I had just bought a 2002 Eclipse GS 4 cyl model! I can tell you, I am really happy with my car. The style is SO COOL! My car is automatic with the auto stick feature, which I think is so cool! My wife last night noticed someone looking at us (turning heads), while we were stopped at a light! WOW, I never got that with my 96 Maxima!
Just today I filled up the gas tank, took about 13 gallons. I'm yet to find out the MPG! Seems really good so far! On the last poster, "Do you really get 30 mpg?" Nice, I can really use a gas saving car!
As of now, the only problem I see on my car is wheel bearing noise. My car has 75k miles. Other than that, like most of you say, this car is only great for 1 or 2 people, and children for the back seat is fine. It is harder to get in & out of car. Seems like when I get in, I feel as if I'M FALLING into the car (seats are low). It does have a rough ride. I noticed space on front seats is really cramped as compared to my 96 Max.
I got a used 2003 RS one, and it is pretty good.
It had 128000 on it, so I just took it to mechanic to change the timing belt. It was a good call; the belt went out pretty bad and there were cracks.
Other than that, the car is in amazing shape in and out. After a smog check and diagnostic check, they said it is worth of money. Nothing is wrong with a car. It is kind of noisier than my old car, but it is understandable since it is "sporty car"
Also even though it is just 2L, it's going upto 110m/h easily and is good on gas. Also I get 31+ XD.