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.
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.
The second gen is by far the best
looking Eclipse, a gorgeous car and a
definite headturner, and in GS trim
it will get you lots of attention.
The 420A motor is reliable and has a
lot of potential, but needs
modification to realize it. In stock
form it is merely adequate, due in part
to this car's cumbersome weight.
Acceleration is good enough to give you
decent passing ability. Handling is
very sharp, and the GS/GST/GSX versions
have front and rear anti-sway bars.
Ride is a bit rough, but it enhances
the sporty feel of the car. Seats are
comfortable, and the cockpit design
wraps around the driver. The hatchback
is adequate with the fold down seats.