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Mitsubishi Galant Saloon (97 - 03) review

(1997 - 2003)
Mitsubishi Galant Saloon (97 - 03)
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What should I look for in a used Mitsubishi Galant saloon?

Although mechanical problems are very rare, when they do occur they can be quite pricey to fix. According to Warranty Direct, the average cost of repair is more than £450, compared to around £250 for the Vectra and the Passat.

Don't worry too much, though. The Galant's reliability record is so superior that you'll probably still be better off with it in the long term.

That said, the automatic gearbox can be the source of expensive problems. However, this was an option when the Galant was new, so it shouldn't be hard to find a manual version.

Brakes cause the most problems, so when you're buying, check the brakes work properly and make sure the car brakes in a straight line.

And, while you're about it, the Galant's suspension is notoriously pricey to overhaul, so make sure it's in good order by checking for uneven tyre wear. Also, check service history for signs of past trouble.

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