1997 Mitsubishi Galant RS 4-cylinder from North America
I LOVE it!
I have no complaints, nothing has gone wrong with this car.
We bought this car when we were flat broke; went to the dealer because we desperately needed a car, and basically asked for the "littlest, cheapie model". We were given a lot demo with 12000 miles on it. We've been running it for 9 years now, and for the first 5 (while we were paying) we didn't even do so much as an oil change. Once we paid it off, we realized we'd better take care of it so we change the oil regularly now. My husband wants to buy a new car just because we can afford it now, but I want to keep this one since it is so quick, fuel efficient, and reliable. He won't fix anything on it now, so when I have the oil changed, I ask the shop guys to "look around and find anything wrong" for preventive maintenance. They never find anything. The only thing I have to do now is change the tires when they need it, and every couple of years, have the brakes done. I cannot believe how cheap this car has been for us. I don't know if I'd buy another, because I think we got the opposite of a lemon, because its been great, but other owners never seem to have as high opinion as I do. If I knew it would be as reliable, I'd buy another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd January, 2007
Let me get this straight. You didn't change the oil for five years!!! That sounds impossible to me. How can that possibly be true?
They just topped off the oil, my father did it with his 95 mercury minivan when he was running it into the ground with 166000 miles. The car had a mitsu engine and it ran great without the oil being changed for something like 18 months, didn't hurt the car a bit. Of course I don't suggest it and it was only done because the car wasn't worth much money.
"Didn't hurt the car one bit"
How do you know? Are you a professional mechanic? Or maybe the car told you so? "Nah, that's OK, I don't need oil! I'm Japanese!"
You need to specify that it didn't harm the vehicle TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE. Most people can get away with yearly oil changes, but more than that is excessive. I'm a professional aircraft mechanic, ask me how I know.