Used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T
Edmunds' Expert Review
Capitalizing on the recent success of convertible sport cars, Mitsubishi releases a topless version of its extremely successful pocket rocket, the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Unlike most convertibles, the Spyder is not merely a chopped version of the coupe. Instead, it was designed from square one to be a convertible. This results in a drop top that is extremely rigid with only a 50-pound weight gain over its hardtop sibling.
Available in entry-level GS or performance-oriented GS-T trim levels, the Eclipse Spyder is destined to impress the most demanding of taskmasters. Instead of the bellicose Chrysler-built 2.0-liter engine common to the GS coupe, the GS Spyder receives a 2.4-liter engine pulled from the Mitsubishi Galant. Horsepower figures are nearly identical for both power plants but the Spyder's engine has the definite edge in torque; 14 percent more available at a relatively low 3,000 rpm. The real excitement, however, lies with the GS-T. Using a proven Mitsubishi 2.0-liter intercooled turbo engine producing 210 horsepower, the GS-T offers more power than convertible competitors from BMW, Saab and Toyota. Pretty impressive for a car that costs less than $26,000.
The Eclipse Spyder has very attractive look-at-me styling that we think is a good component of any convertible design. The sleek, compact body and tidy dimensions are complemented by fine interior ergonomics and an excellent driving position. GS-T models come packed with goodies that include leather seats, an in-dash CD player, cruise control, security system and air conditioning; to name a few. Unfortunately, antilock brakes are conspicuously absent from the GS-T's standard equipment list and are unavailable on the GS model.
We cannot point to many reasons to not buy the Spyder; it has a respected bloodline, attractive looks and promising performance. However, in the $25,000 price range it places itself in direct competition with two of our perennial favorites, the Mazda Miata and the Ford Mustang GT convertible. Both offer rear-wheel-drive performance that will appeal to most enthusiasts and are solid in construction and design. This is not to say that the Spyder isn't a worthy contender, just that it makes the decision difficult. Well, that's one tough decision we would love to make.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T Overview
The Used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T is offered in the following styles: GS-T Turbo 2dr Convertible.
What's a good price on a Used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T?
Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.
Which used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-TS are available in my area?
Used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T Listings and Inventory
Simply research the type of used car you're interested in and then select a prew-owned vehicle from our massive database to find cheap used cars for sale near you. Once you have identified a used or CPO vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T.
Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T for sale near you.
Can't find a used 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Eclipse Spyder GS-T you want in your area? Consider a broader search.
Find a used Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder for sale - 5 great deals out of 5 listings starting at $24,470.
Find a used Mitsubishi for sale - 1 great deals out of 5 listings starting at $10,553.
Find a used certified pre-owned Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder for sale - 9 great deals out of 21 listings starting at $15,196.
Find a used certified pre-owned Mitsubishi for sale - 7 great deals out of 10 listings starting at $18,956.
Compare prices on the Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder for sale in Ashburn, VA to other major cities
Should I lease or buy a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.