pennsylvania for the first 12 years of its existence. The body is remarkably rust free considering, although suspension parts, drive shaft components, and fasteners all show a good bit of surface rust.

The car has an unexpectedly small trunk, due to the changes required to the standard Galant layout in order to accommodate the drive shaft and rear differential, which, are absent on most other Galants. The rear seat back does not fold flat for trunk access, but there is a passthrough for skis, 2x4 lumber, and other long skinny objects.

The car has a lot of content that, while often standard on today's new cars, usually cost extra in 1992.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th December, 2004

7th May 2005, 21:37

I think that this is a well written review. However, I am curious if you still own this car and how far from Pennsylvania you live now. I am in the market for a 1991 or 1992 Gallant VR4. If you are thinking of selling this vehicle I would certainly be interested. My e-mail address is soccer_man_eli@yahoo.com Thanks, and keep up the good work.

1992 Mitsubishi Galant GS 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired192000 miles
Most recent distance207000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

A great car for any style and need

Faults:

The speedometor had some problems and was expensive to fix. After 206000 miles, I ended up having to replace the engine. Leaked oil and power steering fluid.

General Comments:

When I bought the car, I made a few good 100 mile or more road trips and it never gave me a sign that it was gonna die on me. Never a funny noise in it or ever did it shut down. I did have problems at times to keep it started because of idle troubles. The spedometer would start going fine and when it hit a certain mph, it would start to jump all over the place. Seats were very very comfy and it had very ample room in the back as well. It had the power of more than what it could handle I think. It was totaled and I wish it was still around. I really liked that car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2004

1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired178000 kilometres
Most recent distance182000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A high performance family car

Faults:

From the second week of owning this vehicle, I noticed that when I put it in gear it would lurch forward. The car therefore went back and forwards to the dealer for the first three weeks of my ownership to resolve this problem. They didn't fix it and said that it was just to be expected for a car of this mileage. A bit disappointing!

General Comments:

Am very happy with this car. Purchased as a family car, but keen to have the extra performance this car brings. Am not entirely sure of the engine output, but believe it is somewhere around the 200hp mark. (I would love to know exactly?).

Corners and handles very well. The 2 turbos, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel stair, 4 wheel disc brakes, ABS and traction control are a great combination in a car. I particularly like that you can turn off the traction control so the power doesn't cut out to the wheels if you're cornering excessively. A feature I hear the new models no longer have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2003

1st Nov 2009, 18:26

I have a 1992 Galant 5 speed manual, with a few upgrades, intercooler, boost controller, exhaust. It's quick and puts you back in the seat. As I recall these cars are about 250-260hp and 380Nm of torque. So they're no push overs. I did 13.4 on the 1/4mile. A guy in NZ has the record of 12.6 with simple mods.

1992 Mitsubishi Galant GTX 2.0 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Fiero

Summary:

Excellent and reliable sedan

Faults:

The end clutch or fourth in transmission went, but was easily replaced by any back yard mechanic in 30 to 60 minutes. It was just over $400 in parts.

Other than the end clutch the car has been extremely reliable.

General Comments:

The four cylinder engine has adequate power. The cruise control and engine work wonderful together, especially on the long, steep uphills.

The handling is quick, much better now with alloy rims and lower profile tires.

This car is nice and comfortable on long trips with everything at your finger tips.

There's enough pockets to fit small items like cell phones, hand held computers and wallets.

One problem I have found is when the steering wheel is tilted down, I can't see the gages properly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2002

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