My Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has been a fun car. It is a good combination of power and pleasure. It keeps up with the other cars in it's class speed-wise and it just looks cool. People still watch these cars go buy with envy. It has blind spots, but no worse than the other convertibles that I looked at, the Honda S2000 is just as bad. Besides this is only a problem in parking lots, not everyday driving. I love the "manual" automatic transmission. I've had no mechanical problems, fortunately.
The convertible top is very high quality. After four years has minimal creaks and rattles, which is pretty amazing. The canvas keeps it's good looks. I couldn't say these things about the pre-owned Mercedes-Benz that I test drove before I bought my Eclipse Spyder. The back seat is poor for passengers, but it makes for extra storage.
Add auto trunk release on the remote. There is a handle at the driver's seat but it doesn't help you when you're carrying packages.
Love it! I just retired my minivan. Hugs the road...fun to drive! Paid only $13k for it used -- just 24,000 miles -- a steal. Mine doesn't have all the frills, but for the price (new or used) it can't be beat in it's class. Looks very elegant...classy. Fun to switch from automatic to manual, without the clutch.
Push button convertible, tinted windows, V6 engine. The design and the lines on the sides.
Improve dash display - fuel/temp gauge is too deep. Blind spots. Could use anti-lock brakes.
I love this car but... I have one
MAJOR complaint.the rims on this car
are very susceptible to even the
slightest potholes. i have had this
car for less than a DAY, and already
need to replace a dented/cracked rim
from a minor pothole i hit. NHTSA has
had a number of complaints about these
rims. Mitsubishi is not willing to
recall these rims, stating it isn't a
problem, but the interesting thing is,
why did they change the suspension and
rims for the 2003 model if the 2002
was fine? so my advice, is get the
2003 if you have a choice and save
yourself from needing to buy $350 rims
the first time you hit a pothole,
railroad tracks etc.
automatic top, stylish looks, the nice
little rumble of the exhaust. Get the
V6, you'll be glad you did.
Rim issue mentioned above, armrest
height is uncomfortable.
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