I bought this car brand new in 8-00. I have never had a minute's trouble except one time when the battery died. Other than that, I kept up with the normal maintenance, including oil changes, filters, tire rotations, tranny flush, timing belt, etc. I absolutely loved this car. I had it until the other day when a car ran a red light and I hit it. The airbags deployed and I walked away without a scratch. The car, however, suffered more damage than it was worth. I was very upset about having to give it up. I'd probably buy another Eclipse, but would definitely upgrade.
P.S. I got a great insurance settlement!
I felt it really had nice pick up, especially at higher speeds (65+) it had that little extra umph I needed to pass. I also liked that it always looked stylish, never outdated.
Why black interiors? I live in Florida! Black is hot!
My Eclipse is absolutely the car of my dreams. I wouldn't have another car..especially for my first car. It's been a great gas saver--about 300 miles to the tank which costs 25 dollars to fill up! Ahhh, it really was love at first drive!
I didn't set out to buy this car, was
sort of conned into it by a boyfriend,
then stuck with it when he didn't buy
it off of me like he said he would.
When I moved to Vermont I thought no
way this car would last one winter.
Now I'm on my third winter. I put on
studded snow tires and this car
handles better than a 4x4. People are
surprised when I tell them. Sure it
still can't handle deep snow, but
roads are usually plowed, so it's not
a problem. It's amazing how much you
can fit in the hatch.
I saw some reviews that complain of
the cars pick-up. I disagree. I
think the car has excellent pickup.
And I can cruise up these Vermont
mountain hills at 65mph, no problem.
Perhaps it is the 5 speed transmission
More head room in the back seats. Of
course that would change the look of
I love my doodle-mobile! It's cute,
fun, reliable and an overall pleasure
to drive. It's a perfect single
person's car. And, the hatch provides
ample space for luggage or just about
anything you need to haul. My next car
will be an upgrade to the GTS . .
Mitsubishi did it right with this cutie!
Appearance, handling, acceleration and
reliability are my favorite features.
The interior quality of the RS isn't
After owning the '00 eclipse RS for
3.5 years, overall i can say that the
eclipse is decent car, its
beautiful,reliability has been good,
but performance and handling are
little better than my 87 escort.
Acceleration is decent but the car is
too heavy. The front brakes have been
a constant problem since i have owned
the car.(brake vibration coming from
front) Steering is slow and body roll
is pronounced...not too much fun on
curvy roads. Lots of road noise at
The vehicle comes stripped bare in the
RS trim so if you can afford it, go
for the GS or GT. While i have fixed
mine up, its better to get all the
accessories from the beginning.
Styling, fuel economy, 6 disc changer
(added on- not standard) Comfortable
Better front brakes, less road noise,
quicker steering and sharper
handling.ABS should be an option on
all eclipses not just the top of the
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