An incredibly underappreciated package in modern t
I currently own one of these cars, an 04 GS 5 spd manual, and have also had extensive experience driving an 01 GS auto, an 04 GS auto, and an 08 GS auto. I've quite impressively broken traffic laws on many occasions with the 2.4 liter I4. One thing to note is none of the cars I had access to were below 180k miles and the 01 made it to 260k with no major repairs before it was sold to a junkyard. These cars (and even more so the 2.4l engines) are insanely capable for the price point you can find them at, and with proper maintenance or even better, a passion for improvement, they will hold up to whatever you can throw at them and come back begging for more. If you take anything from this though, my main tip is to look a little harder for one with a 5 speed. It's the last and best of all that I've had access to.
the absolute best.
i own two cars, a ‘12 mazda3 and an ‘04 eclipse GTS. one’s my commuter car. guess which. disregard the fact that i’m a 3G enthusiast — the GTS is absolutely incredible. bought it as a college graduation gift for myself, and so far it’s better than my degree. 210 horses at 5750 rpms. you’ll hit 80 before you can bat an eye, so be careful on those turns. even with some suspension issues (it’s 16 years old ... i mean, i recall my knees beginning to hurt then 🤔) it drives like a dream. people will make their opinions known that it’s an old car that’s nothing compared to today’s sports cars, but disregard them. this car is ridiculously powerful, incredibly light, and it owns the road no matter where you are. take good care of the baby and it’ll treat you right. the exterior is mean lookin’ and so so cool. comfortable to drive for hours on end, which you’ll want to do. interior stylings are majorly up-to-date, even by 2020 standards. if you’re an audiophile like me, get an aftermarket stereo ... or don’t. the engine is almost better than the tunes :) if you’ve been thinking about it, get this car. keep it as a second car if that’s sensible for you, or use it as your day-to-day. baby it. wash it every weekend. take care of that oil. take care of the suspension. super low maintenance if you’re good to it. drive it hard when you want. take it in the mountains and get it screaming at 100. the 24-valve 3.0L V6 is nothing to scoff at. you’ll be moving faster than you’ve ever moved, and you’ll love every minute.
2 fast 2 furious
Great buy,forced to sell,light weight and strong engine,super fast,easy to control,great around the corners,great miles per gallon , I really loved to use it in the highways it’s an airplane not a car