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.
I love the outside, the superb handling, the sun roof, and the noise you get from the engine. Little back seat room so you really wont have to worry about driving people around a lot.
I'm a tuner so I would suggest a cold or short ram intake if you want a bit more power and don't mind a little noise. A good exhaust and header combo. Also a nice strut bar set up. Theres a lot of parts out there for good prices, with a little bit of money this machine can be a improved.
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.
Beautiful exterior, well-designed interior, good fuel
economy, reliable engine