2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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$18,399

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2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Handling
  • Easy to drive
  • Ride comfort
  • Performance with the V-6

The bad:

  • Backseat space
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit
  • Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes only on the GTS model
  • Rearward visibility
  • Minimal seat bolstering

7 trims

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Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Four-passenger seating
  • Broad model range

2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Mitsubishi released “retooled” versions of its popular Eclipse sport coupe as early 2003 models. The Eclipse Spyder convertible earned comparable treatment.

The restyling was moderate in scope, but the new urethane front fascia borrowed heavily from Mitsubishi’s SST concept vehicle. A new GTS model joined the base RS, midrange GS and performance-oriented GT coupes in the lineup. (Skip to details on the: Eclipse Spyder convertible)

For 2004, the RS coupe gains power mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. A 210-watt stereo system with an in-dash six-CD changer and steering-wheel controls is available in the GS and GT models. Eclipse coupes and Spyder convertibles are built in Normal, Ill.

Exterior
Except for front-end modifications in 2003, the current Eclipse’s overall appearance is similar to the 2000 – 2002 models. Composite taillights use three lamps that sit behind clear lenses. Finned 17-inch wheels go on GT and GTS models, the RS runs on 15-inchers, and the GS gets 16-inch aluminum wheels.

All coupes ride a 100.8-inch wheelbase and measure 51.6 inches tall and 176.8 inches long overall. A rear spoiler is installed on all models except the RS, and the GT and GTS coupes get integrated fog lights and ground-effects body components.

Interior
Eclipse coupes seat four occupants, but backseat room is tight for adults. Cargo space totals 16.9 cubic feet.

All models have air conditioning, power windows and locks, and an engine immobilizer anti-theft system. The GS has cruise control, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and split, folding rear seats. The GT adds a cargo area light and premium port fabric upholstery. The GTS features a leather-trimmed interior, steering-wheel audio controls and a 210-watt stereo with a six-CD changer. Leather upholstery is optional in the GT.

Under the Hood
The RS and GS models use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower when connected to a five-speed-manual transmission and 142 hp when teamed with the optional four-speed automatic. The 3.0-liter V-6 in the GT coupe makes 200 hp and 205 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 in the GTS coupe has variable induction, which boosts output to 210 hp. Mitsubishi’s Sportronic automatic transmission in GS, GT and GTS Eclipses has a separate gate to permit manual gear changes.

Safety
Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are included in the GTS coupe. These features are not offered on other coupe trims.

Driving Impressions
Even though the GTS coupe does its job well, it comes across as a little lifeless compared with Eclipses of the past — as if it’s been toned down too much. The GTS handles capably and is easy to drive, but it doesn’t feel as sporty as it looks. It corners crisply, steers with a satisfying level of precision and feels light on its feet.

Ride quality is great on smooth roads, and most bumps aren’t all that bothersome. Acceleration from a standstill and for passing is excellent, and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly when left to its own devices. The seats are highly supportive but lack side bolstering. The rear spoiler impairs rearward visibility.

Related Model: Eclipse Spyder convertible
A GTS edition also joined the previous GS and performance-oriented GT Spyder convertibles in 2003. Mitsubishi describes the GTS as “the most potent, performance-ready, fun-brokering Spyder to date.” Both the GT and GTS convertibles use a 210-hp V-6 engine, while the GS continues with four-cylinder power.

Little has changed for 2004 other than two new colors for the soft-top and three new body colors. All models have air conditioning, a 210-watt CD stereo system, power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an engine immobilizer anti-theft system. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

An incredibly underappreciated package in modern t

I currently own one of these cars, an 04 GS 5 spd manual, and have also had extensive experience driving an 01 GS auto, an 04 GS auto, and an 08 GS auto. I've quite impressively broken traffic laws on many occasions with the 2.4 liter I4. One thing to note is none of the cars I had access to were below 180k miles and the 01 made it to 260k with no major repairs before it was sold to a junkyard. These cars (and even more so the 2.4l engines) are insanely capable for the price point you can find them at, and with proper maintenance or even better, a passion for improvement, they will hold up to whatever you can throw at them and come back begging for more. If you take anything from this though, my main tip is to look a little harder for one with a 5 speed. It's the last and best of all that I've had access to.

4.7

the absolute best.

i own two cars, a ‘12 mazda3 and an ‘04 eclipse GTS. one’s my commuter car. guess which. disregard the fact that i’m a 3G enthusiast — the GTS is absolutely incredible. bought it as a college graduation gift for myself, and so far it’s better than my degree. 210 horses at 5750 rpms. you’ll hit 80 before you can bat an eye, so be careful on those turns. even with some suspension issues (it’s 16 years old ... i mean, i recall my knees beginning to hurt then 🤔) it drives like a dream. people will make their opinions known that it’s an old car that’s nothing compared to today’s sports cars, but disregard them. this car is ridiculously powerful, incredibly light, and it owns the road no matter where you are. take good care of the baby and it’ll treat you right. the exterior is mean lookin’ and so so cool. comfortable to drive for hours on end, which you’ll want to do. interior stylings are majorly up-to-date, even by 2020 standards. if you’re an audiophile like me, get an aftermarket stereo ... or don’t. the engine is almost better than the tunes :) if you’ve been thinking about it, get this car. keep it as a second car if that’s sensible for you, or use it as your day-to-day. baby it. wash it every weekend. take care of that oil. take care of the suspension. super low maintenance if you’re good to it. drive it hard when you want. take it in the mountains and get it screaming at 100. the 24-valve 3.0L V6 is nothing to scoff at. you’ll be moving faster than you’ve ever moved, and you’ll love every minute.

5.0

2 fast 2 furious

Great buy,forced to sell,light weight and strong engine,super fast,easy to control,great around the corners,great miles per gallon , I really loved to use it in the highways it’s an airplane not a car

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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