Junkyard Find: 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse
We’re following up a week of Volkswagen Junkyard Finds with 21st Century Junkyard Finds (don’t worry, we’ll go back to Junkyard Finds arranged in whatever random order strikes my fancy soon enough). On the heels of yesterday’s ’02 JuggaLambo, here’s a not-even-a-decade-old fourth-gen Mitsubishi Eclipse that showed up at a Denver yard last week.
You don’t see many cars this new in self-service wrecking yards (unless you’re living in the five-year period following the debut of an excruciatingly bad car), and the ones you do see tend to have been involved in fires, strip-and-dump thefts, or high-speed wrecks. This Mitsu falls in the latter group.
The final owner of this car appears to have been a fan of Drunk Pedobear.
Many stickers adorned this Eclipse. That’s what made it so fast.
Did the speedometer stick at 60 mph at the moment that Mitsubishi steel hit the concrete?
This one has the 162-horse 2.4 with variable valve timing.
This ad is for the previous generation of Eclipse, but it tells us a lot about the car’s target demographic. Are you in?
The ’06 was driven to thrill.
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