1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews - Page 7 of 11

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0 Liter non-turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter non-turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance50020 miles

Summary:

A blast to drive

Faults:

I bought my car from a private seller, a woman wanted to get rid of it because she had gotten a new car and was in debt. When I got it however, the window tinting was badly wrinkled, I had to roll the driver and passenger's windows down to see, so I just stripped the tinting from the sides.

Shortly after getting the car, my door handle on the driver's side snapped off; that was rather expensive. I had to get spark plugs, etc. replaced due to a company recall.

The plastic around my hatchback has also started to hang down. My trunk has a hard time opening for some reason, I think it gets hung. My headlights went out once and my key sticks in my ignition sometimes.

General Comments:

I love my little Eclipse, it handles great for the most part, it corners really well. I live in W. Va. around tons of curvy roads, and my Eclipse GS handles like a dream around the mountainous terrain.

It could use a little more pep; sometimes it has problems going up steep hills.

The appearance is phenomenal. I still get comments on how cute my car is constantly. I love my power sliding sunroof. I had to replace the factory stereo and put in my own Pioneer stereo though.

This is my first car, even though I was 20 when I got it, I didn't get a car right after I got my license; my parents wanted me to know how to drive well before they got me a car, so I was in college for 2 years before I finally got my little Eclipse.

I'm the third owner of this car, but it has held up extremely well, still just over 50,000. It's a great vehicle, I'll be sad when the time comes to trade it in.

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

Review Date: 20th July, 2004

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2.0L DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Not a Bad Base to work off of

Faults:

Head Gasket leak at 65k Miles, due to high revs and previous owner.

Passenger Side Door slightly off-balanced, causing the door to seal incorrectly.

General Comments:

This car is a lot of fun to drive, but the RS and GS are highly underpowered at only 140HP. For the money, a turbo'd GST or GSX is worth it, but the high stress on the DSM's cause them to break sooner. There could be better seats, no side bolstering at all.

If willing to put money into the car, it can become very "quick" for a 4 cylinder, but it isn't going to be running against V8's soon. The 420A (stock motor) is easily turbo'd though, and can run mid- 200 HP without internal work. The car's suspension could use a little tightening, it has a 5 inch ground clearance stock. It is a nice ride though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2004

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse gs spyder 2.4 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired83 miles
Most recent distance92 miles

Faults:

The center rod has to be pushed in when the convertible top is opened.

General Comments:

The car is a super fast car and the convertible is great on warm semi-cloudy days. I do not think you could enjoy this car much without a manual transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2004

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 2.4 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Capable Performer, if rough

Faults:

Front Seal on Transmission (silent recall)

Aluminum Wheel bent on pothole, replaced.

Driver's Door Handle broke at 5 years.

I've had 5 flats! Mostly due to inactivity and the low profile tires can't deal with potholes. You must check pressure frequently because a Goodyear Eagle costs $150.

General Comments:

Rough idle. Might be the large four, but has been since day 1.

Punishing Ride. Plenty of performance cars have more comfort. The Fast and Furious Cop Car.

Very powerful car. Excellent traction in all weather with AWD.

Good mileage, 25 overall.

Stereo is very nice, almost aftermarket quality.

Seats are uncomfortably firm.

Very little headroom. I need to lean back. No rear seat really. Just a 2+2.

Love the hatch versatility, though the wing is distracting.

Great styling, better than the new ones.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2004

28th May 2004, 19:16

Door handles seem to be a common weak point on these cars-- fortunately mine have held up so far.

One note: the engine on this car is a 2.0 turbo, not a 2.4.

21st Aug 2005, 14:53

I would like to know your opinon in the topic of crankwalk. Also, if you can inform me about the reliability of this vehicle.

7th Nov 2005, 09:53

I had the sister car to a Mitsubishi Eclispe GSX, a 1996 Eagle Talon TSI AWD. It had the 2.0 turbo engine along with a 5 speed AWD transmission. However, the engine crank walked at 62,000 miles and was COMPLETELY stock. Crank walk plagues almost all of the 2.0 engines from 1993 to 1999, since they use a 7 bolt block with a malfunctioning crank angle position sensor. The problems with these engines can be related to the fact that they used "oilers" in this engine and the defective crank angle position sensors. You can tell you have crankwalk if your clutch pedal sticks to the floor when you are making a turn. Check out more info on dsmtuners.com, dsmtalk.com, or any other DSM forum.

My suggestion to anybody looking to buy a second gen TSI AWD or GSX, go out and buy one that has had the 6 bolt (1st gen engine made from 1990-1992) swap done to it. You will never have to worry about crank walk or endure the burden of spending thousands on a new engine.

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