2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse - GT
Pros: Smooth, sleek body design
Cons: Small trunk and teracotta leather interior
Advice: Buy the six cylinder to enjoy the handlingThe GT has excellent power and responsiveness. Visibility forward, out the side windows and out the rear is good with limited sight in the typical blind spots. Side view mirror placement is further back than expected with small mirrors. Shifting is smooth and firm. 5th is a slight reach with no feeling you're going into 3rd or 5th. 1st is easy to start out in. The ride is firm and cornering level. Braking is firm but not stiff. Engine compartment is full. The battery is located at the firewall and has a cross member covering a corner. The trunk is shallow due to the 17.7 gallon gas tank and full-size spare. Road noise is very minimal. Doors are solid with a window sealing feature. Front seats are comfortable but leave no room for rear seat foot space when the front seats are pushed back. Headroom is acceptable for the average male but not for all people. If you drive this car and aren't used to the power, you'll enjoy the acceleration. Make sure you drive the car at night to appreciate the interior lighting, gauges and headlights.
2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse - GT
Pros: New style is much classier than the previous model.
Cons: The color selection is better suited to midsized grocery-getters and not a sports car.
Advice: Keep your foot out of it or you will swear you're driving an SUV every time you gas up.Finally, An Eclipse that runs as good as it looks! Plenty of power and responsiveness to spare. Everything was tight and very little road noise for a car in this class and price range. Very Impressive!
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer - ES
Pros: The style of the vehicle
Cons: The accelerating problem
Advice: Since ther have been no recalls on this vehicle for the problem that I experienced I would check to see if anyone else has had this problem before I purchased it.I purchased my vehicle in 2003 and was happy with it's performance up until September of 2005. On three different occasions I experienced the car making a funny noise and accelerating on it's own. I took the car to have it serviced and was told by the service repair person that no one had ever reported having a problem of this kind. Since I have had the vehicle repaired I do not feel comfortable driving it. I bought all new tires because I was told that my two front tires were starting to bald. It appears as though the car could be idled too high or something. Since I do not know that much about cars I have no idea what the problem could be. If Mitsubishi does not know what is wrong with it there would be no way that I would even have a clue. I had my vehicle serviced by Mitsubishi in September 2005. I was told that the vehicle was due for some computer upgrades which may or may not have caused the problem that I experienced with my vehicle. All I can say is since I have had the car serviced it still feels as though it is accelerating when I am trying to slow down. I am now in the process of trying to pay off the vehicle so that I can trade it in for another Make/Model. Before this problem arose I had anticipated trading my Lancer in for the new Eclipse. I guess that I do not have to tell you that Misubishi will be losing me as a customer.
2002 Mitsubishi Mirage - DE
Pros: Looks sporty, but still cheap to drive and maintain, one of the best sport compacts for the money.
Cons: I't should have a tackometer on it and better engine such as the one in the EVO, thats the 2.0 with the turbo.
Advice: Add the tires I added and your car will be nimble and grip like a cat. Also up it up a bit and have a car that will outperform a car thats twice the price are better.I have a 2002 de coupe, I bought it 13 months ago and have logged over 30k miles on it. My car averages 30 mpg no matter how fast I drive it, thats city and highway average. I tend to push my car to the limites of performance though. For a car with so little horspower it moves if you know how to drive it. Mine has gotten up to 125 m.p.h on 87 octane. I feathered the gas once just enough to keep it between 55 and 70 on the highway, and it got 41 mpg on a 260 mile ride some of which was through the smokies up I40. I added chrome plated 16 inch rims with Yokahoma parada spec-2 tires in size 205/45/VR16, and with those rain raceing tires and aluminum mags it handles a corner like a porscha will. I have had no problems with my car that wasn't my fault. It's reliable, peepy and good on fuel, I recomend it highly.
2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse - GS
Pros: The 'Look'
Cons: When you bring back up the top the windows go down.
Advice: BUY BUY BUY it makes the BMW look like a cheap ride with thousands of dollars less.The 2002 Eclipse Spyder is off the hook. I bought it in Red with black leather interior. I put 18' inch rims with low profile tires on it. The car handles with ease hugs the road like a trooper I have hit 130 MPH and it handles like a Vette. The body of this car is such a beauty that it turns heads everyway I go. But then again I got the florescent lights on the bottom. I also got the Lamborginin doors to boot so the car is off the chain!
2002 Mitsubishi Mirage - DE
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: Its existance
Advice: Don't.I own one, and it is a piece of junk. Trim is falling off the car left and right for no reason whatsoever, and the engine continuously needs servicing. Avoid it like the cancer it is.
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - LS
Pros: The Sporty Appearance
Cons: they could have added a couple more features to the dash
Advice: great engine/great tranny...................drive it to 200kWow!!!! Think about it. An economical, sporty station wagon. I think it is a very comfortable ride not to mention smooth on the road. With the research I've done I've found that people get anywhere from 21-25 mpg and this stands to reason. My insurance company gave me a 20% disc due to the fact that it ranks well in the safety dept. I also like the fact that because I'm 5'2' this is the first vehicle I can sit the recommended 10-12 inches from the steering wheel. My 6'2' husband fits inside well. I am very curious to see how it rides in a snowstorm though.