Have had the car for going on 7 yrs and still love it. No real issues with the car (only the timing belts which were expensive). Brakes lasted 60K, still original clutch, leather still looks great (garage kept). Still performs great. I have been very happy with this car. I have read some of the other reviews and have had none of the issues mentioned in the negative reviews. Only criticisms I can agree with is the small turn radius (though not as big deal as some make it) and the hatch channels water into the edges of the trunk space when it is raining (only if you open the hatch all the way though). I have had every Eclipse except the newest body style and have been the happiest with this one.
Unique exterior and interior style, good engine, good reliability, fun to drive, good on trips.
Better turning radius, change the hatch edges to channel water better.
I bought this car when I graduated high school, and have loved every minute of it! The aggressive stance and throaty exhaust note were two of the first things that attracted me to it. That, and all the looks I got from people when I would pull up to a store. Now while I have added to it (custom cold air intake, short throw shift kit, lowering kit, custom cat- back exhaust, and after market wheels and tires) the car has needed little work to make it a blast to drive.
The gauge cluster keeps it simple. MPH, RPM, fuel level and engine temp. comfy seats and sleek dash.
Offer a turbo option form the factory and cut some fat where its not needed, the car is a little heavy.
Great car in my opinion, very fun to drive, mine is manual and the gears and the shifts are very sporty, the clutch is soft. It has a quick response when you switch to a lower gear, it has reasonably good acceleration for a 4 cylinder. I have had no trouble with the engine nor transmission. The interior is comfortable for the driver and one passenger if you are not big or tall. No room for the back seats, maybe for a child. The ride is very comfortable, the suspension is not that hard. It has good grip around corners. It is a bit noisy on the highway. In general a great car, I would buy again.
The driving experience, it is so fun to drive. It has a great a/c. I live in Texas and it stands up to the heat challenge very well. The position of the wheel, gear lever, and seat is excellent; it makes you feel on a race car. And it is comfortable for every day use also.
The dashbord materials, the plain plastic makes it look so cheap, and it cracks easily with the sun and heat. Also when you turn on the a/c the car feels so slow that sometimes I prefer to stand the heat.
This is not a car for beginners and shorter folks. The gas mileage is decent usually 20-25 mpg, if you want v6 power you get v6 mileage. Make sure you understand repair cost if you decide to purchase this car for the long run. For instance timing belt is usually $300-500 depending on where you get it done and the MAF sensor is between $110-625 depending on where you go. It does take time to get used to seeing properly. If you are a good driver it'll take about a week. The car does understeer and takes some time to get use to but it can take bumps and bad roads fairly well.
Sound, abs, moonroof, 17 in rims, leather.
Stronger leather, thinner spoiler, full size spare.