2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 3.0 24v
You can find better coupe
This was the first sports car and the first days of my driving licence. It's fun to remember...
Eclipse had that old Mitsubishi Sigma V6 engine, which produced 200HP (I had sports air filter and semi open exhaust, so the power was even higher) It was quite enough, but the fuel consumption was terrible. I don't really remember the numbers, but with the small 40 litre tank it was difficult to go out of town.
I was a bit disappointed with the stability and control. It seemed, that it would fail on every fast turn and there was also an overwhelming sense of fear when going at straights. (though I have only done 115mph with it)
The front wheel drive didn't match the car... The massive power would give an enormous burnout on the front tires, the car wouldn't go anywhere. Also it affected the steering and handling on corners - understeer of course...
The coolest part is the interior. I totally liked it! The seating position (like in a plane), the dashboard, the seats... No miracles at all, but it looked more than well.
The suspension's very low. And I mean very. Forget about some... not asphalt roads. Or even some of the asphalt ones, if you invite some 3-4 people to ride with you.
Terrible at winter of course...
I just had it for a half of the year, and hadn't really "gone into it". I believe it's quite a good ride, but only if it's your second one. Usable just for fun. No more to do with it.
If you really consider more than the engine and the looks, you shouldn't buy an eclipse. It just doesn't have more!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th January, 2007