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How many of us use our DSMs as actual daily cars? Or how many own just a DSM?

Posted by Kryndon, Feb 15, 2019

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. I own more than 1 car so the DSM is not my daily car

  4. I own more than 1 car but the DSM is still my daily car

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  1. aaronth777

    aaronth777 Probationary Member

    Joined Apr 12, 2015
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    I've daily driven my gsx ever since I bought it a year ago. Not only daily driven, but I've road tripped between North Carolina and Ohio 4 times. Never broken down on me, I've only had to change the starter once. My only issue is the 5 speed bumps I have to drive over daily in my apartment complex haha

    Street Build 657  1

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
  2. MattHDSM

    MattHDSM Probationary Member

    Joined Oct 20, 2018
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    I daily my Talon except during the winter. The poor thing is rusty enough underneath and it doesn't need any salt speeding the process LOL

    Street Build 295  3

    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    16.870 @ 82.17 · 2G DSM
  3. SouthIndy_Talon

    SouthIndy_Talon Proven Member

    Joined Jul 1, 2014
    Greenwood, Indiana
    I daily drove mine everyday until around 2 years ago. It was my daily for the past 12 years or so. My commute to work is around 80 miles round trip and it handled it with no problem. I ended up buy another car just to try to prevent putting excess miles on the new engine. However, I still drive it to work 2-3 times a week during the summer just because I like driving it so much.

    Street Build 769  1

    1990 Eagle Talon TSi
    fwd · manual · 1G DSM
  4. pksystems

    pksystems Proven Member

    Joined Nov 9, 2003
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    I've been driving mine fairly regularly, until global warming froze the battery a couple days ago. A battery blanket is on it's way. I hope it fits, since it's such a tight fit around the battery area.

    5K  25

    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
  5. CrackedDSM

    CrackedDSM Proven Member

    Joined Dec 17, 2009
    Oak Ridge, North Carolina
    FYI my dsms ac works amazingly. I’d drive it on a warm day in a heart beat.

    70  3

    2015 Ford Edge Sport
    awd · automatic · Misc Vehicles

    Street Build 4K  0

    1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    automatic · 2G DSM
  6. ec17pse

    ec17pse Freelancer

    Joined Nov 1, 2008
    London, Europe
    I have daily driven mine and it most likely would be ok but i opt not to some time ago as its not exactly comfy and also panels are even harder to come by,

    Road Race Build 8K  10  50

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    175 whp · 180.1 lb/ft · 2G DSM
  7. Bud92gsx

    Bud92gsx Proven Member

    Joined Jan 16, 2008
    Wisconsin, Wisconsin
    I dd'd mine for about 30k miles. Minimal repairs,thermostat,brakes,fluids, small things. Ohh wait no I blew two 13gs, and a radiator, still small things to me.

    4K  18  14

    1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    13.300 @ 102.400 · 1G DSM
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  8. JGL122

    JGL122 Proven Member

    Joined Aug 8, 2012
    Houston, Texas
    I daily drove a manual 2g all through my twenties, then a couple of years ago I got a beater automatic for work and been dailying that. It's kinda sorry to daily a stick shift in traffic. I mainly take it out now for weekend meets and occasional Fridays to work.

    Street Build 3K  5

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
  9. rEclipserGST

    rEclipserGST Proven Member

    Joined Nov 17, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    Daily here. I do prefer to rent a car if I need to visit family in philly. Don't need any surprises.

    Street Build 630  25

    1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    187 whp · 200 lb/ft · 2G DSM
  10. o0GuitarKid0o

    o0GuitarKid0o Proven Member

    Joined Dec 12, 2013
    Winnipeg ,MB, MB, Canada
    Daily drove mine for 4 years now I park her in the winter LOL

    Street Build 603  7

    1991 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo
    fwd · automatic · 1G DSM
  11. curt-s

    curt-s Proven Member

    Joined Dec 21, 2008
    Winterville, MB, Canada
    2 hours every couple days in summer is more than enough to leave my ears bleeding and back sore and with no a/c +30C is intolerable. DD a CX5.

    Street Build 2K  1

    1991 Eagle Talon TSi
    fwd · manual · 1G DSM
  12. motomattx

    motomattx Proven Member

    Joined Dec 9, 2010
    wampum, Pennsylvania
    Daily drove my 93' talon until it had around 300k, daily drove my 90' GSX until it had around 300k also, those were the only ones that I used as daily cars, after they were dead I now have my Spyder and built car that are just toys that come out in summer, I will say that it always felt so at home jumping into a 1g cockpit LOL its like riding a bicycle.

    Drag Race Build 3K  16

    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
  13. josh408

    josh408 Proven Member

    Joined Jan 29, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    I use to daily mine for about 2 years or so averaging 450 miles a week until my engine blew so during the rebuild I bought a 99 Civic Si as a daily and eventually just let my DSM sit for the most part after I finished the rebuild and everything. Runs but just sits now.

    Street Build 3K  4

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    11.935 @ 118.24 · 2G DSM
  14. Casem13

    Casem13 Proven Member

    Joined Apr 15, 2017
    Olympia, Washington
    My 2g gsx is my daily and I love it.

    Street Build 242  1

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    manual · 2G DSM
  15. KianaLynn

    KianaLynn Probationary Member

    Joined Nov 2, 2016
    Helena, Montana
    My dsm is my dd. But after the harsh winter we had in Montana, I ended up destroying my back bumper (fiber glass body kit. Big effing mistake) so my plan eventually is to buy back my old Honda from my dad so that I can start driving that during the winter.

    Street Build 628  0

    1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
  16. Travis92talon

    Travis92talon Probationary Member

    Joined May 17, 2015
    Clinton Twp., Michigan
    I bought a mint 92 talon tsi Fwd in 2015. It was bone stock with 87k original miles. I did some tasteful upgrades like hta68 turbo, 3 inch exhaust, vrsf intercooler, 950cc injectors, ecm link, etc. I work construction so I only drive it on nice days if I don't have to carry many tools to the job. It's now only got 90k miles on it. Its definitely a toy and only sees the road a few times a month since I have 5 cars total.

    Street Build 2K  16

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi
    fwd · manual · 1G DSM
  17. Galipso

    Galipso Proven Member

    Joined Aug 23, 2011
    Flint, Michigan
    I've owned my DSM for about 13 years. Of those, it's only ran for about 4. After my last rebuild, i got about 200 miles and my timing belt started running 1/4" off the cams grinding into the cover and it started smoking so i think i need the head flattened with a new head gasket.

    Street Build 3K  0

    1997 Eagle Talon TSi
    manual · 2G DSM
  18. Blk98420a

    Blk98420a Probationary Member

    Joined Nov 7, 2016
    Alexander city, Alabama
    Currently my 98 n/t is my daily when I'm home, I travel for work so 90% of my driving is in a company truck LOL. My Lexus is my daily but I pulled the motor to rebuild and refresh so I've been driving the eclipse around on the weekends. Runs like crap because it's a fully built for boost motor running stock ECU, tune, and injectors ‍♂️

    624  0

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    manual · 2G DSM
  19. Morphius

    Morphius DSM Wiseman

    Joined Jun 9, 2003
    M-Town, Michigan
    Used to. Put 300k-400k miles on 3 cars daily driving them. Then moved to CSM's when my commute was nearing 2 hours one way. Put about 200K on 3 CSM's. On in particular, I put 65K on in one year. Motor went. Moved to another one. All my DSM's/CSM's are parked now. I pull one out of the weeds every 2-3 years and get it running and drive it for fun in the summer. Now days I daily a 2000 Honda Insight. Currently at 345K miles and climbing. The insight has been the most reliable car I've owned. Gets good gas mileage. All aluminum/plastic so won't rust. Still a 2 seater with a manual to make it a a little fun. Best part is 60+ mpg. Now, I'm saving to build a hot rod project that'll utilize a DSM powertrain.
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  20. Volkan-Eclipse

    Volkan-Eclipse Probationary Member

    Joined Nov 25, 2018
    Kempten, Europe
    i only got one DSM and i Daily it i'ts also my first own Car (I'm from Germany) But to be honest that's the first and last winter i'm driving it not gonna do that again haha, also i don't know for sure how long this car will stay the owner before me well he was such a liar and now i'm stuck with some bad rust issues
  21. Tom Claffy

    Tom Claffy Probationary Member

    Joined Aug 1, 2017
    Ferguson, Missouri
    My 93 Eclipse is garaged at night so the frame and underside is really very clean for the age, I drive my Trailblazer in snow and extreme heat but otherwise, unless it's been in shop, it's been my daily car going on 15 years now. Just put my 3rd engine in it after the timing belt broke and the a/c failed on me late last fall but I'll replace the compressor before spring. Love that 5 speed and 30 mpg.Parts are getting awfully hard to come by so I am pretty careful with it. That low front bumper needs some love again as well as some very minor dings but everything else still runs good.
  22. SleepingTSI

    SleepingTSI Probationary Member

    Joined Dec 27, 2011
    Colorado Spring, Colorado
    Most definitely, for 14years and counting now I've daily driven a DSM. Though I've own alot of them, always kept one running and still do even with a 100mile roundtrip commute! My current 2g has over 300k on the bottom end and still keeps up with or smokes anything that thinks it's fast enough to step. Breaks my heart see that its days are growing short as parts have started to become a bit more difficult to find...but I'll keep it goin as long as possible!
  23. Widgmaster

    Widgmaster Supporting VIP

    Joined Aug 24, 2018
    Sarnia, ON, Canada
    I only have one car , 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT V6 . Harsh winters in Canada can be brutal on a car so mine is parked until good weather. Looking around for a winter beater , some thing I can tow my boat with.. I`m going to be adding front and rear bumper lips and side skirts for eye candy.. Not into performance any more. My Project 23-001.jpg

    10  1

    2002 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab
    rwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles

    100  7

    2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT
    fwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles
  24. JW14

    JW14 Probationary Member

    Joined Jun 21, 2018
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    I also own 2 cars. I have a 2012 Lancer and my 98 eclipse. My wife drives the Lancer daily and I drive the Eclipse daily. Sometimes we don't need to use both so we take either-or depending on where we are going and how much vehicle space we need. Love the AWD in this weather! Always a joy to drive in the snow. winter1.jpeg

    Street Build 514  3

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
  25. GReddyTalon

    GReddyTalon Supporting Member

    Joined Feb 7, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I daily drove mine from 2001 to 2011.
    At 314,xxx km I blew the motor then for a year I built a motor for it (and had two kids), so it's been parked since 2011. Drove it for a couple months last summer but that's about it.

    I have a 2001 that I daily drive now and my wife's got the Aviator to take the kids around.
    I do miss driving the dsm like crazy though.

    83  1

    2003 Lincoln Aviator
    rwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles

    83  1

    2001 Toyota Altezza RS200
    rwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles

    Street Build 282  14

    1996 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · automatic · 2G DSM

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