The Truth About Cars » Mitsubishi Galant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:30:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Mitsubishi Galant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Mitsubishi Without A Midsize Sedan For America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/mitsubishi-without-a-midsize-sedan-for-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/mitsubishi-without-a-midsize-sedan-for-america/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:09:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=502393 Calling out one’s prediction for Mitsubishi’s demise is an easy activity that requires one to put little at stake. With a stale product lineup, sagging sales and nothing on the horizon save for a B-Segment hatchback, Mitsubishi’s future looks bleak. But that’s not the main reason why I am pessimistic about the brand’s future in […]

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Calling out one’s prediction for Mitsubishi’s demise is an easy activity that requires one to put little at stake. With a stale product lineup, sagging sales and nothing on the horizon save for a B-Segment hatchback, Mitsubishi’s future looks bleak. But that’s not the main reason why I am pessimistic about the brand’s future in America.

The Mitsubishi Galant was precisely nobody’s favorite mid-size sedan, but it was better than nothing. And according to Automotive News, Mitsubishi’s product plans call for bubkis in the D-Segment, which is essentially a death wish in North America, where mid-size sedans are a crucial product.

Tellingly, Mitsubishi doesn’t have one because it lacks any kind of platform architecture to even build a new D-Segment car that would be competitive, an utterly damning indication of how ill-equipped the company is to be competitive on our shores. Even Suzuki had a passable mid-size car in its dying days, one that was quite good at that. For Mitsubishi to lack even a suitable architecture for a D-Segment car is a rather damning statement regarding their readiness to duke it out in an increasingly cutthroat global vehicle market.

Mitsubishi’s product plans appear to hinge on the new Mirage subcompact, a forthcoming Mirage sedan…and that’s it. A new Montero SUV may come here, and we may  see a new Lancer within the next two years. The only bright spot is the Evo, which will continue to soldier along, praised by everyone and bought by no one.

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Junkyard Find: 1989 Mitsubishi Sigma http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1989-mitsubishi-sigma/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1989-mitsubishi-sigma/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459119 Remember the Mitsubishi Sigma? Nobody does! It was a semi-oddball four-door hardtop version of the Galant that was sold in the United States just for the 1989 and 1990 model years, and I believe this car— which I spotted at a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard over the weekend— is the first one I’ve […]

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Remember the Mitsubishi Sigma? Nobody does! It was a semi-oddball four-door hardtop version of the Galant that was sold in the United States just for the 1989 and 1990 model years, and I believe this car— which I spotted at a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard over the weekend— is the first one I’ve ever seen in person.
Four-door hardtops were big in the 1960s, but you didn’t have a lot of choices in that department by 1989. Mitsubishis had only been available in North America with non-Chrysler badging for a half-dozen years when this car was new, and Mitsubishi salesmen must have experienced major bouts of hopelessness when trying to convince Camry and Maxima shoppers to buy the Sigma instead.
I’d thought the Big Nose HVAC Guy was a Cordia-only thing, but it turns out that many Mitsubishis of the 1980s used this graphic.
The forward-stop-backward arrows on the shifter positions were a nice, if somewhat puzzling, Mitsubishi-style touch.
Since a lot of Detroit slushboxes were still three-speeds in 1989, the shifter handle got this bit of bragging.
I’m going to keep my eyes open for more Sigmas now, because they must be out there!

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Ur-Turn: Why Buy A Mitsubishi? One Reader’s Experience http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/ur-turn-why-buy-a-mitsubishi-one-readers-experience/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/ur-turn-why-buy-a-mitsubishi-one-readers-experience/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458052 |Reader Josh Howard relates the story of why he recommended a Mitsubishi to a co-worker…he’s a brave soul After reading Derek’s excellent piece on Mitsubishi and their irrelevance in the American marketplace, I began thinking about the brand, and their history in the United States. A few months ago, I went against my better instincts […]

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|Reader Josh Howard relates the story of why he recommended a Mitsubishi to a co-worker…he’s a brave soul

After reading Derek’s excellent piece on Mitsubishi and their irrelevance in the American marketplace, I began thinking about the brand, and their history in the United States. A few months ago, I went against my better instincts and actually recommended one to a coworker despite knowing what Mitsubishi turned into in the early 2000′s…not to mention a turbocharged DSM car some years prior.


But, before you condemn me, consider the situation.  The person in question is an early twenties receptionist/sales assistant whom I work with  She’s kind and smart and most certainly capable of deciding on a car for herself.  The woman’s done well for herself, but money has been tight as she prepares to get married.  Her previous vehicle, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport (and my current beater) gave her more problems than she could endure.

As most people know, these Jeeps are prone to chronic overheating as they age and the radiators get stopped up. Eventually, she came to work so frustrated one day that I told her I’d take it off her hands just so she wouldn’t have to worry about it.

In the following weeks, she drove her fiance’s older Chevy pickup truck to work and commenced her search for a car. Being a very long time Nissan owner, I recommended a used Altima or two. Our location in the Detroit area meant that domestic cars fresh off lease would be an appealing alternative

Fusions and Sebrings were looked at, but reject. My Altima recommendation ended up being out of her range with too many miles.  Then, the ’09 Mitsubishi Galant showed up.  It was metallic white, always looked clean, was newer than the other cars she looked at, had very low miles, and was ‘Japanese’ with a small engine.  She almost immediately wanted a test drive.

In comparison to anything she had been driving, the Mitsubishi seemed luxurious, sporty, and everything worked!  The price was thousands less than the competition and she felt comfortable driving it.  It excited her and the thought of having a newer car that was reliable, got better mileage, and was fun for her to drive was enough to convince her to chat with me about it.

When she came back to work the next day, I knew what she was going to get.  After questioning her, there was no doubt in my mind where her money was going.  She was visibly excited to have driven what she felt was a ‘sporty sedan’ that was also economical.  And, she immediately could see herself taking it home.  That… right there… THAT is what sells any car as others on this site will attest.

Why did I write this?  Because, I feel like most of the comments to the article leave one thing out…perception.  Her view was not like us car buffs.  She looked for different traits than we look for.  Even when sitting in and driving cars side by side, she experienced things differently.  We tend to forget that prior vehicle history easily convinces people to buy brands that they wouldn’t normally think of.  In her mind, Mitsubishi was a Japanese car brand that made sporty and relatively reliable cars.  How could I say “no, don’t buy that” to her?  In the day and age where most every car is reliable, isn’t happiness enough?  Why buy a Mitsubishi? Because, it fits into your budget and you enjoy driving it regardless of the emblem on the grill…  that’s what’s really important.

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Junkyard Find, Cold Blasted Edition: 1991 Mitsubishi Galant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-cold-blasted-edition-1991-mitsubishi-galant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-cold-blasted-edition-1991-mitsubishi-galant/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452855 I’m always on the lookout for weird Mitsubishi products when I’m visiting wrecking yards, but the dawn of the 1990s brought less distinctive styling to Mitsubishis and they tend to hide in the background as I’m walking the rows of cast-off machines. The bullet holes in this 21-year-old Galant, however, caught my eye. We’ll return […]

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I’m always on the lookout for weird Mitsubishi products when I’m visiting wrecking yards, but the dawn of the 1990s brought less distinctive styling to Mitsubishis and they tend to hide in the background as I’m walking the rows of cast-off machines. The bullet holes in this 21-year-old Galant, however, caught my eye. We’ll return to the cars of the Brain Melting Vintage Junkyard soon, but today we’re going back to the “traditional” Colorado self-service yard.
I’m pretty sure that Galant sales figures didn’t have Toyota or Honda execs losing any sleep back in the day, and my recent experience with a rented ’11 Galant convinced me that the Camry and Accord still have nothing to fear.
This one didn’t make it to 200,000 miles, though 150,000 seems respectable for a Mitsubishi.
As for the bullet holes, it appears that someone went all gangsta-style on this car and fired a bunch of handgun rounds (I’m sure there’s a reader who can identify the year, make, and model of the firearm just by looking at the holes) through the windshield into the front seats. The holes in the seats are at heart level, but the lack of blood and/or police-impound stickers indicate that the car was unoccupied during the shooting.
The slugs passed through the windshield, front and rear seats, and the sheet metal behind the seat before coming to a halt in the trunk.
I used to see this sort of thing all the time in Oakland junkyards during the crack wars of the early 1990s, and you still see the occasional bullet hole in junked California cars. This is the first I’ve seen in a Denver yard.
Will Galants of this era ever have any collector value? As Chou En-Lai (perhaps) said about the significance of the French Revolution, it’s too early to tell.

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Plymouth Sapporo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/junkyard-find-1982-plymouth-sapporo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/junkyard-find-1982-plymouth-sapporo/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422454 When you find a ’72 Dodge Colt wagon and an ’83 Mitsubishi Cordia within 15 feet of one another in a self-service junkyard, what more could you ask for? Why, you could go for the Mitsubishi Trifecta and ask for a Plymouth Sapporo right next to both of them! During my recent trip to California, […]

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When you find a ’72 Dodge Colt wagon and an ’83 Mitsubishi Cordia within 15 feet of one another in a self-service junkyard, what more could you ask for? Why, you could go for the Mitsubishi Trifecta and ask for a Plymouth Sapporo right next to both of them!
During my recent trip to California, I dropped by one of my old junkyard haunts and found this scene: Sapporo and Colt on the left, Cordia on the right (the remainder of the Chrysler/Mitsubishi section is mostly LHs and Neons, and it will remain so for the next decade or so).
The Sapporo was a Mitsubishi Galant Lambda; its Dodge sibling was badged as a Challenger.
It was a rear-wheel-drive machine with a big four-cylinder making a not-too-bad-for-Late-Malaise 100 horses. Not a bad car, but nothing about it really stood out from the pack.
Thanks to the car-versus-pole damage on the front, this example managed to avoid the handful of Northern California vintage-Mitsubishi fans that might have restored it. Next stop: Chinese container ship at the Port of Oakland.

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