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1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 3.5

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97 GS-T 100,000 miles and runs like new

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Nov 30, 2007 - Updated Dec 2, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Quick, runs great w/ hi mi, looks, turbo, fun, inexpensive to upgrade engine, great balance!
Cons: transmissions have bad reputation, no torque like a V8
The Bottom Line: If your looking for a sporty well built car w/ good gas mileage, this is your car. Watch out for the tranny, don't beat it up.

I bought my GS-T for $5,000 with high miles, 100,000 on the engine. The car runs like it just drove out of the factory. Previous owner is a kid but runs like it was owned by an old man, and has extensive bolt on modifications done to the engine when i ... read more

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Best Car I ever Owned!

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Aug 10, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Reliable Good Looking Inexpensive to own
Cons: None
The Bottom Line: This has been the best car I've ever owned and I've have many. It's stylish, gets good gas mileage and is virtually trouble free. I have no complaints.

My list of past cars includes: Fiero, Grand Prix, Celica, Neon, Mustang, 2 Jeep Grand Cherokees. This little car has been the best and most reliable of them all. She's sweet on gas for a sports car, she looks hot and she has always taken good care of me. ... read more

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1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T... stay away!

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Dec 24, 2004 - Updated Dec 30, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Looks and power, when it worked
Cons: Really cheaply made, not reliable in the least, I walked more than I drove!
The Bottom Line: Please don't relive my experience! Buy a different car!

Being that I was 19 years old and getting rid of a 1989 Honda Accord, I wanted something more fun and with more power. Upon looking into different vehicles I decided on the '97 Eclipse GS-T Spyder because of its power and great looks, not to mention I ... read more

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1997 Eclipse GS-T = My Headache

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Sep 14, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Looks great, fun to drive, decent gas mileage for a turbo.
Cons: Unreliable, and everything likes to break.
The Bottom Line: Buy this car if you are up for the high maintenance, it's fun. For those looking for a reliable sports car, I hear Toyota has a few.

I love this car, I want to state that right off the bat before I slam it in every way. I purchased this car used with 75K miles on it October of 2003 from City Limit Auto in Johnston Rhode Island (never buy a car here, ever). I had been driving it a week ... read more

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Many car problems but nice design

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Dec 6, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Nice body design, cd player anti-theft.
Cons: engine and car problems.
The Bottom Line: Ok car if you have the money to place into the engine.

My husband and I have owned a 1997 Eclipse RS since it was released in 1997. The car currently has 85,000 miles on it and in good shape. The engine has been a huge cost factor for us. The computer had to replaced once as it would continiously give ... read more

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Potential sub 10 second racers.

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Jan 4, 2002 - Updated Jun 15, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Quick acceleration, Easy and fun to drive!
Cons: Poor gas mileage for a 4-cylinder (26 MPG freeway), High price.
The Bottom Line: Fun in all categories, the 1997 Gs-T and GSX is enough excitement for most driving enthusiasts!

Although the 2nd generation Mistsubishi Eclipse GS-T is faster than many of its European and American rivals, the Eclipse doesn't seem to have made the same impact as its more illustrious competition, such as the Supra, Ford Mustang etc. This is a shame ... read more

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DAY-UM!

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Dec 6, 2001 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great handling!!
Cons: For a car this hot, it could go faster.
The Bottom Line: If you want a high performance vehicle without paying a lot of money, a 97 Eclipse is DEFINITELY what you'll want.

Never have I had more pleasure in my life than when I was driving a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS. She was white with 18" rims and an electric blue leather interior. She had handling that I have never before experienced, speed that could not be topped, and ... read more

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Eclipse your way to purchase another car

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Sep 8, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Sunroof stereo
Cons: too many to list
The Bottom Line: For the money they are asking, Toyota has a comparable model. They are known to last over 200,000 miles.

I purchased the Eclipse RS and I thought that it was a good car. I loved the cherry red color, sporty look and smaller frame. From the old saying "If I knew know, what I didn't know then", it applies like a bee to honey. This car is awful. I ... read more

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A dream to drive...

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Jul 15, 2001 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: everything
Cons: nothing
The Bottom Line: The best buy for your buck.

I had been in the market for about 3 months before I bought my new baby. I knew I wanted an eclipse. There is just something about them that drew me in. Now that I have one, I couldn't see myself driving anything else. She has the power of a much ... read more

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97 Eclipse GSX

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May 9, 2001 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty, fun to drive, gets the looks, Turbo!
Cons: none
The Bottom Line: This is a sports car, so you get what a sports car can give you: compact, looks, speed and a whole lot of fun!

I absolutely love this car! It is a blast to drive and it corners great. You can do so many modifications to it, it's amazing. People are always telling me how nice my car is...they say "wow, it's beautiful" and "that's a snazzy little car". People are ... read more

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A good car for a teenage girl

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Mar 2, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Good looking, low gas millage, thick paint job
Cons: Seats hard,uncomfortable, Engine/body flimsy cheap, easy to scrap bumper,
The Bottom Line: Don't expect speed, and don't drive rough on the car

I bought my 1997 RS Eclipes at 37,000 miles. The car is bright red and i added 17 inch rims to it, and tinted window. I do not recommend changing the rims of this car any bigger then the manufacter says. The car may look fast but a Honda Accord could ... read more

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Fun, Fun, Fun little car

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Dec 28, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Reliable, great gas mileage, comfortable, and fast
Cons: No room in the back seat,

I purchased my Eclipse RS in August of 1997 brand new. It was a standard, had a sun roof, AC, and that is about it. It was my first car out of college and the first car I had ever bought without my parents. This little car was the best thing I had ever ... read more

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Guy magnet

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Dec 20, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good looking car
Cons: Interior design

I bought my first eclipse in 93 - a year later I heard they were coming out with a convertible and I just had to have one. I finally traded in my 93 for the 97 GS Spyder. I love this car in the spring, summer, and fall. As far as ... read more

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May Cause Nausea....

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Dec 8, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Girls, Speed, TURBO
Cons: ride, srapping the front spoiler

I am the proud owner of a 97 Eclipse GS-T. T is for Turbo. This car kick ass. I have owned it for a year now and it's great. I give it oil every 3000 miles and have had no major problem. This car screams down the road. I have topped it out at 147 on I-5 ... read more

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1997

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May 1, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: great handle
Cons: small back seat

I owned the 1997 model. Eclipse GT, it was green with power windows, power doors, power sunroof. I didn't have the turbo, but never felt the need for more speed. I thought it handled really well on the road. And I used to love to take corners in it. the ... read more

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Eclipse: Problem Maker

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Apr 9, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: sporty looking, great handling
Cons: everything else

I once owned a 97' Eclipse and by my own experiences and a few people i know I would have to say that they were not really made all that great. Between myself and the other 4 people i knew who had Eclipses, they were in the shop longer than we owned ... read more

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97 Was a Great Year!

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Feb 28, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great looks, Dependable and Affordable
Cons: Window Leakage, small back seats

I was shopping around for an affordable yet, sleek sports car. After looking at many makes and models I had almost given up. On a whim, I pulled into the local Mitsubishi Dealer and checked out a 97 Eclipse. To my surprise, I fell in love with it right ... read more

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1997 Mitsu Eclipse GS

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Jan 30, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: low maintenance
Cons: could be quicker

I have been a fan of having fun on the road my whole life. And boy can I enjoy myself when I am cruising around town in my 1997 Eclipse GS. The gust of wind in my face brings be back to my high school days cruising around at breakneck speeds. This car ... read more

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Great Car

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Jan 27, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good Looks & Good car
Cons: speed

I purchased my Eclipse in 1996 and I absolutely love it! I bought it because I love sport cars! I have had a few problems with the horn and windows. The airbag shifted slightly and covered the horn area under the steering wheel.( Under Waranty) The ... read more

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