really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,285 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Galant electrical problems

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2002 Mitsubishi Galant Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 162015

Galant 4-cyl

  • 186,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant. The contact stated that the cruise control light illuminated on the instrument panel without it being manually activated. The vehicle was not diagnosed and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 186,000. Updated 6/11/15 updated 06/16/15

- Atascosa, TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 042014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant. The contact stated that the left turn signal failed to work intermittently. The vehicle was not inspected or diagnosed. The contact was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 02V147000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Starkville, MS, USA

problem #11

Oct 232012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant. The contact stated that while exiting the vehicle she noticed a burning smell. After returning to the vehicle an hour later there was smoke being emitted from the passenger side front door. The fire was extinguished and the wires were cut to prevent further thermal events. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's residence and was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The failure and current mileages were 129,250. The VIN was not available.

- Washougal, WA, USA

problem #10

Feb 282012


  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant. The contact stated that the front passenger door caught on fire as the contact started the vehicle and opened the front passenger window. The fire department was notified of the failure. The contact separated the passenger door panel and poured water in the panel to stop the fire. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 136,000.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 062012

Galant 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I am having problems with my car not wanting to start. This has been going on for quite some time. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the cam shaft censor after a month or two the starting problem started again. I then had the coils, wires and battery cable replace and still have the problem. I want to know if there has been recalls for these problems no I have not been told. I only have 68000 miles on this car and should not be having this problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant. The contact stated that the passenger side power window failed intermittently. In addition, the horn would engage sporadically and would not stop. The manufacturer and dealer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage 110,218.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 012010

Galant 4-cyl

  • 97,500 miles


1. purchased "as is" in daylight hours, did not notice interior lights did not function. 2. interior lights and trunk light do not function. This is a permanent condition. 3. using ohmmeter, interior light filaments checked, trunk light filament checked. All ok. No voltages measured at inputs to all. Fuses all ok. Door switch ok. Lifted fuses 16 & 17 in engine compartment, no voltage to contacts that should have 12 volts always on, per schematic. Looked up recall # 29924 for this model, year, make, and would appear to be under color of grounding of wires.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Feb 092009


  • 98,000 miles
Son was driving home from college and the passenger side door caught on fire as he was leaving the parking lot. He immediately pulled over and put out the fire burning the tips of his fingers.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #4

Jul 112005


  • miles
2002 Mitsubishi Galant passenger side door caught on fire locking the windows and doors. When the fire erupted it burned the right leg of the passenger. The passenger also sprained her right ankle trying to break out the window.

- Alanson, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact stated car has been stalling for several years. When she took vehicle to the dealer, they told her the problem emerged because of low maintenance on the car. She tool vehicle for service, but not to the dealer because it was too expensive. Since 3-2003 water leaked into the car. Water build up inside of the car from the air conditioner. Also, had electrical problems. When the water accumulated in the car it will lock on its own. The air conditioner will not come on sometimes. There was mold in the car because of the water. The car seat was soaked from the water. On 9-3-05, after taking the car to the dealership, she picked it up and the water built up in the car again.

- Clearwater , FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 032004

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
While driving 60 mph consumer heard a loud noise coming from under the hood and then the engine commenced to make a popping noise. Vehicle was pulled off the freeway, and then pulled to consumer's home. Consumer stated one of the spark plugs blew out. Dealer and the manufacturer were not notified.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 192004

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,200 miles
Two weeks ago as I was driving to work, my Galant simply stopped moving. The engine was still running, all the warning lights came on, but the car would not move. After turning it off and restarting it several times, I did get to work and had it towed to the dealership where I bought it. They kept it for 24 hours, drove it, ran some tests and told me they couldn't find anything wrong. The same thing happened yesterday, but it stopped moving five times before I could finally get to work. Again I had it towed to the dealership where they had it for 30 hours; same results. I feel like I'm driving a ticking bomb--I could have been rear-ended any of the times when the car just stopped moving. I need someone to find out what's wrong and fix my car.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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