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2008 Mitsubishi Galant

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2008 Mitsubishi Galant Review

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Mitsubishi may be well-known for its sports cars and SUVs, but its family sedan sometimes gets overlooked by the masses. Although the 2008 Mitsubishi Galant doesn't receive as much mention as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, as midsize family sedans go, it offers some worthy features. Unique exterior styling helps the Galant stand out from the more conservatively-designed class leaders and its roomy, well-equipped interior is both pleasing and solidly constructed. Best of all, Mitsubishi continues to offer a number of attractive incentive programs to make it even easier to purchase a Galant.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a family sedan with a plush interior, a racy exterior and a nice big back seat, the 2008 Mitsubishi Galant should be on your shopping list. The Ralliart trim delivers surprisingly good off-the-line performance and handling capability.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sport sedan with a manual transmission, you're going to have to stick with Honda or Volkswagen. Although it does feature a center pass-through slot, the Galant's rear seatback cannot be folded down.

What's New for 2008

The GTS trim is dropped from the line with much of its standard content spread out to the DE and ES trims. Mitsubishi makes a tire-pressure-monitoring system standard on all models.

Driving the Galant

Driving Impressions The 2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart's potent V6, though a bit loud at idle, has a nice throaty growl when you punch it. With 258 horsepower, the performance is exhilarating and...

quick, and the Ralliart has no trouble merging with freeway traffic or passing on the highway. Once under way, you'll discover the speed-sensitive hydraulic power steering delivers accurate feedback in most maneuvers, but feels a bit slow to respond during really hard driving. The Ralliart trim, with its low-profile 18-inch performance tires, provides precise handling without a harsh ride.
Favorite Features

Blue Dash Lights
The blue dash lighting on white-face gauges (GTS) really stands out in this field.

Sportronic Automatic Transmission
Mitsubishi's Sportronic automatic is one of the better transmissions on the market.

2008 Mitsubishi Galant Details
Interior

The Galant's interior is a refreshing blend of bold, modern design and soothing blue light. The dash, steering wheel and center console take their cues from the Endeavor. Large rotary knobs control the heating and fan speeds as well as the sound system volume and tuning functions---a much-needed improvement over previous Mitsubishi stereo systems. Redesigned doors have integrated cup holders up front and storage pockets for small electronic devices in back. We found the Galant's seating to be first-rate, with rear-seat passengers reporting plenty of legroom and a surprising amount of headroom. The absence of a fold-down rear seatback, however, limits the Galant's ability to carry large or bulky items.

Exterior

While the Mitsubishi Galant plays in the same market segment as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the powerful front nose, sloping fastback rear window and short deck lid give it an appearance all its own. The sporty Galant Ralliart seems to be aimed directly at buyers who require four doors, but also want a bit more personality than most sedans offer. It has several subtle touches that set it apart stylistically, such as side mirrors that are attached to the doors by slim plastic arms and front headlamp turn signals sealed in huge tinted plastic casings.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Galant DE comes standard with a 160-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, rear cup holders, rear defroster, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry, engine immobilizer, automatic headlamps, AM/FM stereo with CD, rear-seat pass-through, tilt wheel and 16-inch tires with full wheel covers.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim level and include a 3.8-liter V6 with five-speed Sportronic automatic transmission (Ralliart), alloy wheels, heated leather seats, power driver's seat, anti-lock brakes (ABS), DVD navigation, faux leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls, SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Ralliart), Rockford Acoustic Design audio and heated side mirrors.

Under the Hood

The Galant offers three trim levels, two with the four-cylinder engine, and one, the Ralliart, with a high-output V6. The Galant's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is adequate for around-town driving and returns impressive city and highway fuel economy. The V6 is best suited to those who demand extra power, the kind required for quicker acceleration when merging or passing.

2.4-liter in-line 4
160 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
157 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27

3.8-liter V6 MIVEC
258 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25

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2008 Mitsubishi Galant Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 321 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

VERY RELIABLE AND CHEAP!

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 201,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, fun 2 drive, sporty, reliable, smooth"

Cons: "ac, mpg, dash tech, rare parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I got my Galant about 4 years ago with about 80000 on it currently has 201000. the car is very reliable I must say it took me everywhere with very little problems then. I think the overall comfort of the car is awesome I sometimes get tired while sitting in the seats because of the excellent arch support and durability. I do think the car gets hot a lot especially on summer days and the AC went out twice so its a common problem in this car. the overall car drives well it picks-up speed fast for a 4clydr excellent steering controls although I wish it has more of a sporty steering wheel. only big problem that I had with this car is timing belt broke a couple weeks ago and it is a interference engine so its killing my pockets at about $1200 so make sure you keep the maintenance up to par when it comes to timing belt. Another thing I dislike about the performance is on cold starts it doesn't have the spunk that it usually has on warmer days. personally I think the car lacks technology for the year for example like aux input overall quality of dash and radio. but if you are looking to buy this car she will do you well if you stay up on maintenance [[ there is a fuse on the battery terminal which is very very very difficult to find and every now and then they blow... it is cheap $1.29 but I had to go 4 hours away to get the part]]"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great First Car

By on Thursday, February 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "great price for an aisan car"

Cons: "small driver area and air conditioning problem."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"this is my first car. i bought it in 2012 with 93000 miles and now has 103000. it has average acceleration especially for a midsize 4 door sedan. ive had to replace the timing belt which is to be expected at some point from any car. one thing worth noting is that the air conditioning needed replacing which apparently was a common problem with this model. other than that, regular maitenance and it has slightly below gas mileage. im not that tall (5 8) and my head almost reached the cieling while driving so keep that in mind. it has a nice looking body for an 04 and hopefully will last until 150000 miles at least!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I've had my Galant for 5 years and still love it!

By on Monday, September 02, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love my car it has almost 170,000 miles on it and still runs well with very few repairs over the 5 years other than tires, brakes and oil changes."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very Good Car!

By on Thursday, August 15, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Gas mileage , Price, Maintance, Sleek Look"

Cons: "No rear folding seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2011 Mitsubishi Galant with Chrome Package and Fog Lights

"I brought my 2011 Galant brand new from the dealer. I have not had a single problem from my car. My gas mileage is awesome if only the gas price would go down. Anyway I just wish the rear seats would fold down. It is quite hard to fit larger items in the truck. If only I had known that little detail before I purchased. Other than that it is a good car for the price. I am very please with the car and wish they didn't discontinue this model. I was thinking about upgrading to the 2013!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2011 Mitsubishi Galant with Chrome Package and Fog Lights

This car has been very reliable.

By on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, no major mechanical problems."

Cons: "A/C gives out, defaulty condensor."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am very impressed with this vehicle, I have had this vehicle for over four years. It has been very reliable with no major problems. Other than the a/c giving out about 1/2 year ago; the vehicle has not let me down. I love this car!!!!!!!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Still runs great and exterior looks like new

By on Thursday, July 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Wonderful service center, no mechanical issues"

Cons: "Mitubishi not making this model anymore"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Very reliable car. In 8 years of owning it, I've had no major issues. Did replace all belts a few months ago, at the dealer's and manual's recommendation. This cost about $750. Replaced all 4 tires once. Other than that, it's just been things like brakes, windshield wipers, a headlight bulb. If my 17 year old daughter didn't need a car, I'd continue to drive it for myself!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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