Last post on Nov 08, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Convertible, Hatchback
#382 of 410 Re: How does Eclipse do in winter driving conditions [sethzgram]
Jul 13, 2008 (12:47 pm)
I have winter driving experience although not yet in my 2007 spyder eclipse. Whenever I do drive during winter conditions with my other vehicles though, my concern is more about the experience of the other drivers as many a time I have left intersections to look in my rear-view to see the amazing sight of inexperienced winter drivers spinning and crashing into each other.
My main suggestion would be to absolutely demand that he keep his tires in as close to perfect condition by proper rotation (come to think about that I've been debating my Mitsubishi dealership about that very topic for I get my tires rotated every oil-change; a little excessive, I know). The service manager stated that Mitsubishi only endorses a straight front-to-back (zero-criss-cross) rotation. Personally, I have always come from the school of front-to-back (criss-cross) rotations. Anyone out there have any comments or wisdom to support one method over the other?
Jul 15, 2008 (1:24 pm)
I had my 2006 ecclipse in for inspection today.
dealer told me that there is carbon build up in the throttle body(replaces carburator in this car). He told me, they could clean it out for $120. They recommend you do this every year. Is this a worth while service ? Is this a scam ? any advice ? if valid, what should be the frequency.
#384 of 410 Re: How does Eclipse do in winter driving conditions [abordoli]
Jul 15, 2008 (2:28 pm)
I have had my 2007 Spyder for 2 full New England Winters so far and I have not had any difficulty at all driving in snow, ice, sleet...you name it. This car is a joy to drive...admittedly more so in the current sunny 80 degree weather we are enjoying!
#385 of 410 Re: How does Eclipse do in winter driving conditions [sethzgram]
Jul 17, 2008 (3:14 am)
"...real winter driving experience?..."
That model Eclipse is equipped with traction control which will prevent wheel spin on slippery roads. The FWD also gives you better winter traction. One of the criticisms of the Eclipse is it's weight, but that also gives you better winter driving.
You don't say if his car is the 4 or 6 cyl. The 6cyl. GT has a lot of power and will spin the wheels easily if you have a heavy foot.
#386 of 410 Re: throttle body [xraymanrr]
Jul 17, 2008 (3:21 am)
"...Is this a scam?..."
Are you using cheap gas? Do you do a lot of stop and go driving? If so you can get deposits. The old solution was to go out on the highway and "blow the carbon out" by fast acceleration or speed.
If you do have deposits that treatment can help. $120 for dumping a can of cleaner into the intake seem steep. Every year seems excessive.
Check the Maintaince section here on Edmunds.
Oct 16, 2008 (7:45 am)
I've been reading on other forums that Mitsu is having problem with paint chipping off some of their cars. Lancer and Endevor seem to have the most problems, particularly with black.
How about you Eclipse owners? Any problems with paint chipping, clear coat failure or color fade?
#388 of 410 Re: How's your paint? [oldfarmer50]
Oct 19, 2008 (5:21 pm)
6700 miles 2008 eclipse, no problem yet other than chip from stone on front hood but I am concerned that the heat from the exhaust manifold may cause a paint problem! If you look under the hood of a galant with same 2.5 the hood has insulation( which also quiets down the motor noise) and the eclipse does not..dealer does'nt know why. If you check it out the clerence is the same! The galant & eclipse are the same platform. I hope the paint does'nt fade or peel.
#389 of 410 Re: up date 2008 GS 2.4 [mamiya]
Oct 21, 2008 (9:12 pm)
I seem to have a similar problem hearing the motor.. seems sometimes I'm enjoying the sound of drive and other times it catches my attention as being noisy. I've especially noticed, thanks to a friend of mine for bringing it up!, that it seems there's a leak in weather stripping somewhere...like a window is open?
But my main reason for jumping in is this: a sound I will never forget and certainly sounds a lot like "motor noise" - I had a wheel bearing needing to be replaced. Could that possibly be the issue? THAT was a noise you couldn't drown out.
#390 of 410 Re: How's your paint? [oldfarmer50]
Oct 25, 2008 (11:59 pm)
I have the 06 gt and its a special pearsceant color. And the paint chipped on the front bumper and the rear bumper. Not on the flat places but where the bumpers curve
Oct 26, 2008 (5:01 am)
I have owned my 2007 Spyder for 2 yrs now and I still smile everytime I turn her on!
I have had no problems whatsoever with this car,and that includes winter driving in New England.The car was a 50th birthday present from my entire family and she has brought me a great deal of joy. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a sporty convertible with lots of cool options. Mine is the Still Blue color which was only run during the 07 production year, so I have only seen one other one like her in the 2 years I have been driving her.I wasn't sure I would get much top down driving time in our climate, but with the heated seats I often drive her top down into the Fall....like I will today since its going to be 68 degrees this afternoon!