Used Mitsubishi Galant Saloon 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

The Mitsubishi Galant is unfairly overlooked as a good, solid family car

Mitsubishi Galant Saloon (97 - 03)
  • Mitsubishi Galant Saloon (97 - 03)
  • Mitsubishi Galant Saloon (97 - 03)
Used Mitsubishi Galant Saloon 1997 - 2003 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What's the used Mitsubishi Galant saloon like?

Family cars can be a very bland bunch. They each have their individual merits, but most of them look too similar. The Mitsubishi Galant, with its square-jawed, aggressive looks, is a big exception.

Admittedly, it's by no means the best car of its generation - a VW Passat is better on almost every count. But, the Galant is much cheaper to pick up used.


The Mitsubishi Galant is unfairly overlooked as a good, solid family car

  • Its engines are powerful and relatively frugal
  • The interior is dull and the ride is too firm

It's far from bad, though. The Galant handles reasonably well and cruises nicely on the motorway, and the only major complaint is that the ride is firm around town. Our favourite 2.0-litre engine is punchy and relatively frugal, although the V6 is a bit disappointing.

More of a problem is that the cabin isn't great. Some of the materials are cheap and the rear seats are tight in comparison to those in similar cars. That said, you do get a lot of equipment for little cash, and the Galant's reliability record is superb.

Ownership cost

What used Mitsubishi Galant saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mitsubishi Galant saloon?

If you compare it to similar-sized cars of a similar age, certainly not. Residual values were fairly horrific when the car was new, which makes the Galant a cracking used buy because it has already lost most of its value. Few cars come as cheap or as well-stocked as the Galant.

Running costs are fairly reasonable, too. The fuel economy is roughly the same as you'd get from the equivalent Vectra or Passat, and insurance groupings for the 2.0-litre and for the V6, are also on a par with rivals'.

You're likely to pay a bit more for your servicing than you would for a Vectra or Passat, but there isn't a huge amount in it. Besides, the Galant's bullet-proof reliability means very little is likely to go wrong.

Our recommendations

Which used Mitsubishi Galant saloon should I buy?

The 2.0-litre GLS is the best bet, with a four-cylinder engine that gives a healthy 134bhp. It provides reasonable performance and a competitive average fuel consumption of around 32.8mpg. You'll get a decent amount of kit, including alloy wheels, twin front airbags, sunroof, cruise control and four electric windows.

The only other choice you have is the 2.5-litre V6. If you're expecting something sporty, the V6 disappoints, because it's only a second quicker than the 2.0-litre. But, you don't lose too much in the way of fuel economy, because you'll still get around 30mpg.

It also comes with a lot more kit. As well as all the toys you get on the GLS, you'll also get air-con, side airbags and a CD changer.

Whichever you choose, your biggest problem will be finding one. Used examples are few and far between.

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