I bought my Galant GS (manual) new in Jan. '94. It has had no ultra-major issues over the years, just the tie-rods problematic were and it need frequent alignments (and tires). I replaced the timing belt and a few weeks later the water pump died (always get them replaced at same time). I had a valve break off a piece; which cost about $2,000 to replace. I now have about 155,000 miles on it and I'm getting around 27 mpg in city driving. The power is missing from the good ole days but my milage has improved. It burns a little oil but otherwise I expect I could run it up to 200,000 miles. I have the original transmission (but it's a manual and even after grinding numerous gears over 13 years it still shifts fine - though sometimes first is a little sticky to get into).
The interior has held up very well for 13 years. The exterior still shines with no visible rusting.
The front end could hold up better. The trunk could be roomier, but I guess the newer ones are.
Bought the Galant LS model new in '94. It's been a really nice machine to drive. It gets great gas mileage and has good handling. I have made several long trips with the Galant and its very comfortable and reliable. The only problems have been with the window motors and lately starting problems. Even though it now is a little rough looking due to lack of care and several teenage drivers, I would still hate to part with it.
The motor, it has lots of low end power and good gas milage.
Within the first year I replaced: starter, alternator, transmission, belts. In the recent year, I've replaced the radiator, water pump, 3 alt./pwr. string belt, battery, distributor cap, etc. I've had doors lock/unlock by themselves, and motors on windows go bad. This car stinks.
Bought used from a friend. Garage
kept, routine maintenance, had 100k
when purchased. Rode great for the
first year I had it. Then I experienced
electrical problems--power windows'
motor breaking (wasn't able to roll
them up,happened in december,great
timing!!!),power locks had a mind of
their own (got locked out several
times).recently (133K) had big
problems,water pump needed to be
replaced along with heater core. heater
core part only existed in JAPAN!!! and
costs $700. so i warn you about
certain foreign cars...they could cost
you big bucks to fix.
Surprisingly powerful for a 4
cyclinder. Performed excellently on
i also didn't like where the air filter
was located. very difficult to replace!
used its-a-piecey galant 8000
break down and new water pump in
another state 1500
break down and new water pump in my
wheel bearings gone plus other stuff
to get it going again 500
trading it in within a year of
ownership and having to tack 8000 onto
a new car loan ....