Thank you for the responses. That quote is from the dealer. My father was told by the dealer the following…
-something about an oxygen sensor
-timing belt, I think 2nd time replacement
-something about replacing some parts within the engine
Before the dash lights started to be always on…
-Rear passenger side window shattered with no indication of being hit by someone or some thing
-6disc changer audio unit broke down, the followed by
-the air conditioner unit broke down, then followed by
-loud grinding fan noise in the front when the air conditioner is running, then followed by
-a grinding metal noise somewhere in the engine, then followed by
-the ‘service engine’ light was always on even though it just got serviced, and right now
-all indicators in the dash are lit
I have read somewhere about the plague on the Galant LS engines. something about a hole that is too small so a smudge builds up making the noise. I think it was called a lifter of some sort.
This observation that I will be stating is before the air conditioner grinding fan noise. There was something that I observed while driving it one time. It seems to be losing RPM after it reaches a certain speed. Pressing and holding the accelerator pedal revs the engine and at certain point even if it is still pressed, the revving stops. So I had to let it go and press/hold again to hear and feel the revving of the engine. Like something is being cut off. And I was driving at that time at 25-30MPH on a residential area.
My 05 Galant ES does not do that type of revving behavior though.
The radio is just a minor issue; i have a spare audio unit stored somewhere. So replacing it will be easy. The broken 6disc changer is an oem part and we are not aware of any wiring/rewiring done on the audio system.
He is thinking of getting the new 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT; better mileage and the fear the piling cost of maintenance down the road.