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Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (25 total reviews)


Most reliable vehicle i have

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

I bought my 03' spyder gts in Nov. 2011 with 127k miles at a used lot. I am writing this on 5/22/2014. I love this vehicle. So much. I have the 5 speed manual tranny, and this thing has some JUICE, to the point where, despite having been through 2 fender benders with no repairs other than cosmetics, still beats the faster 2007+ mustangs and ricer hondas/nissans/scions. Oh, my 03 eclipse is completely 100% totally stock. It now has 178k miles and not only runs brand spankin' new but still beats new cars in accel. contests. Despire neglecting oil changes, being through 2 wrecks, taking it off roading, putting it through hell on the street, this is the most reliable vehicle i have ever owned.



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.




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!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Don't do it

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

When I first purchased this vehicle it was an absolute treat. Lots of fun, fast, and easy on the eyes. I have to warn you, if you are going to be driving a lot, stay away! I am now in the process of selling it, but it spends more time in the shop than on the market. In the last 2 months it been in the shop 6 times to the tune of 4000 dollars in repairs. I've had to replace the engine (no warranty) and now the computer is all over the place, turning off components such as the AC as it pleases. The car is awful in extreme heat! AC kills all horsepower. The top no longer works electrically. Just awful. If you plan on only putting only 5k a year in miles, then maybe buy it



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great fun!

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

I bought my previously owned Spyder from a dealer, after driving the same model as a rental. It is a really fun vehicle to drive, with semi-automatic 4 speed transmission and powerful V6 engine. It handles very well. I had a transmission fluid leak repaired, but that is the only mechanical problem I've encountered. I would definitely recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a fun sports car convertible. Warning: This is NOT a comfortable vehicle for more than a driver and one passenger.




Exiting

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

I love driving this car, I have not had it up to high rates of speed, but the overall drive is great. I enjoy the feeling that if I need to go fast I have it at the tip of my fingers. The absolute control of the car is amazing! I enjoy my every day transportation from and to work daily.



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

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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