Great car - would buy again
Actually the Eclipse was the best car I have ever owned - both front wheel axles did eventually rust through (but I live in Wisconsin); this was after I had had the car for several years.
Also the exhaust system (muffler and all pipes) rusted through.
Other than that, the car was a dream. I never had any mechanical problems - car ran great in extreme cold (only time it would not start it was 40+ below).
In the last few months, my mechanic had told me the transmission was starting to go. It would cost more than the car was worth to replace - otherwise I would have driven it forever (had it for almost 10 years).
The Mitsubishi Eclipse was the best car I ever owned (had for almost 10 years and almost 200,000 miles, sold and engine was still running great - tranny just starting to slip).
I live in Wisconsin, so reliability in winter is really important - this car never had me wondering if it would start or run.
I am very mad I got rid of it (as the 1999 Malibu I bought to replace it is a horrible car - had it 6 months, ran 6 weeks so far and broke again.)
If I had a choice I would definitely buy another Eclipse or other import (had a Mercury Lynx before - that I ran till it literally fell apart at 200,000 miles)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th March, 2010