1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews - Page 5 of 7

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX turbo 4wd from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission turbo 4wd Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

Don't be suckered unless you are a sucker!

Faults:

Engine blew 3 times before reaching 11,000 miles. Extremely unreliable.

Transmission broke down once at 5000miles.

Clutch replaced due to explosion.

Body mouldings coming apart.

All dealer warranty service taken care of with a lot of hassling.

General Comments:

Extremely unreliable. Mitsubishi may make a good television or kamikaze war plane engine or truck, but has no clue when it comes to reliability performance cars like Toyota, Nissan, or Mazda. Mitsubishi is basically owned by Chrysler Dodge. Research really hard. Don't buy any of these cars because you want to be different or just because you're a cheap person. If you want a cheap performer buy a Mazda at least if you cannot afford Nissan or Toyota. Think about your safety first!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2004

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance89700 miles
Previous carToyota C-cars

Summary:

A versatile speed demon!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car per se.

The exterior seems to be cursed.

We had the car for 6 days before it was side swiped.

Once, a deer jumped over the car and clipped one of the retractable headlights.

The hydraulic system that holds the trunk open went out a while back, but we had it fixed.

We had the A/C re-charged in 2000, but it stopped working just one year later.

We stopped driving it regularly around 1995, and mileage has decreased sharply ever since- we want to save this great car!

That being said, the shifter became gummy and we took it in, hoping it wouldn't cost much. Sure enough, $70 and a cleaning later, it was good as new!

Other than that, it has been trouble free.

General Comments:

We have always bought Toyotas, but we took a chance on the Mitsu as it provided comparable performance to a Supra at 3/4 the price. We are NOT disappointed.

This car is quick and nimble.

Put the pedal down and it roars! You'll be thrown back in your seat.

This car is everything that Mustangs and Camaros are supposed to be: affordable, reliable, muscular and FUN. In the last 30 years, the American automakers have made cars that have some, but never all, of these attributes.

Be good to your Eclipse, and it will be good to you: let the turbo cool down before shutting off, change the oil every 3K miles, don't take it out in bad weather, do the 60K maintenance, have the transmission looked at around 80K.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

28th Feb 2008, 10:41

I own an '88 camaro, and let me tell you, it's FUN and MUSCULAR!!.

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

My Eclipse is a good little car, well worth the $300 I paid for it

Faults:

In the short period I have had the car - brakes, battery, and the alternator.

It also leaks/burns oil like there is no tomorrow.

The transmission is also a bit weak.

All is expected though for a car this old.

General Comments:

The car is a great little toy to run around with, cheap on gas, but makes up for it in oil.

It's bit tired feeling till you get the tach up there, then she flies.

The only real problem I have had is trying to find parts for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0 Dual Overhead Cam from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Dual Overhead Cam Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance77452 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

A high performance bargain

Faults:

My computer failed at 77,200.

General Comments:

This is my second car, and it runs great.

It has beautiful acceleration, for an automatic transmission.

The car handles great, and can out perform most cars on the back-roads in my town.

The cabin is small, but there is enough room for me and a passenger, and that is all I need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2003

1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0 DOHC N/T from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC N/T Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance164000 miles
Previous carNissan Stanza

Summary:

A great car for it's price

Faults:

I replaced the alternator when I first acquired the car.

The exhaust cam rotated and I replaced the timing belt to prevent valve problems.

I lost use of 3rd gear and the transmission died altogether.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable car.

The Non-Turbo 2.0 is a strong motor at 145 horsepower reaching 145mph with a good stretch of road.

Handles very nice throughout the corners, but has a mild under-steer problem.

Transmission are very touchy and break easily (automatics and manuals) and are noted for this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2003

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