1995 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1995 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L 4G64 16-Valve Four from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4G64 16-Valve Four Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carCadillac Seville

Summary:

You Get What You Pay For..

Faults:

Front and rear seal leaks, air-conditioning clutch failure, transmission failure at 70,000 miles, front brake performance is poor - requires pad and rotor work every 8 months, CV joint failure, door and window seal leaks, misc. fit and finish problems.

General Comments:

We bought this car as an economical alternative to our Cadillac. In the Galant's favor, it does get exceedingly good gas economy - as high as 41 freeway that we've recorded. The ergonomics, handling and engine performance are all very good. The controls are well laid out and logical (something Ford and GM have yet to figure out...) The paint and upholstery quality is good, although the fit and finish of the interior parts has degraded over time - mostly loose fittings and small cracks appearing in plastic trim.

Our first big disappointment was with the front brakes which have need constant attention. They wear very quickly and the rotors warp pre-maturely, sometimes as soon as within 3-months after a brake job.

Another big disappointment is the automatic transmission which failed at only 70,000 miles. Compared with the 727 Chrysler automatics I've been used to - all providing over 160,000 miles of service, this was a real bummer - especially to the tune of $1800!

Lately, the front and rear seals have started to leak profusely. The engine compression is still good, but we typically must add 2-4 quarts a week which gets dispersed along the L.A. freeways... Getting to these seals requires that the engine be pulled from the car, which we'd rather avoid unless replacing it.

Other nit-picks, the suspension has not aged well. It feels generally noisy on the road, loose and rattly.

As for next time??? Probably another solid American car, preferrably rear-wheel drive. A little more minor maintenance, but better that than major failure...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd November, 2002

19th Jan 2003, 12:24

If I didn't know better, I'd say I wrote this review myself. I agree with everything the writer said. I would never buy a Mitsubishi again, period, as my 1995 Galant has been an unsafe money-pit. I suspected bad things from this vehicle as right away I felt the car was noisy and rattling too much. The list of recalls on it is longer than Bonnie & Clyde's rap-sheet.

It burns oil, no matter what the grade, it pings unless I use premium gas, and when it rains, it pours. Fortunately I'm in San Diego and we don't get a lot of rain, but it would pour through all the seals and it was a mess when it did rain.

Previous to this vehicle I owned Chevys and Fords and LOVED them. This vehicle made me think I would NEVER buy another Japanese car. Now I have a "lesser" model of a Honda and the quality and engineering can't be compared to the Galant. Sorry Mitsubishi. You fail. Your commercials are cute, but you should stick to making televisions.

1995 Mitsubishi Galant S 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

This car sucks

Faults:

My transmission just whent out yesterday. I had problems with one of the arms and the brakes.

General Comments:

I really just started to believe that the galant was a good deal till my transmission went out yesterday. Know I don't think there worth it because this is still a new car and the transmission all ready went out. The whole reason I bought a newer car was so I wouldn't have problems like this for a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2002

10th Jan 2003, 07:48

I have a '95 gallant and I had the same problem with the transmission. Get rid of it. The transmission problem happened twice to me. An added problem is that the Mitsubishi company has a customer service department that is not customer friendly. This adds insult to injury. By the way they also had a recall on the gas tank and the ball joints on this model. Thank you Mitsubishi...

1st Jul 2004, 15:30

I also have one. Everytime I shift into a gear (automatic), the engine tilts and that's not all its not smooth. My tansmission is having hard knocks when it shifts and the overdrive acts kind of funny. It tends to lag a little like it doesn't kick in sometimes. Sometimes the transmission shift up and down a lot. Am I starting to develop the same problem?

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 18 reviews