2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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

2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 a...
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


Latest 2004 Eclipse Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Moneypit

by Reece from Newmarket, NH on December 1, 2017

I think everyone who owns one of these sports cars usually don't really take care of them, at least all the ones I've seen in my time but there are some goodies out there. If I had the money I would ... Read full review

(5.0)

fast fun car

by monster gear head from winnemucc Nevada on June 7, 2017

My car was used purchased a 2004 Mitsubishi eclipse gts 24 value v6 5 speed manual transmission a month ago has 988000 miles nothing wrong with the car the handling breaking steering acceleration and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Eclipse received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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