19th Oct 2005, 21:24
An eclipse is an eclipse, some people do buy them just for looks and don't expect performance. On the other hand, I wouldn't call an eclipse that isn't a GS-T or GSX a sports car either. The RS and GS are just not much power wise. Though I personally wasn't very happy with the smoothness of the shifting in any of the models, going from first to second was really clunky, and I know a few people who say that at higher mileage second to third isn't exactly easy either.
23rd Jan 2006, 00:27
I was actually incredibly unhappy with my eclipse RS. I would say about every 2 months I had to repair something whether it was the radiator, new battery, alternator, timing belt, fuel pump, etc.. the parts are not cheap and for me, not being able to start my car, or having my power steering go out on top of a mountain pass just does not justify having a cute fast car. Looks aside, if any of those people looked at my checkbook they would be horrified! I have traded the beast in due to the fact that it was going to require new brakes, clutch, tires, and fuel pump which was more money than I could justify putting into the car. I would never buy another eclipse and am happy to be out of the deal!
31st Jan 2006, 12:50
About the RS & GS models, I am an ASE Certified parts tech. As far as a Eclipse being an Eclipse I must say is a bit Shaddy. For one, the Mitsubishi 1996c Engine is the same exact engine used in 2.0L 94-99 Dodge Avengers, Chrysler Sebrings, & Eagle Talons. SAME EXACT ENGINE. If you look up parts for these 2.0L's they are all exactly the same. Performance wise, the only difference is the wieght, but regardless the same. And like all cars, you run the possibility of getting a lemon, I personally have one and have never had any real problems with it, it has been upgraded to a point that is ridiculous for what I paid for the car. By the way, these cars can hang and take a beating.
26th May 2007, 05:51
I have a 97 eclipse RS and I was very happy w/it. It ran good for a whole year except one little squeaky noise. I thought it was the brakes so I took it in;nope the brakes were just fine. The engine light was on so I took it to the dealership; they reset the light and said the car was fine, but it came right back on. And yes I did have to replace the battery and such on it as well. So one day after having this car drive fine it just stopped on me and wouldn't start. When it did the engine was knocking and now its sitting in my driveway not able to move. I'm considering fixing the engine, but it is a lot of money; any advice any1 can give me?
11th Jun 2007, 20:18
I have owned a 1996 rs for over 2 years. I bought it with 102,000 and it has 162,000 miles now. I did not have any repairs to pay for in that amount of time. This last month I had to replace a water pump that I purchased for $40.00 and $50.00 to my mechanic. I know its not powerful, but with some mods and 180hp, it is quick stop light to stop light. Which makes it a fun car to drive. This is the best car I have had and plan to keep it.
19th Feb 2008, 15:37
I am only 15 and have an RS. I got it about 2 years ago because I have loved cars since I was a kid and saved up for one locally. The engine did not run and being 13 money was tight so I worked and made money for my parts. Now it is running like a champ with a remanufactured short block, Heddman 4-2-1 header, and a machined cylinder head. I am planning on putting more upgrades into it to give it a little more horse power, but at this point all I can do is window shop and wish. This is a great car. I have my permit now and get anyone with a license to come with me so I can drive it. Great car, I love it.