2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Consumer Reviews

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse
4.4
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Fun Little Car

by from Nothern VA on April 20, 2010

I own a 2001 Eclipse GT with the sun and sound package. It has the moon roof, leather interior, and premium pioneer sound system. It is an automatic with the sportronic mode. I love this car. For just...
I own a 2001 Eclipse GT with the sun and sound package. It has the moon roof, leather interior, and premium pioneer sound system. It is an automatic with the sportronic mode. I love this car. For just a little V6 with about 200 horsepower, it surprises you with how much "pep" it has. My only complains are as follows: The backseats are way too small for almost anyone besides children to sit in, I, as well as many others, have to replace the transmission at about 150,000 miles, the dash is cracking, the sunroof doesn't work anymore, my passenger side window has stopped operating, and nearly every single one I've seen has really bad curb rash on the front bumper because it's so low. Because it's such a fun car to drive and own, I am able to overlook all of these imperfections. Honestly, I don't hate the car. I do hate having to pour money into it constantly for repairs, but it's that way with any car. Mine does have high mileage, so keep that in mind on my review. However, I recommend this car to anybody who wants a sporty daily driver.
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01 GS Eclipse

by from Indianaolis, IN on June 2, 2011

Great car all around the GS is easy to work on and affordable maintenance is a plus. Never had a major problem great tranny and motor. Great gas milage, if you keep up with regular oil changes this ca...
Great car all around the GS is easy to work on and affordable maintenance is a plus. Never had a major problem great tranny and motor. Great gas milage, if you keep up with regular oil changes this car will run forever. If this one every kicks the bucket I'll will go out and buy another I'm on 130000 miles and still running strong.
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2001 eclipse

by from Freeport, IL on April 15, 2008

I bought my car in 2004 and I fell in love with it. It is reliable. Actually not too bad in snow. It helps to have good tires and knowing how to handle a vehicle in bad weather. Some things about it n...
I bought my car in 2004 and I fell in love with it. It is reliable. Actually not too bad in snow. It helps to have good tires and knowing how to handle a vehicle in bad weather. Some things about it need to be improved. My car didn't come with many features! No keyless entry, glove compartment light, trunk light. Not too many extra things that are nice to have. Pretty simple interior. Also I only had the car for less than a year and it started to rust on the driver side. Not good for a lot of passengers or carseats. Space in the backseat is very limited. Easy to bump head on rear window when sitting in back. Trunk won't open by hitting trunk button in car. Have to open it with the key. Trunk also sqeaks when I open it. Little plastic coverings to the bottom of the seats have come off numerous times. Lately it hasn't been shifting as nicely. Otherwise, it is a very nice looking car on the inside and outside. Very sporty. That's my favorite feature that got me to buy it. After owning it for a while I wished it had more features. It is nice getting people's heads to turn when I drive by though!
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Really Fun Car

by from Chicago, IL on September 12, 2012

Where to start. I bought my eclipse January 2011. Ive got the fully loaded 01 GT V6. This car will pull very hard in first gear if you use sport tronic. handles well around the on ramps and things lik...
Where to start. I bought my eclipse January 2011. Ive got the fully loaded 01 GT V6. This car will pull very hard in first gear if you use sport tronic. handles well around the on ramps and things like that. Also I like highway driving because the car has good power at the top end and I have gotten up to 140 more than once. I personally don't like city driving because the car doesn't absorb bumps well especially if you get low profiles like me. The exterior and interior are nice, Nothing too special in the inside beside power everything, leather, sunroof, sport tronic trans. Good speakers to rock out with the infinity speakers. As far as reliability I think it may have just been mine but trans did go out at 95K miles. Motor mounts have been replace twice. Headlight harness and wiring is very low grade and WILL melt. My radiator cracked also. EGR Valve had some issues and valve cover gasket has been known to leak oil. The issues I named are common and you can check them out on the club3g forum for Eclipse's 2000-2005. I have a love hate relationship with mine. about 70/30. Super fun when shifting manually. Great pull for a small V6. My dealership has pretty good customer service also with lots of coupons on basic maintenance. Car is OK on gas depending how you drive about 21 mixed and about 320miles on a full tank which is only 14 gallons. I ALWAYS use PREMIUM because thats probably keeping the engine running ok. Keep up with regular maintenance and you should be good.
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Power and Beauty

by from ohio on November 13, 2008

This car has amazing power, in all gears. the stearing is very responive and the convertible top is low in noise and works fast. the factory stero is good, with 7 speakers in the small cabin. the back...
This car has amazing power, in all gears. the stearing is very responive and the convertible top is low in noise and works fast. the factory stero is good, with 7 speakers in the small cabin. the back seat is a little small, but i never use it anyways. a lot of people stare at me as i go by, so if your trying to get the ladies, just drop the top and roll by
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Great Car

by from Richmond, Ky on March 29, 2007

I like this car really well just has some minor things that are'nt that great like repair and maintance cost.
I like this car really well just has some minor things that are'nt that great like repair and maintance cost.
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Best value

by from bensalem, pa on April 10, 2008

I bought my car new in 2000 for under 20K. It has been worth every penny. I have had minimal maintanence costs and the handling of the car is sick. Anyone I've let drive my car is incredibly impressed...
I bought my car new in 2000 for under 20K. It has been worth every penny. I have had minimal maintanence costs and the handling of the car is sick. Anyone I've let drive my car is incredibly impressed with it's acceleration, steering and handling. I would HIGHLY recommend buying this car. I've contemplated selling it recently, but my boyfriend loves the way it drives so much he's trying to convince me to keep it and fix it up and I think I just might. It has 100K miles on it and still runs like new. Not to mention it has been EXTREMELY reliable. I love the car so much, I am pretty sure the next car I buy is going to be a top of the line new eclipse. One complaint tho--it is very difficult to get in and out of. And if you are over 5'7", you will hate the interior b/c it's so compact.
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Ontario on February 3, 2008

I own a 2001 Mitsibishi Elclipse GT. It is semi-automatic. This car has given me nothing but good things, from the styling of it, to the actual performance, and it is worth every penny I paid for it. ...
I own a 2001 Mitsibishi Elclipse GT. It is semi-automatic. This car has given me nothing but good things, from the styling of it, to the actual performance, and it is worth every penny I paid for it. The styling of the interior of the car is nothing extra special, but still very excellent. The cup holders are good for coffee lovers like me(not flimsy, but built in between the seats), and the seats are comfortable giving enough room for anyone. The back seat, I'm sure is uncomfortable(not that I ever sit there), but it is a two door sports car, so that is to be expected. The exterior of this car is something special. It's excellent design puts it a notch above the rest straight out as a stock car. When modified this car can be excellent enough to ride with the best of them, and even when not modified, it is certainly never a joke. Put the money into it in the right places, and you will see good results. The car is, however, far from all show and no go. The V6 engine does not fail to give its all, the actual acceleration being improved when making use of the semi-automatic transmission. When adding an exhaust kit the car puts out enough horsepower for a car fan like me. In addition, the car has had absolutely no seriou probems. It taks a fair amount of gas, but once again, you get what you pay for. The premium fuel you pamper this car with goes straight into the performance and the preservation of a good engine. despite however i have driven this car, it keeps going with me. In short, every penny I've put in, I have not regretted. Verticle doors are the next step for me, have fun with yours!
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Great car!

by from Jax, Florida on August 10, 2006

This car has been great to me so far...it is really a joy to drive and an easy car to work with if you like tuning your vehicle. The performance of this car is good from the factory, but easy to tweak...
This car has been great to me so far...it is really a joy to drive and an easy car to work with if you like tuning your vehicle. The performance of this car is good from the factory, but easy to tweak for a little power. The only cons i have had with this car are pretty major. My Black 2001 RS has had major paint oxidation issues, as well as many other black eclipses from the years 2000-2004. However, this has not been announced as a recall, it is an obvious lack of clear coat from the factory. Also, i have had issues with my front windshield defroster causing dash cracks along the windshield line....this car is great to drive
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very reliable

by from wellington, FL on September 7, 2006

the car is powerful, fuel efficient and handles like a dream...i wouild recommend this car to anyone who wants a definite "sleeper"
the car is powerful, fuel efficient and handles like a dream...i wouild recommend this car to anyone who wants a definite "sleeper"
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