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2003 Mitsubishi Galant

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Vehicle Overview
Exterior and interior revisions for the 2002 model year gave Mitsubishi’s high-volume sedan a fresh appearance. One of those features was a new grille. The Galant comes in a variety of trim levels: DE, ES, ES V6, LS, LS V6 and GTZ. A 2.4 liter inline-four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V-6 powers these models. All Galants are equipped with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

For 2003, a Sun and Sound Package has been added to the base ES V6 in order to compete more effectively against the all-new Honda Accord. The option group includes a seven-speaker Infinity audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof.

An ashtray and lighter are no longer standard but can be installed by the dealer. A new lower bezel trim design has been developed with an additional accessory power outlet. Antilock brakes are no longer standard on the ES V6, but they are available in an all-weather option package. Heated mirrors and traction control are now standard on the LS V6, and a rear spoiler returns to GTZ sedans. The glove box is no longer lockable.

First seen in its present form at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2001, the Galant is Mitsubishi’s top-selling model. It is built at the same plant as the company’s Eclipse coupe and Eclipse Spyder convertible and the Chrysler Sebring coupe and Dodge Stratus coupe. Mitsubishi and Chrysler have a 30-year history of sharing vehicles and components, and DaimlerChrysler holds a controlling interest in Mitsubishi....
Vehicle Overview
Exterior and interior revisions for the 2002 model year gave Mitsubishi’s high-volume sedan a fresh appearance. One of those features was a new grille. The Galant comes in a variety of trim levels: DE, ES, ES V6, LS, LS V6 and GTZ. A 2.4 liter inline-four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V-6 powers these models. All Galants are equipped with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

For 2003, a Sun and Sound Package has been added to the base ES V6 in order to compete more effectively against the all-new Honda Accord. The option group includes a seven-speaker Infinity audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof.

An ashtray and lighter are no longer standard but can be installed by the dealer. A new lower bezel trim design has been developed with an additional accessory power outlet. Antilock brakes are no longer standard on the ES V6, but they are available in an all-weather option package. Heated mirrors and traction control are now standard on the LS V6, and a rear spoiler returns to GTZ sedans. The glove box is no longer lockable.

First seen in its present form at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2001, the Galant is Mitsubishi’s top-selling model. It is built at the same plant as the company’s Eclipse coupe and Eclipse Spyder convertible and the Chrysler Sebring coupe and Dodge Stratus coupe. Mitsubishi and Chrysler have a 30-year history of sharing vehicles and components, and DaimlerChrysler holds a controlling interest in Mitsubishi.

Exterior
The Galant may be considered either a long compact or a short midsize sedan. Based on its passenger volume of 97.6 cubic feet, the Environmental Protection Agency classifies it as a midsize car. The Galant measures 187.8 inches long overall and stands approximately 55.7 inches tall.

Contemporary styling is marked by chiseled fenders and sweeping rear roof pillars, which help give the Galant the appearance of a larger automobile. Intakes in the lower bumper wrap around the bodysides, and openings house projector-beam fog lamps. Like all Mitsubishi vehicles, the Galant displays a triple-diamond chrome badge. The tires measure 15 inches in diameter on four-cylinder models and 16 inches in diameter on V-6-equipped Galants.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Galant with some degree of comfort, but the rear seat gets crowded when three people try to squeeze in. The trunk has 14.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, and the split rear seatback folds for extra space on all models except the base DE sedan. A CD player is standard in all models. The LS, LS V6 and GTZ trims have a premium Infinity audio system, and new carbon fiber-look interior panels decorated the GTZ edition for 2002.

Under the Hood
The DE, ES and LS sedans are equipped with a 140-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder engine. A 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 195 hp is standard in the LS and GTZ and optional in the ES V6. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates adaptive shift control. The V-6 engine requires premium fuel.

Safety
Antilock brakes are part of an all-weather option package for the ES V6 sedan. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Mitsubishi’s midlevel sedan is surprisingly pleasant and capable. Promising excellent visibility all around, this four-door is particularly easy to drive. The Galant has been a very good car in the past, and its current form moves the sedan up to excellent.

A smooth ride is a big part of its appeal. It’s not completely gentle but is impressively close, and it doesn’t impair handling to any noticeable degree. The sedan reacts to the bulk of bumps but not enough to disrupt passengers. It steers with a light touch and suffers no shortage of control.

Equally enticing are the energetic V-6 engine and easy-shifting automatic transmission. Engine sounds are barely discernible, even during acceleration. The V-6 engine requires premium fuel, but the inline-four gets by on regular gasoline.

The backseat is spacious and comfortable for three passengers. All seats are amply cushioned with excellent thigh support, but back support could be better. Storage space includes an immense glove box and an ample, easy-to-load trunk. The controls and conveniences are well organized with simple, legible gauges.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 2/19/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(4.0)

Reliable

by Chantavia120 from Cheyenne, Wyoming on December 13, 2018

I have on this car since 2016 it had two owners before me. I spend 40 bucks in gas and will last for two weeks at the most. It still runs nice never had a problem with it. Does great on the highway. ... Read full review

(3.0)

it's slow

by Carguy01 from Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 28, 2018

slow, poor gas mileage for its size. it's a normal person car. if you're a car enthusiast get the eclipse or Evo. gallant is SLOW. Read full review

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The 2003 Mitsubishi Galant currently has 3 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Galant received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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