Rocks and other debris tend to easily enter the front end of the vehicle causing damage to the air conditioning system. Three repairs in less than six months. The extended warranty paid the cost of repairs in two of three cases. Check 2005 and greater models for front end redesign.
Galants (new or used) are great values if you are smart and don't pay too much for them. The 2.4l SOHC 4 cylinder motor isn't the most powerful BUT it's a proven and reliable design that Mitsu has been building for decades. The Mitsu service guys here say that they have never had to replace one (unless it was abused.) The 4spd AT may seem outdated BUT in its manual shift mode the Sportronic AT actually works very well with the engine. Shifted manually the Galant gets up and goes but it isn't a slug in Auto mode either (can't say that for the Lancer CVT in Auto mode.) The ride and handling are also well balanced - at least in the SE I own. The 18" low profile tires on the SE improve the handling a lot but the ride isn't harsh or jarring. The SE also comes loaded with built in Navi, Bluetooth, Homelink, rearview camera, 650W stereo, auto AC, power seat, seat heaters, sunroof, foglights, 18" alloys -- all for what a plain Camry LE costs. The interior is a bit dated but seems durable enough and I like the layout better than some of the newer stuff. The only real con is engine noise --the old reliable 2.4 motor just isn't a quiet mill. But all in all I feel I got a great deal when I bought my Galant SE -- just don't pay anywhere near MSRP.
This is a 4dr Eclipse GT, the features included in the package can be found in cars at 2 to 3 times the cost. Interior bits are a bit subpar but no worse than nissan. Perforamce is great, good blend of quick off line and passing power. Exhaust note is great, quite at cruising speed but great sound when you launch it. This Ralliart package is definetly worht a look.