2002 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews

2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L 4g64 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4g64 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A simple car from the modern era! Won't go wrong

Faults:

An unknown clunking noise from the front end when braking or accelerating; possibly the ball joints. Mechanics checked the car, and could not point out the problem. Absolutely no effect on ride or handling of the car though. Seems to be typical on these Galants.

Original tires lasted me 62k miles.

Brakes about 70k miles.

The second set of tires was a bit better than the original Goodyears, and they are still under the car.

O2 sensor went out at 142k miles, when I took it to get my smog certificate (yeaaah, boomer).

Watch for the blower motor. Do not change the temperature or select vents when the fan is running on speed 3 or 4, or the heater unit will start being noisy or let you down. It has not done it to me, but maybe it will sooner or later.

General Comments:

OK, there is a question which asks will you buy a car like this again? The answer is yes, I did buy another one, and recommended it to another friend of mine, and he got one too.

The first car I bought, is a 2002, and I got it in 2004 when it had 27k miles on it, and I was stupid enough to pay $2000 on extended warranty for 5 years or 100,000 miles. On other words, I kinda flushed $2000 of my money into a toilet.

Anyhow, in 2008, when it had 98k miles, I found another 2003 model with 89k miles. Gave up mine to my father and bought the other one. As I am writing this, both of them have about 144k miles on them.

Were I to go back in time, yes I would purchase them any day of the week.

I travel a lot, and the car has been very dependable, and I helped it a bit, so I don't have to maintain it as often. I use Mobil 1 extended performance oil, which is good for 15k miles (I keep it for 11k-12k miles, and it's cheaper than regular oils.), and use long lasting Bosch Fusion for the sparks, and have this million mile guaranteed air intake. So literally I only put gas in it, and drive it everywhere anytime.

The car has a soft ride, and a very good weight balance. So it is comfortable, and it does handle more than adequate. There is a little road noise on highway, which is not very loud. The car also is somewhat light, and on highway you can feel the crosswinds, and yes it sometimes pulls the steering a little more than let's say a Jetta.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2012

2002 Mitsubishi Galant LS from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Most recent distance90000 miles

Summary:

Never have regretted buying this car, 5 years later

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

I bought this car when I was 17, I am now 23, and it still works quite well.

The only money I have had to put into the car is general maintenance such as new tires, oil and such.

The only negative is the look of the inside, and not having a larger middle console.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2011

2002 Mitsubishi Galant 2.0 Litre from Kenya

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 kilometres
Most recent distance77000 kilometres

Summary:

Nice car..

General Comments:

It's better than a Toyota of its size... But it's not one of those cars that you own with an empty pocket. It's a sensitive car, but that doesn't make it unreliable.

Stereo is not much of an issue, that can be changed easily.. but one thing for sure... it's hard to see a Galant breaking down on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2009

2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles

Summary:

Great car with a horrible paint job

Faults:

Great car mechanically, however I can guarantee that the following will go wrong with this model year and most of the later models.

1. Your paint will fade if you own a black Mitsubishi of any model. The clear coat and paint are not compatible. If your Mitsubishi is out of warranty when it fades, Mitsubishi will do nothing for you.

2. Your heater/AC fan control will go out. This starts with a clicking sound and ultimately progresses to complete failure.

3. If you own a sunroof model, the inside sunscreen shade will become loose and slide to the rear when you accelerate.

Other than these three things which seem to be common to all Mitsubishi owners after 3-4 years, it is a great car and has had no repairs whatsoever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2009

10th Mar 2010, 15:19

There is a lawsuit with regards to the paint fade, google it to get your share!

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 18 reviews