2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Overview

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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Overview

As the convertible version of the Eclipse coupe, the Spyder aims at the middle of the sport-convertible market and provides a sporty driving experience with compliant suspension for comfortable long-distance cruising.

The GS model comes underpowered with a 2.4-liter inline four. Stepping up to the GT trim brings a potent 260-hp V6, which can do 0-60 in about 7 seconds. Both trims come with a power-operated convertible top. Two transmission choices are available: a six-speed manual or five-speed Sportronic automatic that allows manual shifting.

The top folds out of sight in about 19 seconds under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover. Constructed out of cloth, not vinyl as on some cars in this price range, the top gives a speedster appearance to the Eclipse. A full headliner incorporated into an anti-ballooning design provides a quiet coupe-like feeling with the top up at highway speed. The glass rear window incorporates a defroster.

Three available color schemes add to the attractive interior layout. A leather-wrapped steering wheel incorporates audio-system controls. The high-back bucket seats are Mitsubishi rally-car inspired. Both Spyder trims feature a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo system with an in-dash 6-CD/MP3-playback-capable changer.

This heavy sports convertible sits on a chassis shared with the Galant sedan and the Endeavor SUV. Yet while reviewers complain of the coupe's SUV-like turning radius, they enjoy its handling through twisting sections of roadway. Mitsubishi has made a good compromise between the taut handling of a two-seat sports car and the more yielding suspension of a four-seat family-sedan-based convertible.

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    2008 Eclipse Spyder Top Half Open

    I have a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 2008. I opened up my car top today after several months. I heard something crack. However, even though my car top was completely open my car would beep like it was...

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    Convertible Top Is Stuck Halfway Down

    2008 Mitsubishi eclipse Went to close top and got stuck halfway. Now will not go up or down

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    2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - Top Opens Half Way Then Gets Stuck, It Won...

    I have a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and the top will open half way and then get stuck. I can't get it to finish opening the rest of the way or to close back up. It literally turns into a sail on...

    46 views with 1 answer (last answer 9 months ago)

    Rear View Blind Spot

    I have a white Mitsubishi Spyder with a black top. I love it. It has been perfect since 2008. Now I have a son who would like to have it - he is 16. The only issue you besides turning radius is that...

    20 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 months ago)