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Pros: Comfort, Safety, reliability, less target for theft.
Cons: Fuel Economy is well below it's competitors.
Advice: Buy it if comfort and safety satisfy you. If you're looking for good Fuel Economy it's not the car to buy.The lancer drives very well. It's as quiet as any of it's competitors, as corolla, etc. It soaks up most of the bumps with minimum effect in the passanger car. It's engine, a dohc with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timming and it's continuously variable transmission both work to perfection. I've had two prior generation lancers and they all were highly reliable, with minimum repairs and breakdowns under severe use. The car is very safe and sturdy - uses very strong steel. The only flaw is that the epa fuel economy is already below it's competitors and below the prior generation lancer 2006. And when you drive it - it seems like it's below the epa estimates also.
Pros: Combo NAV computer/HDD/Sirius sat radio
Cons: Engine power output w/ CVT tranny
Advice: Good buy for commuting, but don't expect to have a blast driving it.I owned the 04' Ralliart Lancer before, and traded it in for the 08' as soon as I saw it on the lot. The car is feature packed for the cost, as long as you get the GTS model with the NAV package. The technology keeps you occupied on long drives to work, while the comfort level keeps you happy when you get there. The only downside is that the CVT version of this car feels downright anemic when you step on the gas. It takes it's time to get moving, but once it gets up and running it hums along easily. Would recommend.
Pros: Sleek exterior, heated leather seats, warranty, pickup
Cons: blind spots but eventually you get used to them if you use your mirrors correctly
Advice: Hold out for the V6. It's definitley worth it! And hold out for low initial mileage.I loved this car the moment my foot slammed on the gas. It takes premium fuel but hopefully that means the engine will stay good longer. I have had mine for about a week now and I love it. I take mine out for rides just for the hell of it. Surprisingly, I enjoy the fact that the car has virtually no backseat cuz then nobody will want to pile in the car. Which is nice for people who don't want to perpetually haul their friends around. Beautiful rear LED lights and cool blue interior, this car is definitley a little rock star for all the attention that it gets. I don't regret buying this car one bit!
Pros: My favorite feature is the color (and the steering wheel controls and sunroof).
Cons: The lack of leg room in the back seat. Why are seats even there? It makes people want to get in
Advice: If you're looking for a quiet interior...forget it. The heater and a/c are LOUD.Test drove 2007 Eclipse GS on freeway. I loved the smoothness of just cruising, and the thrill of it's accelleration. Blind spots were at first a concern, but once I became used to the mirrors and positioning, blind spots really not a problem. Just position and use your mirrors properly.
Pros: Quick, no fuss automatic and hide-a-way top-down operation
Cons: Lower gas mileage than expected of 22MPG mixed city/hwy. Mileage has not gotten better with 8000 miles driven so far.
Advice: Think hard about buying the GT with the larger engine. My smaller GS engine was less expensive and has excellent acceleration without requiring Premium gasI have had NO problems with torque steer some have complained about. Car drives perfectly with low road noise for a convertible. I love this drop-top. Sexy styling, easy top-down, AWESOME 650W - 9 speaker stereo, and good trunk space for a convertible. This car ROCKS!!! By the way, blind spots with the top up are normal for convertibles.
Pros: Love the styling, color, fit, finish, mileage, stereo.
Cons: Steering pulls to left, hot seats, poor turning radius, no light in trunk
Advice: Test drive the car in the left lane of the freeway and release the wheel, (I didn't do this until after I bought the car), the pulls quite noticably to the left, requires CONSTANT pressure to keep straight.I have had the car for only half of the month since I bought it. The rest of the time has been spent diagnosing why the car always pulls to the left, really bad in the left lane and even in the the far right lane. Several the dealer personal have driven the car and agree it pulls left. Test drove 4 other new Eclipses, they all do it. The deal sent me to a frame and alignment specialist. He tried to adjust but concluded there was not enough adjustment and that he could not make the car go straight down the road. The car is very fatiguing to drive. Mitsubishi sent an engineer and agreed on our test drive that it pulls left...engineered that way. Working on a solution but no caster adjustment. May have to return the car. Totally unacceptable as it is. Would Fabric seats do not breath very well, very hot.
Pros: recaro seats, overall styling
Cons: no cruise control
Advice: none needed. once you drive it ,its yours!!!!!!!!probably the nicest car for the price. that is if your looking for a race car. it has great style compared to the subaru wrx/sti . i test drove both and this one was slightly more but i found more responsive and comfortable