1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.4 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carMitisbushi Eclipse

Summary:

I wish I bought a bike instead

Faults:

I Needed to replace the fuel-pump, it died out completely. The parts for it were rather expensive. I payed, around 700 dollars to get it fixed. The check engine light just randomly turned on for no reason, still haven't been able to figure out why. It still has the factory muffler, it rattles really badly. I was told it wasn't burning oil, but somehow it is. The hatch in the back, leaks down when I open it, after a rain storm, ruining the speakers. Gas mileage is crappy, despite, I use the Octane Booster and Fuel-Injector Clean, every time I fill up, and I just the highest octane gas available.

General Comments:

I love my eclipse, I love it to death. It's cute looking, but I would never buy a used one ever again. I spend way to much money for it. This was my first car, I ever owned. I now wish I bought a bike.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th November, 2004

1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 4 cylinder DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

For my driving fast driving style, the car is reliable and has taken a beating and kept on ticking

Faults:

The oddest thing that I have replaced on this car are the door handles and the back hatch release grippers. The passenger door handle went first. Then about three weeks later the driver door handle broke off in my hand. And because the back hatch often got stuck, it took a while for me to break into my own car. This ended up being a $450 dollar repair.

The brakes were recalled.

General Comments:

I drive extremely fast and put on roughly 100 miles a day. The car has kept up with that pace since day one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2004

1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST 2.0 dual over head turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 dual over head turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired141000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

This car is the best car ever

Faults:

The very first thing that went wrong was the transmission. I only had the car for two days and it went, so I had to wait to find one. Everywhere I called, it was like $1,200-$1,900. So finally I got one from ASAP Motors for 940.00 with only 60 miles on it. Other than that, it's the best car I could have gotten.

General Comments:

I did a lot of upgrades to it. I put racing seats in it, new stereo unit, new rims, dropped it 2.5 inches, bigger turbo, intercooler, injectors, too much to list. I now know that I run in the quarter mile low 10s. So I'm very impressed with it, and I wouldn't get rid of it for anything in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2004

14th Mar 2005, 13:25

You don't run tens this isn't the fast and the furious.

1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

One of the worst cars in production

Faults:

What can I say... theres quite a list here.. lets start with the transmission... the overdrive gear went at about 65000 miles and the car now tops out at around 70 mph... next is the convertible top... it leaks...a lot and also the bars went on in... about 500 to have that replaced.. the motors for the top are both blown... the radio has died too many time to count... the leather seats are rough..

General Comments:

This car is bad news... go with a Mazda or Toyota if your looking for reliability... the car looks cool, but it stops right there..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2004

1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0 Non turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Non turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carGMC 1/2 Ton

Summary:

A high performance, reliable vehicle

Faults:

Since I got the car, the only thing that has gone wrong was the Oxygen Sensor, that was causing the "Check Engine" light to come up. Which at the dealer was priced at around 200.00 Dollars. But I did a lot of research on the Internet, and found an aftermarket Oxygen Sensor for under 50.00 Dollars. I love the high quality, and performance, of aftermarket parts. Since then, I only replace my cars components with aftermarket products. Much of them are more reliable and dependable than stock parts, not speaking about comparing the prices. Other than the Oxygen Sensor, nothing has gone wrong.

These cars are recommended that the Timing Belt is changed at every 60,000 miles. I know that the other previous owner had changed it before, but my interval has now about reached its point. So I'm now thinking of changing or better yet "Upgrading" my Timing Belt. I found one that cost's about 120.00 dollars, but it is made out of Kevlar materials which is known to last up to three times more than stock belts. These Kevlar belts are first to top performance. Plus, they "stretch" less under high engine stress and high accelerations.

General Comments:

I've found these cars to be very reliable, and they will take good care of you on the road, if you take good care of them as well.

The looks on these vehicles are very aggressive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2004

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 39 reviews