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By Nike on Sunday, March 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Inexpensive to buy, good mpg, good power"
Cons: "Expensive to fix, unreliable, faulty engine design"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I've had the vehicle 3 years now. It appears a common problem with the engine is with the valves and the valve guides. I've had it rebuilt twice. I've not raced or modified it, just a few leisurely weekend drives here and there. Even a few cross country trips. Meticulously maintained, yet it still saw fit to break without a moments notice. Day 1 starts with a check engine light, and about an hour later after a few diagnostics and taking the heads off, the valves are having problems again. Not to mention the design and placement of the engine makes it nearly impossible to work on without a lift and specialty tools. The rear head that houses cylinders 1, 3, and 5 is located partially under the firewall and is covered by the intake manifold (which coincidentally is also partially tucked under the firewall). So reaching the bottom bolts to take it off to do any sort of work seems dubious at best without undying patience and specialty tools. It's a very enjoyable vehicle to own, very fun to drive. But in 3 years I'd never thought I'd spend over 10,000 maintaining and rebuilding it just so I could drive to work and back. IMHO it's just not worth the hassle, it's an expensive rebuild process. I've loved this car, but it's just not worth the headache."
By Di on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Well designed car!!!"
Cons: "Can't think of any!!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is the best car I have ever owned! It is fun to drive, very reliable, comfortable, good-looking, hugs the road, has a fantastic sound system, is quiet, and just a joy to own at a great price!!! I don't understand why Mitsubishi downsized this model and then discontinued it! I certainly would buy another one!!! I am a VERY SATISFIED customer!!!!"
By Reem on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, good looks"
Cons: "Interior is very cheap"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my 2001 Mitsubishi eclipse GT spyder! This car is very fun to drive and not bad on gas. This is a very good looking car i always get compliments on it. Never had any problems with it either"
By Shadow54 on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great power and handling make this a fun drive!"
Cons: "Poor turning radius, paint job, comfort limit fun."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Great reliable car with good points outweighing bad. Supper power for this small sport car. Will pass and corner in the mountains with the best of them. One draw back to the handling is the big turning radius. Our motorhome almost has a better turning radius. Black paint job has never been a staying item- always fading even after a repaint. Back seats are not meant for anyone but tiny adults, kids, or our dogs. Lift gate lifters stopped lifting long ago in cool weather. All in all "Shadow" has been a fun and practical drive for 12+ years."
By Stephanie on Saturday, January 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "Exterior looks great, drives great...."
Cons: "....When it's actually running."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"These cars look amazing, nice and sleek. They drive like a dream. However.... Once one thing goes wrong - such as the starter needing replaced, it feels like the whole car falls apart. My starter went out in March, followed by the thermostat starting to fail in July. Two weeks after the thermostat is replaced, the hood release comes off in my hand and the temperature gauge seems to be busted. The heat has since ceased to work, sometimes blowing hot most of the time blowing cold. This car is a NIGHTMARE. And getting someone to work on it? HAH. Car repair shops laugh when they see me coming because they either don't want to work on it or they know they are about to make a KILLING because it's so difficult to work on. This car is without a doubt the BIGGEST mistake of my life."
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