8th Mar 2008, 04:56
I recently purchased a 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS with an auto transmission. The car shows 67,000 miles on the odometer (purchased at an auto sales lot).
I am now told by friends that the timing chain should be replaced at 60,000 miles or else the engine could be ruined if it breaks. I have never heard of such a thing... why would a timing belt break? I have put approx 250 miles on the car, and now I have a coolant leak (upper radiator hose I think).
I paid $8000.00 for the car, and I wanted to use it for a commuter (26 miles round trip). I feel I have been snake bit once again. The drivers side door is hard to unlock, and I feel I could break a key off anytime now...
9th Mar 2008, 23:00
I've owned a 1995 Eclipse GS-T about 3 years now. I bought it from Florida with 173,000 miles. The color is Burnt Orange. It turns heads and I love the attention, but I went through hell over the years with that car.
I've had oil leaks, coolant leaks, power steering leaks, brake fluid leak at the caliper, had my valve seals done (because it was smoking a lot) alternator changed twice, axle, four control arms, power steering job done, rotors replaced, ignition coil replaced, fuel pump replaced, CPU replaced, two oxygen sensors replaced and many other problems.
This car keeps me broke. I also hate that gas odor. I love the car, but it's a money horse. Right now it's not working because it stalled on me last night.
1st Apr 2008, 12:27
I have a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS. I have had it for a year and a half and it has been a great car. It has 162,000 miles on it and runs and drives perfect. The only repair I have made is replacing the EGR Valve. Other than that the only money I have spent on it has been in upgrades and accessories that I have bought just to improve the looks and performance. The only thing I don't like about the car is that it smokes a little after idling for long periods but that can be fixed by replacing the valve seals. Maybe I just got lucky by finding one in such good shape but I would recommend this car to anyone as long as it has been very well maintained.
20th May 2008, 21:34
From what I've seen so far, everyone who is complaining about having to do serious repairs has either a GS or an RS, which means you have the 420A engine. I don't know much about this engine, but I remember hearing something about it being troublesome. I bought a 95 Eclipse GST (turbo, 4G63 engine) about two years ago with over 160000 miles on it and the only thing I've had to replace is a stuck thermostat ($12) and the starter ($40). Other than that this car goes wicked fast and I've put most of my money into customizing it. So the problems everyone is having could lie in the lower model eclipse engines. Not sure but just a thought.
21st May 2008, 02:10
I own a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T. I bought it a week ago with 45,000 miles on it. The minute I got it, the sunroof stopped working and it is now currently stuck open, and the drivers side door handle doesn't work anymore.
Timing belt just went out and now it's going to be looked at to see what kind of damage it did to the engine. I'm hoping it's just a head gasket and not an entire head.
Nice car, very fast, full of problems.
2nd Jun 2008, 19:24
I have a 95 Eclipse GS. I bought it when it had 89,000 miles. It now has 102,000 miles. It's in the shop right now getting the timing belt, and a couple of pulleys replaced. (600.00$). This car has been towed too many times to count!
I also changed the computer on it and, a few other things. If I can go back in time I would have gotten a Honda Accord instead! I had one before (91') and, it ran great! This car has been such a money pit it's ridiculous! I am driving to California next month to live there, from Mass. If I'm lucky and, this car actually makes it cross country, I will trade it in for a Honda Accord ASAP! If it was not for the many problems I have had with this car I would have much more money for my move.
I strongly recommend you STAY AWAY from the 95' GS model! From what I hear the more advanced models run better. So if you're going to get an Eclipse, you should pay a little more now for a better model, (turbo, GSX Etc.) Or pay a lot more later with the GS or RS model in repairs. All in all this car stinks!
10th Jun 2008, 21:48
I have a '95 Eclipse RS. I bought it for $500, and I knew I had to rebuild the engine. The motor was already torn apart when I bought it.
Unluckily for me, the fuel tank was full of tar. But I got a break on one from ebay.
Fuel rail was trash; got a break on one from ebay.
Then it started up. Lucky for me the auto trans works fine.
I have had to replace the coil pack wires plugs, computer. cam sensor crank sensor... but hey I paid only 500 bucks for the car.
It's a head turner. It runs great.
Now I have a problem with it trying to die on me sometimes... I am a mechanic by trade... but this car can be a challenge... I found out there was dampness oily stuff inside my crank sensor electrical plug... I can't seem to be able to keep it dry in there. I can see how it would effect the computer with the wetness shorting out voltages... I'll figure it out...
I also have a 96' base model Eclipse; paid $600 for it, rebuilt the engine & gave it to my son; he likes it.
And my first Eclipse I ever had; I still have it, a 2000 Eclipse GS. It needs a few things as they all do, but it runs fine. Paid about $23000.00 for it... yep... if you include the finance charges I paid... that was back when my credit was not good... gave it to my daughter...
See I feel that if you buy one of these cars, meaning an Eclipse... I hope you learn all about how to work on it yourself, so you won't stay broke... now keep in mind the Eclipse is not that bad... there are lots a vehicle types that are worse than an Eclipse.. but I just have to say... the 95 one was really a chore & I still don't have it perfect yet. But I know that if it acts up too much on me, all I have to do is dry out my crank sensor plug until I can engineer a way to keep it dry & intact.
Have a blessed day.
8th Sep 2008, 11:50
Bought a 95 GS a few years ago with 108000 miles (now has 128,000) for my wife as a "reliable" car, LOL what a joke that was. Problem after problem. Rebuilt the trans and new clutch, timing belt broke and had the heads and valves redone, idles ruff, won't pass smog, replaced door handles on both driver and passenger sides, mirror controls are broken on both sides, now it is mysteriously overheating sporadically. I want to check the freeze plugs for the overheating but can't find any information on where they all are located.