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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 28/Comb 23 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.4 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 922 Ratings for the 2000 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

best car on the road

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 176,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "sits low to ground"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Car is 14yrs old put a lot of new things in it but no car last forever. Its a new car again love it."

Great car - 205,000 mi. - 12-1/2 years

By on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "price was right in 2001; fun to drive"

Cons: "low to the ground, hard for 6'2" guy to get in/out"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"super fun to drive. Started and purred like a cat for two hundred thousand miles. still running well after stalling out in too deep water twice. still my only car and thinking about adding a turbo, for fun."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

best 150$$ i ever spent!!!

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "cost, repair cost, sporty look, great tranny mpg!!"

Cons: "motors are quarky, cam wabble"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"bought car from A GUY who wanted to race. so he bought it ragged it and then when the motor started knocking he went to go buy another so i got this car for 150 bucks and they even put it in my name for me! so I go to a pick-n-pull found a motor with 86k miles slapped it in and took old motor to a local machine shop had it bored sleved milled the heads and put a new cam with cam gears oil pump and a set of heads i got from a differnt model (message me to know more) and pushed 840 horse on e85 and 2 (2) 63mm turbos pushing a massive 23 psi down to that little 4 cylinder this car is cheap easy to work on its a PERFECT first car for a son who wants a car that looks good and is safe!!! plus with the few issues it does have he can learn to work on his own car when he gets older."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

best 150$$ i ever spent!!!

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "cost, repair cost, sporty look, great tranny mpg!!"

Cons: "motors are quarky, cam wabble"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"bought car from A GUY who wanted to race. so he bought it ragged it and then when the motor started knocking he went to go buy another so i got this car for 150 bucks and they even put it in my name for me! so I go to a pick-n-pull found a motor with 86k miles slapped it in and took old motor to a local machine shop had it bored sleved milled the heads and put a new cam with cam gears oil pump and a set of heads i got from a differnt model (message me to know more) and pushed 840 horse on e85 and 2 (2) 63mm turbos pushing a massive 23 psi down to that little 4 cylinder this car is cheap easy to work on its a PERFECT first car for a son who wants a car that looks good and is safe!!! plus with the few issues it does have he can learn to work on his own car when he gets older."

I love the look of my Mitsubishi Eclipse!

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,100

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Great sound system."

Cons: "Door panel paint chips. Upholstery material cheap."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love the look of my Mitsubishi Eclipse! Visibility through the rear window is very bad. The entire car sits too low to the ground and bottoms out very easily. I have had to replace the front bumper due to that problem. My mechanic has had major problems when my clutch needed replacement. He had the clutch in and out four times!"

Enjoyable, but not always reliable

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Inexpensive to buy, good mpg, good power"

Cons: "Expensive to fix, unreliable, faulty engine design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I've had the vehicle 3 years now. It appears a common problem with the engine is with the valves and the valve guides. I've had it rebuilt twice. I've not raced or modified it, just a few leisurely weekend drives here and there. Even a few cross country trips. Meticulously maintained, yet it still saw fit to break without a moments notice. Day 1 starts with a check engine light, and about an hour later after a few diagnostics and taking the heads off, the valves are having problems again. Not to mention the design and placement of the engine makes it nearly impossible to work on without a lift and specialty tools. The rear head that houses cylinders 1, 3, and 5 is located partially under the firewall and is covered by the intake manifold (which coincidentally is also partially tucked under the firewall). So reaching the bottom bolts to take it off to do any sort of work seems dubious at best without undying patience and specialty tools. It's a very enjoyable vehicle to own, very fun to drive. But in 3 years I'd never thought I'd spend over 10,000 maintaining and rebuilding it just so I could drive to work and back. IMHO it's just not worth the hassle, it's an expensive rebuild process. I've loved this car, but it's just not worth the headache."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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