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Mitsubishi Eclipse, Coupe, Hatchback
#129 of 496 Just a few observations
Jun 02, 2003 (9:57 pm)
When I got my driver's liscense in 1992, one of the cars on my dream list (but couldn't have it due to insurance) was an Eclipse GSX. I even drove one a few times (awesome car) I liked the way it evolved through the years and even liked the last GSX with the high spoiler (and I'm not a fan of high spoilers). The new body style came out in (2000?) with the V6 and FWD only which I didn't like too much (as I'm sure many of you felt the same way), but I was into the styling and I understand that the masses make money for Mitsubishi, not the enthusiasts. Very sleek looking exterior. I like the 17" wheels. I was kinda disapointed when it came to the interior design and quality of interior materials. The interior is definitely what turned me off. I ended up finding a leftover 2001 Prelude Type SH last April that I bought and am completely happy with.
The Elcipse Spyder is nice looking and the features/dollar quotient as compared to other convertibles is great too.
I'm sure this has been discussed, but why had Mitsubishi decided to only puit the SOHC V6 in the car as opposed to their DOHC 24V V6 that last saw a home in the engine bays of 3000GTs and Stealths? That was one sweet engine. My Mom had a 1995 Stealth R/T (no turbo) and even with the slushbox that engine loved to rev.
I'd like to see some better interior bits and design as well as a larger back window for the convertible top as some improvements. But please give us an ultra-performance version of the eclipse with either the NA 3.0L DOHC V6, TT 3.0L DOHC V6, or at least the Turbo 4 (for better weight distribution).
Jun 04, 2003 (7:03 am)
He told me that I should remove the governor chip, below the dash. He told me he has a '97 Eclipse (didn't mention the trim) and it reaches 140mph after he removed the chip. Makes sense?
The only models which were capable of reaching near 140mph were the GST and GSX. The GSX topped out at around 137 though. A GST might have been able to hit 140, but they all came with H-rated tires, hence the 130mph governor. Even though the GST spyder's came equipped with V-rated tread, they still kept the governer in them.
As far as it being as simple as removing a chip....well, it would actually require opening up the ECU, pulling out a soldering gun and adding a resistor somewhere.
ummm....no thank you!
#131 of 496 general info about the eclipse
Aug 25, 2003 (10:36 pm)
this is my first post, so please go easy on me. i am very interested in getting an older model of the eclipse to customize. i am looking at older ones due to their unbelievably low price considering how cool they are, and because they seem reasonbly cheap to modify and customize. i just would like any information as to what years i should stay away from, or if there is a certain defect or common problem that many have experienced; i.e. the dodge intrepid and eagle vision often have problems with the transmission because the older models utilized a tranny that was too small for the car to be front wheel drive. some info like that would be most helpful. i would also know how many miles would be acceptable to start off with. thanks for any additional advicve also. peace
#132 of 496 1998 Eclipse RS Door Handles
Sep 02, 2003 (3:33 pm)
Last year the door handle on the driver side broke.
Since my car had only 21000 miles on it, the Dealer replaced it at no charge.
Yesterday, the door handle on the passenger side broke.
I contacted Mitsubishi to find out if this was a problem with the 1998 Eclipse.
They advised that it was not.
They stated to ask Dealer to evaluate and possible replace free of charge.
#133 of 496 Early Eclipse info
Sep 03, 2003 (10:39 pm)
If you are looking for an earlier model Eclipse/Talon, buy either a 90,91, or 92 built before April 92. These models had the 6-bolt motor which is MUCH more durable then the later 7 bolt models. Many 7 bolt motors (primarily the 95+ cars)suffer from "crankwalk" which is really, really bad, it will eventually kill the motor. The best car to get is the 92 built before April 92 because it has the 6-bolt motor with the 4 bolt rear end. The earlier models had a 3 bolt rear end which is not as strong, and will not put up with as much launching at the drag strip. I have a 91 GSX with 186,000 miles on it, and I run it at the drag strip, I've done many upgrades to it, including clutch,turbo,intercooler,fuel system upgrades. Any Eclipse aficionado will tell you the early Eclipses are the best ones to buy. I've read somewhere that the 2g Eclipse(95-99) are for ricers, while the 1g's 90-94 own the racetracks.
#134 of 496 broken dipstick tube
Sep 21, 2003 (4:10 pm)
have a 98 gs; found dipstick tube broken from block; is this common? ; how easy/hard is this to fix?
#135 of 496 1998 Eclipse RS Door Handles
Sep 30, 2003 (11:12 am)
My driver side door handle just broke. I think there is a problem with not only the door handles but other plastic parts. My car has 100,000 but has been well maintained. The plastic molding around the interior rear mirror controls are broken on both sides and in the same place. The plastic housing for the electronic windows control broke. All this may seem a bit trivial but the cost really adds up. The dealer wants close to $80 for a door handle.
#136 of 496 2001 oil light
Dec 24, 2003 (7:00 pm)
i have a 2001 eclipse and recently the oil light has been coming on. the light does not stay on solid but flickers on and off. there is plenty of oil in it. the tech can't find any thing wrong with it. does any body have any idea what i can do? it is also for sale and this problem makes it harder to sell.
#137 of 496 about broken door handle
Dec 27, 2003 (9:14 pm)
I bought a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse in March of 2003. In June of 2003, my drivers door handle broke. The dealership was gonna charge me $137 to fix it. In November 2003, my passenger door handle broke. I had no way of getting in the car except to crawl thru the trunk or roll my window half way down. A friend of mine showed me how to open it using the door handle until the door handle just broke off. Well this morning, my drivers door handle broke off. I have an extended warrenty that doesnt cover this, seems to me it doesnt cover anything to be honest with you. I cant find the door handles anyway. I cant believe that ive found 2 people with 1998 eclipse's with broke door handles. I am hoping i can use it as some kind of proof to get it fixed for free. i doubt it. When your door handle broke, did it break in the back part of the handle first? Feel free to email me at LilDevil4747aol.com anyone for that matter than has had this problem with a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
#138 of 496 lildevil00
Dec 28, 2003 (9:52 am)
If you have answers - please post them here so that everyone benefits from the responses...keeping it in email doesn't help anyone else.