You can get these cars for very cheap. They are extremely nice. I got mine for 3,000 from a friend of the family, it could've of easily been sold for 5,000 however. (It's really good condition) Mine has 137,000 miles on it. It's fast, I've gotten it up to 150. It's good on gas. (Unless you shift at 5k RPM like me when im trying to impress my friends -- i can watch the gas gauge go down) 18-25mpg. Please put premium in this car, yes it matters. Look it up. When you're not hot rodding this car, it still turns heads. Very nice looking. If you're worried about your kid hot rodding it like me, get them the 4cyl. This car is great. Do your kid a favor, don't get him a grandma car. get an eclipse.
2003 Mitsubishi eclipse Gt, v6, Sportronic shifter. Great Exterior look, except the fake vents in the front.v6 engine good power for automatic shifty, not good for turbo boosting.Alloy wheels great touch and clean. Inside, Cheap plastic interior (which is good If you ever need to replace it). I like it. No leg room for people over 5'11. Very small in the back, good for newborns- preteens and adults, no. Seats are very comfortable for long driving. Gas mileage is good, 22 ct/27 Hw. $30 to fill. Slow start@shifting through 1st gear but gets better at 2nd. Expensive 6 cyl tuneup ($550). Timing belt+labor $640. Maintenance regular. Premium gas only. Mits is having a recall, don't get black.
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.
My 03' has 150K miles, purchased new in 02'. Replaced front struts within 2 months. Have replaced the brake pads and rotors 4 times. The brakes start pulsating after 3500 - 4500 miles. Also, 3 heat shields have rusted off, 1 of them within a year's time. Dealership advised me not park on dry grass. Sunroof sticks. Rusty inside engine compartment.
Ok my 2003 GTS Eclipse V6 currently has 119000 miles. received Duralast Gold brake pads since I purchased it and 2 oil changes Mobile 1 synthentic and thats it.
Now the BAD.
The Flywheel and clutch went.
Replaced them at Don Herring Mitsubishi in Plano Texas Thanks JT.
Then the ABS light came on.
I'll go to Auto Zone and get the Code and fix it myself.
So far the second best used car I have owned next to my old 1999 Honda Accord CPE V6.
AGAIN I do not race. The only upgrade is an INJEN Intake system.
Hopefully I can trade it in next year for a 2011 Dodge Charger or challenger.
But my 2003 MITS GTS is one of the best reliable used cars you can buy hands down.