unlike many kids here, i dont live with much money. i can't just point at a car i want and have it. if that was the case i would be in an evo or sti right now. i was at a used car auction and my mom gave me two rules. no manual and must be affordable. the best car that fit those limitations was the eclipse. so i really didn't have too many options. it has very low mileage so chances of any mechanical problems were low. that's why i ended up with a freaking eclipse. i was also on my winter break during my college years and needed a car right away. and no, i wouldn't have gotten a civic i hate those things.
how much did you pay? i'm gonna assume low teens
in that case, you had plenty of better options, including a preowned rx-8, 350z, gti, civic si, mach 1, and many other cars
in fact, i would actually take a civic over an eclipse
its reliable, practical, gets good gas mileage, and doesnt scream "LOOK AT ME. I THOUGHT I WAS BUYING A SPORTSCAR BUT REALLY I BOUGHT A BLOATED PIECE OF SHIT"