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2003 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 147 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/28 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 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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Customer Reviews

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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)




Owning a mitsubishi

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

This is the most incredible car I have ever owned. It has met all of my expectations and more. It is just pure driving pleasure. Mechanically it is sound.




Love my spyder

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

I have loved my Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder since I bought it. It handles great for inner city driving and its gas mileage is great. I'll have this car for a long time. The only draw back that I can see is the spoiler when the top is up, it creates even more blind spots. I also live where it snows A LOT, and would be nice to have side mirrors that defrost like my old VW Golf. I don't seem to have problems with the turning radius that many people do, and have fixed most of the blind spot issues with placing a small round mirror on the side mirror. I have a 4-cylinder engine with the standard transmission and the acceleration is great. Given the chance I would buy another one tomorrow and tell anyone looking for a new car to check this one out.




The best car i have

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

I had very specific requirements when I was looking for a car: a convertible, a 4-cylinder engine, and enough room to get away for the weekend if you wanted to take a bag with you. This left me with the Eclipse and the Ford Mustang, and yes, the Mustang has 6-cylinders. The Eclipse has been flawless, and very fun to drive with the 4-cylinder engine. I took it on the Blue Ridge Parkway a few weeks ago, and the girl I was with asked me to slow down at first until she realized how well the car hugged the corners, so she just sat back and enjoyed the ride. Nothing has broken in three years, and people even tell me they still notice a hint of new-car smell. The back seat is more comfortable than you'd think.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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