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Review I bought this car from a good friend who was the original owner. He always took the car to the dealer to get serviced. It is a red convertible with gray interior and black rag top. normally aspirated 2.5 liter and auto trans. When I first bought it , I had to do all 4 brakes completely (rotors, drums, pads, slave cylinders, master cylinder, and bleeding). They worked flawlessly after that for about 6 or 7 years, and then I just had to turn the rotors and install new pads. A couple of years ago I replaced a broken alternator belt. Then a few months ago I replaced the original water pump. And of course I did the timing belt and balance shaft belt at the same time, which were still in relatively good condition. And a new battery. And that is all the maintenance I have to do in the 9 years that I have owned it. Basically just a few normal wearing parts. Oh yeah, the original owner replaced the transmission with a brand new one a couple of years before he sold it to me. He had no other issues whatsoever. Enjoyable to drive, and something I wasn't expecting: in the summertime with top down it is a great chick magnet! That particular series of Eclipse has a much sexier look than any other series that was built before or after it. Pros: fun to drive, very reliable, and very affordable to own. Cons: the rag top was leaky and no good to drive in the rain. But I'm told that could have been avoided if the original owner had used a conditioner on it every few years, and garaged the car more often. And the front end body work is very close to the ground. You must always tap the brakes and unload the suspension before driving over any bumps or dips, and enter or exit steep driveways very slowly and at angle. If you like this style of car and can find one that has been well maintained over the past 2 decades, buy it!
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What options are available on the 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder?
Available Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 1997 Submodel Types: Convertible
Available Trims: GS, GT, GTS, GS-Sport
Exterior Colors: Dover White Pearl, Liquid Silver Metallic, Pure Red, Sterling Silver Metallic, Sunset Pearlescent, Chrome Blue Pearl, Kalapana Black, Northstar White, Optimist Green, Rave Red Pearl, Satin Meisai Gray Pearl, Sunset Pearlescent Pearl
Interior Colors: Dark Charcoal leather, Medium Gray leather, Black, Dark Charcoal cloth, Midnight
Popular Features: Rear Bench Seats, Soft Top, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Alarm, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Tire Pressure Warning, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Leather Seats, Power Driver Seat, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Heated seats, Stability Control, Upgraded Headlights, Auto Climate Control