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1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Hatchback

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sleek styling, comfortable front seats, great cargo space, and barn-storming performance.

  • Cons

    Puny back seat and harsh ride.

  • What's New for 1997

    Revised styling makes the attractive 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse drop-dead gorgeous. New interior fabrics and paint colors debut as well. Antilock brakes are now available on the GS model, and a CD player joins its standard equipment list. Two new exterior colors, new seat fabrics and a new interior color combination round out the changes.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Beautiful car and very fun

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback

I brought this car with only about 110,000 miles and the only thing I had to replace was a valve cover gasket. The power on the car is ok just enough for passing. With the amount of performance parts out there, theirs a lot of potential for the 420A. It really shines in handling. The low stance makes it fun to drive when going around sharp corners or mountain passes. The cabin noise is a tiny bit loud, but it is a sports car so you can expect that. The outside is just simply amazing to look at. I fell in love with it once I seen it.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

You're gonna like it.

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback

I have owned my Eclipse almost 2 years now. This car is really good and fun to drive. I use it for everyday driving so don't be afraid to do so youeself.




A solid entry-level sports car

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback

Overall I've been very happy with my 97' Eclipse GS. For starters, the car is absolutely gorgeous... easily one of the most attractive 90's sports cars. The interior is also very well designed. Small back seats.. but really, you shouldn't buy a car like this with backseat comfort in mind. No problems with reliability... give it routine maintenance and watch the gasket (as it seems to be the least reliable part of the car). The engine itself is decent in terms of performance. It is competant, but not particularly fast... If you're serious about speed look into a GST or GSX. Fuel economy is excellent, and the car handles very nicely. Pretty good sound system, too.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love my car

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback

I have not had many problems with my car, and have had only to put out over all, a couple thousand in it over the course of 7 years I love the way it handles, I love driving the car




Love my car

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback

I love my Eclipse but if I had done the research I would hav purchased a gs-t or gsx.




Great ride

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback

This car is an absolute blast to drive. I have a 5 spd manual transmission and it is quite zippy. However, it is a base model vehicle so you pay for what you get. It has 43000 miles and haven't had a problem with it yet. I do however question the build quality of the vehicle, the doors kind of have a rattling noise to them when you slam the door. It just doesn't feel real solid, but overall a great car and very fun to drive. Also, it has a great storage capacity. I was very surprised, once you fold down the backseat you can fit just about anything in the hatch.



Full 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

What's New for 1997

Revised styling makes the attractive 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse drop-dead gorgeous. New interior fabrics and paint colors debut as well. Antilock brakes are now available on the GS model, and a CD player joins its standard equipment list. Two new exterior colors, new seat fabrics and a new interior color combination round out the changes.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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