The best way to make a decision about the Mitsubishi 2003 Eclipse or any other Mitsubishi car is to take a ride to the Mitsubishi dealer and look at what is available on the floor. Don’t limit yourself to just the new ones because a used model may catch your eye right away since styles often change slightly from year to year. After all, you are already confused about the model you want to purchase, so the best way to resolve that issue is to take a Mitsubishi Eclipse car for a test drive and see how it runs. Of course, you can also find out what kind of looks you will get as you drive around in that sharp little model, an important feature if you are single and looking to turn some heads your way. Take it out on the highway and let it go. Rev up the engine and see just what it can do for you. While you’re busy doing that, be sure to turn up the stereo system so that you can test that out as well – after all, a nice car with a poor audio system isn’t worth tie time of day. You want to be able to cruise down the street with your audio system playing music as the wind whips through your hair.
In the short time that the Mitsubishi Eclipse has really gained popularity, it’s become a symbol of status. After all, these sharp little models range in price from under $20,000 to just under $25,000, and that is with a manual transmission. If you would like automatic, you are, of course, going to pay more. Of course, drivers of a sports car have stated that they run much better with a manual transmission, but for those drivers who don’t know how to work a clutch, there are options. For those models with manual transmissions, the gas mileage is estimated at almost 20 mpg in the city, and anywhere from 27-30 mpg highway driving. Since the automatic transmission is an option, gas mileage is not available, but in most cases, an automatic transmission causes the car to lose something in the fuel economy.
On the upside as well is the fact that the Mitsubishi 2003 Eclipse is one of the import lines, and as such, maintenance and repairs are going to be less on an annual basis than those of an American-made model. As most people well know, the parts for imports are more expensive initially, but since they do not require as many repairs, in the course of a year, or even the lifetime of the car, it is going to be more economical to own. When you consider all the factors, you must weigh everything and come up with an average annual cost, and don’t forget to add your insurance into those figures since it’s an important part of your vehicle’s maintenance as well. Naturally, while deciding if you can afford to purchase the Mitsubishi Eclipse, you want to figure in the cost of tires and other maintenance costs that are necessary in order to keep your car in top running condition. As you do this, keep in mind that keeping up your car’s maintenance will prevent you from having any major repair problems, and as such, that expense won’t need to be figured into the cost of owning the car.