So my friend just recently got a pretty sweet 03 Eclipse GT to rice. Its his second rice project after his first (99 Mercury Cougar) failed miserably. He just got it and hasn't put very much into it yet but its already a pretty sweet and fun car. All it has on it right now is a straight pipe and high flow exhaust. We had it way out in the country today on the back roads and got it to about 120 no problem for a $4000 car its pretty fast. It will be amazing to watch this project play out and see what he can do with it.
With that said his recent acquisition has inspired me to undertake my own rice project. I have been researching cars for a couple days and I have kind of decided on an older generation of Eclipse preferably a GST. My budget is only about $5k so it isn't like I have massive resources and these seem like they can have massive potential and upside.
So what do you guys know about these cars? And are there other ones you would recommend that would make a better rice burner? I'm kind of new to the whole scene so I am just trying to get my start. And you guys seem like you could help me out a little