Update: now at 160K km, just had its service. Had two rocker cover gaskets replaced. Auto tranny fluid still clean and pink.
About 8 months ago, replaced the fuel pump. Got a brand new, non-original one for NZ$250; the original Mitsubishi one costs NZ$850! That was a shock -- Audi and BMW ones only cost about NZ$450-500.
One thing I've noticed; every few months or so, I need to replace a headlamp bulb. Those H7 bulbs are expensive, considering they are not double-filament units. No idea why, but a friend of mine also with a Galant has noticed the same thing. Perhaps the headlamp design doesn't dissipate heat well enough.
Else, nothing wrong, still dependable and reliable.
Thanks for the updates on your Galant. What about a 2011 update, or have I missed it? Thanks.
Hi - original reviewer here, replying to the last comment. Just as well I recognised the title - I traded in the Galant in September 2010 for a 2001 BMW 316ti Compact with a manual gearbox.
The Galant I traded in was bought by one of the staff of the franchised car dealership when they drove my car and saw it was well-cared for. They didn't send it off to be auctioned. It had done about 165K km.
My sum-up of the car - reliable, smooth, very roomy. Good engine, automatic gearbox wasn't bad, but the tiptronic function is practically useless if you want the car to act like a manual. The automatic climate control I'd rather not have, and would just have simple dials (but doesn't come with that version). Road noise for NZ coarse-chip pavements is quite loud, but on smooth roads it's fine. Seats are average. Fuel consumption was as expected for a medium-sized automatic car (8 km/L or about 24 UK MPG).
Because NZ roads outside cities are twisty and winding, I really wanted a manual gearbox (which is now very rare in NZ because of used Japan-market import cars) for control; had I owned the rarer Galant V6 with manual, I may still have had it.
Good car, no regrets on that one. How's my newer car faring? Very well - no repairs over the last 15 or so months, road noise is less pronounced (or, a different frequency). And the mileage is very surprising at 11.5 km/L or 35 UK MPG.
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