I bought this car for the simple fact of how beautiful it is. BIG MISTAKE! I bought the car at 145,000 miles, and like every other Eclipse after "Fast & Furious" came out, some kid had it and ran the crud out of it. Its suspension is BAD, its engine is BAD, its fuel system is BAD, and the service / parts are EXPENSIVE if you go to the dealer. Also, if you tell the dealer that the parts you bought aren't lasting as long as their warranty says it should, they actually cuss at you. I was called a LAZY bum when I told them my ball-joints lasted less than two years, (20,000 mi). Do not buy this car unless you have a lot of money to throw around!
I fell in love with this car when I was 11. It looks so good! So I bought one and it is really fun to drive. Not too slow, awesome handling...when it's running. I have owned this for 3 months and drive lightly. It has literally spent more time broken than fixed. All of the engine/cooling components are cheap, not very well put together and need replacing evey 60,000 miles. You basically have to buy a new car at 120,000 miles (which is right when I purchased mine). I have bought mine twice already and it is currently sitting in my driveway waiting for me to flush the cooling system and find out why I'm overheating.
I have had this car for about a year and it is the best car I have ever owned stock. The eclipse is a great car, but the best thing is that it is a super car on the track or anywhere. Best car ever! Really. No problems with it ever.!
This car really holds its value. I bought used and its almost in showroom quality. I love this car. Its pretty good in pickup too. I don't race it though, mine is an automatic. But these cars are really good deals, especially for less than $5000.
I bought this car in June 2002 with 99,000 miles on it. I have not had my car for 3 months due to waiting on the claims process to replace the cylinder head and camshafts ($2000 repair estimat). The 2nd day I had the car the torque converter went out and had to be replaced. I've had to have all belts replaced and pulleys. The inside door handle fell off once I had the car for about a month, the sunroof won't slide open/closed anymore (that took about 2 months since ownership to break), and the right window is about to break-it takes about 10 minutes to roll down the window. Other than that, what a great car!