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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,722 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant cooling system problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 182010

Galant 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles

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

2003 Galant ES. V-6 motor. Had to replace heater control valve due to no heat. Clicking noise from time to time then nothing as well as no heat. No sooner did I replace that and then heat selector quit working. Can not change from vents to defrost. Mechanic said heater box warped and cost about $2500 to fix this. Now pulling into the driveway, the radiator burst open on the front side. About a 4 inch opening just to the right side of cap if you are facing the car. Mechanic has said all of this is very common in these cars and Mitsubishi should have done something to take care of these problems as every Galant made has had same issues..

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #8

Dec 152007

Galant

  • 65,500 miles
The car had around 65,000 miles on it, and all the sudden the heat stopped working. Air would blow, but it would be cold air. We replaced the thermostat, as a mechanic told me to try that, and see if it helped, but the heat was still not coming out. Eventually, as it was getting really cold, we took it to the mechanic, and it cost $498.30 to fix! he said the water shut valve needed to be replaced.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #7

May 132008

Galant

  • 75,000 miles
Water leaks into the interior cab on the passenger side of car from the air conditioning unit located under the glove compartment. When making a left turn, the water pours inside cab causing water to pool under the carpet. Also wets the wires and has caused the radio to short out so far.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 152007

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Clicking noise from the vents when switching temperature gauge from cold to hot. No hot air coming from vents. Fan continues to blow cold air while car is at operating temperature. Not the first time it has happened. Heat was restored after a few months just in time before the winter last year. It has happened again this fall and cold air continues to blow as winter approaches.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 062007

Galant 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant purchased new with 12 miles. I have kept up maintenance on my car and have a manufacturer and extended warranty (bought from the dealer) both covering my car up to 100,00 miles. My car has 91,000 miles. I was driving down the freeway and noticed that my foot was on the gas pedal but the car was slowing down. I immediately began exiting the freeway to the right to at least try to reach the emergency lane before the car died on the freeway. While getting over smoke started coming out the hood entering the car through the air vents, by the time I crossed 4 lanes; my car looked like it was going to blow up. I jumped out the car due to fear once I was able to drift to the side. I had it towed to an auto mechanic shop where they told me my engine and transmission were blown. I had my car towed to a Mitsubishi dealership for repairs and was informed (after a week of getting the run around from Mitsubishi, the dealer, and the extended warranty company) that none of the maintenance would be covered. So, I the consumer have to pay an out of pocket expense of $3500. I was told by Mitsubishi that it was a problem with the radiator, (temperature gauge was stuck) which caused the engine and transmission to go out and since the radiator is not covered by the manufacturer or the extended warranty then none of the repairs were covered. It took the dealer 2 weeks to start work on my car.

- Hockley, TX, USA

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problem #4

Jul 062007

Galant 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant purchased new with 12 miles. I have kept up maintenance on my car and have a manufacturer and extended warranty (bought from the dealer) both covering my car up to 100,00 miles. My car has 91,000 miles. I was driving down the freeway and noticed that my foot was on the gas pedal but the car was slowing down. I immediately began exiting the freeway to the right to atleast try to reach the emergency lane before the car died on the freeway. While getting over smoke started coming out the hood entering the car through the air vents, by the time I crossed 4 lanes; my car looked like it was going to blow up. I jumped out the car due to fear once I was able to drift to the side. I had it towed to an auto mechanic shop where they told me my engine and transmission were blown. I had my car towed to a Mitsubishi dealership for repairs and was informed (after a week of getting the run around from Mitsubishi, the dealer, and the extended warranty company) that none of the maintenance would be covered. So, I the consumer have to pay an out of pocket expense of $3500. I was told by Mitsubishi that it was a problem with the radiator, (temperature gauge was stuck) which caused the engine and transmission to go out and since the radiator is not covered by the manufacturer or the extended warranty then none of the repairs were covered. It took the dealer 2 weeks to start work on my car.

- Hockley, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 192007

Galant

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Clicks for 10-20 seconds when I switch from ac to heater and back every time. Twice while driving I switched from ac to heater and heard no clicking, but also got no heat (still blowing cold air). Started happening after about 5,0000, and has been ongoing for a few months.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 272002

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant in December 2002. Since purchasing the car the brakes and rotors have been replaced every year. Also, there is a huge list of other parts and replacements that have been done; the most recently timing belt, water pump, valve cover and gasket, heater hot water control, valve, thermostat for cooling system, etc. This car only has 44,000 miles, and it works as if it has over 200,000 miles.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 102006

Galant

  • miles
Galant 2003, 55,000kms, grinding sound when turning the heater temp dial, sounds like heater control motor.

- Montreal, 00, USA

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