I bought this car with 87k on it, now it has 187k. My only major repairs have been a new alternator and new brakes, as well as the normal timing belts etc. Showing its age now: incurable oil leak, A/C has leak, heater takes forever to pump out warmth, seats falling apart. Lots of fun to drive. I get around 35 mpg, mostly highway (where have car makers been the last 15 years if my ancient car gets better mileage than new ones?!). That said, I won't let my 20- year-old kid drive it: HORRIBLE blind spots, dim headlights and freezing in winter. Plus, at 6', he hardly fits in it. Also the engine is a little underpowered when the AC is on, especially on start-up on hills. The back seat is a joke.
I bought a 1993 Mistubishi Eclipse GS with 138000 miles on it in September of 2000. Now at first, the mileage seemed high, but after doing some research i came to the conclusion that most of these cars had high miles because young, prolific drivers were owning them. In the three years i've owned the car, the only problems i've had (keep in mind this is an eleven year old car) were the slave cylinder of the clutch assembly began leaking, and the bearings in the auto tensioner pulley were bad. a grand total of $120 in mitsu parts over a three year period, on an eleven year old car. That's reliablility.
This is a great car. I have one and my parents do too. If you are about to buy one make sure that the timing belt has been changed every 60,000 miles. If the belt breaks the engine dies. Another common problem is with the idle control on the AIS motor. Both my car and my parents have had this problem. Other than that, I haven't had any problems since I bought mine used in 1997. This vintage (92-94) is the best looking of the diamond star cars. I get 26 mpg. If you want a truly fast car go with a turbo but good luck finding a car this old that is a turbo that is in good shape. have fun
When I bought my car (it's my baby now) it had been horribly abused to the tune of 2 engines & 3 transmissions. When we got it the engine & transmission were rebuilt. It needed a new water pump, all new motor mounts, new belts, & a front cv axle (I think that's what the axel was called). We got it all fixed & now my transmission (it's Automatic) is jumping from drive into neutral until it gets hot so you have to hold it for a bit. Once we fix that & get a paint job b/c mine is all powdery it will be good as new. It's been through a lot but with a little TLC this car way rocks!! ~Princess~
I got my Eclipse as my first car, and it has never died on me. I had a lot of work done to it when I first got it, but now she runs, and accelerates when I need it to. It seems to be impervious to tickets.