Last post on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:50 AM
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Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Coupe, Convertible
#28 of 75 Should I buy a Spyder?
Dec 30, 2006 (7:16 pm)
I could use a 3rd family car (have a teen and a wife).
Thinking about a midlife crisis "toy".
I liked a Spyder 4 Cyl for around 25k, with no options. Fun, easy on the eyes and even the GS has plenty of power
I am also interested in a few year old BMW 325convert.
Also around 25k with only 13k miles - looks new.
I have been fanatically studying the boards & everyone enjoys the spyder. My only "concern" about the spyder was the constant engine sound when pressing the gas pedal, stick or automatic, 4 or 6 cylider. I welcome all opinions.
#29 of 75 Re: Should I buy a Spyder? [howiebx]
Dec 31, 2006 (9:47 am)
I have driven both the GS & GT Spyders but am not sure exactly what you mean by "engine sound". Are you referring to the fact that a convertible has more road noise than a hardtop or is it a specific engine noise? My sister has a new GT (not a Spyder) & it sounds great while accelerating. I have the same basic 4 cylinder Mivec in my Outlander that the Eclipse GS models have & it sounds quite normal also. If the sound seems to be mechanical in nature I would ask the dealer to let you take an experienced mechanic for a ride & discuss it with him. He may have had some experience with other customers having the same issue. Ask to drive another vehicle other than the one you have previousely driven also & see if there is a difference.
As for the basic "should I buy" question I am a Mitsu fan so I cannot be totally objective but if you like the Eclipse in a fun to drive capacity it also makes some good economic sense with the 10 year / 100,000 warranty. I have heard some griping about certain dealers so I cannot answer for everyone but the owner does have SOME responsibility to maintain the purchase in a realistic way. Mitsubishi, like most other companies, offers a pretty good scheduled maintainance package (oil change, tune-up...etc) if you don't want to do the work yourself. BMWs are a great car too but man are they expensive to maintain at peak performance.
Unless you can get the BMW with a really good price & warranty / scheduled maintainance agreement the Spyder is a better pocketbook deal in the long run, but like I said...I'm can't be that objective about it.
P.S. If you have a teen you might just want to get their opinion too. Cool factor, sound system...etc. Don't let em say you never asked... believe me, I know.
#30 of 75 Re: Should I buy a Spyder? [elgatoloco]
Jan 01, 2007 (5:26 pm)
thx for the opinion elgatoloco.
By "engine sound" I mean that I really hear the engine when I press on the gas. My other cars are a Lexus ES and Acura MDX, which insulate you fron the engine "vroom".
I asked the Mitsu salesman about the engine sound and he replied, hey - its a sports car, thats how they are made.
What I am asking is - does the constant engine sound get on your nerves on a long ride - or do you just get used to the experience?
I Definitely agree that the BMW needs to be certified to keep maint costs down vs Spyder and my 2 boys love the Spyder looks.
#31 of 75 Re: Should I buy a Spyder? [howiebx]
Jan 06, 2007 (12:38 am)
Yeah.. I thought that was probably what you were talking about, sounds like the salesman was pretty honest too.
My sister has only had her eclipse GT (her 4th Mitsubishi) for a short time but has already made 2 trips to Florida from central Illinois. She has a kind of gonzo driving habit in that she drives straight through with an always full mug of juice or coffee. She says she likes to hear the throb of the 3.8, makes her feel safe. If she needs a change she just cranks the radio up a bit. Incidentally, she has checked her mileage out pretty good & claims better MPG when using premium. She says she averages 75-80 on the interstate & gets about 27 MPG. Much better than her previous Diamante.
Feb 10, 2007 (10:08 pm)
I bought an 07 GT manual w/ sun & sound package for $23,500 after tax. got the car at invoice then 2 grand mitsu rebate and 500 graduate reward.
#33 of 75 BUYING A 1996 Eclipse RS
Feb 14, 2007 (2:23 pm)
any heads up for a 1st time mitsubishi buyer.
it has 127,000miles on it but the care spent its whole life in miami so there is no salt or rain damage.
several ppl told me that they break down very easily, is that true and that its the most expensice jap car to maintain if anyone no's anything about that please let me know this will greatly help my disision!!!
Apr 26, 2007 (3:25 pm)
I have to say I got an absolute steal on my automatic 07 GS Eclipse in Sunset Pearl but it really came at a price and my time. I got the car with 2 miles and it cost me, are you ready??? $16,400.
The dealership was having a killer sale which of course no one qualifies for and I happened to qualify for all of it, which in total was about $4500 off. They tried killing the deal several times b/c they were losing money. But I persevered and got the car. It was an absolute nightmare going through them because of the General Manager lied through his teeth, insulted me, even tried bait & switch, and then said he wouldn't sell the car to me b/c of my trade. They had a deal going on that they would give you $2,000 for any car you could drive, pull, or push in. So I knew a guy who was selling his car for $200, so naturally I got that car to trade in instead of my 99 eclipse which was worth more than $2k. They obviously didn't want to stand behind there ad, but b/c it was in the paper/radio they were really forced to. I spent a week of my life doing everything in my power to get the car, and they spent a week of there life doing everything to not sell me the car.
As a final note, The other Mitsubishi dealership by my house is great to work with, so I am not saying all Mitsubishi dealerships are like that. It was honestly just the General Manager at the dealership I went through that made my car buying experience such a nightmare. Plus when is car buying ever easy
#35 of 75 Re: 06 Eclipse Consumer Report, Don't pay $14 [kcy1213]
Jun 30, 2007 (2:32 pm)
Do you have the 07 Consumer Report for the SE Eclipse?
#36 of 75 Consumer Reports New Car Price Service
Jun 30, 2007 (7:56 pm)
Does anyone have a Consumer Reports New Car Price Service for a 2007 Eclipse SE?
#37 of 75 Re: Consumer Reports New Car Price Service [char57]
Jul 04, 2007 (3:06 pm)
Why not just get Edmunds TMV for free?