[bd] 1995. You’re easily pushing 20 years in the game, mate. Let’s switch gears a bit. We all face that terrifying, hard-scrabble existence in our early years. The major repair that *has to* be completed – without any surprise issues – in time to drive the damn thing to work Monday morning. From there, we often see ourselves stumble less and less because we don’t know what we’re doing, until we reach a point where the only risk/fear associated with major projects/repairs is spending the time on it. That in mind, you told me why you were initially hooked on the Mitsubishi brand, why have you *stayed* with the brand for two decades?
[kr] Simply… the brand has never let me down. I have owned a total of 7 Mitsubishis and none of them has let me down. Matter of fact, two of them saved my wife’s life and the other protected me, my wife, my son, mother in law, and brother in law. I have been very proud of each and every Mitsubishi I have owned.
I am a brand loyalist. If I like it, I tend to stick with it almost like the quote “If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it.” I am not saying I haven’t had issues with any of them; some have been no fault of my own and have been a challenge to overcome like electrical issues, but most of the issues have been my fault. So yes, I have stuck with the brand for 2 decades and hopefully many more.
[bd] Didn’t you also start a special, Galant community online? Why? How hard was it to do that? To keep it going?
[kr] Yes, GalantTuners.com, and it started with me, along with co-owner Reggie Reeves, after a fallout with another Galant community. We started this community as another “home” for Galant enthusiasts who own all generations of Galants from different markets all over the world. We wanted to a community without the “drama” that can happen in a lot of online communities, so the staff is committed to that. We wanted a community where egos are kept in check and members can enjoy and learn and share the Galant platform they own with other members.
We don’t have the traffic or member base compared to the other Galant community we split from. It seems new members that come to our community get discouraged by our community activity being much slower and that’s been a challenge for our site. While most other forums’ operating costs are covered by vendors and donations from the community, it has been out of our pockets. We are hoping things change and member activity increases, but for now we are still up and running.
To be continued…
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