"The Eclipse has been sitting in yard over one year and half because Needs a new battery $75.00 then tow nearest shop $75.00 fee or near city approx. $200.Shop diagnostic fee $ 98.00. Vehicle has head gasket link or repair $350- $600 leak water inside two pistons. Water linking inside vehicle bc water pump replaced $150. No alignment can done because all suspension of vehicle front end need replace: shocks tie rod leaking $900-$1500."
Pros: "Good price, fits in small parking space, sun roof,"
Cons: "Headlights didn't last long, Needed a better radio"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great little car. I loved it so much I drove it for 210,000 miles and it's still running great. A/C lasted all this time with no repairs or re-charging then died at 210,000 miles. No major repairs, replaced the chain twice. Regular oil changes at 4,000 to 7,000 miles. Replaced headlights often but that was it! It just keeps running. Pretty good gas mileage: 25 around town and 31 on the highway. Back seats fold down so you get a great trunk space. Back seats are tiny and not very easy to get into and not much leg room. Wonderful commute car."
"I bought this car 2yrs ago at 138,000 miles on it and the car already had a few mods. It has an AEM Cold Air Intake, Headers, & Performance Exhaust. It also has a tune and that's important because I have the "sportstronic" gearbox which has the manual mode and I am able to red line it. 1st and 2nd gear pulls are definitely the strongest while 3rd and 4th gear pulls are typically weak. My 0-60 time is anywhere between 6.0 - 6.5 seconds which is pretty good for the price I paid for this car. You cannot find a turbo or supercharger for this car anymore but if you are satisfied with bolt-ons you can expect to get alot from this vehicle. I've beaten tons of other modded Mustangs and modded Civics. The most reliable car I ever had. Only had to change the fuel pump."
"Sadly, I only had my 2004 Eclipse GT for 13 months before I was involved in a high speed collision and my car was totaled. A 24-foot Budget rental truck merged into my driver's side door at 60mph and I then spun around the front of the truck and hit the concrete median of the highway. The front tire of the truck ended up running over right behind where my head was located, and the back tires ran over the hood of my car since I spun about 270 degrees.
The paramedics were amazed that I only had scrapes, bruises and some soreness. One even said they need to get an Eclipse for their daughter after seeing how I made it out of the wreckage.
The car had great handling and enough kick to the engine to make driving on high ways very fun while also feeling secure.
If I could find another one in as excellent condition as this one was, I would not hesitate to buy it. The things I didn't really like were the placement of the cup holders because they always got in the way since mine was a manual transmission, and the lack of an audio input. But that you can't really find standard in older cars."
Cons: "No blue tooth or navigation, low tech, old school"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car out of college and LOVED driving it. We drove it to South Carolina from PA a couple times, also all over PA. It gets great gas mileage has decent trunk space for a coupe and even hauled my first born until it became apparent that it was not really designed to haul car seats. We used it as a commuter for some time but decided our 2 mile commutes to work were just not worth keeping the car on our insurance. We are sad to let it go. It has been so good to us."
"I have 2001 Spyder Eclipse (convertible). I love the look of the car, and I bought it with 108k Los Angeles miles (which are pretty rough on a car). However, it served me pretty well over the past few years in LA. It has started having its issues at 140-150,000 miles. Power windows started burning out, convertible top motor burned out, and I am in the process of having to replace the water pump. I also notice is is starting to shifts gears kinda rough these days.
So, its ready to retire. However, I think it would have had another 15-20k miles before it reached this point if it hadnt spent its life in LA's brutal traffic (and possibly if I had invested in a bit more preventative maintenance also). Overall, it demanded very little maintenance up to this point.
It's true that it is quite small, and you'd expect a little better gas mileage for a car 4 cylinder car that small. However, it isnt intended to be a family car. For a single girl in LA, it was the perfect car for me."