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.
I bought this car in 2000. I have had
NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS it!! I'll make a
long story short (unfortunately, this
is the short version): The top leaks,
after 2 1/2 years had to spend $1,000
for a new top - and still have problems
with it going back smoothly, the
window/door lock controller "box" has
fallen into the door panel (twice, @
$120 each repair), A/C went out ($450
to replace), cam sensor went out @
around 40,000 miles & the car totally
shut down ($200 expense). Along with
the un-necessary repairs above, I have
had this car towed a total of 9 times
in the past 2 years....times that by
$50 and you decide if buying the
eclipse sypder is worth it!!!
I like the way it handles on the road.
The manufactures should not put a car
on the market if it's a POS!!!! Why do
they make a good-looking car - when all
it's going to do is burn a hole in your
Traded a V6 Accord coupe with all
options. Biggest mistake ever! This car
is affordable, but no fun. If I could
do it all over again I'd get aGTS 5-
speed, and then maybe I could get
decent acceleration and around town
drivability. I have to drive my GS with
the manumatic constantly revving to
6,000RPM and I still think it is slow.
Build quality is okay, and the interior
has too many cheap plastics. I had to
buy an aluminum dash kit just
to dress it up. I'm going to keep the
car, so I plan to add headers, a new
exhaust, new intake and throttle body,
and either a turbocharger or
performance chip. It's the only way the
car will be tolerable.
Decent stereo and seats, top is fairly
quiet, and seals well. Exterior not for
everyone, however, it does get a fair
amount of looks when the top is down.
Top down driving in the evenings around
town when you don't have to accelerate
much is the only enjoyable part about
A 2.4 liter inline-4 should develop
more power, better plastics, a larger
glass panel in back if possible.
Rearward vision is horrible especially
with the wing right in the middle of
the sightline. Lastly, my V6 Accord-
more horses and torque-got better
mileage on unleaded too.
idk if this is just this car or what!we
have had so many problems with this car
we had 2 (a 97 and a 2000) other
eclipses and the 97 was so grate it ran
nice shifted nice and with no problems.
then we got the 2000 with about 20000
the throw out bearing in the cluch went
and there was a clicking noise and
prestige mits. said it was the wheel
struts....so we got the 03 spyder its a
nice lookin car but the same thing
happened wit the cluch and the same
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