2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 3.0 V6 from North America
Beauty, performance, reliability, comfort, economy and versatility make this a winner
Unless one can afford a stable of cars, compromises must be made. The 2000 Mistubishi GT seemed like the ideal compromise car for me. One year and 30,000 miles have proven me correct.
With the only modification being cold air induction, I have never had a car that offered performance, economy, reliabilty, versatility, comfort and beauty in a combination to match this car.
When I first bought it, I took an 1,800 mile vacation trip. I averaged 32 m.p.g. As an outside sales rep., I average about 1,200 miles per month plus personal/pleasure driving. In this year, my average fuel economy is 27 mpg. The interior is very comfortable with enough adjustment to make it so for just about anyone. The backseat folds completely flat for surprisingly generous cargo space.
Reliability is astonishing.
Handling is very good. Were it not for considerable torque steer from a standing start, it would be great. Thick windshield columns make outward vision less than ideal, but that's why God gave us a movable head and neck.
One important tip. Get the best and stickiest tires you can afford. Otherwise, the very wide tires can be hazardous on wet roads.
Would I buy another? At the rate this one is going, I'll be able to leave it to someone in my will, and I'm only 61 and very healthy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th March, 2006