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Used 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A) Consumer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
4 reviews
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3.75 out of 5 stars

Not a good car at all

appared1992, 07/08/2010
GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I have had this car for over a year and I have experienced problem after problem with it. 1. The shocks went out. 2. The transmission went out. 3. The car wouldn't shift correctly. 4. The air conditioner went out. 5. The "Service Engine" light is constantly on. 6. The rim to the wheel cracked. 7. The headlights barely light up anything, even in the darkest part of the night. 8. It always leaks when it rains. I have spent over $12,000 fixing this car, and I'm about to spend another $1,000 to fix the air conditioner. I only recommend this car for people who like to spend money on their cars.

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4.13 out of 5 stars

She's got it where it counts.

stonecutter2, 02/11/2011
GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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.

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4.88 out of 5 stars

Love love love this car

Swaygirl27, 12/02/2009
GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Buy this car, you will not be disappointed! I owned mine for 5 years and sadly I was in an accident last night and it is totaled. I am so upset - I absolutely love this car. The turning radius is incredible, it's so fun to drive, the sound system is great, the seats are comfy, the exterior is sleek, I could go on forever. Most importantly though - I've had absolutely NO major problems with this car ever in 5 years. The radiator cracked about a year ago but I patched it and it was fine. It had 133,000 miles on it and still ran like a newbie. In my accident - the airbags deployed and saved my face. The damage is impressive - I expected so much worse. This car is built GREAT. RIP my dear.

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2 out of 5 stars

Fun to drive, but very unreliable

Ethan, 11/30/2015
GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Interior plastics are garbage. My dash was so severely damaged from the sun, chunks of it were caving in. I have seen 30 year old cars in junk yards with dashes in better condition. Had to buy an expensive cover for it. Transmission got very loud at about 5 years old so I had all bearings replaced and new clutch. Less than a year later the throw out bearing went and it was back for new bearings and another clutch within a year of it breaking. CV joint snapped while driving it about 5 months ago and took me it the oil filter which caused a big oily mess in the middle of a very busy intersection where it broke down. Clutch master cylinder broke and car had to be towed for that to be replaced. Axle seals have been replaced 4 times with after market and factory seals and still leak, huge mess in driveway from axle fluid. I had never even heard of a car needing axle seals to be replaced before this. Headlights were terrible from the day I got it so I drove around with high beams on all the time to see anything at all at night. Replaced those with aftermarket lights and they are much better. Floor and rear wheel wells are rotting out along with bottom of rear quarter panel on passenger side. Roof had some rust/rot forming that was repaired. At 4 years old the power steering pump died, $700 part alone. Valve cover gasket and strut mounts also had to be replaced at that time. Sunroof motor has never been able to open sunroof on its own without me having to push it up to open it. Key fobs fell apart and had to be replaced after only a few years. 2015 has had at least $4000 of repairs to this car with at least two dozen visits to mechanics in last 6 months. I have probably forgotten to include many other repairs it has needed. I have now had the car for a little over 10 years and it has been a problem from the start. Now, something new seems to break every time I drive it. Currently at mechanics since exhaust pipe is rattling around slamming against car frame causing a lot of noise whenever I go over a bump in the road.

Safety
3 out of 5 stars
Technology
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Interior
1 out of 5 stars
Comfort
4 out of 5 stars
Reliability
1 out of 5 stars
Value
1 out of 5 stars
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