For an exceptionally powerful import (within a majorities budget), consider the 2nd gen. Eclipse!
This is my second Mitsubishi Eclipse.
With the exception of my first Eclipse (a 1996 non-turbo 2.0 with automatic transmission) needing a new valve gasket and spark plug gaskets, nothing has gone wrong with either of my cars.
My first Eclipse was a 1996 N/A. This car seriously "wows" me with it's highly respectable 142 horsepower, Honda Civic trashing, 2.0 DOHC in-line 4. Only because of this car, did I seriously consider upgrading to the Turbo model, of which I now own.
I bought a fairly difficult to find Automatic Turbo model for an excellent price, with only 61,000 miles on it.
WOW!! Man this car flies. 210 Horsepower is a huge increase from the N/A's 142 ponies. As a Civic trasher before purchasing the turbo model, now after several easily installed modifications, I am hauling down the quarter mile crushing the 6-speed Honda S-2000's and Acura RS-X's. Can you believe this car is capable of breaking traction (with an automatic transmission) when it shifts into 2nd gear?!?
I purchased an aftermarket boost controller as well as an A'PEXi Boost Gauge and I learned that I can run 19 solid pounds of boost through an aftermarket Blow-off valve, without so much as a puff of smoke. Please note the Eclipse block is completely unmodified, yet still capable of holding 19 pounds of boost (which is an atmosphere and a half of compressed air) on a daily driven basis.
This car's compression is excellent and I haven't experienced any difficulty in the routine maintenance or up-keep for this car. Pricing is relatively low for OEM parts and the parts are not difficult to locate.
What a comfortable ride for a sports car!
I HIGHLY recommended this car for anybody looking to purchase a fairly inexpensive to maintain, wonderfully performing import rocket!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th May, 2002