Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I need a pre-purchase opinion.

asked by on

My parents have a preferred mechanic they have used for about a decade now. I told him I was looking to buy a 2010 Galant FE, and he (paraphrasing here) told me to stay away, and look to purchase anything else if I can. What is your opinion? How do these cars hold up? How hard are they to work on? Is it going to be mechanically reliable, or would I need to find the magic unicorn in order to keep this thing running (cheap-ish) for the next 2 years?

My car has 123 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. I tend to agree with your parents trusted mechanic. In general, Mitsubishi vehicles tend to have major electrical and mechanical problems after 100,000 miles or 5 years of continual use. However, some of them continue to run great for decades if properly maintained and serviced. They are not very easy to maintain, and replacement parts are typically higher than others in the same category. My advice is not to seek the Unicorn; look for a good workhorse or reliable stable pony, like a Honda, Nissan or Toyota.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. I need a pre-purchase opinion.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Is there an engine that is compatiable with a 2010 suzuki grand vitara 4 cylinder engine?

Hi Cliff. With today's electronic systems, engine compatibility is much harder to swap than in years past. It's best to replace the damaged engine with the same OEM spec components, to ensure sensors, electrical harnesses and other monitoring systems work...

Q: Push button not starting car sometimes.

When you are starting the vehicle, make sure your foot is firmly applied on the brake pedal before pushing the button. If you ever notice your brake lights do not come on and the car doesn't start, there may be...

Q: Transmission problem

Given the amount of miles you have on that car your transmission would need to be checked to see if it is not low on fluid. Afterwards, it can be overhauled or replaced as needed. Most of the time it...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.