"We bought this car a few months back for my 17 year old son. Exterior and interior were in excellent shape with new tires and seemed to run fine. Within a month, we lost power. Took it into a shop and they said it had a slight head gasket leak (indicator of past overheat was a new radiator). Also needed a timing belt replaced and a tune-up. Quoted $2,500. I used head gasket sealer adder for 500 miles and it seemed to work.Did a tune my myself (have to take manifold off to get to back 3 plugs), changed valve cover gaskets too. found back valve cover was bent and patched with gasket sealer. This created a new oil leak so I had to find a used on on line for $150. New one was about $500... really? Oh, and the throttle cable stuck and almost cause a wreak... $200 for a new cable. Now I find out both catalytic converters are bad/plugged. $1,400 was two quotes and one for $900. Throw-out bearing is making noise. Long story, this particular car was not a good purchase and just a heads up for others out there that: Timing belts are $800 because you should replace water pump while your at it. Cat's are around $1,400, throw out bearing $400 they take premium gas and cost more to insure. Take it to a mechanic for a check up before you buy. I thought I knew how to check out cars but this one snuck by me. I am paying for for repairs than I paid for the car at $3,700"
"This is an UPDATE to a review I left on 12.11.11. I still own my 2000 Eclipse GT which is now 16 years old (I purchased in Dec 1999). My silver Eclipse is automatic transmission with 3.0L V6 engine. The odometer just turned over 500,000 miles with the original engine and very little maintenance (click on pic to see), and it still looks great! I have changed the timing belt only once in 16 years and had only one tune-up. I get the oil changed every 10,000-20,000 miles (clearly I'm bad at following recommended maintenance schedules). I changed the radiator myself at about 480,000 miles which was super easy (I'm not a mechanic. I looked up how to do it online). It still runs great though a few minor problems (small oil leak, AC not cooling great, lifts no longer hold hatchback open) which is expected after 16 years and half-a-million miles. Still runs great whether in summer heat or extreme blizzards (WY/CO). I will be sad when my "Silver Horse" stops running."
Pros: "Great gas mileage, fun to drive, powerful V6"
Cons: "Not enough leg room in back seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my 2003 Eclipse new. I have really enjoyed this car. Great for road trips and just getting around town. It has never given me a bit of trouble. I have had to replace the battery once in all the years I have owned it. Hate to get rid of it, but I need something with a little more room, and something with a little higher clearance."
"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."