2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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Very reliable, fun to drive, affordable

by from Denver on March 19, 2009

Bought a 2000 Eclipse GT used with 65,000 miles, now have 125,000 with no mechanical problems other than routine maintenance. This car has been extremely reliable, plus I love the sporty performance a...
Bought a 2000 Eclipse GT used with 65,000 miles, now have 125,000 with no mechanical problems other than routine maintenance. This car has been extremely reliable, plus I love the sporty performance and styling. After 10 years, the car is starting to show some interior wear and tear but nothing too bad for it's age. If you're in the market for a sporty, reliable, fun, yet affordable car with good gas mileage, then this may be your ticket. I have the 4 cylinder 2.4L and like several things about it better than the V-6: - more room in the engine bay makes it very easy to work on at home - better gas mileage. I get about 28 in town, 34 on hwy, or about 30-32 in my typical mixed driving. - the lighter weight of the 4 cyl actually allows for more optimal (closer to 50/50) weight distribution and better handling. PROS: great value, very reliable, great gas mileage, very good performance and handling, excellent feel from the manual transmission, fun to drive, good looking car. Good interior room (except the back seat). And most surprising was that it does incredibly well in snow - I live in Colorado, just using standard all-season tires, and get through any snow as long as I'm not pushing deep snow with the front bumper! CONS: noisy on the highway, back seat is cramped for all but children, back hatch hard to open and gas struts have lost some of their charge so they won't hold open in winter, AC is starting to get a little weak. Again though, this is typical stuff to expect on a 10 yr old car. Buy this car, you won't regret it!
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First Mitsubishi, First Coupe, Forever Love

by from Georgetown, OH on October 19, 2012

I purchased this car used in February of '12 when my all original '90 New Yorker's transmission blew at some 500,000 miles. It is the RS model which has the 4G64 SOHC 16-Valve Inline 4 mated to the 5-...
I purchased this car used in February of '12 when my all original '90 New Yorker's transmission blew at some 500,000 miles. It is the RS model which has the 4G64 SOHC 16-Valve Inline 4 mated to the 5-speed. Overall, the car is my Daily Driver and so far I have no major complaints about the car. I purchased the car with 228,xxx miles on it and all it needed was an alternator and belt. It's a fun little sport hatch, that when you get on the winding roads will show it's true nature although it does have a bit of under-steer to it if you push it to hard. Space is ample in the front seats but, rear space is kinda... well small. Rear seats fold down for more space in the already roomy hatch area. Seat comfort is good, even after 13yrs. Transmission shifts smoothly, and has a good feel to it. Steering response is precise, and the engine is still as peppy as ever. PROS: Great Car, Everyday Drive-able, Comfortable(except the back), and very fun on a budget. CONS: Slightly noisy at highway speeds, C-pillar is a blind-spot, and the Hatch and Hood have some heft to them. Otherwise a great vehicle, fun toy, and blast to own.
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Best Used Auto

by from Mississippi on January 31, 2007

I bought my 2000 eclipse used with 89,000 miles and I haven't had a problem with it sense I bought it last year as of today it has 150,000 and the car is steal is going strong everyone in town loves m...
I bought my 2000 eclipse used with 89,000 miles and I haven't had a problem with it sense I bought it last year as of today it has 150,000 and the car is steal is going strong everyone in town loves my car....it keeps up with the new cars speed and look.
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Best coupe owned so far!

by from Elk Grove on July 16, 2010

I love this car. It is extremely fast and very very good at handling. I love the interior of the car is very nice. reving to max RPM pushes car to the limit and you can feel the engine way more than o...
I love this car. It is extremely fast and very very good at handling. I love the interior of the car is very nice. reving to max RPM pushes car to the limit and you can feel the engine way more than other car, this is what I think is better than any coupe I've own so far. Car is very strong, get good gas mileage. Just hope I would be smaller, car is not comfortable for tall ppl but I made adjustments to make it work, so it's all good. Otherwise I really love this car.
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Great car

by from Reeders. PA on September 3, 2012

Bought it used and has been great so far. Fun little car to drive. Love our little rice burner/ Great value for the money
Bought it used and has been great so far. Fun little car to drive. Love our little rice burner/ Great value for the money
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My First Car!

by from Farmington Hills,MI on August 5, 2013

I bought my eclipse in 2008 when I got my first job. I bought the V6 manual transmission and the color was silver. After five years of driving this car, I am very very happy with this car. I was consi...
I bought my eclipse in 2008 when I got my first job. I bought the V6 manual transmission and the color was silver. After five years of driving this car, I am very very happy with this car. I was considering the Toyota Celica, Acura RSX, but chose this car as when compared to the other cars, this is excellent value for money. I bought it with 133K miles on it and now I am at 204K.The engine and transmission is strong, I would even dare to say it feels almost like it is fresh out of the showroom. I get a combined 25-26MPG consistently but on highway driving alone have even got 30 once. The stock exhaust sounds really good, so good that some people thought it was an aftermarket muffler. I replaced the muffler anyway and it sounds even better. I think the car looks really good and with some light modifications(wheels, headlights, window tint) looks really cool.The exterior silver metallic paint job is amazing and even after this long still looks like its new(especially on gloomy days during or after rain). There is a little bit of rusting at the strut towers and the lower edge of the tailgate, but I guess with Michigan winters and salt and after 13 years, it is difficult to avoid. As others have said, it is noisy on the highway, but if you like listening to the sound of a nice exhaust, change it and enjoy the sound. I forgot to mention that I even use it to towe my motorcycle trailer around! I plan to drive the car as long as it still will. There have only been the occassional maintenace things I have had to do and not bad considering the high mileage( tie rod ends, wheel bearings, valve cover gasket , head gasket). All in all-very pleased with my choice.
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Wow

by from oakland CA on June 29, 2014

Bought this brand new in 2000. I have the RS model. After almost 15 years of running it daily, it has almost 170,000 miles on it. I am 54 and have owned many cars over the years, but this is the best ...
Bought this brand new in 2000. I have the RS model. After almost 15 years of running it daily, it has almost 170,000 miles on it. I am 54 and have owned many cars over the years, but this is the best one hands down. Past the normal maintenance, I have only sunk about 2,000 into her...trans went out at 160,000, which is to be expected. If she were to blow up tomorrow, I would go out and buy another one just like her. I know she will be with me for many more years. Enjoy your eclipse, because they dont make em anymore...
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2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS

by from Calgary on January 26, 2016

Bought the car 3 yrs ago from a young lad that could not afford to replace the clutch. Had the clutch replaced and fitted a rebuilt manual 5 speed transmission at the same time. Replaced engine mount ...
Bought the car 3 yrs ago from a young lad that could not afford to replace the clutch. Had the clutch replaced and fitted a rebuilt manual 5 speed transmission at the same time. Replaced engine mount because one of them was split. Other than that its been fine its 140,000 miles now and it still pulls well and is fast if you know how to change gear quickly. I replaced all four suspension struts this year , installed new springs to drop the height down 2 inches and fitted new Prothane bushes to all of the suspension arms. Boy what a difference to the car its solid in corners and never budges when you apply the power. I recommend installing new springs and struts once you get over 150k miles. Superb little car and it owes me nothing really , I bought it cheap and did some work on it and now its fine. I also replaced the usual wearable parts like tyres and brakes so everything is now sorted and it will last me a few more years now. Nice having no car loan , freedom !
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So Sporty

by from Colorado on September 7, 2008

MY HIGHSCHOOL CAR!! this car always gets in the mid-high 20's for gas mileage and has lots of power. Sun roof and everything still works at 120k thousand miles and had only had maintenance work done o...
MY HIGHSCHOOL CAR!! this car always gets in the mid-high 20's for gas mileage and has lots of power. Sun roof and everything still works at 120k thousand miles and had only had maintenance work done on it. Though I am 19 now 6"2' and 399pounds i cannot find a position to drive it at all or even fit in it lol but my dad (about 200pounds lighter) and 5"9' loves to drive this car and says it is a blast
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Best value and performance money can get!

by from Chicago, Illinois on July 4, 2006

I've owned three of the GT and there is not a better vehicle to tune and use for performance/show car. This vehicle has perfect handling and it starts with 210 horespower which gives a great advantage...
I've owned three of the GT and there is not a better vehicle to tune and use for performance/show car. This vehicle has perfect handling and it starts with 210 horespower which gives a great advantage from the start, with a standard TD turbo kit this vehicle can pump as much as 480 horses to the wheel. Has great comfort and provides a kick without any upgrades, standard 6CD changer in dash, what more could you get?
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