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Mitsubishi Eclipse Prices Paid and Buying Experience

kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,243
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  • The dealers will give me the premium package with auto trans for $27,200. The list is $28,800. I am in the DC area.
  • purchased GT 2006 eclipse in August for $500 below retail price of $28800
  • skyyvskyyv Posts: 13
    I went to the dealer here in Des Moines and they quoted me a price of $27834 + ttl - just under the MSRP I called up on this site. I emailed another dealer in Sioux City, IA and was quoted the lowest possible price they could sell at - $26000 + ttl ($100 below published invoice found on this site). I took that price in to the dealer closest to me and they wouldn't honor it - tried to tell me there were hidden fees which I knew there weren't. I was told the lowest they would sell at was just over $27000 (supposedly $500 over their "invoice" according to them). Needless to say, I have one on order with the dealer in Sioux City.
  • skyyvskyyv Posts: 13
    Update to my previous message. I picked up my car this past Saturday. Final price - $25500 + TTL. I ended up getting a $500 rebate that I didn't originally know about.
  • Today (11/30) I purchased a 2006 Eclipse GT for $26500 with Premium and Accessory packages. There was a factory-to-customer AND factory-to-dealer rebate which expired at the end of the month, or I suspect I might have been able to do a couple $100 less. Found out about the dealer part of the incentive on Edmunds.com and that proved to be useful negotiating information. Some very useful advice plus a downloadble Excel spreadsheet for calculating dealer's true cost at Carbuyingtips.com; strongly recommended.

    Per Million Dollar Baby, "Protect yourself at all times."
  • Forgot to add, my Eclipse GT had automatic trans, a $900 MSRP option, so I actually got in at about SKYYV's reported price in post #, which was with manual trans. Carbuyingtips.com suggests getting the dealer to show you their factory invoice and checking the manufacturer's kickback for flooring (inventory financing) costs, which should come off the dealer's cost, but I didn't have time to do that.
  • So this car is listed at 11,000.
    65,806 mileage

    On the site, there was a free history report.
    My friend said there was some red flags like: the person who owned it driving 30k miles in one year.

    also, lien records were found which means the owner had financial problems.

    finally, what does "corrected title" mean? it says that corrected titles were found.

    Anyways yeah.. the specs on the site look good to me but I'm super ignorant. Any input about this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,243
    Lien records: All that means is that the car was collateral for a loan.. 95% of cars have these..

    Corrected title: That could mean anything.. from a court clerk typing the owner's name in wrong... or, putting the wrong model on the title.. or possibly, something more serious..

    The car is six-years-old... I wouldn't worry too much about the mileage..

    You aren't planning on buying it, without seeing it first, are you? I wouldn't consider it, without a mechanic's inspection..

    regards,
    kyfdx
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  • kcy1213kcy1213 Posts: 1
    Trim Lines GS GS AT GT GT AT
    coupe coupe coupe coupe
    Manufacturer Code EC24-K EC24-K EC24-P EC24-P
    Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
    The retail price listed on the window sticker. What the dealer would like you to pay.
    Base MSRP $19,399 $20,299 $23,699 $24,599
    Destination Charge $595 $595 $595 $595
    Gas Guzzler Tax $0 $0 $0 $0
    Luxury Tax $0 $0 $0 $0
    Consumer Rebate Thru 03/31/2006. Exclusive financing of 3.9% - 5.9% See note. ( $0) ( $0) ( $500) ( $500)

    Total MSRP
    +add MSRP for packages/options
    $19,994 $20,894 $23,794 $24,694

    Dealer Invoice Price (Invoice)
    The dealer's maximum cost to acquire the car from the manufacturer.
    Base Invoice $18,345 $19,196 $22,411 $23,262
    Destination Charge $595 $595 $595 $595
    Gas Guzzler Tax $0 $0 $0 $0
    Luxury Tax $0 $0 $0 $0
    Consumer Rebate Thru 03/31/2006. Exclusive financing of 3.9% - 5.9% (Subtract) See note. ( $0) ( $0) ( $500) ( $500)

    Total Dealer Invoice
    +add Dealer Invoice for packages/options
    $18,940 $19,791 $22,506 $23,357

    Consumer Reports (CR) Bottom Line Price
    The place to start negotiating. Takes into account the dealer incentives and holdbacks that may be in effect.
    Dealer Invoice Price $18,940 $19,791 $22,506 $23,357
    Dealer Incentive (Subtract) See note.
    ( $0) ( $0) ( $0) ( $0)
    Dealer Holdback (Subtract)
    ( $388) ( $406) ( $474) ( $492)

    Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price
    +add Dealer Invoice for packages/options
    $18,552 $19,385 $22,032 $22,865


    Equipment Packages
    Packages are groups of options. If you want most of the options in a package, buying the package may be a good idea.
    Trim Lines GS GS AT GT GT AT
    coupe coupe coupe coupe
    Manufacturer Code EC24-K EC24-K EC24-P EC24-P
    Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP
    FX Accessory Package (PIO) $232/$270 $232/$270 $232/$270 $232/$270
    Requires GS Sun & Sound Package P3. * *
    Requires GT Premium Sport Package PS. * *

    P3 GS Sun & Sound Package $1317/$1500 $1317/$1500 N/A N/A

    PS GT Premium Sport Package N/A N/A $2871/$3270 $2871/$3270

    FT GT Special Edition (PIO) N/A N/A $1392/$1600 $1392 / $1600
  • jym626jym626 Posts: 21
    We will be picking up our 2007 Eclipse Spyder GS Ultra Red Pearl automatic this afternoon. We are getting it for $400 UNDER INVOICE!! We are paying $25,076 plus 6% tax. No other junk/ad-on fees, other than the destination charge of $595. (No way around that.) It is a base model automatic (no leather or other packages), but that's fine by me--I am thrilled, and can't wait to pick up the car in a few hours. I'll be happy to post a follow-up when the car is in the driveway! We are in Atlanta. Other dealerships were not anywhere as willing to work with us. We spoke to the GM at the dealership in Roswell, and finalized the price over the phone. What a pleasure! :D
  • jym626jym626 Posts: 21
    Did get stuck with the "document prep" fees, but the deal was still a great one, and the car is a blast. Cloth (charcoal) interior is quite attractive too.
  • hey what dealer in atlanta???
  • was it rick case? :confuse:
  • jym626jym626 Posts: 21
    Yes, Rick Case in Roswell. They have some new sales managers who are willing to sell cars! Tell them you heard about them from the people that just bought the pearl red spyder!
  • strawberistrawberi Posts: 2
    After much pain and bad noise I paid 18,600 for 2007 Mitsu Eclipse GS/mt w/sun and sound package. This was in San Antonio at W.Loop Mitsubishi. Dont know if this is good deal or not. Sales manager was total [non-permissible content removed], but from what I read this was about 1500$ under invoice.
  • jym626jym626 Posts: 21
    Wow!! What a deal! How'd you do it?
  • strawberistrawberi Posts: 2
    Well I waited until the end of month (been told thats when they will do anything to sell) and found the Mitsu dealer with most eclipses on the lot. I called ahead and told them that I was at another dealership and was about to buy an eclipse from them (true, sort of) but that they didn't have the color I was looking for (true) the best price I had gotten from the other dealership was 19,300 (no fees) so I called the dealership I ended up buying the car from and told them that the other dealer was going to sell me an eclipse for 18,000 with sun and sound pkg. (total lie)
    but not in my first color choice. I asked him if he had the color I wanted and if he could match their price. He said he had the color and that he could come real close to the price. When I get to the lot the head games begin. I dont want to turn this into russian lit. So I wont bore you with details. But if you want to get a really good price on a car, just find out the invoice price and make up your own story. Tell them some silly number like 2,000 under invoice. You can always work up. They get cash back from the factory depending on how bad they want to move cars. So I dont think the invoice price means as much these days (if it ever did)
  • cnpardacnparda Posts: 2
    I went to the Newport News, VA dealership today to test drive the GT spyder. They had one in the showroom which I played around in and asked for test drive because I am comparing with the ford mustang. The salesperson brings out an eclipse for me to drive which I did for a few miles. I went back to the showroom and asked if I could now test drive a spyder because I need to compare it to other vehicles I have driven (mustang, G35, lexus). Knowing they only had one and it was in the showroom I asked that when they get a few more in let me know and I would drive it then. I was trying to accomadate them even though a good sales team would make arrangements for me to drive the one they have since it did not have a hold on it. I wanted to drive it w/ top up and down and compare blindspots, noise factor...etc. I was informed by the sales manager that test drives "for the sypder are for perspective buyers only" (meaning someone who puts buys before they try) and "people who buy spyders don't want any miles on them". So let me get this straight you are trying to encourage buyers, you make a good product/warranty/appearance but you won't let me test drive a 30k car. I was dressed like a business man, I make a lot of money, what did I do wrong? Am I being crazy or should I not be allowed to test drive a vehicle that I may buy. It makes me want to give some suggestions to corporate but I don't think that would do anything. Maybe the VA beach dealership will be better.
  • cnpardacnparda Posts: 2
    I went to the Newport News, VA dealership today to test drive the GT spyder. They had one in the showroom which I played around in and asked for test drive because I am comparing with the ford mustang. The salesperson brings out an eclipse for me to drive which I did for a few miles. I went back to the showroom and asked if I could now test drive a spyder because I need to compare it to other vehicles I have driven (mustang, G35, lexus). Knowing they only had one and it was in the showroom I asked that when they get a few more in let me know and I would drive it then. I was trying to accomadate them even though a good sales team would make arrangements for me to drive the one they have since it did not have a hold on it. I wanted to drive it w/ top up and down and compare blindspots, noise factor...etc. I was informed by the sales manager that test drives "for the spyder are for perspective buyers only" (meaning someone who puts money down & buys before they try) and "people who buy spyders don't want any miles on them". So let me get this straight you are trying to encourage buyers, you make a good product/warranty/appearance but you won't let me test drive a 30k car. I was dressed like a business man, I make a lot of money, what did I do wrong? Am I being crazy or should I not be allowed to test drive a vehicle that I may buy. It makes me want to give some suggestions to corporate but I don't think that would do anything. Maybe the VA beach dealership will be better although they are owned by the same company.
  • skyyvskyyv Posts: 13
    I'm not surprised this happened. Our local Mitsu dealer was the same way when my husband was looking at an Evo IX MR. I called up the Dodge dealer that we both ended up buying from and the guy I talked to said that was ridiculous. He told me that there were only two cars they didn't allow test drives on (a Prowler and a Viper - understandably so). The only stipulation our dealer had on the Evo was you had to be 26, licensed, and not mind the sales person going with you. Basically our dealer just wanted to make sure it wasn't a kid looking for a joy ride. In your case, it's completely ridiculous that they would deny you a test especially given that an Eclipse isn't a high end car. Sounds more like they were just too lazy to pull it off the showroom floor for you. My advice...find a different dealer who will work with you and tell the first one off. ;)
  • Took advantage of the incentives on the 2006 models and purchased a 2006 Eclipse GT from the good folks at Dick Shirley Mitsubishi in Burlington.

    The car: 2006 Eclipse GT, 6M, Sunset Pearlescent, with Premium Sport and Accessory Package. MSRP: $27,964.

    The deal: $25,345 +TTL/doc and 0% for 60 months. We could have taken a $1000 rebate instead of special financing. With a low doc fee of $125 and a $500 Education rebate, we were out-the-door for $25,800. (For the record, there was $1000 factory-to-dealer cash at the time of this deal). This should keep us happy for years to come!
  • kicker9kicker9 Posts: 56
    Got a fair deal as far as I'm concerned, paid sticker price for a '07 liquid silver metalic w/gray interior and top and included a Mitsu factory car cover.
  • Fun as heck here!! All of you know that one though. I paid 21,000 for a new '06 Pure Red GT. Got it for around 2,800 under MSRP at Lou Fusz in St Charles Missouri.
  • I could use a 3rd family car (have a teen and a wife).
    Thinking about a midlife crisis "toy".
    I liked a Spyder 4 Cyl for around 25k, with no options. Fun, easy on the eyes and even the GS has plenty of power

    I am also interested in a few year old BMW 325convert.
    Also around 25k with only 13k miles - looks new.

    I have been fanatically studying the boards & everyone enjoys the spyder. My only "concern" about the spyder was the constant engine sound when pressing the gas pedal, stick or automatic, 4 or 6 cylider. I welcome all opinions.
    Thanks
  • I have driven both the GS & GT Spyders but am not sure exactly what you mean by "engine sound". Are you referring to the fact that a convertible has more road noise than a hardtop or is it a specific engine noise? My sister has a new GT (not a Spyder) & it sounds great while accelerating. I have the same basic 4 cylinder Mivec in my Outlander that the Eclipse GS models have & it sounds quite normal also. If the sound seems to be mechanical in nature I would ask the dealer to let you take an experienced mechanic for a ride & discuss it with him. He may have had some experience with other customers having the same issue. Ask to drive another vehicle other than the one you have previousely driven also & see if there is a difference.

    As for the basic "should I buy" question I am a Mitsu fan so I cannot be totally objective but if you like the Eclipse in a fun to drive capacity it also makes some good economic sense with the 10 year / 100,000 warranty. I have heard some griping about certain dealers so I cannot answer for everyone but the owner does have SOME responsibility to maintain the purchase in a realistic way. Mitsubishi, like most other companies, offers a pretty good scheduled maintainance package (oil change, tune-up...etc) if you don't want to do the work yourself. BMWs are a great car too but man are they expensive to maintain at peak performance.

    Unless you can get the BMW with a really good price & warranty / scheduled maintainance agreement the Spyder is a better pocketbook deal in the long run, but like I said...I'm can't be that objective about it.

    P.S. If you have a teen you might just want to get their opinion too. Cool factor, sound system...etc. Don't let em say you never asked... believe me, I know.
  • howiebxhowiebx Posts: 20
    thx for the opinion elgatoloco.

    By "engine sound" I mean that I really hear the engine when I press on the gas. My other cars are a Lexus ES and Acura MDX, which insulate you fron the engine "vroom".

    I asked the Mitsu salesman about the engine sound and he replied, hey - its a sports car, thats how they are made.

    What I am asking is - does the constant engine sound get on your nerves on a long ride - or do you just get used to the experience?

    I Definitely agree that the BMW needs to be certified to keep maint costs down vs Spyder and my 2 boys love the Spyder looks.
    Thanks again
  • Yeah.. I thought that was probably what you were talking about, sounds like the salesman was pretty honest too.

    My sister has only had her eclipse GT (her 4th Mitsubishi) for a short time but has already made 2 trips to Florida from central Illinois. She has a kind of gonzo driving habit in that she drives straight through with an always full mug of juice or coffee. She says she likes to hear the throb of the 3.8, makes her feel safe. If she needs a change she just cranks the radio up a bit. Incidentally, she has checked her mileage out pretty good & claims better MPG when using premium. She says she averages 75-80 on the interstate & gets about 27 MPG. Much better than her previous Diamante.
  • rakelrakel Posts: 1
    I bought an 07 GT manual w/ sun & sound package for $23,500 after tax. got the car at invoice then 2 grand mitsu rebate and 500 graduate reward.
  • zekzek Posts: 2
    any heads up for a 1st time mitsubishi buyer.

    it has 127,000miles on it but the care spent its whole life in miami so there is no salt or rain damage.

    several ppl told me that they break down very easily, is that true and that its the most expensice [non-permissible content removed] car to maintain if anyone no's anything about that please let me know this will greatly help my disision!!!

    thanks,
  • I have to say I got an absolute steal on my automatic 07 GS Eclipse in Sunset Pearl but it really came at a price and my time. I got the car with 2 miles and it cost me, are you ready??? $16,400.

    The dealership was having a killer sale which of course no one qualifies for and I happened to qualify for all of it, which in total was about $4500 off. They tried killing the deal several times b/c they were losing money. But I persevered and got the car. It was an absolute nightmare going through them because of the General Manager lied through his teeth, insulted me, even tried bait & switch, and then said he wouldn't sell the car to me b/c of my trade. They had a deal going on that they would give you $2,000 for any car you could drive, pull, or push in. So I knew a guy who was selling his car for $200, so naturally I got that car to trade in instead of my 99 eclipse which was worth more than $2k. They obviously didn't want to stand behind there ad, but b/c it was in the paper/radio they were really forced to. I spent a week of my life doing everything in my power to get the car, and they spent a week of there life doing everything to not sell me the car.

    As a final note, The other Mitsubishi dealership by my house is great to work with, so I am not saying all Mitsubishi dealerships are like that. It was honestly just the General Manager at the dealership I went through that made my car buying experience such a nightmare. Plus when is car buying ever easy :)
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