2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview


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2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

The Mitsubishi Eclipse receives minimal changes for the 2002 model year. Highlights include two new paint colors and a new chrome badge. The coupe had lost two of its best selling points with the 2000 redesign: all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine. More changes would follow in 2003, as Mitsubishi attempted to relieve the Eclipse of its lackluster image.

There are two separate Eclipse models: the coupe and the Spyder convertible. The coupes come in three styles: base RS, GS and GT. Standard equipment on all models includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, a rear spoiler a CD audio system, and full power accessories. Illuminated vanity mirrors have all been added this year.

The base RS and mid-level GS use a 2.4 liter inline four, making 154 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The GT houses to a 3.0 liter V-6, for a total output of 205 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options are a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, with a manual shift feature on the GS and GT.

The Eclipse has received very positive reviews with regards to styling, fuel economy, and road manners. The most efficient Eclipse earns an EPA rating of 23/30 mpg, but drivers warn the four four-cylinder models are a bit underpowered, even with the manual transmission. The 0 to 60 mph time for the four-cylinder is 9.2 seconds. Eclipse handling is predictable and responsive, according to reviewers.

Owners commented that they would like to see the return of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and more leg and head room. Drivers generally found the interior to be user-friendly, but plain looks an lower quality materials mar the overall ambiance.


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    Car Turning Off Unexpectedly

    My son's 2002 eclipse has started turning off when he is driving. It turned off and right back on as he was merging on the interstate. Turned off when he was backing out of the driveway. Turned off wh...

    153 views with 3 answers (last answer about a day ago)

    02 Eclipse Gt Has Random Missfire, Stumbles

    better at slow throttle, almost stalls on fast throttle. fuel press at 60 not running

    19 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)
    Nekynnek Mallihs

    Knocking From Motor

    I have a 01 Eclipse GTS 3.0 24 valve crap motor I think but I'd like to keep it running for my kids I'm now getting a knocking sound from the exhaust manifold or underneath it the thermostat being...

    4 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    Gary Burkholder

    Shop Time To Pull 3.0l Eclipse Motor 2002

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    Gary Burkholder

    02 Eclipse 3.0l Time Off 3 Teeth Would That Effect The Valves

    Customer replaced timing belt and had 3 teeth off will that effect high rpm

    11 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)