1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Base 1.8L 4 cylinder from North America
Amazing quality in a fun to drive, gas saving car
So far nothing on my watch has gone wrong, however there are a few things to mention that have been wrong with the car since before I purchased it in August 2014.
The key will not unlock the passenger side door or hatchback, the driver's side window is hard to roll up (manual windows), and the lever to "pop" open the hatchback is very ornery, usually requiring a few lifts to hear a ping sound to unlock it.
The far corner turning signals turn on with the headlights, yet won't work when flipping the lever to signal a turn in traffic (however I think someone may have messed with the wiring before I bought it).
Mechanic says there is one oil valve that is leaking, an easy fix. Considering its age, the engine is in great condition.
I love this car, it has not given me one problem. The A/C runs amazing! YES, the A/C ha ha! All the electronics and dashboard instruments work too.
Overall, for a 21 year old car, it is in fine condition. It's not in perfect condition, but better than some I have seen for its age. I have always been a Mitsubishi fan, my first car at 16 was a 1995 Mitsubishi Mirage, and it was a great car too. This car, while much sportier and more fun to drive, reminds me of my first car.
The looks and feel of this model are awesome, although TBH I would prefer the next model up (1995-1999), but for a $1000 car bought for work primarily, I am extremely thrilled at my purchase, and will have it for a while!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th September, 2014
1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0L 16v DOHC turbo from North America
Avoid this car. It is nothing but trouble
A lot has gone wrong with this car.
70,030 miles; Cooling System had a meltdown when the radiator cracked, and made the car overheat.
72,000 miles; Starter went out.
83,441 miles; Turbo quit working (never fixed).
86,493 miles; Gas mileage dropped to 19 mpg.
94,449 miles; Timing belt snapped and the engine was damaged due to interference.
The car was sent to the junk yard.
I paid 2 grand cash for this car, and I should have not even bought it if I would have known all the problems that were going to happen.
The car was really quick and handled really well; that is the reason for selling my previous most reliable Corsica, that managed to almost hit 200,000 miles.
The car was kind of comfortable. The looks of it were nice too, but the car was far from reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th October, 2010
14th Oct 2010, 09:14
"94,449 miles; Timing belt snapped and the engine was damaged due to interference."
Did you ever read the manual for this car or research the service intervals? You have a car that needs the belt changed at 60K miles. The fact that you made it into the 90K range is pretty amazing. You can't fault the car for things you just ignored that are posted service intervals. The worn belt may have been the reason for your mileage drop as well.
Do your research! It'll save you tons of money. Cars aren't meant to be bought and just driven.
1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 1.8L SOHC from North America
Don't buy it without a maintenance record
The water pump went out at 74000 miles.
Relay switch for the cooling fans shorted at 80,000 miles, causing the coolant in the radiator to boil over.
Timing belt broke at about 90,000. (Since it was pre-owned, I can't tell you for sure that it was my fault.)
Engine blew at 93,000 miles.
Overdrive burned up at 100,000 miles.
Second timing belt in second engine at 110,000 miles.
CV joint boots deteriorate every 30,000 miles.
The first engine smoked due to faulty valve seals. The second engine smoked due to faulty valve rings, and now leaks oil through every possible facet on the engine block. The hydraulics for the hatchback stopped holding up the immense weight of the back window. The weather stripping has been frayed since I got the car. The passenger-side window pops off the track when trying to roll it up. The original stock headlamps are yellowed and dim. The whole car shakes constantly, and there's a big crack in my dashboard.
As much as I've tried over the six years I've owned the car to keep it out of the shop, it just winds up right back in it. I will admit that I may not have taken the best care of the car, but it's gotten its regular oil changes and the best servicing I've been able to manage without a service schedule and a user's manual and it's still been hell to deal with.
Its first 72,000 miles are unknown to me. I imagine it might have been better if it had been well-cared for from the start. If you're buying it without a detailed maintenance record and don't plan on spending a lot of money on preventative maintenance, go buy a Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th June, 2005
8th Nov 2014, 23:39
I just restored a 93 Eclipse that has been sitting, ready for paint, for about 10 years. I noticed there wasn't a spec of rust on the entire car. THIS impressed me. I went thru brakes, exhaust, gas tank and components, timing belt and tuned, and I have to say that I'm very impressed with the little car. I painted it (I've been a factory paint rep for over 20 years), and aside from an occasional burp (valve stem seals and air flow meter cleaning) it's been wonderful.
ALL cars require maintenance. If properly performed, I can see this car outlasting most of its comparable models.
Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 21 reviews