1999 Mitsubishi Galant GLS 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Good build quality at a good price
I found the weakest point on the car to be the suspension components, but having almost 200k miles on it may have something to do with that.
I've had to replace all droplinks, rear camber arms, front upper and lower wishbones, and now an inner CV joint is making an awful racket, so I will need to change that soon.
One front and one rear shock absorber were leaking, so I opted to fit a full set of Tanabe Sustec Pro coilovers, and I'm glad I did. The car handled good before, but with the coilovers installed it's a whole different ball game.
The digital clock doesn't work most of the time, but if I bang it then it works (for a few minutes anyway).
The electric windows can have a mind of their own sometimes. The odd time when I put a window up all the way, it will come back down half way once it reaches the top.
The gearbox can be a bit notchy, but again this could be down to the high mileage.
Other than these minor issues, I can't really fault the car considering the high mileage. The engine is still 100% and doesn't make any odd noises, and never hesitates when I plant my foot, which is to be expected from a Mitsubishi engine.
The car is very well equipped with 4x auto electric windows, cruise control, climate control, P/S, ABS, and A/C. The car doesn't have a sunroof, which I would have liked, but that's life eh.
I have fitted a full Legnum VR4 interior, which hugs you a lot better than the original Galant seats, but they are still very comfortable even on a long journey.
I fitted a set of 16" Work Nezart wheels wrapped in Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres, and along with the Tanabe coilovers and a VR4 front strut brace I fitted, the car handles extremely well for its size and weight.
The 2L engine is a little underpowered for a car of this size IMO, and because of that fuel economy suffers. I average 25 MPG, but I do have a fairly heavy foot. I planned to fit a diesel engine, but after some research and finding out how slow the Galant diesel engines are, and how uneconomical they are for a diesel, I decided against it, and instead I plan to fit a 2.5 V6 engine for the little extra power, and I'll convert it to LPG for the better fuel economy.
All in all, I really like this car, and its size and comfort would make it an excellent everyday cruiser, if only it had a little more power and was a little bit better on fuel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th May, 2015