1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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$15,750

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1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

6 trims

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1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse review: Our expert's take

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A redesigned 2000 Eclipse arrives at dealerships in days.

Thank heavens. Eclipse certainly needed a total makeover.

We tested the ’99 GS-T and found cabin room unbearably cramped. When the road isn’t flat, your head will be sore from bouncing off the roof. The rear seat isn’t big enough to hold a rear.

And that infernal whale-tail spoiler has to go. It looks like a huge hook from which to hang the coupe in the garage. It serves no useful purpose. You couldn’t get the Eclipse going fast enough to need a spoiler to prevent rear-end lift.

The base ’99 Eclipse is powered by a 2-liter, 140-h.p. 4-cylinder and the GS-T comes with a 2-liter, 210-h.p., turbocharged 4 teamed with a less-than-smooth-shifting 5-speed manual. The mileage rating is 23 m.p.g. city/31 m.p.g. highway.

The 2000 replacement will be powered by a standard 2.4-liter, 155-h.p. 4-cylinder, and, for the first time, will come with a 3-liter, 205-h.p. V-6 with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic with Sportronic clutchless manual shifting to replace the turbocharged 4.

Sadly, the all-wheel-drive version will be dropped for 2000 because it accounted for only 5 percent of sales.

For 2000 Eclipse remains a hatchback with a large glass hatch lid covering not only the rear seat, but a portion of the front seat as well.

Front-seat occupants are also treated to a power glass sunroof that moves up and back to provide a wide opening. After years of cramped quarters, owners are entitled to an airy design.

The 2000 Eclipse redesign features the same ribbed bodysides as the Pontiac Grand Am. The 4-cylinder comes with 15- or 16-inch tires, the V-6 with 17-inch tires.

The new Eclipse coupe is built in Normal, Ill., off the same platform as the Mitsubishi Galant, meaning a 2-inch longer wheelbase and 3-inch added length, but only one-half inch added width. Could use 2 inches.

The ’99 we tested starts at $23,210. ABS added $716, leather seats $457 and freight $435. The sticker was a shade under $25,000. Mitsubishi says the 2000 with V-6, automatic, leather seats and glass sunroof should go out the door for about $25,000.

You’d do well to wait for the 2000. If you want an Eclipse Spyder convertible, wait until 2001.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

beatiful custom convertible with lots of new parts

This is a one of a kind car, CUSTOM PAINT, HEADLIGHTS/TAIL-LIGHTS, wheels and can be bought for a reasonable amount, pain in full so NO CAR PAYMENTS! reliable in every way, cheap on insurance and great gas mileage too!

4.4

DSM GST SPYDER CONVERTIBLE

One of the best looking cars I've ever had in own smoothest manual to drivem.. looks good feels good feels awesome driving it

4.6

One of the best profile racing cars

One of the best profile racing cars. Buy the convertible version and lower it further and this car looks like a Lambroghini !!

See all 15 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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