Last post on Jun 27, 2012 at 4:50 AM
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Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Coupe, Convertible
#71 of 75 Re: Mitsubishi GS Spyder 2003 [goose56]
Apr 18, 2012 (10:00 am)
goose56, since it's gone a day with no replies I'm going to suggest you ask your questions about long-term storage in a car maintenance thread that's more general to long-term storage.
I've never had a pleasure car that spent time in storage, but off the top of my head I'd say some things to consider are resting the car on jack stands to prevent the tires from getting flat spots, running out as much gas as you can before storing/gas stabilizers, whether or not to drain the oil when you store it so you start the summer season with a fresh change, whether or not to use a cover, and surface protectants (tires, ragtop, upholstery).
#72 of 75 Re: Mitsubishi GS Spyder 2003 [fushigi]
Apr 19, 2012 (5:58 am)
Thanks fushigi, I garaged and covered it , put a float charge and move it every couple of weeks.
#73 of 75 Re: Mitsubishi GS Spyder 2003 [goose56]
Apr 19, 2012 (6:38 am)
Silly me; I totally spaced a battery tender.
#74 of 75 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS w/ 147k
Jun 26, 2012 (7:16 pm)
Ok, so I've been searching around looking for a reliable life expectancy for the 2000 Eclipse and have found a wide range of answers (from 150k-240k). This car I have been looking at for quite some time and tests great on the road. There are no known problems with it and seems to be in great condition. I keep up with my car maintenance and was wondering if it seemed like a good investment for $4000. I don't want to get into a bad investment. However, I realize I'm most likely am not going to get up to 220k+ miles but hope to get quite a bit of mileage. Some guidance would be much appreciated!!
#75 of 75 Re: 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS w/ 147k [jaytay4]
Jun 27, 2012 (4:50 am)
My last car was a '99 Galant. The Eclipse is basically a Galant Coupe; they use the same underlying platform & have powertrains and lots of non-cosmetic bits in common.
I had the '99 for 10.5 years & 152K miles. I did the routine maintenance, proactively replaced the water pump at 120K, and otherwise had just one actual mechanical repair (leaking gasket) & one other (replaced a blown speaker). Everything from the AC to the power windows & sunroof still worked.
I had no reason to expect it wouldn't be good for another 50-100K miles or even longer, but after 10 years I was simply ready for something else.
It was reliable enough that I bought another Mitsu - an Outlander - to replace it.
As to buying an Eclipse, first I wouldn't call any car purchase an investment unless it's a rare collectible. Cars are expenses. Second, it's hard to judge if $4K is reasonable without more information. Is that a 4 cyl or V6 model? MT or AT? What trim line and major options does it have? How many miles are already on it? Pricing can also vary across regions, so "third", what state/major city are you in/near?
If cost is a concern, you might also check in to what insurance will run. There was a discussion recently about how coupes can be more expensive to insure than their sedan counterparts.