2001 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews - Page 2 of 5

2001 Mitsubishi Galant GLS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A smooth and calming drive

Faults:

Nothing in 12k miles.

General Comments:

A comfortable car with good seats, happy to sit all day at high motorway speeds. Engine noise is well insulated, although there is a little tire roar.

Performance is the happy side of adequate, but no sports car and heavy body means 30mpg. Quite entertaining to drive for a big car, and feels nimble and grippy in the corners.

Saloon body not as practical for large loads as estate would be.

A handsome brute, and not a BMW or 4x4 so you still get let out into traffic. Rear quarter visibility could be better, can be difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces and to parallel park. Large turning circle.

The cabin is a comfortable place to be, but the quality is mediocre with an odd mix of cheap plastics and nice chunky switches. Don't think it'll fall apart, but doesn't really feel like a quality product on the inside. Stereo speakers are not particularly good.

All in all happy with it, particularly given the price paid. It is a lot of car for the money (lots of toys - cruise control, sun roof, air conditioning, fog lights), and is a pleasant place to be for everyday driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2007

2001 Mitsubishi Galant GLS 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Honest-to-goodness dependable load-lugger

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

My third Galant. I had spent a fortune on a nearly new Honda Civic for my wife in 2004 as a family car - what a mistake - we both disliked the Honda immensely and deiced to get a Galant estate costing less than half as much with lower miles! The car is superb (as expected). Build quality is second to none, performance is strong, comfort is excellent and the space is immense. These cars offer superb second hand value. If you are going to get one then bide your time - wait for a car that has been looked after - it will last for ever and never cause you any trouble. Utterly dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2006

2001 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

The most reliable car I ever owned

Faults:

Minor complaints: The Mitsu/Infinity stereo system should be scrapped and get a nice aftermarket head unit in there. It played perfectly for the first two years, but quickly started to develop "hiccups" like not wanting to play cds that it had played in the past, or skipping/freezing tracks during play.

The heater unit became a bit sketchy during the third year. It wouldn't heat even after a 30-min commute, but at other times it worked great. Probably a thermostat issue that seems to have fixed itself.

My worst complaint about the Galant.. the tires they give you. The Goodyear Eagles have this ribbing along the sidewall that rubs constantly against the wheel and is annoying to no end. Changed the tires, sound is gone.

Trade-In Value is ridiculously low for this great car. Don't buy new like I did.

Fuel economy could be better in the low 30's at least.

General Comments:

No major mechanical problems with the car which is a welcome relief as previous Mitsu cars had plenty of issues. Changed tires about every 50K, changed timing belt at 100K, changed front brake pads at 100K, changed transmission fluid at 100K, change oil every 5K...what more can you ask from a car?

Don't go with anything less than a V6 in this car as it is a bit heavy in the turns, but has great pickup for a 200hp motor.

I'd pit it against a comparable Honda or Toyota any day of the week

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2006

2001 Mitsubishi Galant ES from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carGMC Van

Summary:

Not a reliable car. Too many repairs needed in too short of time.

Faults:

Have replaced rear trailing arm bushings twice, shocks once (numerous suspension problems). Crank Sensor replaced, then 3 days later the starter had to be replaced. Have to replace brake pads every 3-4 months. Battery that came with car died after 12 months.

General Comments:

1. The car is not reliable and I never know when it is not going to start.

2. Too many noises, squeaks, rattles too soon after I purchased the vehicle.

3. I would never buy another Mitsubishi vehicle again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd May, 2005

6th Dec 2005, 16:35

Generally if brakes need to be replaced that often it is the drivers fault. Brakes simply do not wear excessively unless there is something mechanically wrong with the calipers or rotors, or the problem could be the driver. In this case I would say it was the driver, if something was mechanically wrong it would've been found by now.

7th Dec 2005, 23:41

The Galant is notorious for having brake problems. Consumer Reports, among others, has rated the brakes below average on every Galant model since 1999.

6th Feb 2006, 14:46

Well if consumer reports says that. Don't buy it. Just that simple. They are very good cars overall.

25th Aug 2006, 20:00

08-25-2006 passenger electric wire fire in door panel while pushing control on power window to go down. This is on a 2000 Galant ES V6. As well as rust starting on the passenger rear tire well. Transmition issue in 2003 that was due to an engineering issue on a part that was covered up until pushing Mitsubishi at the corporate level management.

21st Jun 2007, 19:47

2005 Mitsubishi Gallant SE--Brake pedal suddenly falls as if loss of pressure. Sometimes when I'm idling at a light and my foot is on the pedal, the brake pedal drops down an inch or two. I think the car is losing pressure on the brake line... after pumping the brakes, the pressure is restored. This is somewhat scary and I don't know what's causing it. The car is NOT equipped with ABS, but with standard braking system. I hope this problem won't occur during a sudden stop on the highway or near a school stop.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 17 reviews