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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,455 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Mitsubishi Galant body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Galant Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 012007


  • 70,000 miles


I have 2 complaints. I have a 2002 black Mitsubishi Galant ES and like many others I see on the road and have read about on the internet. Oxydization has occurred all over my car, it started about 2 years ago and buffing and waxing does not help. Also, another problem that started about 2 years ago: When turning from air to heat or vice versa, there is a loud clicking noise and then it will turn over when it feels like. I think recently it has just given out and completely broke. I just paid this car off and am embarrassed to drive it.

- Westbrook, ME, USA

problem #10

Aug 012008


  • 60,000 miles
Paint defect leads T rapid oxidation and rusting of car.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #9

Jul 012009


  • 60,000 miles
2002 Mitsubishi Galant has a paint defect that is seen in every black Galant that is seen on the road. The manufacturer denies any responsibility. In addition the vehicle loses hub caps constantly. This can also be seen in almost every Galant on the road manufactured around those years.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 072007


  • miles


My 2002 silver Mitsubishi Galant gtz looks horrible. Noticing after the car was purchased that the car did not have any real shine to it. Tried waxing and still looked bad. Even running you hands over it does not feel smooth. Well in 2007 I noticed blotchy spots all over it no looks like the paint is gone completely. I actually paid extra for the clear coat protection and undercoating innercoating when purchased new. It's as if it showed up as soon as the warranty expired. No one can give me any information and I think I may get a lawyer too. As I read more complaints about this problem, the more and more ticked I am!

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 012007


  • miles
I am owner of 2002 black Mitsubishi Galant with a very badly fading paint job. I am a second owner of this car(since 2006) and for the couple years the fading process has been rather dramatic and the car just looks ugly, inspite of me never having any issues with the performance of the car itself engine or otherwise. I know that there a similar black Mitsubishi owners(Galant, eclipse, endeavor) suffering from this issue. Hence filing my complaint requesting for some action against Mitsubishi America to repair the shoddy paint job.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

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problem #6

Aug 012007


  • miles
The paint on the roof/hood of my 2002 Mitsubishi Galant has faded badly. I read dozens of complaints from people online who own Mitsubishi Galant's regarding mysterious paint problems on the hoods of their cars. Common problems reported is paint fading badly on the hood, roof, and trunk from owners who have had their car for only a few years. I've only had my car for two years and the roof of my car has faded badly through no fault of my own. These paint problems have been given completely unsatisfactory excuses by Mitsubishi and as a result multiple forums and websites. Mitsubishi some how neglected to add the clear coat protection to all black paint and apparently have admitted to this but have not taken any steps to remedy the situation. I believe that this matter can be brought to Mitsubishi's attention via a class action suit. They should be held responsible for the products they sell.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 032006

Galant 4-cyl

  • miles


I bought a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant I took care of it by keeping it washed and waxed and after 6 months I had the car I started to see some spots on my car starting to fade, a year later it looked as if I had my car for about 8 years because the paint job is really bad. I see alot of cars daily that looks like mine and I know that there was a problem with the paint that Mitsubishi used to paint these cars but they aren't doing anything about it and I think that that is wrong. There are hundreds of Galants out there maybe more and they act as if nothings wrong, I feel like there wrong and they know it they just don't want to do anything about it and I'm clearly tired of it and think someone should do something about it. It doesn't make any sense to me because I can understand maybe 1 or 10 cars but we are talking about a whole lot more then that and if they're not going to own it to there responsibility than I think I need to get me a lawyer and let him take over mine and everyone else's case.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 282004

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Clicking noise when turning the air from hot to cold or cold to hot. Clicking noise stopped and heat no longer works. I have no defrost/defog which causes problems with visibility. I am taking the car in for repairs this week. Paint faded and corroded on the hood, trunk, roof, quarter panels, and door panels in 2004. I took it to the dealership and was told they couldn't do anything about it. I have recently taken it to a body shop and had it repainted.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 012004

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Paint fading, rusting, corrosion.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 202006

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Car is exceptionally aerodynamically unstable. The vehicle drifts or wavers back and forth at highway speed. Even light, gusty wind pulls the vehicle hard necessitating abrupt corrective maneuvers to prevent side collisions on the highway. On windy days, a gust will cause vehicle to swerve into neighboring lane without correction.

- Terryville, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 312005

Galant 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Paint on front area of roof and rear deck lid is cracked and coming off.

- Dothan, AL, USA

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