I bought my car brand new in 2003 n it still runs GREAT! It's a problem free car only had to do minor things in the thirteen years I've owned it. Tires oil changes belt extra. The little things. I love my car after all these years!
The 2003 GT Eclipse is great! I recently traded it in for a brand new Mazda3 which is also fantastic, but I often find myself missing the Eclipse even though my Mazda3 is fully loaded and is very fun to drive itself! The car drove extremely well but certainly was not meant to be tuned as it wasn't fast and the engine was.... interesting to work on to say the least. That's certainly not saying that it was not fast enough to pass other cars with ease when called upon.
She was an absolute head turner, I powder coated the stock rims black and put limo tint on the windows which REALLY made her stand out from the crowd. When I had the sunroof flipped out, she was one of the sportiest cars on the road. I didn't have the leather interior but it was still perfect with how Mitsubishi laid everything out. The sound package that came with her was fantastic and I never needed to touch it as it was spot on. I did, however, swap the head unit with something more modern (bluetooth). Mechanically, this car was partially sound. Downsides were replacing wearing parts such as the timing belt (yes, it has a timing belt in the v6) and maintaining the suspension which became a headache near the end of my ownership. The cruise control solenoid failed near the end too, which left the "Cruise" light on and the actual unit unusable.
Another issue that apparently a lot of Mitsu's have is the engine burning and leaking oil, which at 139,000 miles on mine was a serious problem, every gasket on the engine was leaking oil (head gasket, valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, and even the main rear seal which was NOT WORTH IT TO FIX AT ALL). I did a lot of the maintenance work on it myself such as replacing a cracked radiator which resulted from road debris, the front bumper which a truck backing out of a parking spot poked a hole into with their hitch, replacing spark plugs and cleaning the intake. I can't say my knees didn't take a beating from doing this work as a result of the v6, but at the end of the day it was easy and Mitsubishi designed this car to be easy to maintain and allowed me to cut my teeth on car maintenance for the first time. It had very slight rust issues but that's easy to overlook because it only affected specific parts of the car.
I love this car and would recommend it to anyone. I enjoyed it and still really miss her, wish that I could have kept her but the dealer gave me a trade-in offer that I couldn't pass up. I hope if anyone ever owns my car in the future, they can fix her up properly and give her a garage that I always wish I could have provided. :)
Bought this car for $4,000 in 2012, with 80,000 miles on it. I must have got a bad one. I had to replace coil packs shortly after buying it, and a main bearing in the engine went out as I was driving down the interstate and it began knocking. I barely got it home. Had to replace the engine, clutch, motor mounts, hoses, plugs, wires, coil packs, control arms, drive shaft, and a few other things by 102,000 miles. Then shortly after, the transmission had a bearing go out, and had to replace the tranny, alternator, and tierods by 112,000 miles. Had a few misc. issues, the hatch supports that hold the trunk lost pressure and had to be replaced, the seatbelt dinger stopped working, check engine light came on, starter became weak, headlights fell apart and had to be replaced (couldn't see more than 15 feet in front of my car), and for some reason the passenger side headlamp would burn out every 2 months. The front turn signals had to be replaced because they got water in them and corroded the socket, causing the turn signals to malfunction. This car just seemed like it was one problem after the next, and I lost my rear end on this car when I finally sold it, with 125,000 miles. I also noticed that the car had a weird shift link up. The engine would drop its RPM almost immediately after pushing the clutch to shift, then would jerk when letting it out after getting the car in gear. When starting out, it would vibrate really bad when letting the clutch out. The steering would pull to the left, unless I got on it, which would cause it to go straight, until I let up on the gas. The car was not equipped with ABS, and was incredibly dangerous to drive in snow. One inch would cause it to fishtail from behind, unless I pumped the breaks, which was difficult in some situations.
Best model they made what do you expect. Its governed at 147. Anyone that says they had theyre 4cyl to 150 either doesnt have a gov or is lieing. But the car is fast. 0 to 60 in about 6 sec. Very nice and fun to drive got the car at 70k