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Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview And How To Buy At The Best Price
The Eclipse has been around now for nearly 20 years ... a testament to its success and one of America's most popular sport cars. The reason for its long run and wide acceptance can basically be boiled down to a combination of strong design styling, powerful engines, nimble performance and reasonable comfort ... all while maintaining quite affordable prices.
For those possibly interested in purchasing a used Mitsubishi Eclipse, here's a general overview of the vehicle that includes information on the recent model generations most likely to still be found with lower mileage and in good condition:
Like most vehicles with staying power, the Eclipse has undergone a number of changes to maintain its appeal. The latest generation, its fourth, debuted with the 2006 model year and continued through to the current model. This generation includes four trims: GS, SE, SE-V6 and GT. There were few changes during this run until 2009 when the SE models were dropped.
Under the hood of both the GS and SE is a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 162 horsepower and coupled with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic with a sequential Sportronic shift mode (still a lot of fun for those who prefer an automatic).
And Eclipse GT and SE-V6 models come with a powerful 3.8 liter V6, good for 263 horsepower. Used Eclipse GT models can be found with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic with a 5-speed Sportronic as an option. They're also equipped with a sport-tuned suspension and 18 inch alloy wheels.
Standard equipment on these used Eclipse models typically include full power accessories, 17 inch alloy wheels, foglights, air conditioning, keyless entry, a 6-speaker MP3 capable CD stereo and split-folding rear seats.
The 2009 model year also saw the addition of stability control to the GT and a mild front end redesign for a somewhat more aggressive look. Some used Eclipse models from these years can also be found with popular options such as a sunroof and a Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Many used Mitsubishi Eclipse shoppers may also be interested in its third-generation model, produced for the 2000 to 2005 model years. It also offers a hatchback body style, front-wheel drive and four-cylinder or V6 engines. It's also a bit smaller and somewhat less refined than the current generation.
These third generaton RS and GS Eclipses were powered by a 2.4 liter four-cylinder that produced 154 horsepower. Found under the hood of the Eclipse GT's of these years is a 3.0 liter V6 that pumps out 205 horsepower. All of these models can be found with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic.
There were also few changes during these years, although in 2003 a GTS trim was added that had a slightly more powerful V6 (210 horsepower) and some additional equipment.
Also very popular is the convertible Eclipse Spyder. While the Spyder GS has the same capable engine as the coupe, the big draw for the GT model is its 6-speed manual transmission option with a V6 engine rated at 260 horsepower. These are a lot of fun to drive.
The current generation of Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible debuted for the 2007 model year. Trim levels and powertrains are the same as the current hardtop (GS and GT).
The next most recent Spyder generation was offered from 2001 to 2005 (there was no 2006 Spyder). Like the hardtop, this Eclipse was slightly smaller than the current model with a few less features. Under the hood of the Spyder GS was a 2.4 liter four-cylinder that produced 147 horsepower. The GT was powered by a 200 horsepower 3.0-liter V6. And both can also be found with the 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic.
Overall, we think an Eclipse makes a solid choice as a used car purchase for those seeking sleek styling and sporty performance at a reasonable price. And we can make a number of suggestions to help you save when buying one.
How To Get The Best Price On A Pre-Owned Mitsubishi Eclipse:
There are actually several different ways to buy a used Eclipse at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Car Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.