by guitar_guy on Jun 8, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car new in 2004.
It was February, and the salesman was discouraged as he walked me to the lot, and the car was under a pile of snow.
He said all he had was a 4 cylinder with standard transmission... I didn't let on, but that's EXACTLY what I wanted.
The car has been a dream to own.
I have performed regular maintenance with my own mechanics.
I never went back to the dealer, and never needed to.
Oil changes every 3000, and regular timing belt changes were the bulk of maintenance.
Also plugs every 60k.
I replaced two tie rods, and recently an axle (after 189,000).
Two sets of brake pads.
That's about it.
I love this car, and I don't want to part with it.
by mutt on Dec 20, 2007 Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
It's been a fun car with enough acceleration to drive however you want (manual transmission). With only a 4 banger, it gets almost "green car" gas mileage. A perfect blend of mpg and acceleration. When I test drove the automatic, it didn't respond how I wanted to drive. Its easy to work on, the spark plugs and oil changes are easy access. Its had 112,000 miles driven in about 5 years. No problems with regular maintrnance. Now if only my wife would learn to drive stick shift.
by Eric on Dec 18, 2006 Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I love the car - the way it drives and looks, but a few problems are souring me. Water immediately got in the doors during rain and caused a moldy smell. Now the power windows are failing at 90,000 miles. The A/C went out at 80,000 miles. The brakes are of moderate quality and durability. The window tint started peeling within 50,000 miles. The hatchback is tough to open and won't stay up in cold weather. The interior poorly designed - I reach too far for many things. The plastic interior takes a beating. The plastic hooks for the floor mats break easily. Also, the blind spot is a major issue and the A/C (when working) saps much engine power. On small bumps, I bottom out the nose. But man, at 60 mph, the acceleration is great.
A new higher-performance Mitsubishi Eclipse joins the lineup for 2003. Dubbed the GTS, its 3.0-liter V6 has 10 more horses than the same engine found under the hood of the GT, and a number of luxury features justify its standing as the top Eclipse. A new front fascia along with revised front and rear light clusters round out the changes.