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Old 04/05/2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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Hey all,
Posted a thread asking what to watch for on some newer Eclipses for my girlfriend, well she ended up buying one and loves it.
Her best friends car just blew a transmission so now shes going to go look at a 1996 Eclipse GS, what should I watch out for in this one?


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Old 04/05/2011, 03:12 PM   #2
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Hey all,
Posted a thread asking what to watch for on some newer Eclipses for my girlfriend, well she ended up buying one and loves it.
Her best friends car just blew a transmission so now shes going to go look at a 1996 Eclipse GS, what should I watch out for in this one?
make sure it is a manual and not automatic........Owned one years ago and they were really junky. The 420A is still not a bad engine but you'd want to upgrade some things on it to ensure longevity. If her friend is looking to get something that doesn't need to be fast or extremely high maintenanced...this would be ok to go for.

There are still some possibly freebie recalls on these as well........one example might be front lower control arms. Just depends if someone has already done it. Same goes for the power steering pulley, theres a recal on it but you'll end up paying for it. If the recall has not been done on that pulley, look out for possible belts ripping.........may not happen to every model but a few had this deffect.

Just type possible problems on google about it and the most frequent will show up.


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Old 04/05/2011, 05:44 PM   #3
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Strut tower rust is something to watch for also.

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Ok ill tell her that, also are they very reliable? I know its japanese but all ive owned is Honda


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Ok ill tell her that, also are they very reliable? I know its japanese but all ive owned is Honda
Most of the problems with reliability tend to fall on what people perceive which for this vehicle is "Bad"......but main reason is because previous owner negligence. This seems to be the biggest thing actually with ANY vehicle you buy....no matter if its domestic or import. When people don't take care of them or do the necessary things to keep the vehicle running, you end up with a pile and a whole lot of bitchin' about the brand.

Anyone in the DSM world will always tell you these cars are the biggest pile of shit available....then down the road you hear the Honda guys saying how they can always keep their Honda's running while the dsm guys car is in the garage broken.....then you hear the Chevy guy saying what a pile of shit Honda's are and so on.

The more the previous owner neglects the vehicle and the service intervals, the more likely that car will have the infamous gremlins pay you a visit. The 420A was a collaboration between Chrysler and Mitsubishi (diamond Star Motors) which meant that mitsu would supply the body while Chrysler threw in their "backwards neon engines" into it.....lol Some of the engine components were made kinda cheap and like anything, ended up having little issues down the road.

If her friend does not intend on doing engine mods to it etc. I would suggest towards it.....just make sure she understands that previous owner might not have done work to it. Dealerships will not do any work on these either when they get them in. All they upgrade are the safety components and the easy stuff. So expect possible Brake pads/rotors (resurfaced or new), oil change, all fluids and tires.........these tend to be their "selling points"....which is a joke if you ask me.


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You guys are the best, im still not sold because she seems to think 200k miles isnt bad and thats the exact reason her last cars tranny blew up


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You guys are the best, im still not sold because she seems to think 200k miles isnt bad and thats the exact reason her last cars tranny blew up
that mileage isn't bad if the owner of the vehicle has got paper proof of eveything that has been serviced on the vehicle. We had a case not long ago where I helped a buddy from my other job get a 99 accord V6 that had 210,000 miles.......previous owner had records from when he first got it from the first owner. At 199,000 this guy had timing belt, water pump and timing components replaced.....valve lash was done, head gasket and oil pan gasket, heater hoses and vacuum hoses all new. The guy worked in real estate and used vehicle to commute to and from houses with clients....so vehicle needed to be in top condition. What was amazing was seeing the service records go from $70-$3,000 for stuff people take for granted. That car had super high miles but he bought it almost damn near new.

Again, this may not be the case for every vehicle.........just gotta make sure you know to check service intervals. Not all cars run forever without maintenance as you know!!


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^ all of thee above. My gsx has less than 70k and I've replaced almost everything because the previous owner's abuse and lack of maintenance.

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I just spun a bearing in my 96 eclipse and went back to a honda I would not advise getting it cause they are very difficult to work on and its just one thing after another listin for any kind of knock

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