View Full Version : For Trade (Vermont) 97 AWD Eclipse GSX

12-30-2012, 09:55 AM

Seeing if anyone would be interested in a trade. It will be for sale in probably 4 months. For the last few years I've bought DSMs that need a little TLC in the fall, fixed them up, drove them through winter, and sold them in the spring. But I really would like a 4 door car for a DD. Either a 4 door RS, Bugeye, even a wagon. Has to be a 5 speed. I really prefer dark blue or white, and don't want any with quarter panel rust. So it's probably a long shot for a New England trade but who knows. I'd even consider an older AWD sedan as long as it was pre 96. I would just buy a jdm clip up in canada and have another project.

About the DSM. It's a 97 Eclipse GSX. Has ~130k miles on it right now. The previous owner owned the car since 2001 and did a lot of the mods. I've cleaned up a few things since I've owned it. The timing belt was ready to break on the swapped motor so I did a timing belt job, new brakes, new front wheel bearings, fixed a broken ebrake cable, new plugs, new ngk wires, put a radio in it, removed some un-needed emission stuff, painted the wheels and had all season tires mounted/balanced, fixed the sunroof slider, replaced the power antenna, swapped out the blown speakers with some used ones I had, new walbro fuel pump etc..Basically the car wouldn't start when I bought it. I didn't even want to try turning it over at the guys house because the belt was all dry cracke and chewed up becaue he didn't put the oil pan bolts in right. There are 2 oil pan bolts that are shorter than the rest and they need to go underneath the timing side of the engine. If you use the normal bolts they stick up and will rub on the timing belt. The reason the car wouldn't start was because of the fuel pump. I replaced all the timing stuff, replaced the fp, and it fired right up.


6 bolt engine w/ new timing components, ARP head studs, powdercoated valve cover
shep stage 1 built 5 speed transmission
DSMLink 2.5 w/ eeprom ecu (best tuning software ever, have no lift to shift setup, can adjust fuel, timing, launce control, very easy to use)
660cc injectors
T28 turbo (somewhere between a small/big 16g)
new ngk plugs
new ngk wires
act 2900 clutch w/ stock flywheel resurfaced
apexi exhaust
2.5 to 3" catless downpipe
wideband sensor wired directly into ecu
greddy bov
walbro fuel pump
has an aeromotive regulator kit in it now but i'm going to swap it back out to the sard regulator that was in it. Basically I wasn't sure if it was the fp or regulator when bought it. The fp was sending fuel to the rail it just wasn't strong enough. So I bought a fp and regulator so I could easily test fuel pressure. I put the regulator in first and the fuel pump that was in it would barely make the needle bump. Put the walbro in and had plenty of pressure. So it was the fuel pump.
new fuel filter
koyo aluminum radiator
new eibach springs and tokyo struts (previous owner had coilovers and bought a new dsm. The new dsm had these new struts/springs just but on. So he swapped them to get his coilovers back)
rear fenders rolled
rear end was swapped out with a 95 rear end so it now has a LSD
new rotors/pads. I also bought remanufactured rear calipers as I broke both bleeder valves :/
new tie rod ends

I think that is it for mods. There may be a few things I'm missing. THe car has a few things good going for it. There is no strut tower rust. The wheel bearings were just redone and I anti-seized everything. It's typical for the axles to seize to the wheel bearings but they will slide right out now. The previous owner also bought a cf hood when he first bought the car back in 2001. So the stock hood stayed covered up for a while. He kept the cf hood when he sold it. So the hood looks brand new. He also had an aftermarket bumper on it that he removed and bought a new bumper for it. (New mitsubishi dsm/3000gt body panels don't come primered or bare plastic, they actually come painted red!) So the front end which would normally have rock chips loks brand new. Also the door panels and carpet are in really good shape. THe interior is very clean. There is some wear on the driver's seat bottom but that's it. There is also no A/C because it was removed by the previous owner.

I've been driving it around for about a month now. I've taken it on a few 4 hour road trips as well. It's fun to drive. If anyone is interested in any kind of trade PM me. Otherwise in few months I'll post it for sale for around 5k.








12-31-2012, 09:43 AM
I was looking for a first gen to drive over the winter... Each winter, actually. :)

Looks like a fun car!

12-31-2012, 11:44 AM
Ive always wanted one of these- even if my wife let me trade you our Jeep, i doubt you'd want it. GLWS/T bro!

12-31-2012, 02:34 PM
I had a lifted jeep wranger from south carolina for a few months. It was a lot of fun but not real practical for me. Really looking for a subaru. I was considering an s4 or a 330ix but they would cost a lot more, parts are more expensive, and I really know nothing about them. Dsms are cheap, easy to make fast, easy to find parts and easy to work on. There is also a vast knowledgebase of material about them online. I would say more so than subaru. But I want 4 doors so I can bring a group of 3-4 friends to the mountain. The more I think about it, I should just get a bugeye wagon. I wanted a subaru for this winter but couldn't pass up buying this mitsu.

01-09-2013, 04:20 PM

http://www.newenglandsubarus.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30484 (http://www.newenglandsubarus.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30484)

01-09-2013, 05:17 PM

http://www.newenglandsubarus.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30484 (http://www.newenglandsubarus.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30484)

Sorry, I'm really looking for an awd subaru. My friend offered me $4k after he gets his tax money back, but we'll see how serious he is when the time comes. It's still running strong. I'm getting 25mpg in it too on winter premium fuel and seeing quite a bit of boost:)

01-14-2013, 07:11 PM
if you don't trade this car let me know.