The Mitsubishi Eclipse was a sports car that spanned 4 generations. It is a compact and sporty drive that has fans and collectors alike. If you own this car or hope to own one someday, the Mitsubishi Eclipse service manual pdf will be a very handy download for you to have on hand.
The first generations of Eclipse ran from 1990-1994. It was intended to be an entry to a mid-level sports car. This 4-cylinder engine car was offered to customers in 4 different trim levels. One of the main differences between the vehicles manufactured during this time is that models between 1990-1991 had pop up headlights. Later cars did not have this feature.
The available trim levels during the first generation were the GS, GS DOHC, GS DOHC AWD, GS Turbo and G SX. The main differences between the trim levels are the type of powertrain and how powerful the engine is. Another difference has to do with the way the rear axles are attached to the wheels in the AWD models. Earlier models used 3 bolts to attach to the wheel hub. A later version would use 4 bolts and have a larger wheel diameter.
In March of 1998, Mitsubishi had to recall more than 24,000 Eclipses. The problem was with the plug in the middle of the transfer case would leak. This would cause a loss of vehicle control.
The second generation of Eclipse was produced from 1995-1999. This time the Eclipse was completely redesigned and had some new features. Dual airbags were now standard on all vehicles. The interior was also larger and the engine was new too. This time there were 6 trim levels available to consumers. This generation model was also featured in the popular Fast & Furious movie, in neon green and driven by Paul Walker.
The Eclipse Spyder was introduced during this second generation. It was a convertible that came in 2 different trim levels.
The third generation of Eclipse was from 2000-2005. What is notable about this generation is that 2 new powertrains were available to consumers. Additionally, there were 7 trim levels of the Eclipse produced in the 3rd generation. Another generation model that was featured in the Fast & Furious movie series.
From 2006-2012 Mitsubishi produced the 4th generation of the Eclipse. There were several minor changes to styling with this generation. Once again, Mitsubishi introduced new powertrain options to the lineup. This generation was only available in 5 trim levels.
On August 16, 2011, the final Eclipse was produced, ending a long line history of the car.
If you are the owner of any generation of the Eclipse, you should add the Mitsubishi Eclipse service manual to your library.