My eclipse was a very good car to me all i have to do is keep gas in it and change the oil and it will run. The only problems i encountered were the oil pan gasket leaking. the door handles broke off and then my alternator went out on me. On my way up a hill the little clip holding my shift cables popped out and i got stuck in 2nd. I fixed it and drove it another 20,000 miles still going with 213,000 and more to come.
I currently have 198,000 miles on my GST, mostly freeway driving. Overall, I had good experience with the car. I went through 4 sets of tires and changed & resurfaced the front brakes 4 times. Lots of oil changes. The front rotors do get wrapped easily. Major expense was replacing the manual transmission and clutch at 140K. Recently, my car developed another problem. It stalls when the engine is hot and cannot be restarted until the engine cools off. Thus, I have to tow it for repairs. I am hoping that it is nothing major.
I like the abilty to make it look any
way I want. (body kits) But inside
feels cramped and if people sit in
back they block the rear speakers.
Turbo can beat out 6 cyl up to 110mph
but it tops out because of the 4 cyl
2.0 ltr engine.
My max speed was 135mps flat road with
decent tires but you could hit 160
down hill. (yes i did do it he he)
Worst are the brakes they go the
fastest because of poor design i
think. replace the front roters every
15,000 miles due to warping but if you
buy the good ones with holes and air
pockets they last at least 25,000 and
deffinately use non-metalic pads.
So far, I had good experience with
the car. The 60,000 mile service made
me to reach deep in my pocket, but it's
a fun car to drive... I bought it
brand new and still a current owner.
It's too bad that they got rid of the
turbo in the new ones, since I love the
turbo. If anyone can find a descent
one with low mileage, I strongly
recomend the car. However, the car
seems to wear our little faster than
other brands so becareful putting too
many miles on the car.