Midsize car; Built in USA
  • 4-door sedan
  • transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $3,500 – $17,200*


2004 Mitsubishi Galant


2005 Mitsubishi Galant


2006 Mitsubishi Galant


2006 Mitsubishi Galant

Pros:
  • Acceleration (V6)
  • Handling/roadholding (GTS)
  • Ride
Cons:
  • Cargo room
  • Rear-seat head room

Galant matches midsize class-favorites Honda Accord and Toyota Camry for roominess, and holds its own in acceleration and handling. But it lags in refinement, ride comfort, and materials quality. However, Galant’s resale values are lower than Accord’s or Camry’s, so for budget-conscious shoppers, Mitsubishi’s midsize sedan is worth considering.

Overview

Mitsubishi’s Galant grew from compact to midsize dimensions in a 2004 redesign that brought new styling and more power. DE and ES models retained a 2.4-liter 4-cyl engine, but gained 20 hp, to 160. The LS and sporty GTS had a 3.8-liter V6 with 230 hp, 35 more than Galant’s previous 3.0 V6. A 4-speed automatic was the sole transmission; V6 models included a manual shift gate.

All 2004 Galants had 4-wheel disc brakes, keyless entry, and power windows/locks/mirrors. V6 versions came with ABS, which was available for the ES. The GTS had a sport-tuned suspension, specific grille, rear spoiler, leather upholstery, and sunroof. It also included 17-inch alloy wheels vs. the other models’ 16-inch steel wheels. Front side airbags were standard for GTS and available for LS and ES. Curtain side airbags were unavailable.

Against the 1999-2003 Galant, the ’04 grew 4.6 inches in wheelbase, 2.6 in overall length, 3.9 in width, and 2.2 in height. The 2004 Galant lent its platform to Mitsubishi’s Endeavor midsize SUV.

Yearly Updates

2005 Galant
Front side airbags became standard on all Galants for 2005, not just the most-expensive model.
2006 Galant
The Galant was unchanged for 2006.
2007 Galant
Freshened styling, curtain side airbags, and a sporty Ralliart model headlined the 2007 revamp of Mitsubishi’s midsize-sedan line. New for ’07, the Ralliart got a 258-hp version of the V6 and used a 5-speed automatic transmission. The ’07s got revised nose and tail appearance.
2008 Galant
The mid-level SE and GTS models were discontinued for 2008.
2009 Galant
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant received freshened styling and an expanded model lineup, as ES and Ralliart versions were joined by the Sport Edition and Sport V6.
2010 Galant
The 2010 Mitsubishi Galant lineup lost three models, as the Sport Edition, Sport V6, and Ralliart were all discontinued.
2011 Galant
The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant saw only minor trim changes.
2012 Galant
There were no changes of note to the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant.

Engines

transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive

The 2004-06 Galant DE and ES had a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower (California-emissions versions had 155 hp). Galant LS and GTS models had a 3.8-liter V6 with 230 hp. The sole transmission for both engines was a 4-speed automatic. New for ’07, the Ralliart has a 258-hp version of the V6.

ohc I41
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 2.4/145
Engine HP 157
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 156
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

23/30

24.2

ohc V62
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.8/234
Engine HP 230-258
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 250
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
19/27
18/27
19.7

1. 4-cyl had 155 hp/155 lb-ft torque in California. 2. 18/26 with GTS.

Road Test

The 4-cylinder Galants have more-than-adequate power for most situations-one test car did a 9.0-second 0-60 mph run–but lack the added driver control of the V6’s manual shift feature. The Galant’s V6 is among the largest in the midsize car class. It delivers strong takeoffs and satisfying power to merge and pass. A test V6 did 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Torque steer–pulling to one side under quick acceleration–was noticed by some testers. The V6’s manual-shift feature provides usefully quick downshifts. A test ES 4-cylinder averaged 24.2 mpg in a mix of city/highway driving. An extended-use LS V6 averaged 19.7 mpg over its 9869-mile test. V6 Galants require premium-grade fuel.

The Galant’s ride is comfortable in DE, ES, and LS trim, but it’s not as composed at highway speed as a comparable Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, or Mazda 6. The sporty Galant GTS’s suspension is firmer, but not harsh. The GTS has appropriately athletic handling, with nicely weighted steering and little body lean in corners. The reasonably nimble DE, ES, and LS have less direct-feeling steering and feel floaty over some crests. On all, stopping power feels adequate in routine braking, but quick stops reveal a spongy pedal feel and mediocre modulation.

Inside, Galant’s major controls are logically placed and fall readily to hand. The interior has sound assembly, with midgrade materials that are in line with Galant prices. Road and tire noise are pronounced in GTS, less intrusive in DE, ES and LS, but none are as quiet as a comparable Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Galant’s V6 sounds and feels coarse under full throttle.

The Galant’s front seats easily accommodate 6-footers, and the cabin feels impressively wide. Front seat comfort is good, though the lack of a telescoping steering wheel slightly limits driving-position options. Cars tested had metallic console trim that reflected in windshield in midday light; outward visibility is otherwise fine. Rear-seat head room is tight for 6-footers, but 3-across seating is possible without undue crowding. The rear seat area boasts unconfining footwells and as much knee clearance as any competitor. The rear seat itself is nicely contoured, but a bit too soft for the best comfort. Wide door openings mean easy entry/exit.

The Galant’s overall cargo space is average. A short decklid and high liftover conspire to limit access to the otherwise well-shaped trunk. The rear seatbacks don’t fold, but a trunk pass-through is standard on all models.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2004 Mitsubishi Galant LS

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 7
70%
Fuel Economy - 5
50%
Ride Quality - 6
60%
Steering/Handling - 6
60%
Quietness - 6
60%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 7
70%
Room/Comfort Front - 7
70%
Room/Comfort Rear - 5
50%
Cargo Room - 3
30%

Other

Value - 6
60%

Total: 58

Specifications

4-door sedan
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
108.3 190.6 72.4 57.9
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
13.3 17.7 5
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
39.6 37.0 42.6 37.0
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 2004 Galant 4-door sedan

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Front Passenger Injury - 5
100%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Rear Passenger Injury - 4
80%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision N/A
Injury N/A
Theft N/A

Trouble Spots

Doors
Description: The rear door locks corrode and stick if not used regularly. (2004-05)
Engine noise
Description: Pinging on the 2.4L engine at low speed is corrected by reprogramming the PCM. (2004)
Fuel gauge
Description: The fuel level may occasionally be wrong on the driver information center display due to an internal software glitch requiring component replacement. (2006)
Audio system
Description: The radio and/or blower may quit working intermittently in hot, humid weather because the ignition key may not fully return to the run position. (1999-04)
Audio system
Description: The front door speakers and door panels may buzz unless felt has been applied to the stand-offs on the backs of the door panels. (2004-09)
Sunroof/moonroof
Description: The sound absorbing pads in the sunroof opening can loosen, making a scraping noise and/or interfering with the sunroof. (2004)
Transmission slippage
Description: A flare when the transmission shifts from 2-3 may be due to damage in the rear housing, requiring replacement of the housing as well as the reverse clutch assembly, seals and bearings. (1999-05)
Water leak
Description: Water on the passenger floor is caused by foam or debris blocking the drain opening in the A/C unit. (2004)
None
Description: Stumble, hesitation or bucking at high engine speed (over 5400 rpm) caused by valve float on 3.5L engine. (2005-06)
None
Description: Heat shield on 2.4L engine exhaust system develops a rattle. (2004-07)
Check-engine light
Description: The check engine light may come on if there is a lean fuel condition caused by a vacuum leak, manifold gasket leak of from gasoline containing ethanol. (2004-06)
Check-engine light
Description: The check engine light may illuminate although there are no problems requiring reprogramming the powertrain control module. (2006)
Turn signal
Description: Noise from the upper steering column caused by loose turn signal cancel cam. (2004-05)

Recall History

2004-05
Description: The ignition key might be removed without putting the gearshift selector in the ‘park’ position. If the driver removes the key without putting the gearshift selector in the ‘park’ position and fails to engage the parking brake, the vehicle may roll, and a crash could occur. Dealers will inspect and correct these vehicles for the reported condition.
2005
Description: On certain vehicles with anti-lock brakes, the brake master cylinder may be faulty, leading to compromised braking performance. Dealers will replace the master cylinder.
2005-2007
Description: A fuel-tank mounting bracket may be faulty, potentially causing the fuel tank to fall and/or leak in the event of a collision. Dealers will inspect to see if the left rear fuel tank strap mounting bracket has splitting beyond a specific limit and replace affected parts.
2010
Description: The automatic transmission oil cooler pipe assembly on some vehicles may have insufficient plating to prevent corrosion, if the pipe should develop a hole due to corrosion, automatic transmission fluid leakage may occur. Automatic transmission fluid in the presence of an ignition source may result in a potential fire hazard. Dealers will have the aft oil cooler pipe assembly inspected. If insufficient plating is found during inspection, the dealer will replace the aft oil cooler pipe assembly with new parts containing appropriate anti-corrosion plating.

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Pricing

Used-car pricing varies widely depending on local market conditions. Therefore, we recommend visiting websites that list used cars for sale to get a better idea of what a specific model is selling for in your area.