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1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 29/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 387 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great Car, even after adding an extra 100 hp!

By on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Wanted newer car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I can say with confidence my car was one of Mitsubishi's best. I added a new turbo, a new engine management system, and she had 280 wheel HP when I finished. The engine and transmission handled like it was nothing. The car wasn't perfect, some of the trim started coming off a little prematurely, but mechanically this car was very reliable."

Second one and still love them

By on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, fun, cheap."

Cons: "Cheap, plasticky, throws rods if pushed to hard."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This is my second 2nd gen eclipse and instill love them. The exterior has some nice lines, the interior is a little bland and cheap but very functional. They get very good gas mileage and are decently quick and the convertible version is even better."

Good Car, High Maintenance

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good fun, stylish car"

Cons: "Very High maintenance."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I bought this car used 3 weeks ago. The pros: It is the base model, no turbo. As such, it is relatively fast. But the best part is the handling! It feels so pristine and precise. Such a fun drive! I can't get enough of driving it. It grips so hard! The weight distribution makes for some fun oversteer even thought this is a Fwd car. But the reason I initially bought it, is the looks. I have loved the look of this car ever since I was 11 years old. Now that I'm 22 and have the money, I had to buy one. The cons: This is very high maintenance. All of the belts have to be changed every 60,000 miles. I bought this at 119,500 so 2 weeks after purchase the check engine light came on and I ended up having to get my timing belt done. I had them change out the other belts while under there."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Good first car

By on Thursday, February 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "really reliable"

Cons: "cosmetic problems due to wearing and tearing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I love my car. It does what it needs to do which is to get me from point A to B. It drives really well and is very reliable. Most of the problems I had with it are cosmetic i.e. broken car handle due to wearing, chipping paint job, etc, which are due to its age. It does leak which is a downer. However, most of the repairs I've had to do were inexpensive. I'm not really into cars that sit low and would prefer to have an SUV later on when I have the money but I'm happy with my eclipse for the time being."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Exc cond, low miles, garage kept, 1 owner reliable

By on Saturday, January 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great gas mileage garage kept-1owner"

Cons: "no cons, perfect condition"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Black exterior RS Eclipse with a gold pin stripe in very good condition. Gets great gas mileage (426 miles to a tank of gas) with black & tan interior cloth seats. A non smoker's car. Very well maintained 5 speed sports car. Extremely reliable. Excellent condition interior & exterior, new tires, oil changed regularly, all mechanics receipts available since 1998, good CD & AM/FM radio with 4 speaker sound system."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Affordable convertible, very fun, and classic

By on Sunday, September 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "spirit of the movie "Fast and Furious""

Cons: "no heated seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Delivering trees with the top down

"Very stylish look, had a great success. True fabric top, like the true convertible. Engine and manual transmission well adapted to the weight of the car. Nothing fancy, but a simple and easy to maintain car."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Delivering trees with the top down

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