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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,318 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 092013

Galant 4-cyl

  • 22,500 miles


I was driving at 33 mph on a main street when car on my right goes through stop sign and drives into my car. He hit the front of my car near, but not including, the passenger door. After impact (he never brake) he continued to move my car with his thereby folding the front of my car in half, taking off front wheels, fenders and bumper, gas tank (smoking but not on fire), and moving my car two lanes to the left via impact and push. No air bags deployed. Driver's door, mine, would not open. Seat belt pulled in very tight. Impact slammed my chest, knee and ankle. Fractured sternum, cuts and bruises on leg and foot. Back pain at site of crash. Could not walk up ambulance steps. Hospital stay 2 days with multiple tests. Drs. Visits required this week, one day after release. Car totaled. Physical therapy and pain management put into place upon hospital discharge.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #10

May 072008

Galant 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
About a year after purchasing this vehicle in 2007, the paint began to wear off. It started chalking and chipping and I've noticed pretty much every Mitsubishi I see on the road has the same issue. This is ridiculous that they are allowed to put out such cars and be neglegent on the paint job. We all pay good money for these and Mitsubishi only recalled the "black paint" they need to recall them all because all of them are in horrible shape. Mitsubishi needs to be held accountable.!!!!!!! I shouldnt have to pay thousands of dollars to get my car shouldnt even need painted yet. I'll never purchase another.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 072007


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant. While the contact was examining his vehicle he noticed that the black paint on the vehicle began falling off. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 113000 and the failure mileage was 95000.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 062009


  • miles


I am an owner of a 2003 black Mitsubishi Galant, I'm having paint issues with my car the paint has been fading all over my car, I think this is a factory problem, I saw alot another black Mitsubishi cars with the seem paint problem!

- Perry Hall, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 012007


  • miles
2003 black Mitsubishi Galant - the paint began oxidizing on the roof and spread to the trunk lid and hood of the car. The dealer and Mitsubishi refuse to help despite having sold cars with a latent defect. The car is greatly devalued and this is apparently a wide spread problem. Please help.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

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problem #6

Jan 012004


  • miles
Black paint fading, peeling, falling off....

- Lakeland, TN, USA

problem #5

May 012008


  • 61,000 miles


I am an owner of a 2003 Mitsubishi black Galant. I am the original owner of the vehicle and it is garage-kept. About a year ago, I started noticing the paint on my vehicle started to fade/oxidize. I reported this to Mitsubishi and they did nothing. I did my research and there are thousands of other Galant owners that are experiencing the same problem. I believe a recall needs to be done. It wasn't even a month after my vehicle was paid off that the paint started to faint. First on the roof, then on the hood, now it's spreading like a rash. Something needs to be done and Mitsubishi will not fix the problem because they claim the vehicle is out of warranty.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 202009


  • 87,000 miles
Faded paint noticed on left side of hood about a month and half ago, looked like oxidation, a couple weeks later another spot on the right side of hood appeared, both spots appear to be getting larger (about the size of a dessert plate) and more pronounced. Dealership says no defect and not under warranty, according to many website there is a huge issue with the black Mitsubishi cars and the clearcoat failing, causing chipping, paint wear, and oxidation to spread throughout the entire car.

- Mather, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 202008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant. On the driver side of the roof and hood, the paint is fading from dark black to light gray. The fading worsens after the vehicle is washed. She took the vehicle to an auto body shop and was informed that the clear coating on top of the black paint was causing the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer has not been notified. The failure and current mileages were 55,000.

- Troy , NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 192007

Galant 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have an 03 black mit. Galant and the paint has faded on the trunk and top close to the sunroof. I keep my car under a carport. The car is not paid for and it already looks very old. I have also noticed other cars this same model and color and the paint is fading too. It seems the company would repaint these cars since it is obvious that the paint wasn't of any quality.

- Philadelphia, MS, USA

problem #1

Sep 122005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My paint on my car started to fade a year ago. Its a shame that my car is only 3 yrs old and looks 10yrs old. I bought my car brand new and I'm making payments now I hate to make my payments because my car looks so bad.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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