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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe, now entering its third year of production, continues to see a steady rise in sales. One reason for this is obvious: The Eclipse's curvaceous good looks, reasonable price tag and impressive performance and handling make it a highly desirable choice. A bit less obvious, but still a factor, is that, currently, the only other front-wheel drive, two-door hatchbacks offering similar performance and value are the Volkswagen GTI, Hyundai Tiburon and MINI Cooper S, none of which can come close to matching the Eclipse's 263 horsepower. If you can live without a hatchback and the higher performance, the Chevrolet Cobalt Sport, Honda Civic Si and Ford Mustang V6 might also be worth a look.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Eclipse Coupe if you are looking for an affordable, sporty-styled, modern-looking two-door that offers a substantial level of fun-to-drive performance in a moderately-priced front-wheel drive vehicle.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are a dyed-in-the-wool performance enthusiast who demands 300-plus horsepower and the most precise handling possible, this car may not deliver on your dream. And, the rear-seat headroom is very limited.

What's New for 2008

A limited production SE version, available on both the GS and GT trim levels, features custom graphics, an aerodynamic body kit, 18-inch wheels, Active Stability Control (V6 only) and a firmer suspension. All Eclipse coupes now feature a tire-pressure monitoring system as standard equipment.

Driving the Eclipse

Driving Impressions The Eclipse Coupe is no longer the boy-racer it once was. Today's Eclipse has matured, engineered for the middle-of-the-road sporty driver. This is not to say the Eclipse is without...

some very sporty driving characteristics. Both engines provide plenty of low-end torque -- a plus when the light turns green and you've got to get across the intersection and then into another lane, for example. With the Eclipse GT, Mitsubishi has managed to strike a satisfying balance between steering responsiveness and low-speed control, both of which seem nearly effortless. Twisty back roads are welcome when driving the Eclipse, and although the V6 has enough power to generate some torque steer (a tendency for the steering of a front-drive car to pull to one side or the other during hard acceleration) it's not unmanageable by any means.
Favorite Features

Rockford Fosgate Audio
Available in the Sun and Sound Package, along with a sunroof, for around $1,800, this nine-speaker 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system features a six-disc, in-dash CD changer that also plays MP3 files (but alas, has no iPod connection).

10-Year Warranty
Mitsubishi's 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain is pretty hard to ignore when you're considering the pros and cons of a new-car purchase. It buys you a lot of peace-of-mind.

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Details
Interior

As has been the case in past Eclipse designs, the interior of the current coupe delivers on the promises made by its sporty exterior. An abundance of glass coupled with more interior space goes a long way to alleviating feelings of claustrophobia. Still, the curved dash is designed with such a slant that it almost seems to give off a sensation of movement. Interior fit and finish is tight, and there is hardly a trace of cheap plastic. The well-bolstered sport bucket front seats work well for enthusiastic driving, but are still comfy enough for long road trips. The side airbag on the passenger's seat has a weight sensor that prevents the bag from deploying when the seat is occupied by a child.

Exterior

The fourth-generation Eclipse could be characterized as more "muscular" than its previous incarnations, with little-to-no defining breaks interrupting the surfaces flowing between fenders and integrated bumpers. The headlights seem to wear shades -- each has a blue-tinted "monocle" lens extending out before it -- and the lights benefit from a multi-parabola design, which maximizes the bulbs' projections. The rear lamps look clear, but shine red with the use of LED technology. The large rear hatch opens to allow easy placement of large items, an uncommon benefit not offered by many coupes.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Eclipse's standard equipment includes a 162-horsepower four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, 17-inch five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with all-season tires, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, cruise control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, tire-pressure monitoring system, tilt steering wheel and keyless entry. Both the GS and GT models have well-bolstered sport seats, with the driver's side having six-way adjustment and adjustable lumbar support. Standard safety gear on all models includes driver's and front passenger's front airbags, with a passenger-side occupant-sensing system and seat-belt pretensioners, and front-seat side and side-curtain airbags. The GT adds a 263-horsepower V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, integrated fog lamps, larger rear brakes and traction control.

Optional Equipment

One of the Eclipse's most notable options is the 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system featuring nine speakers and a 10-inch long-throw subwoofer. It accommodates six CDs or MP3 discs in its in-dash changer. Other options of note are arranged in packages. The Sun & Sound Package includes power sunroof, steering-wheel audio controls, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, center display with outside temperature and compass and the Rockford Fosgate stereo. The GT Premium Sport Package has everything the Sun & Sound Package offers plus heated leather seats, a power driver's seat and automatic climate control.

Under the Hood

Both Eclipse engines feature Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Electronic Control (MIVEC), which spreads the output over a wider engine speed range and optimizes power, emissions and fuel economy. The more desirable of the two engines, particularly for performance, is definitely the V6, although the tradeoff for the additional power is an expected reduction in fuel economy. With either engine, the automatic transmission has the Sportronic feature, which allows the driver to shift manually by moving the shift lever into the sports-mode gate.

2.4-liter four cylinder
162 horsepower at 6000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), 20/26 (automatic)

3.8-liter V6
263 horsepower at 5750 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 (manual), 17/25 (automatic)

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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 364 Ratings for the 2006 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Love This Car

By on Thursday, March 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A blast to drive,great for the ego"

Cons: "Poor visibality out of the rear windows."

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

"After 7 yrs of ownership,I still get stopped monthly and am told was a hot car I drive.This covers men and women ages teen to retired. There is poor visibility out of the rear and side windows,when the top is up.I learned early on to back into parking spaces.The windscreen saves the hair,when driving.Sadly I need to sell this car and it's only because my dog doesn't fit in it,and we do Therapy work"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good. Could've been better.

By on Saturday, March 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Even with a 2.4 this little car moves pretty good. Turning radius is horrible. Many extra maneuvers. Could use a trunk release button. I'm 6'2" which means back seats are for kids only or no one."

The best car I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great styling, powerful engine, sporty interior"

Cons: "There are blind spots but everything else is good"

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

"I purchased a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 1 year ago with 25,000 miles and it is absolutely beautiful and the performance is amazing! The eclipse has all of the sports car attributes but I love that my car has front wheel drive instead of rear wheel like the others."

My favorite car to date

By on Monday, December 02, 2013

I owned and sold this car
Reason: needed a car with less mileage

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value in a sports car"

Cons: "lacking some modern tech i.e. XM and Blue Tooth"

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

"This car is all around a fun car. The convertible top is quick to open and close. When open it folds into a closed compartment. When it closes, it fits perfectly into place. All you have to do is lock it. It is quick and fast. Put the pedal to the metal and feel your the G force as your body is pushed into the leather seats. It is very comfortable to sit in. Long trips are no problem either. Keep in mind, it does sit low to the ground. Getting in and out can be an effort. I gave an 8 for interior design for 3 reasons. No satellite radio. No blue tooth integration. I had to buy a $200 adapter to connect my iPod aka Iphone. All this was current tech in 2007. It requires premium gas. Don't put regular gas in it. The MPGs deteriorate so much that it is more cost effective to put in the premium. It is a shame they stopped making them. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. Don't bother with the GS version. The experience of the vehicle is a thousand times better."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Fun

By on Sunday, November 24, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

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
6/10

Pros: "Fun fun fun"

Cons: "People don't like the back seat...tight"

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

"Love my Spider...road trips rock for two people:))) you can lose the slow mos very quickly! Great sound too... Just all around fun!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love this car!!!

By on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to frive"

Cons: "have to watch for blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I get compliments everywhere i go. The best car to handle any weather hazzard. Goes zoom zoom with out gas going bye bye. Great travel car for 2, no room in back seat, but large trunk.needs a little more starage space for driver. When I trade it will only be for the convertable."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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