2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse User Reviews

Have you driven a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse?  
Rank This Car

User Reviews

Displaying 11 - 20 of 52 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse reviews.

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

For The Money Its Awesome — well for the stock 3.0l v6 it performs better than expected.gear ratio is wide.which i personally like. 76mph in 2nd gear is pretty sweet.i like the stance of the car and how wide the wheels are.the build quality is nice as far as body and engine.but the int plastics are cheap.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: fun,sporty,affordable,fast

Cons: not for familys,our people that cant drive low cars

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Eclipse

Looking for a Used Eclipse in your area?

CarGurus has 1,278 nationwide Eclipse listings starting at $1,250.

ZIP:
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Amazing Car — I absolutely love this car. Its accelearation and braking are excelent. The handling is decent, new suspension would be a must for any enthusiast. The quality is great, very reliable, no surprise from mitsubishi. I think the exterior and interior are both amazing. It can be a little pricy, as far as gas mileage goes it really depends on how you drive it, it can be one of the best or the worst on gas. The tires can also be pretty expensive with stock low profile 17's. This car is amazingly fun to drive, never a dull moment

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

Pros: Extremely fun to drive

Cons: Can be pricy

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTSReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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.)

Pros: It's an eclipse.

Cons: Repairs

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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.)

Pros: performance

Cons: weight

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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

Pros: really nice looking and fun to drive.

Cons: none so far

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Love The Car — i love the car and everything about it....and also the performance of it i love it and it handles great i think...im glad i have bought the eclipse..its a fun car to drive..but the one thing id like change is the 2nd cup holder postion when u have anothr cup in the 2nd cup holder it sorta gets in the way when u shift...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: its a fun car to drive and its a great looking car...

Cons: cant think of one reason to not buy 1

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTSReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Best Car In The World. . To Me — I love everything about my car. it might not be the fastest car but a V6 puching 210hp stock aint to bad to start off with. my car is really fun to drive. i drive it everywhere. i just dont want see anyone else ruin it.

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

Pros: Great looking

Cons: NO head room in the backseat. .idc tho cuz i dont ride back there

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTSReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

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

Pros: Silky smooth engine and transmission.

Cons: Auto has only 4 gears. Why?!!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Fun To Drive But Wont Hold Up Under Any Abuse — this car is in some cases good but most are crappy this car breaks down like every other week on me and it cost toooooo dang much to get it fixed.. it handles really good and looks awsome but over all the car is a piece of crap!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: fun to take on  curvy roads handles really good for stock

Cons: its a stratus with a mitsu body on it wont hold up to any abuse at all!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTSReview
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Yay..? — Acceleration is good for engine size which makes it fun to drive. Does pretty decent on gas. Mine has a LOT of miles for a 2003, and so the suspension has a lot of squeaks. The interior is a little bit plastic-y feeling, but overall nice for the price you pay. Overall good car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: looks &  fun

Cons: not the best in snow (not the worst either)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 11 - 20 of 52 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse reviews.

Reviews From Other Years

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

Great Car! By Maria

This is an awesome car that is very fun to drive. I feel very safe while driving it, but I have a hard time backing up. This little car can definitely hold it's own when it goes against stronger cars.... Read More

2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

Decent Fun Commuter Car By Johnny_Blaze

Good commuter car, but a bit underpowered. Not what you want to haul kids or groceries. Looking to get another car to do those things and commute to work. Not a bad choice for someone looking for a... Read More

Awesome Car I Own 2 By Shirl1970

I like everything about these cars. The looks, the power, the 650 watt Rockford Fosgate stereo. There are plenty of aftermarket parts out there too in terms of power adders or looks if that is your th... Read More

2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

Awesome By jaydencross18

It has the best handling of any car i have ever owned. The body build and layout is just freaking awesome and the interior is amazingly comfortable too. If i were you i'd go buy this car instead of so... Read More

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

Stunning By nate1394

front wheel drive and gets a lot of attention from the cops not enough power for me needs more space in the back big engine but not enough power for me back seat does not have enough space for three p... Read More

Sleek, Yet Flawed By Raarules86

Cosmetically, this car looks nice. I tinted the windows 35% which really adds a sleek looking element to my coupe. My Eclipse was a Automatic so the power wasn't nearly as good as a manual transmissi... Read More

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

Pretty Darn Good! By Paul

I like the style of the car and I like the sound. I dislike how it handles in poor weather conditions. Also I dislike how little room there is if you have any company and you cannot haul around really... Read More

It's Freaking Awesome By Adrienne

Awesome car! Great performance. Doesn't drive like it's 3500 lbs. IT'S AWESOME!!!!! And mine looks awesome. You can get an awesome body kit and spoiler from the dealer and custom leather seats. Heck y... Read More

Cars compared to 2003 Mitsubishi EclipsePeople researching a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse contacted a dealer about

Eclipse

Looking for a Used Eclipse in your area?

CarGurus has 1,278 nationwide Eclipse listings starting at $1,250.

ZIP:
Have you driven a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse?  
Rank Your Car →