2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT from North America


Too costly to repair for a new car


Sparks and Wires needed replacing at 62,000 miles.

Timing belt needed replacing at 62,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car has been reliable, but be prepared to go to the bank at 60,000 miles. The tune-up costs $695, and the timing belt $995. Add in fuel injection cleaning and a little brake maintenance and you will need about $2,000. I thought I bought a new car so I didn't have to repair it. Think again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th April, 2003

2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.4L from North America


Fast, fun car, capable of lots of speed!


The engine went out the first year I owned it. This was due to a recall which I hadn't paid attention to (and also wasn't announced by Mitsubishi Motors to the owners...). Also the engine issue was partly my fault- was racing the car often (street).

The transmission went out during the second year. This again was probably my fault (too much power shifting, clutch is not designed for much power). The clutch went out, and so did some other things, not sure what. When I got the transmission checked (and completely replaced) there were metal pieces everywhere.

General Comments:

My Eclipse is a very agile vehicle. Yes, it is somewhat heavy (around 3400 pounds I believe), but for the weight, it handles exceptionally well. Car reviews have said otherwise... but I am assuming these individuals did not know how to drive well.

The 3rd generation Eclipse line is not a small vehicle... hatchback, but wide wheel base, and fairly low to the ground. Nice to have a car bigger than most econo cars.

You can really push the GS, not just in acceleration (which stock is not its strong point), but handling, and included is a very smooth ride. Even in really wet road conditions I have taken some 20 mph corners at 50-60 with little slide) (kids don't try this at home).

I didn't take corners that fast with stock tires. The stock tires suck! I've currently got Pirelli P zeros, and there wonderful. Even better get some bigger wheels (18")

The car is attractive, and does seem to gather a lot of attention. Very beautiful curved lines... The 3G Eclipse design was partly modeled after a Ferrari (ya!).

Room inside is kind of cramped, but for 2 people it's more than enough. (I am 6'5"). The trunk provides lots of space for sound equipment, and other 'racing goodies'.

The 2.4 L engine has some grand power capabilities. Yes stock it is not the fastest around, but with some serious mods you can really get this car screaming. The engine is built well, built strong. I am adding a Mitsubishi 16G turbo, and with some other mods (bigger injectors, engine management tools, big intercooler), and $5,000 (doing the labor myself) later I will own an estimated 350+ hp vehicle (at the wheel hp baby!). That's enough power to keep up with todays quickest rides. This is also before using nitrous injection (another 100 hp gain).

Last thing this car is very safe! I've spoken with lots of people who have wrecked their Eclipses (totaled them...), and they walked away from the accident (one guy flipped his car over 4 times...).

Beautiful car, solid, safe, and sound. Nice ride, and it's hot!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2003

30th Jun 2003, 00:02

Good review. I have a Buick Skylark too, and I want a Spyder.

16th Nov 2005, 18:20

The car weighs 3859 pounds which is not that heavy.

4th Apr 2007, 22:12

Um 350 hp in a front wheel drive? your gonna have some major torque steer man. have fun with that.

1st May 2010, 00:08

Hello, I am a 21 year old mother with a 1 year old and a 3 year old. My friend is offering to sell me her 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I was actually wanting all the facts I can get about the car, when it comes to gas, parts, things that most commonly go wrong, and is it a reliable vehicle for me and my kids?

My friend said her husband wrecked it. She had to get a new front bumper (in which she said they put bars in the front?) and replaced the radiator. The car has 120,000 miles on it. It is a 4 cylinder.

Though my dad told me because of the fact of it being a foreign car, that I will have a hard time finding certain parts and it will be tough to fix. I really want this because she is only asking for $2000, and I love the look, and when I test drove it, man.. that baby runs so smooth and was very easy to handle.

Is this car reliable. Is the price worth it, being the fact of the mileage? And lastly will my insurance rate be sky high because it's a sports car and only has two doors?

P.S I will pretty much only be driving me and my kids back and forth from school and daycare. Plus store runs and paying bills.