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Mitsubishi Eclipse - 2005 and earlier

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  • mweinbergmweinberg Posts: 1
    I am looking far a used car and am looking for some help. I am deciding between a 97 GS-T or a celica. Obviously, the performance aspects of the GS-T are superior, but I am concerned about reliability. I am a college student, and I cannot pay to repair a lot of big ticket items. I would love to have any comments.
  • SPYDER98SPYDER98 Posts: 239
    Yes that would help. As long as the car is in excellent condition, fully loaded, its being sold by a "dealer" not private owner and your financing it. That would be a fair price now, in my opinion.
  • SPYDER98SPYDER98 Posts: 239
    I bought a spyder gst new back in 98. I love the looks and peformance of this car and to this day still would'nt give it up for any other "sports coupe" on the market. Unfortunately...the trade does come in with reliablity. Some people have had good luck with their eclipse's..some have'nt though. The celica is obviously a more reliable vehicle.

    I can sense you have concerns about reliability. In that case I would recommend the celica.
    Or to rest assure with the eclipse, I would strongly advise purchasing an extended warranty which will give you the peace of mind if something ever does go wrong with the car, it come out of your pocket.

    Hope this helps..
    ~Rob
  • redeclipseredeclipse Posts: 2
    I just want to thank you about your advice. I do appreciate that.
    I had my spark plugs and wires replaced. So far so good. I'm going to get my oxygen censor replaced. Now I'm very sure that I don't have to sell my car. Thank you again.
  • SPYDER98SPYDER98 Posts: 239
    Your very welcome. Glad to see my advice actually come through...for a change :)
  • valfordvalford Posts: 1
    Looking at 94 Eclipse GS, 64,000 miles, appears to be good condition. What should I be looking for or at in this model? Any advice will be appreciated, such as performance, etc. Model is automatic. Not sure of engine size.
  • mitsugstmitsugst Posts: 41
    I have an ad in the paper, and in an online classifieds (free) for my Eclipse. The free classifieds reads:


    http://www.austin360.com/classifieds/ad_viewsinglead_deligator.jsp?AD_ID=263397


    "FOR SALE : Fast and Furious Car: Turbo Eclipse

    '95 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST, the exact year, make, model, and trim line of the car in the movie, driven by Brian(Paul Walker). Red. 5-speed. Immaculate. One owner, well cared for, garaged, 105K miles. Fully loaded. Factory options include moonroof, spoiler, premium wheels, CD changer, keyless entry alarm. No modifications, all factory, ready for hotroding/ customization as needed. Selling for under book value, $8400 obo. Must sell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100K mile maintenance done: A/C,timing,brakes,tires, water pump, battery. All Maintenance records kept. Many extras including a water-impermeable/breathable car-cover."


    What do you guys think? Too much info? Good price? Bad price? I did my price study by looking at other comparable Eclipse's, kbb.com, and Edmunds TMV for used cars.


    I also have a tow hitch I used to tow a waverunner (I didn't include it because someone might think it's incapable and might hurt it, although it was authorized by you name it). It's the kind that you can take the end piece and ball of and be unnoticeable.


    I also have a nose mask. Again, people might think I kept it on all the time and ruined the pain. I actually only used it for trips to protect from rocks and bugs.


    Finally I also have a Chiltons repair manual (for easy replacement of the battery, spark plugs, and window adjustments), aftermarket wheels (I bought while the factory wheels where getting re-done due to warping), a Bazooka bass tube, and a K&N. The aftermarket wheels and Bazooka are not included in the price. I'll sell them only if the buyer is interested ($1000 and $300), since they both work well in my new car, and I have other potential buyers.


    Also, if anyone here is interested, I also know of an auto-transporter that does it guaranteed for under $400)

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    "With the car's 2003 changes, the Eclipse should improve in our eyes, and sales will likely continue to be strong."

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    Read the full story here: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Brent Romans. And let us know what you think. Thanks for your comments. ;-)

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  • 759397759397 Posts: 79
    to this car. The old GSX & GS-T were great vehicles. Lots of potential but very respectable in their stock trim. The redesigned it and added a V6 and the performance actually declined from what I've seen. When the stock GS-T was running mid 6 secs to 60 this porker is running low to mid 7's with the V6. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    What were they thinking and will they fix it?
  • daryl_jdaryl_j Posts: 13
    I am looking at buying a 97 Spyder, white with 64k miles. The dealer wants $9998. think its a good deall? no abs. 5 spd. any comments?
  • 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.
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