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from Peruzzi Mitshubishi
Year / Model Reviewed:
2008 Eclipse GT
Power, price and design.
Need additional power socket and easy iPod connection.
I’m not a dealer and I did buy this new Mitsubishi 2009 Eclipse GT Spyder and I strongly recommend it.
I set out to buy a Honda 2000, as I have owned Acuras since 1992 and still own a 2004 Acura TL, or a BMW M4 roadster. Mitsubishi hadn’t really crossed my mind and I suspect that’s a result of poor marketing by the manufacturer. Edmunds website alerted me to the vehicle and therefore I included it on the list and thank God I did. The Edmunds review gave it a fair review but didn’t mention or emphasize all the features of the vehicle. Suggesting that the rear seat is small on a roadster is a foolish comment, there are no good rear seats in roadsters at this price point but the Eclipse is certainly one of the better ones and, I quote from Edmunds, “However, while the 2009 Spyder's styling and power help set it apart, its practicality pales when compared with other four-seat convertibles.” And then suggests that you look at the Sebring! Does anyone looking for a roadster look at Sebrings?
There is no doubt if you want the most power, lowest price for a roadster then the Mustang is without doubt the best out there but living in NJ, where we get snow occasionally, I wanted front wheel drive and so the Mustang was not an option.
Here are my criteria that were met by the Eclipse. The Eclipse numbers are in paretheses.
1. It had to have decent horse power and that meant for me at least 250 HP. (265)
2. I wanted space enough for a golf bag in the trunk and possibly one behind the driver seats. (Both golf bags fit, one in the trunk and one in the back seat)
3. Safety, I wanted side air bags. (Eclipse has two)
4. Price was not an issue but value for money was. ($30,500 for this car is incredible)
5. Engine size was important as I wanted to keep this for a long time and figured that the bigger engine would be taxed less and last longer. (3.8 V6)
6. A/C had to be included. Driving on a hot rainy day in summer is no fun with the hood up and no A/C. (Included in the Eclipse)
7. A warranty that was as good as I could get. (5 years/60,000 mile bumper to bumper, 100,000 mile on drive train. That’s some warranty).
8. It had to look cool. Sebrings and Solaras just don’t do it for me but I did look at the A4 and Saab 9-3.
9. A powered roof system and a solid tonneau shelf was critical. I didn’t want those vinyl bag things. (The roof system is incredible, 20 secs to open or close and a fully sealed solid shelf tonneau when the roof is down).
10. A spare tire was necessary. Note the Solstice doesn’t have one but does have a puncture repair system. (The Eclipse has a doughnut tire in the trunk).
These were the important features I had on my list. I think the car looks very cool but that’s always a personal and objective issue. The radio is more than adequate even though you need to install a cable for iPod use. It drives incredibly well and has great acceleration very similar to my Acura TL with similar steering performance as they are both FWD. We have had adults in the back seat and it was OK for short journeys. The Driver and passenger front seats are great and have huge amounts of leg room. It was amazing how much room was in this car. It was possible to talk and be heard with the roof down at high speeds especially with the windows up. I would prefer a speedo with every ten MPH marked for ease of viewing in speed restricted areas but that was a small issue. Rear window viewing is restricted but you learn to use your wing mirrors more efficiently and I would have liked an additional power outlet. Using steering wheel controls took a little getting used to as they are at the back of the steering wheel but once you are used to it, it is easy to operate. A very useful remote tire pressure gauge and warning system is included and an anti theft device is installed.
This is a great car for the money. The “Germans” are great cars but by the time you add in some basic features you quickly get to well over $40K.
Here’s a summary of what I looked at.
1. BMW M4 3.0L 215HP 2 Seater
Good trunk space no back seat. Power roof.
List $38K $36K Typical
2. Saab 9-3 2.0L 210HP 2+2 seater
Good trunk space and rear seats
List $44.6K $44.6K Typical
3. Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 3.8L 265 HP 2+2 seater
Good trunk space. Takes a golf bag. Power roof.
List $30.5K $30.5K Typical
4. Pontiac Solstice GXP 2.0L 260 HP 2 seater
Poor trunk space and manual roof
List $31.4K $31K Typical
5. Ford Mustang 4.6L 300HP 2+2 seater
Can squeeze a golf bag into the trunk. Can use bag seat also.
List $33K $32.4K Typical
6. Mazda Miata 2.0L 158HP 2 Seater
trunk space is OK but no rear seat space at all
$28.4K $27K Typical
Honda S2000 2.2L 237HP 2 Seater
Trunk space limited no rear seat space
List $35K $32K Typical
Toyota Camry Solara 3.3L 210HP 4 seater
Space was more than adequate but this is no roadster.
List $32.5K $30K Typical
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