Long-term wrap-up: 2008 Mitsubishi Galant GTS
Our 2008 Mitsubishi Galant GTS got a send-off last week, after having spent just under 2 years with us. Our fleet of four cars needed to be trimmed down, so it had to go. We find it rather unbelievable that so few people contacted us when the “for sale” advert went up, compared to the eleventy-million calls we got when we sold our 15-year-old Toyota Corolla.
The Mitsubishi Galant V6 is a solidly-built, utterly-reliable car that’s also cheap to maintain if you don’t go to the overpriced dealer service-centre. And it costs less than the equivalent 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, while offering almost the same fuel economy, as per our tests. That’s just astounding, considering our car had the same engine as a top-spec Pajero.
At the end of the day, we sold it to some brash fast-talker who came down to see it from 300 km away, on the first day we put up the ad. He kept pointing to some minor oil stains under the engine as a way to negotiate, and we couldn’t be bothered to argue that it’s a sign that the car was sitting for a month without being driven.
We bought it for Dhs 38,000 two years ago. Giving it away for Dhs 25,000 was a bargain for the buyer, since we had better things to do than hold out for just for a few thousand more. The new owner already owns a Galant, so he already knew the virtues of the car. So if you spot a pearl-white Galant with red-white plates speeding, tailgating or cutting you off, you can be sure it used to be our car.
On another note, RTA “Tasjeel” testing a car in Dubai now costs Dhs 120, but a re-test now costs Dhs 35 extra, when it used to be free before. And apparently, there is no such thing as “export” plates in Dubai any more, so out-of-town buyers need to get the unregistered car towed to their city. Also, if you are selling your car and actually want a good price, avoid brash fast-talking types. If you have to deal with one, take the money upfront, or he’ll try to re-negotiate after the transfer is done.
Original Mileage When Bought: 43,500 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 87,800 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 10.3 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 200
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 6779