1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews - Page 2 of 7

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS I-4 turbo from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission I-4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

Clutch wore out, but on a manual that old with that many miles on it, it's to be expected.

A/C didn't work.

Had to replace the fuel pump and timing belt around 79000.

The original CD player wasn't very good, so I replaced that.

Sometimes had problems shifting back into 1st, who knows I might have been going a little too fast.

Other than normal maintenance this was a great little car.

General Comments:

Well I picked this car up off my dad's friend who drove it about 2 miles a day from work and back over a period of about 10 years. That would explain why it had so few miles for that old of a car. Anyway, that guy kept up on all the maintenance (oil, spark plugs, etc.) so mechanically it was in very good shape.

Physically it was in pretty good shape, a few scratches, no dents and only two spots of rust on the front two fenders, right behind the corner lights.

The interior was in immaculate condition, seats looked brand new! The only problem was that the headliner was starting to fall down. That was easily fixable with glue and a little TLC.

Performance wise this little car was pretty sweet. I though it had great pickup for a four cylinder. Without the turbo I don't think it would have been that quick at all. Horsepower would have dropped from about 195 to 140, I think that was the difference, but I'm not to sure about it. The handling was incredible, could take turns really fast! The power steering was very responsive and suprisingly was better than most of the other cars I've driven.

Overall I was very happy with the car and would like to pick up another one when I get some time/money. I stopped driving the car because some people don't know how to drive on ice, enough said. Now I have a 1994 Grand Prix GTP and it's alright now that I've fixed it up a bit, but it's not as cool as the Eclipse!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th June, 2006

23rd Apr 2007, 13:06

Don't really know why it didn't give me a happy face once I finished posting because I LOVED this car!

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Don't Know

Summary:

Not a bad car, but I would buy a newer one next time around

Faults:

Air Intake Control valve had to be replaced at 110,000 miles, which according to my mechanic is a common problem. This cost $800.

Major seals and head gasket had to be replaced at 110,000 miles which I realize is part of preventative maintenance, but it was expensive ($1,000)

General Comments:

I bought this car for my teenager and he loves it. The car is quick, but not too quick for him to go out of control.

The back seats are small.

The hatch area is small.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th April, 2006

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 2.0L I4 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0L I4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

Fast and furious

Faults:

Head gasket blown.

Turbo leaked oil.

Radiator exploded.

Differential also exploded.

Rear hatch supports shot.

Ball joints needed replacment.

Alternator needed replacment.

Burned oil (piston rings maybe)

A/C did not work.

General Comments:

This car had a lot of these problems already when I bought it. I fixed them one by one, but one by one new problems would arise. I called it quits when the transmission went out. I wish I could have owned one of these brand new. I bet it was really nice. It is a very quick little car for a four cylinder. It will keep up with most other sports cars I would bet even some V8's. The AWD is a really cool experience. Takes turns like no other. The interior and exterior design is just whats to be expected form a 1990 car. Not too bad though. All in all it was a fun car to drive just wish I could've had one in better condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st April, 2006

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 20 reviews