I have had this car for 3 years and bought it with 73,000 miles on it. It now has 148,000 miles on it. The v6 is torquey but still good on fuel. The manual transmission shifts smooth but has a direct feel. It leans a bit more than I'd like in sharper turns but never feels unsafe. I've never had to do any major repairs to this car. Only thing that broke was the EGR solenoid. A $40 part from the dealer. Very fun to drive and easy to to long trips in. I drive it 100 miles round trip everyday. I average about 28.5 mpg.
V6 engine power, manual transmission, low seating position
Add a turbo! Make it lighter. 3250 lbs is a little hefty for a car this size. I guess it doesn't compare to the 3600 lbs the new one is though.
I bought my 2001 Eclipse gt at the beginning of summer and ive loved it all. it has a body kit, k and n cold air intake, stage 2 clutch custom paint tinted windows subs and an invadia exhaust system with bigger piping from the cat to the muffler. I love driving the car around and it gets good gas mileage especially with the cold air. Insurance on them is a little high but it is a sports car. in the end if you plan on having some fun with the car and adding on some things its great and i say go for it.
The car could really use some better materials inside. I've also heard of the factory paint being bad, i bought mine with custom paint on it, but i have heard a lot of complaints. store it indoors.
i purchased this car about a month and a half ago and i love just about everything about it and there's so many things you can customize on it with aftermarket parts, i would recommend it to anyone thinking about getting this car
Got this car for my girl from the El Cajon dealership, first mistake. Paid too much for it and the people at dealership are chumps and don't know anything. ECM died a few months after we bought it thankfully it was under warranty. Dashboard WILL eventually crack due to cheap thin plastic, paint is fading fast(car is 2001!)bottom weather strip came off back window, shocks don't work well for the glass hatch. Other then that it looks alright and drives smooth and quick. For a car with under 60k and the price we paid there should be way less problems.
Sporty look, it's quick
Better quality paint(Mitsubishi),better gas mileage, low 20s (it's a four cylinder!)
It says it all: built in USA with "some" Japanese parts... Used to have a 1997 and besides absolutely gorgeous, way much better in every way (of course totally manufactured in Japan!) I had to add lots of aftermarket parts to get decent engine performance (even having 0.4 liters more than the '97 model), and is a gas guzzler! Front is very roomy, but back is a pain for guest riders. The dashboard is made of the thinnest and cheapest plastic they found, so every other owner has it cracked, electric problems everywhere, struts and tires won't last more than 60k miles.
Front exterior design, sportronic gears whit good automatic tranny (so far), good stereo, not much engine problems.
All electrical parts improvements are a must as dashboard plastic too! More fuel economic and added power, better: paint, tires, struts, electrical windows and better quality of parts all over in general.