I got my 1997 Mitsubishi Galant cheap off of Ebay with 173,000 miles on it. I replaced several OEM parts and upgraded the wheels/tires. This car gets good gas mileage and allows me to keep wear/tear off the two family cars. Its 2.4L engine is torquey. I will upgrade the brakes / suspension next, then add a new air intake.
It's basic and simple. It is light enough on its feet and handles well.
Okay. I wish the DE model had power door locks. It is a bit of a pain to reach over and unlock the doors to let folks in, but then again, I commute with this car and rarely anyone rides in it but me. :-)
I have had this car for 5 years and have been very happy with it. I have been looking at new cars for about 12 months... and it is just so hard to convince myself to have a car payment when my Galant just keeps going and going. I haven't had any major troubles with it. The transmission has always felt funny - like it was going to go - but never has. It is a good car and it has surprisingly quick acceleration on the highways (for a 97, 2.4L sedan).
Bought it used at 38,000
Excellent Performance, Good Handling,
very Torquey engine. Good Brakes,
Sharp Steering, but very over geared.
At 75 on fifth, I find myself trying
to upshift to a higher gear.
Had to replace gearbox at 70000. and
electic roof at 50,000.
Admittedly I have put 82,000 in a
little over 3 years. The same kind of
milage I used to put in my 91 Camry
which I had to kill after 230000 miles
due ro rust.
Would I buy another mitusbishi?
Probabaly not. Would rather pay the
premium for a Camry.
Performance, performance, Performance
Terrible cloth seats, worse than velco
in picking up dirt and stains. Very
cheap roof liner.
I own a '97 Galant DE and as compared
to a '98 Accord I leased, it is an
excellent and much less expensive
replacement. It's lighter, and less
refined than the Honda particularly in
how it feels on the road and the
interior design, but I have found it to
be a bit quieter, and a better value
when considering an Accord might cost
Quiet interior. Somewhat comparable to
the Accord for much less. Good
appearance. Had been 100% reliable.
Better radio. Needs armrest. Put the
radio antenna in the windshield please.