2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse User Reviews

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 51 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 31 reviews
"power" 18 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"speed" 11 reviews
"brakes" 6 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"seat" 6 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"small space" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Review
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4

Pros

its really fast and handles like a race car

Cons

really expensive parts

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My Car — Preformance - Exellent Build Quality - pin hole in the flex pipe on the exaust Appearence - Awesome Cost of ownership - Great Gas Mileage, expensive parts though Fun Factor - Extremely fun to drive Faster than all my friends cars by far no contest

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nick writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Review
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really nice looking and fun to drive.

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none so far

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Loves It — the performance is so so it accelerates to 60 in about 7 or 8 secounds brakes are really good and the handeling is terrific. the car has overall not had any repairs except the filler tube, which was rusted out. i love the apperance of the car and would suggest the car to a friend

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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RedKatDriving writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS Review
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4

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Great road car. Fast and comfortable.

Cons

Turns like a cow. Our Dodge Grand Caravan has a similar turning radius.

RedKatDriving
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Love This Car! — Sexy little red car is fun to drive on the highway and gets fantastic gas mileage (especially for a V6). Really responsive acceleration This is NOT a family car, you can't safely put anyone larger than a toddler in the back seats. Great cargo space for stowing suitcases for road trips.

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Allison_Roselle writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Review
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4

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Reliable, fuel efficient, attractive, sporty, fun car to drive.

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Blind spots due to hatchback.

Allison_Roselle
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Reliable Sports Car — I've really enjoyed owning this car, it's a fun sporty car that gets good gas mileage on road trips. It's been driven around town and for long distance out of town trips. The car gets regular maintenance & I've not had any problems with the car.

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EricAcevedo writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Review
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Convertible

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slow

EricAcevedo
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3 Out Of 5 Stars — 4 cylinder, wish it was faster but love everything else about it. love the convertible top and the overall handling of the car is very smooth. after market rims and lighting all around the car. interior is all black which I like. overall great ride for the summer time.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jackson writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS Review
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It's an eclipse.

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Repairs

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It's A Fun Car. — The sportronic 4-speed transmission has a very slow response and is slower than a Honda Civic of the line. The manual version does give a little more response but the FWD drive train is very weak and you will find yourself having issues with anything involving the letters CV. Other than that it is a quality car. The all leather dark interior is very comfortable and stylish and the 9 speaker Infinity sound system can bump pretty well for a 2003 stock sound system. The exterior styling is very clean and flowing. And finally the exhaust, it is a symbol of the Eclipse. When getting passed by a stock Eclipse you will find yourself asking if it has a high-dollar exhaust system, but in all honesty, it will be very hard to find an exhaust that sounds as good as it does stock.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kevin writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Review
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performance

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weight

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All-around Good Car — i love the mid range tourqe and horsepower, I also love the lines of the car, gorgeous altogether. Also, great power adders that can be . I love this car and everything, it represents. It is a remarkable car in all aspects.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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azides writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS Review
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Silky smooth engine and transmission.

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Auto has only 4 gears. Why?!!!

azides
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Is A Very Good Car, Speedy, Comfortable And Good Looking. — Is my wife's car (85K miles). I drive a Scion tc (at 78K miles) and an Explorer. So a comparison! (Not to the Explorer, duh!) Performance - Acceleration (4 speed automatic) is a shade over 7 seconds and thus about the same as my tc (stick). Eclipse is faster to around 35 in 1st gear but 2nd is criminally slow to 60, in fact the Eclipse automatic should have been a 5 speed automatic and it would have been much faster. Why would they do that! Scion is faster from 40 to 60 and appears to be faster in overtaking as my manual transmission can kick down much faster than the auto in the Eclipse, unless you use manual option. Braking is more powerful in the tc than the eclipse and feels more connected to the driver. Eclipse feels more planted in corners than the tc because of lower body roll, but I feel more safe taking corners faster in the tc as it feels more nimble and connected to the road, i.e. the eclipse is softer and does not communicate as much info to the driver. Eclipse has a quiet and silky smooth V6 which effortlessly reaches the speed you want to go, while the tc, being a 4 banger is loud and relatively graceless and you have to work the gears. Eclipse drives smoother. Build Quality - My tc is 5 years old and has required no maintenance outside of scheduled maintenance, however, there are rattles in the tailgate (common with tailgates). My wifes eclipse has only been in her possession a year and will require some accessory belt adjustment as it squeals sometimes during acceleration, hopefully nothing else. Rear tailgate does not rise or fall properly, so the lift canisters will need to be replaced (inexpensive). It has a problem with the passenger side window which is addressed in a technical service bulletin provided by Mitsubishi (the previous owner did not sort it out), other than this, no problems. I would estimate that the tc, being a toyota, will outlast the eclipse, however the eclipse is a very solid car. Appearance - Both cars look good, I like both equally. Our eclipse is maroon and the paint has lasted very well, no problems, looks as good as new ... why is it that some eclipses look old before their time ... I sometimes see the matte red ones and they look old ... the maroon/burgundy pearl finish seems timeless, as does the silver. Interior of the scion is better executed than the eclipse with the exception of the seats; the scion has cloth cheapass seats and the eclipse good leather ones with lumbar support. Interior of the eclipse is good though. Eclipse has very poor rear seat room. Cost of Ownership - Insurance about the same. Eclipse requires premium fuel and yields 25mpg, while the scion sips regular fuel and yields 28mpg. Maintenance is probably similar, but work outside of regular schedule will most likely be more expensive on the eclipse V6. Residual value is perhaps just in favor of the scion. 2005 tc about $11.5K rtl ($9.5K private) (19K new, inc. options). 2003 eclipse gts auto about $11.5K rtl (9.5K private) (25K new). KBB is a bit dubious though, if this is true then the gts holds it's own against the tc in residual value. Fun Factor- Eclipse is fun to drive, and would have been more fun if my wife had driven a stick ... lol! It is what it was designed to be, a grand tourer. It is no RSX-S, but then it is a more comfortable ride with a smooth engine. I bet the eclipse is faster off the line than the type s, even if not to 60. 2003-05 Eclipse gts is a good car. If you want one, I would opt for one with a manual transmission and in a good color. Be sure to get one from a reputable retailer or someone with the car history ... a lot of folk might have razzed theirs. Anyways, my wife loves her eclipse, probably as much as I would love my car if I had an Aston Martin DBS!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ed writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Review
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i'm the only owner so I know how it's been driven

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don't like the styling on my factory wheels but that's fixable

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My Gt — My first ever new car.Handles great ,drives nice and stops on a dime.Have had this car from day 1 and have not had any maintenance issues at all. It is starting to show it,s age a little with a little wind noise on the drivers door and a few interior squeaks nothing major that can't easily be fixed.Fuel milage depends on how I drive it really. One week of going to and from work stop and go and it gets in the upper 20's straight interstate driving on vacation the lower 30's. Overall it's a fun car to drive definitly gives ou a very sporty feel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tin writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS Review
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Looks like a supercar, great on gas, tons of potential

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Brakes suck

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Great First Car — Great first car had great power brakes sucked but can be dealt with handling was just fine, great looks gas mileage was awesome overall a very fun car to drive whether it be a vacation or one of those nights you feel like taking a drive

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2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

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