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Mitsubishi Eclipse - 2006 and Newer

nuievenuieve Posts: 43
edited December 2013 in Mitsubishi
I'm surprised to see no topics related to this extremely hot car.


The only thing that bothers me is interior. While it's ok looking, it doesn't have free space for aftermarket options.


Where do I put Navigation system, for example?


  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    a nice stereo standard equipment and keep the base price competitive I'd be all right with this nice looking new sports coupe from Mitsubishi. Those are the first production photos I've seen of it.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    tuner gurus will wreak havoc soon - here's hoping they do an AWD version like the Eclipse GSX and Talon TSi AWD of years past. I haven't heard anything either way about that.


    For information, there's a pretty interesting topic on Mitsubishi marketing and market placement here in News and Views.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    looks like a misshapen, missmatched mess from the outside. I strongly do not like the exterior styling. Of course I didn't like the stying of the 2 generations ago model the rear of the new one tries to remind us of.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 46,526
    No offense meant of course...but it looks way too much like the one of the 1995 gen...which is a girls car...
  • sean3sean3 Posts: 158
    The 95 gen was anything but in its tuner crowd, the 2000+ maybe so. the 2006 kinda looks like a Midlife crisis car, Loks good though.
  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    Seems to be in the wrong part of Town Hall.




    Back when I was in elementary school... 10 years ago I guess... this is what we thought cars of the future would look like. It's nice to see that they've finally happened.


    But driftracer is right. There'll have to be a hot version of this car if it's going to get any street cred. The outgoing generation was a big change for the Eclipse, and its fans (it sold more than the previous ones, I think) might feel abandoned by this one. Fans of the old one might like it, but it's not as easy to get people back once they've been abandoned once.


    I hope it's not as large as it looks.
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    The 95 was not a girls car. I am a 25 year old guy and I do remember when the 95 Eclipse came out. I liked that generation of Eclipse then and I like it now still.


    My take on the 06 Eclipse: The front end needs to be watered down a tweeny-tweeny bit. The back end looks like a 1998 Dodge Intrepid or 2001 Dodge Stratus a little bit. I don't like the back end with the Intrepid/stratus rear end. The back end needs to be totally reworked in my opinion.


    To me the 06 looks totally different than the 95 model. As a matter of fact the 95 model does not look that much different from the 94 model.
  • nuievenuieve Posts: 43
    "Girls car" is actually a compliment. Girls are aesthetes by nature, so that means everything is ok with a design of this one. ;)


    I'm surprised to see negative comments on its back end. I find it very beautiful (as the rest of the car). The car looks very harmonic to me from every angle. And small! Tastes do vary!


    The best thing about this car is that it doesn't look "economy"... well, the front-end is sort of generic, but that doesn't affect overall appeal. $$$-wise I'd rate its looks as a 30k-40k car. Also Mitsubishi claims 7 year/100 000 miles warranty, which deserves another thumb up for this car.


    I wonder if its V6 would be finally able to do 0-60 in less than 6 sec...
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Isnt the 3.8L a heavy engine? And front drive/high torque = not good, unless this one has had its curve retuned.


  • trucker50trucker50 Posts: 148
    Just saw the video of the new Eclipse from the suto ahow....looks like the death knell may have sounded for my Grand Prix I bougth a month ago!
  • I have a 2.4 2003 34000mi. eclipse and love it. No gripes. Just having allot of fun with it.When and if they come out with a turbo/suspension kit I will add it.Until then,shut up,this car handles great! Is plenty fast. The stereo is great Infinity. Its too new for many after market speed parts.When they do ,you will see this is no girls car.Low slung as it is,it is going to be sweet indeed!
  • As soon as it comes out I will be there to test drive. the new 2.4 is 160hp so they did something.Mine is 147hp 2.4? I pick the smaller engine because there is lots of room under the hood.So when I add on its easier to work on. plus they usually turbo the 4 cylinder ones dont they.he he he
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    I think any styling reference to the '95-'99 Eclipse is a boost for the upcoming model. The pics look pretty good to me. The 1G model developed healthy interest and solid sales, IIRC, but it was the 2G (and turbo AWD in particular) that put the car on the enthusiast map. I have long felt that the cockpit of that generation is the very best "sports" car layout I have ever experienced.


    To recall the success (visually, at least) of that model in these lean times seems a good call to me.


    I owned a Chrysler variant of the 3G model, and frankly I think it was a very competitive platform. Unfortunately, what it gained in refinement, I think it lost in fun-factor. It's extremely competent for a FWD, and very capable, though now behind much of the competition, but the beef is that it's not the quick, fun, tossable little terror that the 2G was.


    Bigger ain't always better, says I.


    Unfortunately I don't think the new body style will make a big enough splash in the market place. I'm usually pretty susceptible to solid styling cues, and this one isn't making me sweat or breathe hard, even though I think it's a big improvement.


    Anybody know if the 3.8L is aluminum? And how much the new puppy weighs?
  • Judging from the articles I've read on the web, this car is REALLY massive. I've seen the V6 version estimated at 3500 lbs! Isn't that what a Mustang GT weighs?


    I actually like the styling, but with that much weight to lug around I wonder if the driving dynamics will be any good. It's based on the Galant/Endeavor(?) platform. Maybe they would have been better served basing the car off of the smaller, lighter Lancer and using a turbo for power in the performance version instead of a V6.


    It will be interesting to see if this car appeals to driving enthusiast.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    Well, we're thinking somewhat along the same lines here.


    I know it's possible to make a serious driver's car that tips the scales at 3500lbs and above (Audi TT comes to mind), but there's not much history of that below the $30K mark, and regardless of how sumptuous the production models may be (this is Mitsu after all), I sure don't see an Eclipse coupe as a bestseller above that mark.


    I wish the Mitsu site had some specs on it...
  • My only worry is the cost of this vehicle. I am very sure the GT model will run above the $30K mark, which isn't very appealing, (but at least you won't see one every where you turn like the horror story Civic.) I own a 3G base model RS, and I will more than likely, if the price is right get the GS model, just because of the reliability and performance of how the 3G I own now is, even for the base model. Its styling is different, and it looks like the interior has plenty of space in the front, hopefully more in the back this time, so more than a midget could sit back there. Well, I just can't wait to give it a test drive.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    I believe you're correct on the price, 3G. either that, or it's going to be lacking equipment other V6 coupes are running I think.


    I have to respectfully disagree on the size issue though. I don't think a sporty 2+2 has any business being comfortable for four for any extended length of time. To me, if you want to haul four adults around in relative comfort on a regular basis, you buy a format suitable for such tasking. That's, IMO, mid-size sedan territory.


    Now my '01 Sebring LXi Coupe (a 3g with a skin job) had ample room to take my kids (then 8 and 10) on a local trip of, say, 1-2 hours, very comfortably. Of course that meant having to go without the rear-seat entertainment system, so our Town & Country pulled distance duty most often. Likewise, for carrying of office associates to lunch, it had ample room for quick back and forth. It also retained some sporting quality to the driving (even with the softer Chrysler spec springs and damping) to keep it interesting when unladed. But the 2g was a better driver's car, and no two ways! The cockpit was tighter in all the right places, and the little beast was tossable in a way the 3g just can't physically accomplish.


    All this upsizing is making for better utility, but what the devil are we doing as a country diluting our recreational driving with utility?


    I ask you! ;)


    Gimme a totally updated 2g with just a tad more room and a light weight, efficient, small displacement six and make it RWD or at least AWD, and make sure I can have Alcantara and leather seating, and I'll be a happy man!
  • the base price is 18k to 25k
  • baller3baller3 Posts: 1
    I agree with you I just bougth a 2004 2.4L GS and I love it is very fast the only thing I dont like is that it did not come with tinted windows and the rims are ok.One of the best cars I ever drove and I drove alot of cars I use to work at a HONDA dearlership and I drove every honda and the eclipse is still my favorite.
  • gsxgsx Posts: 1
    i agree, wheres the gsx version?, where is the AWD?, Where is the Turbo?
    and a V6 FWD, its sad i like the car but a fwd v6, non turbo is not what i have in mind.
    it looks good but i dont think ill buy one.
    i think mitsubishi should have tried this car with the 4g63 engine, but they put all there effort in the evo.
  • loki5811loki5811 Posts: 1
    I test drove a lot of cars lately from the mazda rx-8 to the chrysler crossfire all had their goods and bad. But as soon as I saw this car I decided on waiting for it to be released. It doesn't have the navigation that i want but pioneer makes a great in dash nav system for less than what dealerships charge for nav. Although i would love to see this in a Turbo or an AWD I think if she drives as nice as this years eclipse I am going to definatly buy this one. I am surprised to see that mitsubishi has only a 19k-26k msrp but saving some $$ for the aftermarket turbo and nav is a must. I checked out the showroom unveiling of the mitsu 06 eclipse and I want that color they show as a firey red/orange but what other colors do they have?
  • This goes out to all of the haters (not just you whooo). I think you need to pull your head out of your behinds and get with the program. The second generation eclipses, which for those of you who are oblivious to the fact, are the 95-99's, are some the hottest cars to come off of a production line in quite some time. The fact that you could scoop one of these puppy's up brand new for less than 25K is flabbergasting. 210 HP turbo in a front or all wheel drive is craziness for that price.
    Obviously you have never driven one. It is not just the looks, but the speed that will pin your a** back in the seat through 4th gear. All of this with only 4-cylinders. I urge you to find me another car that can do that with such a limited engine. Put a couple thousand dollars into it, and you have yourself a sleeper. My 98 has got 420 horses in it and a dreamy 51,000 miles - Do the math. I will dust just about any car on the road (especially domestic -hehe:) )and certainly anything production in the same price range. The last car that even gave me a sweat was a 04 Infiniti G35 coupe which comes standard with 298 horses. Try beating that with your Neon.
    Any ways, some food for thought people. The 2nd generation body style was sleek, muscular, and to the point. Now let me elaborate, the GS was definitely for girls. Only the GST and GSX are on my good list here. Those cars with their aggressive stance and aerodynamic design continue to turn heads every time I take my baby out. I, for one, applaud Mitsubishi for going back to the drawing board because the 3rd gens look like sh*t. Who are they trying to kid with those "things" on the side...this is no Fararri.
    In closing, I hope you all continue to hate on the new eclipses' because I will think of you everytime I smoke another car off the line in my new 06. Oh yes, it will be mine!!!
    Try to keep up with my 98 or my 06 (once I have pumped a few mods in it).

    Peace - I'm spent!
  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    just traded my 2001 eclipse spyder for an rx8. i figured i could drive a new car until mitsu drops the top on the new eclipse and then i'll get one of those. I know it was about a year with the current body style change (2000) before they made a convertible (2001). Anyone heard about the time frame for the new one? I love the looks of the 06.
  • The latest word we got for release of the new Spyder is April 2006. It will be an 07 model. The top itself has been SEVERELY strengthened & the rake on the windshield is pretty radical.
  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    thanks for the info. really excited about this car for mitsubishi and I hope it helps boost them a little. i know the late 90's eclipses were hot with young buyers and they lost that with the 2000 body (even though i loved my 01 and only traded because my dna requires that i trade about every 3 years or so). I had great service from my dealer with the mitsu and it was about 99% trouble free. I did have the top replaced under warranty for a slight flaw that my service man caught and suggested i fix while under warranty. I will own the next one as well!! I always tell folks that i'm just providing a foster home for the rx8 until i can get the new spyder.
    Any photos of the spyder yet that i can go take a peek at?
  • toyunkitoyunki Posts: 25
    is it? that the engine that designed by Hyundai?
  • ckwilliackwillia Posts: 2
    saw a new eclipse in a mall parking lot today.. i must say i think it looks much better than the current version.. camera phone actually came in handy today, who knew
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The June issue of Road & Track had a pretty nice write-up on the 06 Eclipse.

    0-60 in 5.8 sec. They desribed the engine as "buttery smooth w/ some serious rip". 263 horsepower w/ 260lb ft of torque. About 27 grand loaded up with just about every option including the 600 watt stereo.

    Looks like this car will be a winner for Mitsu this summer.
  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    It appears as though Mitsu is using the Hyundai strategy.
  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    the salesman there told me they are expecting 2 eclipses within the next few weeks. When they arrive, they have to sit in the showroom, no test drives and they can't sell them, until the official launch date. I can't wait to see one.
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