by ryanr on May 7, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback
I bought this 3 years ago, after a nice woman wrecked my last car for me by driving into the front of me. Yes, it looks amazing, the design is sleek and smooth and definitely the best year for the Eclipse. 5 Speed non-turbo 2.0L DOHC is okay. 140hp FWD.. as mentioned in plenty of reviews, the rotors are horrendous. I have so much shaking I cannot stand it right now. I must have bought this at a horrible time in the life of the car (about 89,000 miles) as CV axles, lower control arms (as well as the tires the axles and arms ate through) ate me alive at about 100,000. It can get out of its own way, but not really anyone else's. Gas mileage is only okay for I-4. A good get-to-work or schooler.
by Juan St Charles on Oct 19, 2007 Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback
My Eclipse is an RS with the 2 liter 420A engine, 5 speed, A/C, manual windows, and rear defroster. The 420A (2.0) non-turbo engine sounds good, performs excellent, and gets good mileage. Vehicle is cool looking and fun to drive. Make sure maintainence was performed every 30K mi including the timing belt at every 60K mi. Mine has been very reliable with minimal cost to operate.
by spinhill on Jun 20, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback
I got an Eclipse RS from a guy from Chicago who considerd the insurance in Toronto to be insane. The exterior of the car is in satisfactory condition and I accepted the price of $5,000 CAD. However, I had to get the safety test done myself which cost me about $350 CAD. The door lock on the driver's side must be changed and it needs a new day time runing light control system installed to comply with the Canadian traffic regulations. Otherwise, the car is in good shape, according to my mechanic.
by Tyler V on Jan 20, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback
Well I just had bought my 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse only a month earlier and all the sudden a white mist starts coming out of the air vents and it fogs up like you wouldn't believe. I come to find out it has a bad heater core and it's $800 to fix because it's embedded in the dash. That wasn't fun at all. Although the car stinks to fix up, it is one heck of a sports car. It is easy to customize to your liking and I like most of the stock features. It is quite speedy for a 5-speed 4-cyl. vehicle, but I always have the fear that if i go too fast something is going to happen to a head gasket or the engine is going to over heat. Overall I would say it is a fun car but you better be ready to pay to fix a lot of stuff.
by thabeazer on Oct 29, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback
I bought my 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse as an upgrade to a 1990 Toyota Tercel. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but was a huge mistake. First the alternator went; then when dealership replaced alternator, they left serpentine pulleys 1/4" off mark. Belts would then pop off and shred every 3 months for over 2 years (my personal mechanic finally fixed the issue). The casing for the exterior mirror adjusters broke next. Then, one month ago, the exterior driver's door handle broke. A month after that, the same thing happened on the passenger side. All along, I've had had an issue with the idle dropping out and the car stalling when the brakes were used during damp or wet weather. Car should have been fun to drive, but was a piece of junk!
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