When I purchased my EVO it was a great day! But soon problems followed. I have had it in the shop 6 times and i know of other who have. I got the opportunity to drive the STi.. Much faster, better handling with its adjustable Differentials, BETTER QUALITY! If you don't like replacing head gaskets don't buy EVO!
I have owned NUMEROUS cars, a'96 BMW M3, a '94 Mazda RX7, a Mini Cooper S, a Volvo 850R, an Audi S4, all of which were extensively modified... This car is by far the most honed instrument that I have ever owned. The only car which was even close to as fun was the Mini. This car is a beast in every way, I am Currently running over 400 hp, have had numerous encounters with the drag strip, and 35,000 miles on the still strong stock clutch. I have had some auto-X and the brakes are still strong and have lots of life left. I ask a lot from my cars and this has been one of the best, most reliable, and wicked cars I have ever owned. It is not for every one, just a select few who put driving above all else.
I have put over 196K miles on my '95 Eclipse GST (stock 4G63 engine and turbo). Now that I have a wife and 5 year old twins, I need something larger. My wife wanted my to get a Lexus IS300. I wanted a EVO. Once I got my wife to test drive the EVO, she was sold. Also, she doesn't mind the looks and comments she get from passer- byes. This is by far one the most fun cars I have driven. It is an absolute pleasure to drive... power, handling, brakes and exceptional feel. I will continue to use my '95 Eclipe to commute to work, and see how many miles it will go. The EVO will drug of choice for the weekends... putting a smile on face each time I drive it.
Having owned many sports cars (3rd gen RX-7, Audi quattro TT, BMW etc...) I have experienced many European and Japanese cars. However, I have never ever seen anything like this in stock factory form. Excellent balance which backs up the ultra-performance. Fun to drive, Hauls four adults and enough cargo. Do you think you can get a better all year around, 4seater, all terrain, GT car for little over 31K? I have driven the STI. It is faster but it is not as razor balanced as the EVO. Whats the point of going fast if you can't control it?
Very Fun, very fast, handles great. A few mods and it buries STI's. Also cheaper than STI. Seats are wonderful, shifter first rate, outstanding brakes. Embarrases many high dollar cars, and is very quiet except for the tires.