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2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Hatchback

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 147 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

  • More of a comfortable cruiser than a high-winding, apex-strafing sport coupe.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfortable ride quality, plenty of standard equipment, smooth V6 power in GT and GTS trim.

  • Cons

    Sloppy handling compared to its competitors, uninspired interior design, side airbags and antilock brakes are available only on the GTS model.

  • What's New for 2005

    New for the 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse is the REMIX Edition that features a unique shift knob and steering wheel, leather front seating surfaces, a 210-watt Infinity stereo with six-disc CD changer, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tip, color-keyed door mirrors and REMIX Edition badges. The base RS model has been dropped for 2005.

Full 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

What's New for 2005

New for the 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse is the REMIX Edition that features a unique shift knob and steering wheel, leather front seating surfaces, a 210-watt Infinity stereo with six-disc CD changer, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tip, color-keyed door mirrors and REMIX Edition badges. The base RS model has been dropped for 2005.

Introduction

When it debuted back in 1990, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was a feisty little sport coupe with a nimble chassis that could be had with a powerful turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. The second generation, introduced in 1995, brought a bulbous body but kept the scrappy character. Last redesigned in 2000, the Eclipse has grown up into a more refined, though softer, sportster that stakes its claim on edgy styling and respectable performance at an affordable price. While the Eclipse is a comfortable and fairly swift (with V6 power) coupe, the enjoyment quotient isn't as high as in the previous versions. True driving enthusiasts will be disappointed by the car's isolated and floaty feel when it's pushed, preferring more feedback from the steering and less body roll from the suspension. But evidently, the middle-of-the-road 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse is fine for most folks, judging by its impressive sales numbers. Still, there are a number of worthy competitors that offer more sporting character for the same or less money, such as the Acura RSX, Mini Cooper, Scion tC and Volkswagen GTI. Fortunately, a fully redesigned version is expected to debut in 2006 that should close the gap between the Eclipse and its more modern competitors.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse is offered in three trim levels: GS, GT and GTS. Standard equipment on every model includes power windows, mirrors and door locks; an anti-theft system; air conditioning; a height-adjustable driver seat; a CD player; auto-off headlights; and alloy wheels. Additional standard features include 16-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a split-folding rear seat. Next up is the GT, which adds 17-inch wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, ground effects, a chrome exhaust tip and foglights. The top-dog GTS packs a sunroof, leather seating surfaces, a power driver seat, rear window wiper and washer and a 210-watt, seven-speaker Infinity audio system with an in-dash CD changer. GS buyers can get many of these features by ordering the REMIX package, which adds a unique shift knob and steering wheel, leather, the aforementioned Infinity sound system (with CD changer), a chrome exhaust tip, color-keyed mirrors and REMIX Edition badges.

Powertrains and Performance

The GS model comes with a four-cylinder engine that displaces 2.4 liters and produces 147 horsepower (142 hp with the automatic). The GT model is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine making 200 horsepower. The GTS is slightly more muscular than the GT, as it sports 210 horses. All models can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission with a sequential-shift Sportronic mode. The V6 delivers its power in a smooth manner that's great for cruising but a little lackluster when it comes to more spirited driving.

Safety

Three major safety features -- antilock brakes, side airbags and traction control -- are only available on the top trim level, the GTS. In the government crash tests, the 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse scored four (out of five) stars for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal impacts and five stars for side-impact protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

Featuring a symmetrical cockpit, the Eclipse's interior is dull in appearance and heavy on low-grade interior materials. There is a unique top-mounted display for the audio system, but you still have to look down to fiddle with the buttons on the stereo, so it doesn't help much. The front seats are softly padded, which is beneficial for long commutes, but more aggressive drivers will be begging for additional side support. Rear passengers will want more of just about everything, including headroom, legroom and thigh support.

Driving Impressions

Eclipses, particularly with the V6 engine, are pleasant to drive, thanks to a smooth power delivery and a compliant suspension. Power from the four-cylinder is certainly adequate, and the V6's torque curve makes it an easy car to drive around town and on the highway. In terms of handling, the car is better suited for cruising rather than hard driving. The suspension is softly tuned, and driver involvement is minimal.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great car great buy!

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Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS 2dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

This is an amazing car the 5-speed manual is the way to go! It has great power, its very easy to drive, its okay on gas, and its a blast to drive! I would recommend this car to anybody! I love driving now, it hugs the road like no other car I have drove and its just a great car in general!




Rocket #2

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Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS 2dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Just bought the 05 last week it has the slap shifter it's nice but our 98 is more fun,the downside is the Cost for basic Mait I Pd $260.00 for O2 sensors x 3 yep there's 3 & spark plugs & wires are gonna cost a bit & will be a job & Dealer charges 325.00 & Don't loose ur Key's esp the Spare ours came w 1 key & I was told 1 key was $300.00 but if U buy one online & only need Dealer to prog it cost is $50.00 Ouch I miss goin & havin one made for few bucks Geeze



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Bad paint job

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Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS 2dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Overall the car is a good car. It looks good and handles good. I have had no problems with either the engine or drive train. My three negatives, one because of space available between the seat, roof and steering wheel it can be a little difficult for driver to enter. Second engineering design has turn signal blocked by steering wheel.(move light or change steering wheel design). Last this summer two bad paint spots appeared. One between sun roof and back window, the second between trunk and rear window.




Can't believe it!!!

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Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS 2dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I leased in 2005 and bought in 2008! I have had NO PROBLEMS with my 2005 MITSI!!!!!!!NADA!! ZERO!!! Go figure! PLUS My wife would KILL ME if I traded her for a 350 Z..I'm sold!




Love my car

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Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I'm a women in my late 40s and this is the first car I ever got to pick out brand new and buy just because I liked it. I've had it now over two years and I love it. I still smile every time I see it in the driveway. It runs great and is very fun to drive. My only complaint is that shortly after I bought it, I bumped into a pole (too low to see at my son's baseball field) and it creased the bumper. I thought for a hit that light, it should have not shown any damage but it did. So I think the body is not very forgiving. Still wouldn't want anything else, it's a fun car.




2005 eclipse gts coupe -

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Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS 2dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

I am very pleased with my Eclipse. Though, this is the second one I've owned since 2001. The car extremey fun to drive and not something that becomes burdensome after a short while. The leather seating is comfortable, and the interior is roomy enough for the driver and passenger. I don't consider this car a true "Sports Car" by definition, but I would call it a "Sporty" vehicle. It has enough power and torque to get you where you're going as fast as you want, but don't expect to race your neighbor's flashy Nissan 350Z. Mitsubishi has definately upped their build quality since the '90's. This Eclipse feels solid and is extremely reliable. The clutch on the 5-speed models is very forgiving and easy to drive.



Talk About The 2005 Eclipse

2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Discussions See all Started By

pocahontas
pocahontas
03-06-2001
Here is the new place to discuss the Mitsubishi Eclipse 2-door hatchback (GS, GT, and/or RS). Thanks for your participation....


modifiedmitsu
modifiedmitsu
05-16-2005
Mitsubishi dealerships will showcase the 2006 Eclipse beginning in late May, 2005. NO OFFICIAL PRICING HAS BEEN SET....


iluvmysephia1
iluvmysephia1
08-16-2007
Yesterday I saw a commercial that I think I've only seen one other time about the Mitsubishi Eclipse. It has a young couple speeding along in their Sunburst Orange Eclipse. They stop and press towards...



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