1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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What a first car

by from Naples, Fl on February 9, 2011

I bought a '97 Eclipse from a friend of mine in my senior year of high school in 2000. It was red, had about 65,000 miles on it, and a small ding in the driver's door. I took that car on a road trip t...
I bought a '97 Eclipse from a friend of mine in my senior year of high school in 2000. It was red, had about 65,000 miles on it, and a small ding in the driver's door. I took that car on a road trip that summer with my best friend, and found it much more reliable than I would have expected from an Eclipse. However, after about my second year of owning this car, it started to develop problems, such as the engine would overheat, the material on the seats wearing down, and a myriad of small issues of the like. I finally traded it in in 2003 for a 2002 Pontiac Firebird. As much as i loved my new car, I still missed that old Eclipse, and I'm currently saving some money to try to find one that's in good condition to get that feel back that I got during that first summer with it.
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Best performance

by from Miami, FL on October 26, 2009

I've had two eclipse spyders, my first was a 96 GS, my current is a 97 GS-T. I bought it from an older couple that has kept it in a garage for a few years now and they bought the eclipse brand new in ...
I've had two eclipse spyders, my first was a 96 GS, my current is a 97 GS-T. I bought it from an older couple that has kept it in a garage for a few years now and they bought the eclipse brand new in 1997, original owners. When I bought the car it held up to a 3 hour drive home, and ofcourse after that I did the maintenance(fluids, belts) and now its running top shape. Currently I'm modding up the engine. The car has been reliable even when driven full throttle. Excellent car by mitsubishi just as any of their performance cars.
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Excellent Car, GS Spyder

by from Erie, Pa on September 30, 2009

This was the best car I have ever owned, and I really regret selling it. Excellent gas mileage for the performance. The exterior design was far ahead of its time, if they brought it back it would put ...
This was the best car I have ever owned, and I really regret selling it. Excellent gas mileage for the performance. The exterior design was far ahead of its time, if they brought it back it would put Mitsubishi sales above Toyota's for sure. The interior wasn't comfortable, but the feeling of the components and the placement provide an awesome driving experience. The only problem that I had was the top leaked when the roof became saturated. It was the original roof and the car was ten years old. I would suggest this car to everyone who wants to enjoy driving. It really does make "just getting around" very exciting.
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Most Reliable And Fun Car I've Owned

by from Texarkana, AR on August 19, 2011

I'm a second owner of this same car with the only difference being mine is manual 5 spd. with leather interior and seats. I've owned mine since 2003, and to date I've only had to replace the fuel pump...
I'm a second owner of this same car with the only difference being mine is manual 5 spd. with leather interior and seats. I've owned mine since 2003, and to date I've only had to replace the fuel pump, battery and a couple hoses. I do maintain it well. It had 72,000 original miles when I bought it and it just now hit 150,000. With ultra performance tires this car handles like a dream. Directional tread Hankook tires truly have helped with hydroplane issues which I had in the beginning. The inifinity stereo system has been a big plus. Sunroof/Moonroof hasn't ever leaked. The clear coat is just now wearing off exterior and I am planning to repaint this rare gem soon. Going back with the original Serano Red paint. I have had to replace the driver side exterior door handle twice, but overall it's been an excellent car, and a fun to drive 5 spd. on those curvey, mountainous roads. Mine averages about 32-34 on highway and about 30 in the city. : )
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i have a use 1997 mitsubishi eclipse its the best

by from worcester,ma on June 29, 2011

ita the best car i had good in gas great performance i recommend any one how want a low price sport car to buy one i am so happy with mine
ita the best car i had good in gas great performance i recommend any one how want a low price sport car to buy one i am so happy with mine
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Good lil car

by from Edgewood, NM on July 27, 2011

I've owned my 97 eclipse for awhile now and it has never let me down love the exterior of the car I put projector headlights on it and also a few other things as well. I don't really like the automati...
I've owned my 97 eclipse for awhile now and it has never let me down love the exterior of the car I put projector headlights on it and also a few other things as well. I don't really like the automatic transmission that comes with the car but The 5 speed manual is amazing to drive the only problem about the 5 speed transmission is that is only 5 speed! The car feels like it needs another gear and you can feel it when you drive it on the freeway. So that one downside the other downside is it dose not have a lot of room space inside the car. But besides that it has never broken down on me and I drive about 60 miles every day with that car my car has about 142,000 miles and still has lots of power can see this car lasting over 200k miles but I probable won't get that far since the interior is just a lil too small for me.
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Great Car

by from Myrtle Beach, SC on February 4, 2012

I bought my 1997 eclipse rs in 2004 for $4,000. It had 117,000 miles on it when I bought it and 240,000 miles on it when I sold it in 2011. It got GREAT gas mileage and never failed to let me down. I ...
I bought my 1997 eclipse rs in 2004 for $4,000. It had 117,000 miles on it when I bought it and 240,000 miles on it when I sold it in 2011. It got GREAT gas mileage and never failed to let me down. I used to drive the heck out of this car! Only after about 200,00 miles is when it started having a few issues. Still, I had only put about $1,500 in repairs to it all total. I had never thought about buying a Mitsu before, but now i would buy another one again in a heartbeat! The only reason why i sold it is because I had a child.. if your thinking about getting an eclipse.. go for it!
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The most "bang for the buck"

by from North Carolina / Florida on April 28, 2007

I own the GST Spyder model, and I must say it can move. Even modern drop-tops will have problems. The 4G63 motor is stout and a beast when unleashed. But thats not all it can do. These cars could be ...
I own the GST Spyder model, and I must say it can move. Even modern drop-tops will have problems. The 4G63 motor is stout and a beast when unleashed. But thats not all it can do. These cars could be fresh off the showroom floor today with their styling. 10 years later and they still look fresh. I always hear people making the comment "I always wanted one of those." Interior is durable, the plastics held up well for the years of use. Fade is non existant. Styling is nice, but newer cars do show in this department. Everything is right within the drivers reach and ergonomical. Rear seats....well its a sport coupe AND a convertable. I like to call those seats "Car Insurance Seats." Trunk is tight, but if you simply remove the sperator(wall between trunk and top) you will gain alot. Even with top down their is conciderable space their. All in all for what these cars go for they cant be beat.
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Have had no major mechnical problems

by from Chicago, IL on June 13, 2007

I have owned my eclipse since 97 and have had no major problems other then routine maintenance. I think the weakest part of the vehicle would be the comfort, however it is a small sporty car.
I have owned my eclipse since 97 and have had no major problems other then routine maintenance. I think the weakest part of the vehicle would be the comfort, however it is a small sporty car.
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Don't buy one in black!!!

by from Rahway, NJ on May 29, 2009

Ok... So I have no paint on my roof and surfaces on the body where there are suspension points meeting the skin surface. Bought it for 1.9K as a NE car with 140K on it. Be ready to repaint any car ori...
Ok... So I have no paint on my roof and surfaces on the body where there are suspension points meeting the skin surface. Bought it for 1.9K as a NE car with 140K on it. Be ready to repaint any car originally shot in Black, I here this is a "common" complaint.. Otherwise: I own a '97 RS(420a+Auto+Baseinterior): I LOVE driving it. Nothing better than driving a SLOW car FAST. The 420a is sufficient (especially w/. manual) but the 4G63 is preferable for performance. Currently have 190K on odmtr, feed it a supplemnt of STP oil treatment w./ oil change. Regular maintenance and it's TONS of fun to take around corners. Spend money on tires, and motor mounts, Then beat the crud outta them!!!
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