1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews - Page 3 of 11

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0 DOHC 420a from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC 420a Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Good looking, good handling, but somewhat lacking in straight-line performance

Faults:

The previous owner of my car must have beat the heck out of it, because within a couple of weeks, the engine made a quiet clicking sound that got louder as time went on. The body shop found out is was a spun bearing, and supposedly repaired it. However, the same day I got the car back from repairs (on the drive home in fact) the sound came back with an even greater ferocity.

We decided to just replace the whole engine. The shop found a good 1999 420a engine for $1200, and installed it. The new engine runs great, and with slightly higher compression ratios, performs a bit better.

General Comments:

The car is a definite head-turner (an incredible ego booster), the 1997-1999 body styles are some of the best looking cars I know, even if the performance doesn't quite match up. Off the line, you really have to give it some revs to get a good launch (but the tires will spin), and isn't terribly fast, at least when you are alongside other cars. When you are driving alone, the car seems pretty fast and will impress any passengers. With an upgraded air filter or intake, the engine makes a great sound at higher RPMs.

As far as the handling goes, while the turning radius is terrible, at speed, it will out handle just about any car on the road. The amazing grip has saved my life at least once.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2007

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 10th Anniversary Edition 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles

Summary:

LOOKS great, RUNS slow, UNRELIABLE

Faults:

Where do I start?

-Horrible ignition problems (Ignition Coil was shot)

-Water/condensation in left headlight (factory problem on ALL eclipses 97-99)

-Alternator problems

-Accessory belts going out way too early/all the time, and SQUEAK when they want to, even after replaced

-Engine burns oil EVEN at low mileage (soon as I bought it 42,000), I have to add a quart once a month

-Car is SUPER SLOW. 2.0 liter engine with automatic transmission is god awful slow

-Motor Mounts are gone, jumps when it shifts

-Problems with sensors going out (speed sensor)

-Problems with tail light wiring, gets loose and blinker goes fast/tailight goes out (seen problem in MANY Eclipses on the road)

-splashgaurd (section behind bumper/in front of tire) unclipped and got shredded by tire, common among eclipses

-trunk/hatch noise is loud, especially when over bumps.

General Comments:

Good points:

-styling of car never fails to turn heads even for a 99

-4 wheel disk brakes work awesome

-A/C has never gave me problems

-leather seats have withstood test of time

-never heated up on me... yet (thank god)

Non-turbo automatic models are all show no go

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2006

29th Nov 2010, 12:10

I disagree with this.

I have an 1999 Eclipse G 10th anniversary and my car works great. I haven't had problems with it and it has 157,000 miles on it. All I've changed in it is the oil and transmission oil and the spark plugs and small things like that.

The car is great and for its mileage I can still drive it at 130 MPH as fast as I've gone. I haven't topped it out yet, but this is a great car.

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2.4L Non-turbo from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4L Non-turbo Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Neon

Summary:

Looks nice; otherwise a dog

Faults:

--Convertible top motors burned out twice, top bars bent, now lower top manually

--Automatic transmission needed rebuild at 80M miles

--Internal engine failure at 60M miles (Tensioner broke,)

--Numerous trim pieces have broken off in normal use

--exterior door handle came off in my hands

--Seats worn and starting to tear

--Crappy gas mileage, barely 20 mpg

--140 HP engine is underpowered, especially for a sporting vehicle.

--Extremely low front fascia constantly catching on parking lot dividers and tearing.

--Minor top leaks, major water dumps on you when you open a door in the rain.

--Poor visibility of curbs from driving position

--Rear visibility with top up almost nil (caused me to back into another car)

--Rear stereo speakers vibrate excessively

--Assorted electrical glitches.

General Comments:

I bought this car because I previously had a 90 Eagle Talon and loved it. Figured this was on the same platform from the same plant so it would be as good. And it was... NOT. Poorly built, unreliable. Nice styling, but that's the best I can say for it.

Not surprised this company is going downhill fast even as all the other Japanese makers are doing great. Will never buy another Mitsubishi again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2006

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 39 reviews