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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Convertible


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Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 141 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    One of the best top-down cruisers being sold this year.

  • Cons

    Rear seat is little more than a parcel shelf. And as in all front-wheel drive vehicles, beware the understeer!

  • What's New for 1998

    Eclipse Spyder GS gets air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD player and wheel locks. The Spyder GS-T is now flashier than ever before…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (8 total reviews)

Great car

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

I read some of the other reviews and wondered if I had the same car. Mine has never given me any major problems. I bought 4 yrs old and has been my primary car for the last 4 yrs. I did replace the top 2 yrs ago and the top brackets. Other than that, we are talking different cars as mine has been great fun and a joy to drive. I have the 5 spd manual and takes corners great, the turning radius is tight, gas mileage around 25, radio works fine, no rattling, nothing loose or broken, dealer oil changes, rare front brake pad replacement, tranny fine. Maybe I'm in the wrong section?

Convertibles issues

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

The convertible top on my car leaked every time we had a bad rain. It was horrible driving with the rain pouring in from all different places. My car also had an engine problem where it was burning oil and I'd have to put a quart of oil in it almost every week. And when it was raining and I drove over a lot of water in the road, it would cause the car to shake horribly and I would have to pull over and wait and rev the engine to dry it out. But, despite all its issues it never actually broke down on me. The engine was strong, and I will definitely purchase another Mitsubishi in the future. If I had it to do over the only thing I would change would be to get the hatchback instead. Ha.

Fun to look at

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

This car is amazingly pretty and sporty, but if you need to get from point A to point B, you better try a bike instead. This car is so cheaply made it seemed sooner or later everything fell apart, including the leaky rag top. I was SO disappointed as I love the Eclipse and it had been my dream to own a Spyder. Oh well. For this car the adage that a car is hole in the pavement surrounded by metal into which one throws money could not be truer.

Gas Mileage


  • 19
  • cty
  • 27
  • highway
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Full 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review

What's New for 1998

Eclipse Spyder GS gets air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD player and wheel locks. The Spyder GS-T is now flashier than ever before thanks to standard 16-inch chrome-plated alloy wheels. All models have a fresh black interior appearance with gray cloth.

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Hi I am new to Eclipse's ( own a '04 Galant) but I ran across this '98 Eclipse Spyder GS, with a 2.4L motor, from my understanding only the GS Spyder had this motor? not even the Non-Spyder GS had the...