After two years of ownership, I still look at my 2000 Eclipse the same way I did when I got it. "Buyers' Remorse" has yet to set in. Although it's considered a bit older design now, it still looks pretty on the road and can proudly be displayed right up front in any parking lot. With proper care and maintenance I've had no problems. She rides smoothly on the highway and has the power when I need it. North American car makers should've taken note...the Eclipse is a sweet looking car that's fun to drive at a very reasonalble price. This is a winning combination. Given the choice over again I would have NO hesitation on purchasing the same vehicle.
I like the looks. No matter where I go and park I can proudly hold my head up knowing that it is always one of the better looking in the lot. I also like the power that it posseses. In this case you CAN "tell a book by it's cover" and the performance will not let you down.
Poor visibility: You really have to be careful when making lane changes and such as it has severe blindspots. I overcome that to an extent by convex mirror attachments but I'm still very careful. They also need to watch the quality on some interior plastics as some have come off.
My 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse ran excellent for the first 50,000 miles. Then it started to have a few little problems - the front tire kept going flat, brakes were bad, a water leak. Nothing major, but annoying. Mine has 75,000 miles on it and still has no major issues. It gets great gas mileage and is actually quite pleasant on a long road trips, as long as there is only two people. However, it surprisingly can carry a lot. The ground clearance is minimal so I have bumper damage.
The great gas mileage and surprising room for skis, furniture, etc.
Give it higher ground clearance. Also, slightly more interior room would be nice.
Since buying my 2000 Eclipse it had the transmission re-built at about 30,000 miles, this took three weeks or more. The sunroof has never worked right. When car was under warranty it was in shop about nine times the first two years just for the sunroof. At about 65,000 miles the transmission is giving me trouble again. The car was in the shop dozens of times for different reasons. After complaining to Mitsubishi about the car while under factory warranty I was then told by the dealer if I did not stop complaining about the car they would refuse to work on it. This was said in front of Mitsubishi District Manager. Guess its okay to sell a car to you, but fixing it was another story. I would never recommend any Mitsubishi to anyone.
The only thing I can say about my Mitsubishi Eclipse is that it is a nice looking car and fun to drive.
I feel that the only improvement on the Mitsubishi Eclipse would be that the Mitsubishi Company back the cars they sell. I know that problems will happen with cars, but at least fix and back the product. Do everything to make that customer come back to buy another car. I will never buy another one.
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!
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