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2003 Mitsubishi Galant (Page 1 of 2)

3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,824 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jun 042008

Galant 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I just bought a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant and the heater control motor has gone bad. It's going to cost about $450 to get it fixed.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #20

Feb 272008

Galant 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant, and I have done research thoroughly on the Mitsubishi and it seems that this car was made to have a failure in the heat assembly. Actually, my heat is not working and everyone say it is the motor that is inside the dash. This should not go bad, is there anything that could be done so I would not be spending so much money for this repair.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #19

Dec 262007

Galant 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant V6. In this car I have an issue with the heating system in the cabin. It seems this is a common failure in all 1999-2003 models. Please let Mitsubishi motors of America know about it as its very common in these particular models. Please refer to the link www.Mitsubishi-forums.com/T11076-no-heat.htm again overall, Mitsubishi are very good cars.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Dec 092007

Galant

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Heater control valve locks up and makes the vehicle unable to heat up. The factory part is very poorly designed and leads to premature failure and a very pricey repair bill.

- Tamworth, NH, USA

problem #17

Nov 212007

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,490 miles
Heater valve motor failed in my 2003 Galant I have heard many many complaints about the same issue and have read many more of the same issue online.

- Clear Spring, MD, USA

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problem #16

Nov 172007

Galant

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant and after only 3 winters the heating core has gone out. This is ridiculous!! especially since this car has extended coolant and nothing needs to be done to this car for at least 5 years. The auto repair service I used replaced the heating core only to find out that the heater control motor valves were not opening up which caused the heater core to go bad. From my understanding the Mitsubishi dealer where the parts came from keep these in stock because this is happening quite frequently in these cars. This is $1400 worth of parts and labor. This should definitely not happen to a car that is only 4 years old.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #15

Oct 142007

Galant

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No heat.

- Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #14

Nov 112007

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,700 miles
My wife's 2003 Mitsubishi Galant's heater failed last year. We had the heater control motor replaced. It has happened again this year. I can't see spending 400 dollars once a year to fix the heater.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #13

Nov 012007

Galant

  • miles
After normal use, the heating system within the 2003 Mitsubishi Galant breaks. Everyone with this car has or will have this problem.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #12

Nov 012007

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant with problems with the heater control motor, from what I understand there have been an exuberant amount of these having this issue and it should be recalled by Mitsubishi seeing they charged 22,000 for this car and it is now only worth 3000.

- Willimantic, CT, USA

problem #11

Nov 012007

Galant 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 Mitsubishi Galant no heat, I've been online and there a hundreds of complaints about the same issue. I've been to the dealer and independent garage and talking between 300/ 1000 to fix with so many complaints the dealer should be required to fix this problem.

- Dickson City, PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 062006

Galant 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I've owned my 2003 Mitsubishi Galant ls since new and my heater has stopped working. The car has 60000 miles on it and I noticed that there were many people that has the same problem.

- Beecher, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 152007

Galant 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Heat stopped working about 6 months ago due to what I think is a heater core or heat valve issue.

- Blilssfield, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 072007

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a Mitsubishi Galant, 2003, and the heater core has gone bad. I am not opposed to cost of the part, it is the labor charge that has me upset. Because the dash has to be taken apart I am looking at $300-$400 for this repair. I would like Mitsubishi to help defray the labor costs. I understand this is happening a lot in Mitsubishi Galants.

- Barabo, WI, USA

problem #7

Mar 092007

Galant

  • miles
2003 mits Galant, heater all of a sudden stopped working, no sounds before, just woke up next morning turned on heat and got cold air.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #6

Oct 012006

Galant 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Mitsubishi Galant ES V6 60,000 miles...heat does not work...recently turned heat on in car...heard a clicking sound coming from heater, then only cold air came out through vents...based on the volume of consumer internet postings, this is a very common problem among this type of car.

- Stratford, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 192006

Galant 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The blue and red controls for the air and heater started to make a grinding noise when turned to heat. It continued to do so for a few more times then stopped. It was raining one day and I wanted to defrost the windshield. That is when I discovered the heat was not working. I am not mechanically inclined and have done nothing yet to fix the problem. I wanted to see if there was a recall or something first before I spent any money on the problem.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 252005

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Heat does not work.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 012006

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Temperature control was making weird grinding noises when adjusting from cold to hot or vice versa. Temperature initially would change as desired. Grinding noises eventually ceased as well as no heat available. Period or lapse of time was roughly 1 to 2 months before heat didn't work. Corrective action is being looked at in 1 week. Understand other 2003 Galants have been having this same issue. With the heater control motor and other parts needing to be replaced.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 202006

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,123 miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant and already the heater is gone in it, I have searched the internet and learned that many others that have this vehicle has the same problem I think Mitsubishi should pay for this defect since we paid money out of A-- to replace thermostat, water hoses, etc and the problem still exist the heater only blows out cold air.

- Macon, GA, USA

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