14th May 2006, 13:06

Two years ago I rented a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and loved driving it for the week on the winding Colorado roads. Although it was a really fun car and handled great with plenty of power, and I enjoyed the electronic "stick shift", I'd agree that the fun wouldn't be worth 35 grand if you started having maintenance problems.

15th May 2006, 09:51

The car you rented two years ago and the car the original poster is talking about have nothing in common other than their name.

That isn't to say either is bad, just that they aren't the same car at all.

15th May 2006, 14:07

I wrote the review. I noticed that it says 06', but the car is registered as an 07'. That's also what the dealer sticker thingy says.

15th May 2006, 17:15

Who said he was having maintenance problems?

16th May 2006, 15:57

There are no 2006 Eclipse Spyders, only 07's. The Eclipse, in my opinion, is a completely different car now. I've driven both the 05 and 06 Eclispe (not the Spyder), and the 06 had A LOT more power, and was finished in a completely different style. It almost reminded me of a 3000GT N/A version.

16th May 2006, 16:19

I purchased a new 2007 Spyder three weeks ago and I love it.

I purchased the 4 cylinder model with the automatic, I am getting better mileage with the sypder than I ever did with my 4 cylinder Honda Accords I have owned in the past.

The Price in Canada was very reasonable if you compare it to the other convertibles available.

I have about 2000 miles already on it and more than half of that was with the top down.

So many people come up to me because they love the way it looks.

If you are thinking about the 2 seaters from G.M., check out the Sypder and I am sure you will love it as much as I do.

5th Aug 2006, 11:48

The new Eclipse is a beautiful car and I'd take it anyday over an IS or Sti. But, I would get the G35 before the Eclipse. My point is, why does everything have to be a race to some people?

25th Oct 2006, 12:58

I bought one of the first 2006 GTs off the production line after considering New Mustang GT and 350Z. No problems so far except the volume control on steering wheel sometimes gets confused and thinks it's a seek button. Seems to reset itself right though when Radio switched Off/On. No big deal. The paint on the hood seems a little fragile and sensitive to stone chips too. But again, no big deal. Personal likes/dislikes: Comfort, fit and finish is above my initial expectation for Mitsus. The car feels and is wide compared to my old Prelude. I appreciate the extra space and comfort this gives, but I would have preferred the width to be a little less. The engine is plenty powerful with M/T and it's glorious in every way... silky smooth, lots of torque and fab exhaust note. In fact for a FWD car, even at 3300 lbs the torque on corners is almost scarily dangerous. I couldn't see how anyone would want more power/torque on a FWD. The OEM tires are pretty bad and skirm at the first sign of hard cornering & acceleration. A decent set of summer tires would probably transform the handling as is. I really like the car... but I still prefer and look forward to driving my old prelude regards the handling. Now if they did something like a Prelude handling with Eclipse engine...:) I'm very happy with my Eclipse and have a great confidence in the quality and reliability so far. I would recommend.

21st Jun 2007, 22:55

I sell Mitsubishi for a living, and have never encountered an unhappy Eclipse customer. I have a hard time thinking that you paid $35,000 for it though. A Spyder with every option runs about $33,000...MSRP. You should grow to love this car. They are great bang for the buck, and fast enough to get you into a lot of trouble.

29th Aug 2007, 03:10

I had a 1990 Eclipse GS Turbo. I loved the car and drove it every day for 13 years and 265 miles.

That was one heck of a turbo 4-banger coupe. Lightweight, functionally aerodynamic and 210 HP. That car was 0-60 MPH in 6.1, which in 1990 was fast enough to beat the 5.0 'Stang much of time and most new Porsches (but not the turbo Porsches).

I didn't buy another Eclipse. By the mid-90's the Eclipse became fat and slow, but was still beautifully (but not functionally) styled.

In 2003 I sold the Eclipse and bought a new Subaru Impreza WRX for 22K and some change. 230 HP, corners like a demon, 0-60 MPH in 5.2 sec., AWD and runs circles around 'Stangs, Eclipses, Beamers, Saabs, and a whole slough of "fast" cars costing $10-20K more.

Unfortunately, the WRX won't turn a pretty head like the '90 Eclipse did. But then, I don't spend any time cruising the malls. When I'm out on the road I'm only interested in people looking at my vanishing deck spoiler.

26th Jan 2008, 09:33

I also own an 07 Spyder GT and I love it. I wrote a separate review on my car on here as well. I have to agree with everyone else in that if you are not completely happy with it then you ought to trade it in on something you like. I hate the fact that you paid so much for it, but that should help you get a generous trade in. I only paid 24,000 for mine, it was a never owned demo with 5,000 miles on it so it was basically a new car. Best of luck in whatever you decide.

14th Jun 2009, 15:09

I don't know how this applies well here, but...

I believe that cars need to fit the name they've created for themselves. The 99 GSX I so madly fell in love with was, in my opinion, destroyed by the monstrous 4th gen insult that was released 3 years ago. If Mitsubishi released this as a new car, I think they'd have a ton more success than calling it the Eclipse. It's a really beautiful car, no doubt about that, and I've driven a couple to know. It's just not the quirky little coupe that I imagine an Eclipse to be.

26th Jun 2009, 12:56

Actually I have heard more people complain that the 3rd gen from 2000 destroyed the Eclipse name. It was aimed at an older audience and went with the V-6 instead of the turbo 4 sacrificing a bit of performance for refinement etc, etc... The Eclipse has evolved into a more well balanced sports car over the past decade is all. The 4th gen is really just a continuation of the thought process behind the 3rd gen car. I'd take a 263 hp V-6 over that old timing belt shredding 4 cylinder turbo any day though.

22nd Sep 2009, 12:15

Always love these claims. First your car's best time was 0-60 in 5.4 by Car and Driver. However, Car and Driver doesn't care what they do to the car to get that time... you should. Your clutch takes the full force of your 227 hp engine, which will shred it pretty quickly if you keep trying to beat other faster cars with it. You basically have to launch it at close to redline to get a good start. Smell that clutch yet? A '05 - '07 Mustang will do 0-60 in 5.1 seconds without abusing it nearly as much which already wastes your WRX.

As far as cornering like a demon... maybe if you swapped the pitiful Potenza's out that came on the car. They are the worst handling tires they ever put on a car. I used to slide around in the rain with mine and never felt safe at too high of a speed on them. Yes, I did own a WRX... actually a Saab 92X Aero which is essentially the same. I found that in real world driving, not killing the car, but taking off hard I could get maybe a 6.2 second 0-60 run. My 6 speed Maxima felt a lot faster than my 92X, even though it was slower on paper because you could launch it like a human and still get up to speed very quickly.

11th May 2010, 01:12

I just got a 2010 GS Spyder, and so far I love it. Of course my last sports car was a 1968 Triumph TR250, so I don't have much to compare it to. My friend just got a 2010 Mazda Miata, and I don't like that at all.

For 2010 they added almost everything that you get with the GT like dual exhaust, rear camera, blue tooth, etc. I got one of the last 2010 left, but got a 3,000 discount because the 2011 are starting to come in. It listed at 28,500.

I did want the V6 at first, because I heard the 4 cylinder was under powered. But the gas mileage and need of premium gas for the V6 made me go with the 4 cyl. It's got enough power for me. I think carbon gray is the best color. Now I can't decide to ride my Fatbob Harley or take the Eclipse!