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2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

$1,738 — $6,362 USED
Coupe
4 Seats
24-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.4) 7 reviews

The Good

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

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three versions of coupe and convertible
  • New Remix option group

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mitsubishi released retooled versions of its popular Eclipse sport coupe as early 2003 models, and 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 2003 lineup.

The RS has been dropped for 2005. A new optional Remix package for the GS model includes top-stitch charcoal leather front seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker 210-watt audio system with a six-CD changer.

A redesigned Eclipse is expected as a 2006 model. Eclipse coupes and Spyder convertibles are built in Normal, Ill.
(Skip to details on the: Eclipse Spyder Convertible)


Exterior
Other than front-end modifications in 2003, the current Eclipse's overall appearance is similar to the 2000 - 2002 models. Composite taillights use three lamps behind clear lenses. Finned-spoke 17-inch wheels go on GT and GTS models, while the GS gets 16-inch aluminum wheels.

All coupes ride a 100.8-inch wheelbase, stand 51.6 inches tall and measure 176.8 inches long overall. A rear spoiler is installed on all models, and the GT and GTS coupes get integrated fog lamps.


Interior
The Eclipse coupe seats up to four occupants, but the backseat is tight for adults. Cargo space totals 16.9 cubic feet.

All models have air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, ...
Vehicle Overview
Mitsubishi released retooled versions of its popular Eclipse sport coupe as early 2003 models, and 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 2003 lineup.

The RS has been dropped for 2005. A new optional Remix package for the GS model includes top-stitch charcoal leather front seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker 210-watt audio system with a six-CD changer.

A redesigned Eclipse is expected as a 2006 model. Eclipse coupes and Spyder convertibles are built in Normal, Ill.
(Skip to details on the: Eclipse Spyder Convertible)


Exterior
Other than front-end modifications in 2003, the current Eclipse's overall appearance is similar to the 2000 - 2002 models. Composite taillights use three lamps behind clear lenses. Finned-spoke 17-inch wheels go on GT and GTS models, while the GS gets 16-inch aluminum wheels.

All coupes ride a 100.8-inch wheelbase, stand 51.6 inches tall and measure 176.8 inches long overall. A rear spoiler is installed on all models, and the GT and GTS coupes get integrated fog lamps.


Interior
The Eclipse coupe seats up to four occupants, but the backseat is tight for adults. Cargo space totals 16.9 cubic feet.

All models have air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks. The GT adds steering-wheel audio controls, a 210-watt CD stereo and premium sport fabric upholstery. The GTS features leather front seating surfaces and a 210-watt stereo with a six-CD changer.


Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder in the GS coupe 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. The Eclipse's available four-speed automatic 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 trim levels.

Driving Impressions
The GTS coupe does its job well, but it comes across as a little lifeless compared with Eclipses of the past � almost like 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 that bothersome. Acceleration from a standstill and when 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.


Eclipse Spyder Convertible
A GTS edition joined the 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, 3.0-liter V-6, while the GS continues with four-cylinder power.

Little has changed for 2005 other than three new body colors and the addition of a Remix option group (like the one offered for the Eclipse coupe) for the GS convertible. All convertibles have air conditioning, a 210-watt CD stereo, power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Back to top


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.3)
(4.0)

REMIX Eclipse/Fun ride

by RemixEclipse from Manchester,CT on October 9, 2017

These are limited edition eclipses. Have to sell because of moving across country. Great on gas and fun to drive. Read full review

(5.0)

Best Car Ever

by Eclipse Spyder from Springfield, PA on October 21, 2015

This was by far, the best purchase of my life. This car has been reliable, solid, fun, good-looking!, and overall amazing. Worth every last penny that I ever put into her! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse currently has 4 recalls


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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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