Long-term update: 2008 Mitsubishi Galant GTS
It’s rather surprising what an effect we have on the popularity of certain models. While we haven’t bothered to put up an update on our 2008 Mitsubishi Galant GTS in a while now, we’ve been getting requests asking us more about the car. It seems some people are starting to consider the Galant as a viable alternative to the Japanese regulars, thanks to our endorsement.
Of course, we are not endorsing the dealer. We got such a negative “vibe” from the local service centre that we stopped going there after our last interaction with them at the 46k mark. Since then we’ve got the oil changed at a local Mobil place using fully-synthetic Mobil oil. If we had continued the dealer’s greedy recommended intervals, we’d be running for service every 5,000 km monthly. And that is not an option for a car that is used for the daily commute to Abu Dhabi by my brother.
So for Dhs 310 at every 10,000 km since then, we got better oil and longer service intervals. Three services later, and our car is now at 75,000 km on the odo. In fact, the car’s fuel economy has actually improved from 9.3 l/100 km to 8.6 l/100 km on the Bur Dubai-Abu Dhabi run, just by switching to synthetic. Or it could just be the weather. But there’s a tip you can use.
A month ago, we also got an a/c service done worth Dhs 350, but we used one of those online coupon vouchers for Dhs 149. It was a new garage, and they threw in some extra work for Dhs 100, changing some valves and refilling the a/c gas. We asked for the a/c filter to be cleaned, but it turns out the Galant doesn’t have one. But the a/c runs great now.
And the rest of the car continues to be reliable. We bought this used car for less than Dhs 40,000. Even with fuel, tyres and maintenance so far, are we saving money compared to buying a brand new Toyota Yaris? We’ll leave the calculations up to you.
Original Mileage When Bought: 43,500 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 75,088 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 8.6 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 1179
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 4879