I bought my Eclipse (2001 Black GT) about a year and a half ago. I try to keep it out of the sun, however the roof is still beginning to fade and crack a little bit. Great fun to drive, could use a little more power but that would sacrifice the decent MPG. Easy to drive. Rear spoiler in the way occasionally, but not too bad. Corner support beam could be a little smaller for better visibility, Great look, great sound. Performance alright for the price range, I would call it a very sporty car, not a sports car. Never had any major mechanical issues, it used idle a little quick but just a minor adjustment. My trunk 'lid' (part separating trunk from cabin) broke, no big deal. Not a bad buy.
Dash and exterior design attractive, sporty but not ridiculously priced, sportronic transmission good fun. Quick enough even with the automatic. EASY to drive. FUN to drive. Has a good little purr to it, chick magnet with a little bit of modification.
Bigger back seats! Different kind of paint? (I see a LOT of faded black eclipses) slightly more power? Tends to be a little hard to control once you break the back end loose. (more weight in the back?) Less plastic on the inside.
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