1998 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews

1998 Mitsubishi Galant Viento 1.8 petrol GDi from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol GDi Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 kilometres
Most recent distance139000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Integra

Summary:

Awesome family sedan

Faults:

Outer tie rod ends at 95,000km.

General Comments:

We have had this car for over 100,000km, and really haven't done anything to it.

The economy is outstanding. My record for a full tank is 841km from Alexandra to Blenheim, which took 61 litres. Normally we will get about 650-700km otherwise.

If you get into 3rd gear at 100kmh (using the tiptronic) you can accelerate up most large hills, and the handling is the best combination of stiff ride and comfort I have ever experienced.

There is ample room especially in the boot (or for Americans, the trunk).

Will buy another one if this one ever dies, or will probably just replace the motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2009

1998 Mitsubishi Galant from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carMitsibish Gallant

Summary:

Great car!!!

Faults:

This is a GREAT car!!!

General Comments:

My car was a 1998 and it was such a great car! It had 176,000 miles on it and it just gave out the other day! I drove an hour to and from work 4 days a week and it was such a trooper! As long as you keep up with the oil changes and things, it's great!!

I find it hard to believe that my little 1998 car made it so long, but it did! I would definitely tell anyone to buy one! They are not the most popular car, but they are great... and cheap! They are very roomy and have a lot of space to put your things! I think I paid $4,000 for mine! It also did well in the rain/snow, which was a HUGE plus for me! Check it out if you're looking for a new car!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2009

1998 Mitsubishi Galant 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

Dangerous

Faults:

Harmonic balancer came apart.

Besides other problems.

The worst was in a parking lot; the lower ball joint let go, causing a bent upper control arm, a bent strut, bent steering knuckle, bent knee. The tire went back into the rear of the wheel well, denting the fender,crushing the rocker panel, and jamming the driver's door shut. Also the axle was pulled out of the transmission.

The car had just passed inspection last month. Apparently this car hides its ball joint damage.

Got lucky I wasn't on the highway.

General Comments:

A lot of expensive things have happened to this car. Now it is dangerous.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th September, 2007

16th May 2014, 13:52

Ball joints do not last forever. They are a normal wear item like tires. A ball joint that worn would have been making a knocking noise and shown excessive inside tire wear, as well as some front end vibration. You just failed to keep up with the service. I find it unbelievable that people think cars should last forever without any service other than oil.

1998 Mitsubishi Galant glsi 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance97400 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Hassle free motoring with all the extras

Faults:

Brake judder when I got it. I was going to replace disks & pads, but the disks were expensive for this car so I just replaced the pads to see if it would help. I was surprised as it solved the problem. Apart from that no faults.

General Comments:

This is my third Galant and I have went past 100,000 miles on 2, 97,400 on this one and looking good for plenty more. The reliability of these cars is great.

I see from USA reviews nobody likes these cars (lemons) but I think European Galants must be a different car altogether.

Comfortable, spacious & plenty of power.

The only drawback is fuel consumption 350 miles on a full tank is not great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2005

1998 Mitsubishi Galant 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A slow, but reliable and economical cruiser

Faults:

Large depreciation - especially as Mitsubishi keep slashing the prices of new cars.

General Comments:

It's a bit slow for a 2.5 V6 - 165bhp - but it genuinely delivers an average of 35 MPG under a wide variety of driving styles. That's impressive. I bought this car as it was rated the most reliable in the UK - and it certainly is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2002

23rd Jul 2003, 06:01

Which 2.5's are you comparing it to. I personally think they are quick for the weight of the car and the fuel economy looks to be superb for a v6.

1st Jun 2004, 12:08

I have a 98 galant ES and its amazing that I bought it for $15000 new and now they offer me $2000 to trade it in.

2nd Jan 2007, 14:48

Vehicle value depreciation. It happens. I bought a 98 a few months ago for $2000. I bought my last car at employee pricing and 6 months later, I took well over a $1000 loss on it, which is pretty bad considering I got it for nearly $3000 under sticker.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews