I bought this car in 2006 straight off the truck (literally). I'm one of about 5 people in a 50 mile radius that even owns a 4G Eclipse, there is no torque steer if you don't floor it from a dead stop. Handling issues are pretty much B.S., I took a turn going 60 mph with no problems haha, and I can go through curves at 75 mph, so whatever. Noisey exhaust? haha it's an import - hello!!!!
The engine!! omg :) The transmission shift is so easy. the exhaust sound is excellent
GPS (but I hear that this is a factory option on newer models)
This is an extremely beautiful car. This would be my first car and i am very surprised by what this car has to offer. Sure the back seat is practically useless, but hey, it's a sports coupe! Go get a sedan if you're looking to haul around family and friends. This car gives pretty decent mileage and the turning radius is not as bad as everyone claims it to be. This car is an amazing value. Lots to offer for the price. The Gt has PLENTY of power and the sportronic transmission works very smoothly. Also, interior is stunning at night time. Wouldn't want any other car for a first car than the eclipse.
The 650 watt Rockford Fosgate system is very clean and loud. The seats are very comfortable and the V6 engine makes the car ready to get up and go. Fun car to drive around town.
Better stock brake system would be nice. The interior plastic could be reduced a bit and the car can definitely shed a few pounds. More storage would also be nice to have.
Hot looking car, very fun to drive. Car is hungry to go fast all the time. The 5 speed auto with sportshift is fun to drive, if you leave it in auto mode it shifts fast to provide better speed/acceleration. Awesome sound system. Nice leather interior. Great for someone who just rides themselves or maybe one other person. For 263 hp the cars gas mileage isn't too bad. I drive mostly city and I'm getting about 16-17 mpg and probably about 25 on the highway. That's driving with a lead foot too. I don't want to get rid of this car because there's not another car on the market that compares to it. Goes great in the winter as well with the FWD system.
Rockford Fosgate 6 disc cd changer sound system, power drivers seat, 3.8L V6 performance, drivers cockpit, it feels solid and stable on the roadway, great handling, fun to drive.
Now needing to replace oxygen sensor. Mitsu definitely needs to eliminate the amount of road noise in this car. You can't even talk over it. Map pockets on doors break easily. Turning radius is horrible. Tires wear fast and are VERY expensive. Blind spots are bad and resale value isn't good.
Couldn't wait for this to come out and I bought one of the first 2006 models on the market in June of '05. Owned an Eagle Talon in '92. Decided on the 4cyl due to the gas mileage. The car takes curves nicely and there is no lack of power. Wish I had upgraded to the 6c and the better sound system.
The exterior is definitely hot! The "sunset pearlescent" paint is beautiful; I get many comments on it. Also love the cockpit feel of the interior.
Loud interior; lots of road noise. Back seat may as well not be there as it has NO legroom at all! Front seat sits too low. Too much hard plastic inside; scratches easily and small covers tend to come loose. Would like an outside temp gage/compass. Stock speakers are poor quality.