Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

Pros

  • Stylish design, quick in GT form, well-suited for top-down cruising, comfy front seats, rockin' Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Cons

  • Poor outward visibility with top up, sluggish acceleration on GS model, stability control not offered, small backseat, wide turning radius.

Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder for Sale

Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 2008
92,135 miles
Used 2008
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
GT
(3)
Fairfax Kia
15.4 mi away
List$8,853
Est.Loan: $181/mo
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Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 2008 GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
109,181 miles
Used 2008
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
GS
Keiths Auto Sales
83.9 mi away
List$10,900
Est.Loan: $223/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Though not without its flaws, the 2008 Eclipse Spyder's mix of sexy styling, comfortable front seating and sporty performance make it a worthy choice among sub-$30,000 convertibles.

vehicle overview

In the realm of four-seat, under-$30,000 convertibles, the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is one of the sportier entries. Now in its second year since a full redesign, the Spyder carries over mostly unchanged, offering the same radical styling and solid driving experience. Based on the regular Eclipse coupe, the Spyder comes with either four-cylinder or V6 power, a power-operated soft top and a two-person backseat.

The Eclipse's traditional soft top might seem a bit old-fashioned these days, given that competing convertibles like the Chrysler Sebring, Pontiac G6 and Volkswagen Eos 2.0T come with standard or optional retractable hardtops. However, the Spyder's soft top is well insulated from wind and road noise. Plus, the drop-top Eclipse has a nice-looking interior with generally solid-quality materials and an attractive, modern design. And in GT form, equipped with the V6 engine, this Mitsubishi can be quite sporty thanks to its substantial low-end torque and respectable handling ability.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is not without flaws. Its backseat is small, and less useful than the accommodations in most other four-place convertibles. It's not as sporty as the rear-drive Ford Mustang, and performance from the four-cylinder GS model is especially lackluster. Our advice is to figure out your priorities: If you want a truly athletic convertible, go with a Mustang GT. If you want a comfy and refined cruiser, consider an Eos or a Toyota Camry Solara. If you want something in between, Mitsubishi's Eclipse Spyder GT just might be the right fit, as it mixes modern styling with respectable amounts of performance and comfort.

Trim levels & features

The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is a convertible version of the Eclipse coupe. Two trim levels, GS and GT, are available. The GS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power convertible cloth top with a glass rear window and defroster, air-conditioning, power accessories, keyless entry and cruise control. A premium Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers, a subwoofer, an in-dash six-CD changer (with MP3 compatibility) and speed-compensating volume is also standard. It does not have an auxiliary input jack, however.

The GT is similarly equipped but adds 18-inch wheels, a slightly sportier state of suspension tune and a dash-mounted compass and exterior temperature display. For the GS, Mitsubishi offers a leather package that adds leather-trimmed and heated front seats, heated mirrors and the GT's aforementioned display. A similar package is also available for the GT that features a wind deflector, automatic climate control and a power driver seat. A couple of exterior trim packages are available for buyers seeking a sportier look.

2008 Highlights

The addition of formerly optional 18-inch wheels to the GT trim as standard equipment is the lone change made for the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive Eclipse is available with two different engines. The GS model comes with a four-cylinder engine that displaces 2.4 liters and produces 162 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The GT model features a 3.8-liter V6 engine capable of 260 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The GS can be equipped with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic with Sportronic manual shift control. Mitsubishi upgrades the GT with a six-speed manual or an optional five-speed Sportronic automatic. With the V6, the manual-equipped Eclipse can accelerate to 60 mph in a brisk 6.5 seconds. The V6's fuel economy (16 mpg city/24 mpg highway rating for 2008), however, is not exactly budget-friendly. The four-cylinder has a slightly better 19/26 estimate.

Safety

In addition to the government-mandated equipment, all 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyders have antilock disc brakes and front-seat side airbags with head and torso coverage. GT models further benefit from traction control and bigger rear disc brakes. Stability control is not offered. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Eclipse Spyder was given the highest rating of "Good" in both frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

Driving

The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS's four-cylinder engine is fine for normal driving, but the V6 is clearly a better match for this relatively heavy car. Not only does it add some personality to the car thanks to its snorty exhaust note, it also helps to overcome the Spyder's hefty curb weight (3,700 pounds for the GT model). The manual transmission is recommended if you're so inclined, as it's easy and fun to shift. On the road, the Eclipse Spyder handles well for a front-drive convertible and delivers a supple ride that makes it ideal for longer drives. There is a little more chassis flex over bumps than we would like, and the car's wide turn radius can be annoying, but it's not enough to spoil an otherwise enjoyable driving experience.

Interior

The Eclipse Spyder's cockpit has an attractive flowing dash, simple controls and generally good-quality materials -- although there are a few cheap bits here and there. The available two-tone color schemes are an attractive touch, although some may find the Terra Cotta and white combo a little like sitting inside a Creamsicle. Front-seat comfort is also notably good for this type of vehicle, but the two-person rear seat is suitable for children only -- and small ones at that. The Spyder features a three-layer convertible cloth top. Dropping it is a cinch. Release the header latches, hit a button and the top stows itself under the solid tonneau cover in 19 seconds, and it goes up just as rapidly. Unfortunately, this design severely limits rear visibility with the top up, and limits trunk space to only 5.2 cubic feet.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

It aint my daddy's truck
Rebecca,09/11/2008
I have always bought and drove small pickup trucks (rangers, s10s) and this is a COMPLETELY new experience. Although the turn radius is greater than my last pickup and with the top up you can see very little around you, it more than makes up for having to be extra careful with the fun of owning a convertible AND the really flashy look that draws everyone's attention! I work at a school and the kids LOVE it when I put the top up/down because they think it looks like a transformer! I never dreamed I would own an orange car, but would not trade it for another color now if offered!! :D
A champion right out the gate
andy,08/21/2007
The 2008 Spyder GT V6 manual is a striking beast right out the gate - very powerful, torquey, yet a smooth and cushioned ride. I've driven the 2007 model as well. The 08 adds 18" wheels in place of 17". The handling is phenomenal. The smooth, quick stick and power make this an incredible sports convertible. The top operates deftly. Sirius sat radio is also standard. Downshifting and passing is joy. My car is black and I keep it washed. It gets stares wherever I drive in southern california.
Most Fun in the Sun
tjs1963,07/05/2011
This car is a blast... and a real head-turner.  It's probably the most under rated/reported  sports car in this price range.  I wanted the V6 because the car's weight seemed to justify the beefier engine.  This baby along with the manual 6speed can really push you into your seat when accelerating through the gears.  Much more power and speed then I anticipated... but great Fun! Since summer the top is always down and the sound system rocks.  Hey this is what having a convertible sports car is all about.  I love it!
Fun Car
Glenn,07/01/2017
We were looking for a convertible to leave at our lake house and bought the Spyder. Its been a nice surprise and great fun to drive. It looks great in black and get lots of compliments. Money well spent. Update: The car is still doing well. We enjoy driving it and are planning on keeping it for a long time. Second Update: still enjoying the car with no issues at all.
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
162 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5750 rpm
MPG
16 city / 25 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
260 hp @ 5750 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
Gas
162 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Overview

The Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is offered in the following submodels: Eclipse Spyder Convertible. Available styles include GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 4A), GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 5A), GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 6M), and GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M).

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Save up to $300 on one of 2 Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $8,853 as of10/16/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from2.3 to 2.3 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS is priced between $10,900 and$10,900 with odometer readings between 109181 and109181 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT is priced between $8,853 and$8,853 with odometer readings between 92135 and92135 miles.

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