The Mitsubishi Eclipse: Top 5 Models for Mitsubishi’s Lost Car

Mitsubishi Eclipse through the years

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

Over the course of its production, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was one of the most popular sport coupes in the industry. With its sleek styling, powerful engine options, and an affordable price tag, the Eclipse was perfect for the American market. While it is no longer sold by the Japanese carmaker, who is focusing more on producing crossovers and SUV models, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is still worthy of remembering. Here is an overview of each Eclipse generation and what makes each model year so special.

1990-1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse

When the Eclipse first debuted back in the 1990 model year, it was part of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler called Diamond Star Motors. It quickly became one of the best affordable sport coupes available with its turbocharged engines and pop-up headlights. The high-end trim even came with an available four-wheel-drive option, which made it especially appealing.

1995-1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The second-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse took the previous generation’s popularity and built upon it, coming back with a sleeker, more elongated style. This more athletic body style was a hit, as was the newly diversified trim lineup, which offered consumers more options than ever before.

2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

For the third generation, Mitsubishi decided to give the Eclipse an overhaul. The 2000 model was released as a completely new car based on the Mitsubishi Galant platform. It came with the choice of four gasoline-powered engines and the all-wheel-drive option was dropped from the available features.

2005-2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Based on the popularity of the second-generation’s sporty style, Mitsubishi decided to make the fourth-generation Eclipse even more athletic. It gave the sports coupe a hatchback body style and only two engine options to choose from—a 2.4-liter that put out 162 horsepower and a 3.8-liter V6 that generates 263 hp. With three trim levels, this model gave consumers better standard equipment, which included air conditioning, power windows, and a CD player.

2009-2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The last and final generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse started with an October 2009 facelift. This update gave the GT trim a larger rear spoiler, HID headlamps, and Active Stability Control. It also gave the Eclipse a new GST Sport trim level, which offered sportier styling, too.

To learn more about the Mitsubishi Eclipse;s history, head on over to our website at biggersmitsubishi.com.

Breakthrough Mind & Body: Dreaming Big to Move Forward

Breakthrough Mind & Body is the business of Lori Streator.

When you dream big, you can also drive big dreams on four wheels.

Last month, we had the privilege of assisting a customer on her car search. Her car search was like many others. She wisely browsed several car dealerships in the area and spoke with salesmen about her automotive needs. Her journey for a new vehicle though lead to the purchase of an Outlander Sport here at Biggers Mitsubishi. While we were glad to give her a pleasant, helpful car purchase experience, what was even more important to us was getting to know our customer, Lori Streator, a Chicago health and wellness professional.

Lori is a positive-thinking person, which only qualifies her even more for the business and practice she owns and runs – Breakthrough Mind & Body – as a way to provide effective tools and principles for people to help them let go of fear, inspire to be the person they always wanted to be, and live a healthy life mentally and physically.

Streator was a licensed clinical professional counselor for many years before she gave birth to her son at the beginning of 2011. It was then she realized that there was more to health than just diving and kickboxing.

In an interview with Holistic Entrepreneur Association International, Streator mentioned that health is not just physical, but it is emotional as well. “What we eat, how we move and how we think all play a significant role in our health & well-being, which is why I don’t discount any of them when creating programs or working with clients,” she said.

On her website, Lori states that she believes “in dreaming big, thinking bigger and helping you lead the happy, healthy life you deserve!” That happy, healthy life starts in the here and now.

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we encourage you to sign up for a free Mind Body Guide and weekly updates from Lori via email by visiting here website at the second link above.

Make sure you follow her business on Facebook as well!

Fall Service Tips: Keep Up with Your Car’s Maintenance

Here are some Fall Service Tips for you when checking your car.

Check your tires. Test your brakes.

As the crisp breeze begins to roll off the shores of Lake Michigan, the leaves aren’t the only thing changing—your vehicle’s maintenance needs are changing, too. Lower temperatures bring about a variety of new routine maintenance that should be done before the snow begins to fall. To ensure your vehicle runs smoothly throughout the seasons, here are some fall service tips to keep in mind.

Check your tires. The low temperatures can cause a big dip in tire pressure, since cold temperatures condense air. To ensure your vehicle is running well, check your tire pressure monthly. Also, check the condition of your tires. Look for tears, holes, and tread wear. Getting a tire rotation and wheel alignment is a good idea before cold winter weather sets in.

Top off your fluids. Look into your records to see if it’s time for your car’s routine oil change. Get this done and top off any fluids that may need to be filled after a hot summer, including coolant levels.

Test your brakes. Worn-down brake pads, clogs in the brake line, and low brake fluid are all common problems as the seasons change. It’s important to keep an eye on your brakes, since they are literally a life-saving component of your vehicle.

Replace your battery. Like your tires, the performance of your battery can be affected by low temperatures. If your battery is older than five years, it’s likely time to replace it. After all, no one wants to be stranded due to a dead battery when it’s freezing out.

For any service questions—or to schedule your routine maintenance appointment—don’t forget to contact Biggers Mitsubishi’s Service Center today.

Mitsubishi Sells the Last Lancer Evolution on eBay for Charity

When Mitsubishi announced that they would be discontinuing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution line, we knew that its final days were upon us. What we didn’t know is exactly how Mitsubishi would sell the last unit of the vehicle: on eBay.

That’s right; Mitsubishi sold the very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on eBay, via their auction format, ultimately selling it for $76,400. That is certainly a high price for a Lancer Evo model, but is it a high price for the last one ever? Not to one lucky collector.

The model itself was a special “Final Edition” version of the vehicle, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and producing up to 303 horsepower.  Though it may not be the most powerful vehicle on the road, it’s arguably one of the closest to unique.

The best part of Mitsubishi’s decision was their concept of giving the proceeds to charity, with the proceeds from the eBay auction going to Feeding America and the Second Harvest Food Bank, in respect to Hunger Action Month.

Though the last Lancer Evolution has now been sold, we know that Mitsubishi will create many more brilliant models in the years ahead. To see what Mitsubishi currently has in store, contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi.

2016 Chicago Bears Season

Chicago Bears fans are some of the most dedicated fan in the NFL. No matter how rough the season may be, we never lose faith or give up on our favorite team. The 2016 Chicago Bears season is already in progress and we’ve had a few ups and down.

The first three games of the season were a bit rough. Chicago lost 21-14 to the Texans, then 29-14 at home to the Eagles, and 31-17 in Dallas to the Cowboys. However, in the fourth game of the season, our beloved Bears got their first win at home against the Lions.

Chicago brought home a 17-14 victory with two touchdown passes from quarterback Brian Hoyer. He threw for 302 yards that game. Kicker Conner Barth finished off the game with a 25-yard field goal.

The Bears then lost 23-29 against the Indianapolis Colts, though they put up a good fight.

While we don’t have the strongest team this year, the Bears have some chances to capture a few more wins. They have a good chance to win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, and the Washington Redskins.

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we love the Chicago Bears and can’t wait to see how the rest of the season goes. Which game are you looking forward to the most this season?

Check Out These 5 Things to Do in Bartlett This Fall

There are plenty of ways to spend your free time this season, right here in Bartlett, Illinois. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a food-lover, your options are endless. To give you some ideas, here’s a short list of 5 things to do in Bartlett this fall:

  • Go to the Park – With the leaves turning shades of red and orange and the weather still warm enough, there’s no better time of year than fall to enjoy your local park. Break a chair, a book, and a snack, and simply relax.
  • Kickstand Classic Bike Race – This bike race is for bikers of all ages using any type of bike. The race itself will cover 19 miles and will be followed up by a festival. For more information, visit the official website.
  • Go to a Pumpkin Patch – As Halloween approaches, it’s time to go to your local pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin! Be sure to carve it safely with the appropriate tools and you’re sure to have a spooky good time.
  • Dine-Around for the Arts – This event offers you an opportunity to eat great food while giving back to Arts in Bartlett. What more could you ask for? See here for more information.
  • Prepare Your Car for Winter – Lastly, before the cold months of winter set in, be sure to prepare your car for the upcoming season. Get up to date on any routine maintenance, and consider a once-over from a professional.

And of course, if you’re in the area, visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi!

NHTSA Awards a Four Star Mitsubishi Lancer Safety Rating for 2017 Model

The NHTSA gave the Mitsubishi Lancer Saftey Rating a thumbs up.

Now coming with a standard rearview camera, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has reached a new level.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has earned a four star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it one of the safest new sedans on the road, adding to a long list of reasons why the new Lancer is an excellent option for any driver.

The NHTSA gave the new Lancer four stars in the front, side, and rollover tests, which simulate the cars response in the event of a collision. With these three tests, the NHTSA can accurately predict how a driver or passenger would fare if such an event would occur.

The new Mitsubishi Lancer comes standard with an impressive list of safety features, including seven airbags, a driver-side knee airbag, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. And best of all, the model now comes standard with a rearview camera for all trim levels.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the new Mitsubishi Lancer yet, but it’s safe to assume that their Mitsubishi Lancer safety rating will be similar to that of the NHTSA.

While we eagerly await the 2017 Lancer to arrive here at Biggers Mitsubishi, head over to our website and to learn more about the safety features on the current 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer? Contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi to take one out on a test drive.

Oil Changes Explained: Regular Service is a Must

Do you want oil changes explained? You've come to the right place.

Oil is the lifeblood of your car.

For many car owners, changing the oil is simply something you do. Like brushing your teeth or paying taxes, many people don’t even question the reasons why oil changes are important. However, if you are thinking about skipping your next oil change, it might be time to consider the reasons to get service. Read on to see oil changes explained.

It’s become a worn-out phrase to claim that “oil is the lifeblood of your car.” In reality, anatomy students would say this isn’t really accurate. Oil is used to lubricate the engine, to remove dirt and particles, and to move heat away from working parts. Experts recommend changing oil every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. If you use the more expensive synthetic oils, you may skip to every 5,000 miles or five months.

According to Cars.com, regular oil changes drastically extend the life of your car and prevent future breakdowns. When parts are lubricated and running smoothly, you won’t have problems with the engine. However, if oil gets dirty it loses its properties. Oil can also degrade and break down, which is why it is important to replace oil every 3 to 5 months, even if you don’t exceed the mileage suggestions.

What happens if you don’t change my oil? You won’t be happy. It might not happen at first, but carbon residue will build up on internal parts like camshafts and valves, the crank case, pistons, and more. Any auto mechanic will tell you these aren’t cheap to clean or replace. If you wait really long, oil can actually turn to sludge and stop the engine parts from moving—an explosion waiting to happen.

It’s simple. A quick oil and filter change can keep your car working in prime condition for years to come. It’s highly affordable and much less stressful than major repairs. Think twice next time you want to save a few bucks by skipping regular service.

Road Trip Destinations in Illinois: Take a Ride in the Mirage G4

The new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is great for road trips, with a sleek exterior, comfortable interior, and unparalleled gas mileage. Check out of these road trip destinations in Illinois to get the best out of your new G4. You’ll be surprised by the world of possibilities this intelligent car opens up.

Stop by Aurora, Illinois. This Chicago suburb is known for being the second largest city in the state, with a great view of the Fox River, as well as landmarks like the Paramount Theatre. Originally known for its manufacturing, Aurora is now a cultural center in the Midwest.

Chicago is a no-brainer for anyone in Illinois. This massive city is one of the largest in the US, known for its modern and working-class feel. Writers like Carl Sandburg have made this city an American icon, with a unique atmosphere and history you just can’t find elsewhere. Road Trip USA suggests visiting the Art Institute, Navy Pier, or the Willis Tower (formerly called the Sears Tower).

Chrystal Lake is known for its clear lake and small-city feel. With just 40,000 residents, you can easily find your way around this quaint town. Crystal Lake is part of the Chicago metro area, but it has a unique history, including some truly stunning buildings. If you visit this town, stop by the nearby lake, also called Chrystal Lake.

Finally, the Mirage G4 can easily get you to Rockford. As the third largest city in the state, Rockford is known for high-quality furniture and its beautiful scenery. Called the Forest City, Rockford is home to the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Anderson Japanese Gardens.

These are just some of the many places to visit in your Mirage G4. You’ll have plenty of gas in the tank after you visit each of these locations, just one reason so many can’t leave the driver’s seat of this new model.

Take Your Mitsubishi Mirage to These 5 Best Illinois Vacation Spots

These are the best Illinois vacation spots for you and your Mitsubishi Mirage.

With an EPA-estimated 40 MPG, you can afford to get far away for “vaycay.”

Behind the wheel of the frugal 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, you will save so much gasoline money that you can afford to go almost anywhere. In fact, the new Mitsubishi Mirage gets an EPA-estimated 40 miles per gallon combined.

Not sure where to go with all that extra cash? Here’s a short list of our 5 favorite Illinois vacation spots to help steer you along:

  • Chicago: There’s really no end to the list of things you can do during a trip to Chi-Town, but we recommend the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is totally free.
  • Oakwood: Alternatively, you may want to check out Oakwood, home to the Kickapoo State Recreation Area, which offers wonderful hiking, fishing, and camping opportunities.
  • Springfield: If museums are more your style, head to Springfield, where you’ll find the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, one of the most famous in the country.
  • Lake Michigan: Why not take a trip to the lake? Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and plenty of water!
  • Arlington Heights: Lastly, if you’re travelling with little ones, they will be thrilled to explore the LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Chicago in Arlington Heights.

To learn more about the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi!