When I was a junior in high school in 2002 I got this car to impress a girl. I guess it worked since we ended getting engaged (2 years ago we broke up though)
Anyways, this car is very reliable. Sure, after owning a car for 9 years it's bound to break down sometimes. Thankfully, my dear car has never left me stranded anywhere. What was wrong wit it? Usually after market things I had installed (like the alarm).
She is pretty old and replacement parts have been needed. The things that hold the hatch stopped working, so I got them at a junk yard for like $5. The A/C juuuust broke down on me, lol, i used that thing all the time, even in the winter. Dash had to be replaced, thats all.
This is a good performance car. I recommend modifications a.s.a.p. otherwise by the time your ready to modify it the car will require heavy maintenance. I love this car, I've had it nearly 2 years. It started with 68000+ miles, and is now at 86000+. Just this summer the transmission died on me, and I continuously have problems with the brakes. I drive a 4- speed automatic, tiptronic. However, I recommend not using the tiptronic feature, because my friends and I believe that using that may have contributed to the transmission going. In the next 2-3 years I intend to place nearly $13000 on the car (incl. supercharger).
Worst car I have ever owned!! Hate, hate, hate it!!!
written on 04-24-2013
Mitsubishi has lost many sales as people have seen all of the problems that I have had with my car.
I have had the car for a little more than four years.
The transmission went out around 90K and was very expensive to fix.
The air conditioner compressor does not work.
The roof leaks and my radio will not work.
I had to replace the rims because they ALL cracked.
The life of the tires is always short even with regular alignments and balancing.
My gear shift broke and is made up of cheap plastic pieces.
The dashboard is cracked and rattles when I get above 50 mph.
About a year into owning the car, I discovered that when it is cold the car will not shift out of park.
I owned a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Automatic 4 cylinder for almost 10 years, bought new in Nov. 2001.
This car was fun to drive, had great gas mileage, and really was pretty reliable.
I will certainly miss my '02 Eclipse, but it was time for something more family friendly.
First, the negatives, to get them out of the way (no issues for the first 5 years of ownership - all of this occurred after 5 years):
The sunroof was jittery when opening, had to be assisted in popping up, the hatch wouldn't stay up by itself in cold weather, the dashboard cracked on it's own, center speaker blew/dry rotted at 7 years, O2 sensor needed replacing and so did the A/C compressor condensor.