2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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18 reviews
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Available Price Range $4,468-$11,040 Trims2 Combined MPG 20-22 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Our Take

The Eclipse, available in coupe and convertible (Spyder) body styles, is Mitsubishi's front-wheel-drive sports car. The curvy, haunchy design surprised all by appearing in dealerships looking ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Stability system only on V-6 SE coupe
  • No stability system (Spyder)
  • No curtain airbags in backseat (coupe)
  • Small trunk (Spyder)
  • Understeer
  • Many features packaged
  • No auxiliary stereo input

Notable Features

  • Available as coupe or convertible
  • Special Edition trim level (coupe)
  • New stability system (coupe)
  • New paint colors
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Manual or automatic


Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 18 reviews

2nd Eclipse, 1st GT

by Ted from Rochester, NY on June 29, 2008

I had a 2007 GS coupe. Loved the car, great handling, acceleration , style and performance. This was the 5 speed manual shift. I tried a 2008 Spyder GS and felt the acceleration was not appropriate fo... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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