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Mitsubishi Eclipse - 2005 and earlier

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Have you had a chance to check out Edmunds' Used Vehicle Appraiser? This will give you the average cost (not lowest) that people are paying in your region. Others here may have more to add. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase.

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  • daryl_jdaryl_j Posts: 13
    Revka, thanks... yes the price is about $700 less than Edmund's average price. Have u noticed that edmund's prices are about $2000 less on average form Kelley Blue Book listings?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Sounds like you have a good deal on your hands. You may also want do a background check to make sure it's not being discounted for wrong reasons. You'll find a direct link to Carfax (vehicle history reports) on the left side of the page.

    You said: "Have u noticed that edmund's prices are about $2000 less on average form Kelley Blue Book listings?

    Interesting point. Here's an Edmunds' article about the KBB pricing that you may find interesting. And now back to the subject of the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Happy shopping!

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  • daryl_jdaryl_j Posts: 13
    revka, thanks again for your input. i did purchase the 97 spyder after they agreed to fix a couple things. i test compared the spyder to an RS and the 2.3L motor has a little for pep than the 2.0L.

    funny about the kelley blue book article... i found out there are indexes and references that dealers use that are evern higher than KBB. the finance guy mentioned a "black book" and N.A.D.A. he said i got the car for wholesale according to NADA. confusing eh? i suppose only time will tell if i got a good deal.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and congrats on your Eclipse Spyder! So when will you be taking delivery? We look forward to hearing about your ownership experience....

    "car for wholesale according to NADA. confusing eh?"

    Fyi, the N.A.D.A. is the National Automobile Dealers Association. You can also find their information online if you want to confirm your dealer's information. And now back to the subject of the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Happy motoring!

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  • daryl_jdaryl_j Posts: 13
    revka, i took delivery of the car on saturday. nice car. very responsive in every way. one design flaw with the top i noticed. when it rains and you open the door the water pours onto the seat on both sides. this is definitely a car made for good weather. the dealer says this is normal. hmmmm... makes you wonder. the power antena is being fixed by the dealer at no charge. i guess i'll be posting in future on the spyder page since its not a hatchback. thanks for all the help!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    enjoy your new Eclipse! And yes, you should participate in our Spyder discussion. Also, feel free to join in this discussion if you think you have any insights that might help others passing though here.... Happy motoring!

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  • loarloar Posts: 1
    My wife has a 2000 Eclipse GT, and we hear this little rattle at speeds of about 25 mph or less when driving over the usual bumps on neighborhood streets.

    The rattle seems like it's coming from somewhere in the front, right section of the car.

    Tried checking all the little tubes in the engine compartment, putting rubber spacers in the ones that looked like they might make contact with the body, put towels in various areas to shield parts of the engine interior from the hood, including wrapping up the hood pole (or whatever you call it!), also tightened some loose bolts here and there, including door bolts, tried with windows down, sun roof open, and all sorts of other things.

    The dealer tightened the struts a while back when we first noticed the rattle, but I'm not sure that had any effect. If it helped, the rattle is back!

    Any suggestions? It's just a little rattle that only happens occasionally at slow speeds while driving over bumps or Bots dots. It's not constant.

    Russ
  • My next door neighboor is selling her 1996 Eclipse GT for $7000. It has about 30,000 miles on it and needs no major repairs. If anyone can comment on their safety, upkeep, and price it'd be greatly appreciated.
  • jeepster4jeepster4 Posts: 53
    If this is a GST, with 30,000 miles, the price is good. Be aware that this is a high performance turbo sportscar and the insurance rates will be higher, particulary if you are under 25 years old. Many of the 5 speed turbos from generation 2 of the Eclipse turbo had a problem with crankshaft bearings that would show up at 60,000-70,000 miles. Get an extended service policy from a reputable source. The car looks great and is a blast to drive. I'm on my third Eclipse/Talon and have enjoyed them highly.
  • waidadawaidada Posts: 2
    I am looking to buy a eclipse, where do u live? I live in chicago... hahahha if we live close together I might be able to make a deal w/ ur neighbor.. hahaha~ what color is it? Thanks for replying~
  • rusho1rusho1 Posts: 1
    im looking to buy a 93' eclipse:any good and bad info about the car?
  • keegan3keegan3 Posts: 2
    i am going to buy a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS. while this car has no turbo, i am sure it will sure be fast because it is registered for 160. that's not the point though. it has 139,000 miles, no spoiler, and no cd player...other than that, the car is perfect. no paint scratches, to dents, new tires, no torn/ripped interior...it's really nice. anyways, she wants $3,500.00 for the car, and i didn't know if that was too much or not. if someone knows, then please send me an email or contact me through this, because i'd REALLY appreciate it... keegan_26847@yahoo.com
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Have you tried using Edmunds' Used Vehicle Appraiser? This will give you the average cost that others are paying in your region. Others here may have more to add. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase. ;-)

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  • keegan3keegan3 Posts: 2
    hey...i found out tonight that the eclipse also has a SLIGHT oil leak...and when i say slight, i mean 2 quarts a month. i think that this is somehow worth it though. let me know what you think revka.
  • SPYDER98SPYDER98 Posts: 239
    just because the speedo registers upto 160, doesn't mean the car is fast.
    The turbo gst's top out at only 130 due to a limiter.
    Even the GSX can barely reach 140 with 210hp.

    Just my 2 cents..
  • rberardrberard Posts: 22
    My daughter will be 16 next year. She has had her heart set on a silver eclipse for the past two years now. I keep telling her that she may be disappointed. Are insurance rates higher for all eclipse models? I also worry about the safety of smaller vehicles. We spent about $17000.00 on our son's truck(used-3 years ago) when he got his driver's license and plan on spending the same for her. As I told my son, he would have been better off getting a new, less expensive vehicle. He now has about 75,000 miles and we have no intention of buying him another vehicle. I have had a Mitsubishi Montero for two years now and have been happy with it. Have you Eclipse owners been happy with your vehicles? Whatever we buy for her - it will have to last.
  • I have thinking of buying a Eclipse. But am not so interested in the Power. I am more into styling.
    Which is the best Eclipse? I want it really nice.
    pleazze help me.
    //Paddy
  • SPYDER98SPYDER98 Posts: 239
    The styling of the 95-99 eclipses was very attractive compared to other cars in its price range. Even the new eclipse is still rather attractive. Although I personally prefer the look of the previous model.
    Insurance rates were definitely higher on turbo models which were last available in 99.
    They should all be about equal with the new models. The GT maybe slightly higher due to the V6.

    If you can find a low mileage late model eclipse at a good price, I would take a chance. Mitsubishi has made strides with reliability in the newer eclipses. Plus the strong depreciation hit these cars take make them a good used car value after a couple years.
  • i just bought a 1991 gsx, and i was wondering what modifications i should make before i race it!
  • thanks man it's been a big help, soon i'll be racing in no time and kicking honda [non-permissible content removed]
  • I'm looking at buying a 1997 GS-T with about 65k miles. It runs fine but I've heard that the crankwalk or crankshaft (whatever it's called) gets to be a huge issue. What is its function and should I be worried?
  • I found a great deal on a 95 eclipse. The problem is that it has 140,000 miles on it. other then that it is in great running and physical condition. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how well a 95 eclipse does with that many miles on it or if I should just pass it up. It is being sold for $2,000. Reply here or email me at Swirl36011@aol.com
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,690
    the crankshaft is the bar that takes all the power being produced by the engine and turns the driveline with it, or in this car the transaxle. It is a very expensive part of the engine to fix, so if this is really an endemic problem with mid-90's GS-T's, I would give it a miss!

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Has anybody had a problem with their crankshafts? If so how much to repair?
  • Hi! I am considering to buy a new car in a few months and Eclipse really looks cool to me.
    Though I am no *car* specialist, I've heard about ABS. Unfortunately, only higher models GT and GTS may/have one and man, they cost a lot too :(

    Is ABS really a must-have feature for a car?
    If I settle for GT, how much does having ABS cost?

    If I really can't afford an Eclipse, what other cars can you recommend?

    Thanks!
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    It depends on the climate you live in and your driving skill. I don't think ABS is a must have, at least not on newer cars, because big improvements have been made in braking power and larger wheels have helped allow larger brakes as well as improve braking grip and stability. That said, ABS does help if you live in areas where it rains or snows a lot. It's a nice option to have but again, not a necessity. Unfortunately, Mitsu only bundles ABS into an expensive option package. If you can't afford the package and really want the Eclipse, I would say forget about the ABS. Buy what you like. If you can't afford the Eclipse, I would look into the Tiburon. Similar style, cheaper price, and still a very nice car.
  • i've heard a lot of rumors that the horespower is slightly different, or the trim level is slightly different ( i dont really know what that exactly means) i always though the RS would be the the "sportier" more "racey" kinda car, hence , more expensive, in most cases. but i was looking on the edmunds site and the price for a used GS is mor than an RS. whats the deal with these two models?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The RS is the base Eclipse model. The GS is the mid-line version. Think of the RS as a Civic LX and the GS as an EX. There are no power differences between the 2 models (they both use a four cylinder engine). The GS just has a few more things standard. On the 96-99 models, the RS was very basic with 14" wheels, no AC, and no power equipment, but it did have a standard CD player. The GS added standard power windows and locks, cruise, 16" alloy wheels, a better stereo with more speakers, and nicer cloth. On the current Eclipse, the RS has standard power windows and locks, AC, CD player, and 15" alloy wheels. The GS adds power mirrors, cruise, remote keyless, 16" alloy wheels, adjustable lumbar support for the driver's seat, 2 extra speakers, rear stabilizer bar, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The GS offers as an option a power sunroof and a premiuim Infinity sound system, something you can't get on the RS. So basically, the GS is just a more luxurious model. Hope that clears up your confusion.
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