I bought this car used in 2007 with about 65k. I've had to replace the timing belt (needs it every 75k). Had some issues with the CPU, idle control unit, and gasket seals. It is a blast to drive, and so much fun. I love the look, the sound system, everything. All 210 horse power under me is just incredible. With the manual transmission downshifting at 60 or even 70 mph is such a rush. The thing accelerates in 5th gear, what more could you ask for? I accelerate and I'm at 60 before I know it! New tires December 2007 in the midst of a week long snow storm, and the improvement in the snow has been amazing. I only skid in about 2-3 inches of snow- anything else is a breeze to get through
Power, sound system, overall feel of the car, the look... love it all!
Pricey repairs, driver side blind spot, turn radius is awful... have to make a Y turn instead of U turn sometimes!!
It's been a fun car with enough acceleration to drive however you want (manual transmission). With only a 4 banger, it gets almost "green car" gas mileage. A perfect blend of mpg and acceleration. When I test drove the automatic, it didn't respond how I wanted to drive. Its easy to work on, the spark plugs and oil changes are easy access. Its had 112,000 miles driven in about 5 years. No problems with regular maintrnance. Now if only my wife would learn to drive stick shift.
mpg and acceleration. Hatchback and fold down seats have been more usable than originally though.
I love my GTS. I bought it with 23,000 miles and have had it for a year and a half now and already have over 50,000. I haven't had any problems with the engine and it handles well. It's the best used fwd sports car you can get for the money. It's a good looking car, great features, lots of cargo space, great gas mileage, plenty of power, comfortable seats, and great sounding stereo. There are only a few negatives. I had one blow out on the highway and then an air leakage, and the tires probably had another 10,000 miles left on them. Another issue is how low the car sits. Be prepared to ruin your bumper going into bad parking lots, and it has a horrible turning radius.
Great gas mileage! I can get up to 30 mpg on the highway with premium gas. I put a K&N air filter in, and I think that helps, along with synthetic oil. The car is fun to drive and has decent power with little torque steer. The clutch is very easy to learn on and I'd suggest getting a manual.
Blind spot is bad, but it's bad with most hatch back sports cars. Turning radius is awful. Easy to ruin your bumper because it sits so low, no matter how careful you are. You have to get premium gas if you want good gas milage.
I wanted to buy my daughter the Eclipse in 2003, but opted for a "practical" 4 door vehicle. 4 years later, I helped her trade in the other vehicle for a red '03 Eclipse GTS (with only 20,000 miles). It's a sharp looking, great performing car. Made changes to the wheels (larger) and new wider Kumho tires. I own an '06 Eclipse GT (6M) and find it to be great. Now, I'm glad to see her as an owner of the Eclipse she always wanted.
Good power (210) and handling in all weather. Comfortable ride. Good gas mileage. Best features, however, is the styling.
I bought a used, year-old Eclipse GS and have been extremely pleased with it. The interior is very comfortable and gives you that sports-car feel. It is great in the snow, handles very well and has been very reliable. For a sports car it gets good mileage.
Infinity sound system is a great bonus. The interior is well designed. Everything is easily reachable at your fingertips and is very comfortable.
The only thing I have had trouble with is the moonroof - it doesn't slide smoothly. It stutters when opening and applying grease hasn't helped.