I've owned a 2002 Eclipse RS for nearly 9 years. For the first 8 this car was perfect. Only scheduled maintenance, not a thing went wrong. In the last 10 months things have started to go. Oil pan rot. Never heard of it and could be due to living in New England. That was expensive. Air conditioner compressor, again expensive. Front struts, VERY expensive! Slave cylinder for the clutch, low cost to repair but was a major inconvenience. Rear gate lifters went the first winter in Maine. car was 5 years old at that time. I just use a stick to hold up the gate. The car has 88,000 on it and just had it's first brake job. Not bad. It's up for sale. Just bought a new Altima but will miss my Eclipse.
Handling, pep (3rd gear is amazing) front seats are comfortable but not the back! Style both inside and out. Timeless!
Kinda late now. It is what it is, an inexpensive sporty car that was fun to drive but no longer in production so suggested improvements are moot at this point
I have had my car for almost three
years, and until now I have had no
problems whatsoever. However, recently
I found that there was a problem with
the ignition switch that is prevalent
in all Eclipses. When it goes bad, the
clock, radio, and air conditioning
will sometimes not work. If I had not
purchased my extended warranty, it
would have cost $282 to have fixed.
Other than this, I have loved my car.
Gas mileage, look of car.
Recall of ignition switch. Better
plastics on inside.
I bought this car because it looked
sporty but not the sports car price. I
was disappointed. The 5-speed is fun
to drive, but that's about it. After
only a couple of weeks the supports on
the trunk lid broke and wouldn't hold
it up. Then the rear wheel bushings
when bad almost imediately. It sounds
like this car isn't too realiable. Not
to mention it too 3 months to get the
warrenty work done.
The 5- speed, which you can get in a
Paint the gas cap the same color as
the rest of the car, build it more