Bought the Eclipse because of the
performance figures and got sooo much
more. This ride is EXCELLENT!! fully
loaded (no need for extras--except the
alloy fuel door). I highly recommed at
the very least a test drive--you will
The new eclipse is a cloud of deceit
without the silver lining. Coolant
system with poor circulation, and very
poor quality engine components. Wait
until you go through a winter with
snowy, salty roads and watch your
engine compartment rust out. If you
make it to 36,000 miles your
transmission is likely to
start giving coast down clunks and
clicking noises. Poor quality rims
dent easily on 2002 models. Intake and
exhaust systems are inefficiently
designed, negatively effecting
performance. Beautiful car from the
exterior, after a year looks like a
rusty '78 Dodge Dart. Dealerships talk
their way around fixing problems and
the car still sells.
Vehicle has excellent ergonomics and is
very compforable to drive. Very
aerodynamic and handles fairly well.
Vehicle needs tigher springs and should
ride lower to ground for better
handling. Intake and exhaust manifolds
should be upgraded to give better
unobstructed airflow. More durable
engine components and bolts are
necessary to prevent rusting.
I have been able to pull 30mpg+ from it
on a couple of trips (I have just over
12k miles on it now), my mileage falls
to the mid 20's during my daily commute
though. The only problems I have had
are the transmission not going into
reverse fully occasionally (I have to
double clutch it), and some bizarre
shaking when it is cool/damp and I am
driving it in 1st gear in the morning.
Also one time it wouldn't go into gear
at a stoplight and then smelled like
burning metal and the dealership said
it was 'normal' and that
something 'just got ground down' and
kind of blew me off and said they
didn't find anything with that or the
shaking that was wrong.
Acceleration, stereo, interior (I have
the 2 tone blue/black)
This is my second Eclipse. Previously
I owned a 1st gen GS. After 245,000
miles I finally traded for the 2002 GT.
The vehicle is a smoother and quieter
ride but has more muscle than even a
non turbo 3000GT. It remains a head
turner even though some of the girls
are younger than permissible by law.
The black leather interior with silver
exterior is beyond awesome. For the
money, nothing beats an Eclipse. Mitsu
builds cars with integrity and of
course, unique trend setting style.
Why spend more? You won't get more!
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