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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Fun Car!
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By Ruben
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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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My Eclipse GS has 105,000 miles (got it with 35,000). It has been pretty reliable, besides doing some maintenance which isn't cheap. Other than that, it is an extremely fun car to drive. Moon roof open, windows down, it makes you feel good. Acceleration sounds awesome, even on the highway. When you sit in the driver's seat, you know you're in a sports car. It's OK in New England winter, but AWESOME in the summer!


Best Features

Body style, moon roof, engine sound, auto/manual transmission, steering wheel, spoiler.


Worst Features

Reduce road noise, definitely make the doors lighter, add a timing chain instead of belt.


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Reliable but not as fast as it looks
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By jrod
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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Just recently bought my 03 gs eclipse, it's a 4 cylinder so less power, better gas mileage. I thought with slight mods it would be a lot faster than what it is. Hasn't stalled or broken down on me once, and it is still fun to drive, and just by painting the rims and spoiler you WILL be completely satisfied with the look. I give it 80% outta a hundred.


Best Features

Sounds aggressive, looks fantastic. Interior is simple and does have potential for speed.


Worst Features

bigger backseat


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Tremendous buy - and would buy again!
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By Sero
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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 2dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I purchased the GT new in 2003, and had to get the 5-speed manual transmission. Even though it's a V-6, my 5-year average MPG is 27.5! Having lived in Erie, PA and Cleveland, the heavy build and FWD helps get through snow. This car is not only a great looking car, but wonderful to drive - particularly through the hills of Eastern Ohio and Western PA. If it wasn't for kids on the way, I'd keep this great auto or upgrade to a newer model. I HIGHLY recommend anyone considering a nice sporty car to get an Eclipse for the fun and value.


Best Features

Great body style, tremendous handling, fuel economy, horsepower.


Worst Features

None


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Better than expected gas mileage
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By IowaWinters
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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Other than maintenance items this car has been super reliable. It sits low to the ground but still got around in 7.5 inches of snow this winter. Granted I have pretty new tires on it! Stock brake rotors are crap - invest in some nice aftermarket ones. I put on drilled and slotted rotors and can stop on a dime! This summer I think I'll figure out why the A/C drips on my foot. Have heard the A/C vent tube can get clogged on these. Got 114,500 miles on it now and hope to get at least 200,000 out of it!


Best Features

Sporty look, excellent gas mileage (get around 33 mpg with only real mod being a K&N air filter).


Worst Features

Aluminum rims get scratched and bent very easily! Insurance is a little more than expected on a 6 year old car.


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Hard to think of getting rid of it
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By very impressed
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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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We bought this car with 60 miles on it in 2004. It now has 206,000 on it. It is amazingly reliable. Especially considering how we have abused it. It has been rear-ended and ditched. The only thing we have done is replace the belt that needs replaced @ 70,000 miles, replaced a bearing in the clutch @ 140,000 miles and recently had to replace the battery for the first time. I really can't say enough about this car. The thought of getting something else that won't be as reliable is hard to take. If I weren't a mother of 2 I would just get another one!!! Our Infiniti G35 sedan is another story and probably adds to my anxiety about replacing it. Keep up the good work Mits.


Best Features

Fuel mileage, reliability


Worst Features

For the class of car that it is I can't really think of anything


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