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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.

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Customer Reviews

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My 96 eclipse

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Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse

I got my car just over 2 years ago,it had just over 113,000 miles on it.I now have 129,800 on it and it runs perfectly.I don't know why people say the millage is ok,I think its wonderful I'm getting 28 in town and 36 on the Highway.I also realized by adding a bit of methanol to the fuel I get another 5 miles to the gallon. My 96 is as economic as any of these newer cars,and bigger too.And only has a 2.0 liter motor.The key to millage is a good cold air intake!Also a good Cat back exhaust system.




Eh..

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Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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.



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Fun long lasting durable vehicle

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Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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.




Good commuter car

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Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse

My wife bought this car new in '96 and it has been seeing less use through the years (only 71000 miles), but still runs strong and is very reliable. It gets excellent gas mileage.




Fun to drive, very very

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Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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.




Fast car that takes money

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Vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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.



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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