I bought the car used at 82000 miles The car is just plain out horrible mechanicly, aesthitically its decent for its year but under the hood its just a huge money pit at 85000 miles it needed a new trans $2,500 to replace (for the auto's) and at 94000 miles my timing belt went has caused over another $2000 worth of damage total this is more than i paid for the car. A long with the recalls and other problems with this car its just an outright horrible buy.
I am a mechanic and after a rediculously reliable Honda I bought a Mitsubishi Galant with comfortable seats. This car has comfort and good looks, but I am glad I am a mechanic. I have managed to fix most problems relatively cheaply. I have tips for owners if the central lock stops working - replace the window switch cluster. If your car turns off and won't go until you a few minutes or it maybe turns off then on when driving you need a crank angle sensor on the distributor. The lower ball joints failing make a gunching sound when turning. I had to replace both. Overall this is a nice looking touring car. It has comfort, style, and modest performance, but poor reliability with high milage.
I bought this car as my first car in Nov. 1998 with 43K miles in NYC when my daughter was born. Then move to NC with 139K. I still drive this car daily to work. It great on gas and for a 4 cylinder it has the power like a V6. It has 201,500 miles and still pulling strong and quite. Change oil every 3k on time, change timing belt every 60K and tune up on time. Shocking but true. It still has the original rear breaks from factory.WOW I can't believe it either. The only problem i had was alignment, problem solved after i replaced all 4 shocks, no camber kits required. Great car, reliable, quick, fun to drive. I'm expecting to get 250K before my next timing belt change. Then I'll let her go.
I bought my 1995 Galant with 68K on it just about 2 years ago. I put 40K on it to date. I found it very comfortable compared to my Tercel, and the engine, even linked to an automatic, was acceptable. As the miles wore on, things wore out: the engine and tranny are suddenly developing some severe problems, the trunk leaks, the moonroof motor burned out, the fuel door latch doesn't work, the power locks don't work, the power windows are badly aligned and struggle to move along their track. On the plus side, the car has been rear-ended twice by BIG SUVs. I wouldn't buy another Mitsu, though.
I have had this car for many years now and it has not failed me once. If you find one, keep it. I have a second new car (not a Galant, nor Mitsubishi), but still keep the Galant in case the new one fails.