I like Mitsubishi and my Eclipse, but I think I've had my fill and probably won't buy another one.
I love this car, but it is extremely irritating! Since I've had it, several (mostly small) things have gone wrong:
The convertible top leaks where it meets the side windows.
The power antenna died.
The car does not leak or burn oil, but it has NEVER made it all the way to 3000 miles before needing an oil change. (Where does it go? Nobody knows)
Stock CD player & radio sometimes just says "error" and rejects Cd's. It has been cleaned and it appears nothing is wrong with it.
The windows rattle terribly loudly. I'm almost afraid a huge bump will shatter them.
The clutch began slipping a bit shortly after I first purchased the car (I am the second owner). Both myself and the previous owner were experienced manual transmission drivers and I have never had this problem with the other two stick cars I have owned.
It sometimes becomes difficult to shift and will not go into 1st gear without a few tries.
The plastic surrounding the manual mirror controls cracked on the passenger side and fell apart.
The cloth upholstery has not held up well. I keep the car quite clean and it is still difficult to make the upholstery look nice.
The car needs to be warmed up VERY well (10 minutes +) or it drives very roughly in the winter. If you try to drive it before it has COMPLETELY warmed up, it can barely get into 1st gear and get going. It has trouble "catching" and almost kills.
I guess maybe my standards are a little high, but I expect a lot for the amount of money I paid for this car... and I bought it for $1000+ less than the Kelley Blue Book value.
Beyond the small (and not so small, i.e. OIL) problems with my Eclipse, it has been a good car. It is very reliable and there has never been a time that it hasn't started.
The exterior is in excellent condition, even considering it rarely parks in a garage. It has held up incredibly well for an almost 7-year old car.
It is an extremely smooth ride (especially for a convertible) and takes corners very nicely.
It's not the fastest car I've ever driven, but it has enough go for a stock car. Like someone else noted though, I can't imagine driving it if it were automatic.
It's a fabulous looking car, no ifs ands or, buts about it. There are minor things I wish were different about it, but I didn't design the car.
The trunk is tiny, deep, but narrow.
The backseat is comparable with a shoe-box, I think the only reason it has seats back there is for insurance purposes.
The front seats are only slightly adjustable, but I believe that is because they are reinforced (convertible). They are difficult to get comfortable in.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th December, 2004