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Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

  • A fun drop top, but those seeking real performance should look elsewhere.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Distinctive styling, V6 power in GT trim, easy-to-use convertible top, wind buffeting kept to a minimum.

  • Cons

    Uninspired interior design, intolerable rear seats, side airbags and antilock brakes are available only on GTS model.

  • What's New for 2003

    A new, higher-performance Eclipse joins the lineup. Dubbed the GTS, its 3.0-liter V6 boasts 210 horses and a number of luxury features…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (74 total reviews)


2003 mit spyder convertable gs

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

125 mi. and going strong! On time oil & transmission fluid changes, 3rd battery since purchase Aug 2003. 1 owner vehicle....seats are hard front & back & 1 door hinge doesn't stay open but that is my only dissatisfaction with this vehicle. I use the auto transmission but it also came with a switch over to manuel transmission feature which I have not seen anywhere else yet but I know they do exists. I am looking for a truck now because of free range horse/cattle in my area. I will miss this car forever. Held up well in & out. I had avalanche truck -entire dash board circuitry went out-thanks for not letting me know chevy co! I will buy my new truck elsewhere! not like U couldn't find me duh!



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Cracking dash

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

This was a nice car until it hit 45,000 miles. Bad enough a rebuilt clutch cost me $2,000, but the dash is cracked like it had 245,000 miles on it and the posts on each side of the windshield are flaking. I have taken really good care of this car and it is worse off than cars I've owned for twice as long. If you buy a Mitsubishi, buy it new and get rid of it before you've owned it for 5 years.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Lots o' fun behind the

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Since buying this auto I have been totally impressed by its performance, the low cost of upkeep and the WOW factor, everyone loves the style, ride and the handling (for a car at this price more fun can't be had!). Now mind you this isn't a 300GT V/R4 (I owned one of those!! YOW!) or the fantastic EVO, it still holds it's own! There are also plenty of after market parts for it so personalizing it is a fun way to go! In conclusion if you're in the market for a cool auto, that's inexpensive to upkeep, handles well in the snow (I live in Wisconsin!!) and gives you that open road freedom this is the auto for you!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Drive topless. it's fun

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I rolled 130,000 miles this week much to my dismay and pleasure. Nothing but standard maintenance. Had to replace factory brakes with some better ones as the rotors kept warping but since I usually drive 75-80 that may have been my driving habits. NOTHING has broken in the car, paint hasn't held up very well but it isn't rusting so I can't complain. The car is still as fun as the day I bought it. With Sportronic and leather this car is as nice as cars costing twice as much. Also own an Audi TT and if I were shopping tomorrow, I would be at Mitsubishi, not Audi. I feel like it isn't going to be a stretch to get over 200k without anything but maintenance.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Wish i would've bought one

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

We bought this car because we were looking for a convertible in a reasonable price range. My wife and I have found this vehicle to meet and exceed all of our expectations. Fun to drive, sleek exterior, comfortable, SUPER gas mileage (33 mpg @80 mph Hwy. miles in the MOUNTAINS of Tennessee)




No plans to trade in

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Great performance, no mechanical problems, I bought my car new in 2003 and it's been the best thing I could have done! I had actually just bought a Subaru when I saw this car and fell in love with it (it's the light green one.) So I traded in the subaru and never looked back. The only work I've had to do is replace the battery after 4+ years. Oh and the shocks at 40,000, but that's my fault, not the car's. I lived on a long, very washboard dirt road for 2 years and drove that road every day. I've never pampered my car, I've taken it camping, on dirt trails, everywhere - it's great! And it's running sweet to this day. No plans to trade it in any time soon! Just don't try it in the snow!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

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  • 25
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Full 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review

What's New for 2003

A new, higher-performance Eclipse joins the lineup. Dubbed the GTS, its 3.0-liter V6 boasts 210 horses and a number of luxury features justify its standing as the top Eclipse. Unlike the 200-horse GT coupe, the Spyder GT gets the more powerful GTS engine. A new front fascia along with revised front and rear light clusters round out the changes.

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