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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

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Mitsubishi touts its U.S. cars and trucks as "Driven to Thrill," and its boldly-sculpted 2007 Eclipse Spyder as the "attainable exotic." Based on the all-new for 2006 fourth-generation Eclipse coupe, the Spyder is available as the four-cylinder GS or V6 GT, and features a standard premium audio and a power cloth top that tucks away under a flush tonneau in about 19 seconds. It looks great and is pleasant to drive, especially the 260-horsepower V6 GT, but it's also bigger and heavier than before. And, unlike some previous generations, it's front-wheel drive only - there's no available all-wheel drive.

You'll Like This Car If...

This would be a good choice if you want a well-equipped, reasonably priced open-air sportster with look-at-me styling, moderate-to-good performance and token rear seats. Compared to its closest competitors, Ford's reborn Mustang and Toyota's Solara, it's less common than the former and less pricey than the latter.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want the lithe agility of a Mazda MX-5, Pontiac Solstice or Saturn Sky, the aggressive dynamics of a Nissan 350Z or the raw performance of a Chevy Corvette (two-seaters all), this is not your ride. It is fun to drive, but it's no true sports car.

What's New for 2007

There are not a lot of affordable 2+2 sport convertibles, and this distinctive drop-top Eclipse arrives just in time to reinforce the positive impression made by its 2006 curvacious coupe stablemate. It provides the recently struggling Japanese maker a one-two image punch that says, "Hey, look at us! We have exciting products today and there's more to come."

Driving the Eclipse
Driving Impressions

At nearly 3,500-pounds base curb weight - more with the V6 engine and a load of options - the Eclipse Spyder is no lightweight, ultra-agile sports car. That said, it...

... looks terrific top-up or down and can be great fun to drive on twisty two-lanes, especially the V6-powered GT with its available Premium Sport Package, which includes 18-inch performance tires. On-road handling is good, steering crisp and braking strong, but accelerating hard out of a tight turn or from a stop is asking a bit much of the front-drive layout and therefore results in noticeable torque steer. Despite that, 60 miles per hour from rest comes up in a respectable seven seconds. The attractive interior is ergonomically excellent, and the seats are first-rate. But be careful: the low, thick-pillared convertible top leaves substantial blind spots to the rear quarters.

Power cloth soft top
The multi-layer fabric top, with its polyester/cotton interior headliner and heated glass rear window, provides a surprisingly quiet cabin when it's up, and a new hydraulic system, quieter than the previous model's electric motors, folds it completely out of sight under a flush-fitting power tonneau in about 19 seconds.

Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio
This surprisingly standard high-end system pumps 650 watts of peak power through nine speakers, including an eight-inch, long-throw subwoofer in a designed-in, fiberglass-reinforced, acoustic-suspension enclosure between the rear seats. It includes a six-disc CD changer with MP3 playback capability, plus unique automatic sound equalization for top-up or top-down driving, custom music genre and sound field settings and an industry-first memory that stores DSP settings in six presets.

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Details
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse photo Interior

The "wave form" instrument panel houses easy-to-reach controls and motorcycle-inspired gauges lit at night by ice-blue LEDs. The high-back, adjustable-lumbar-support "race-inspired" bucket seats have open headrests for enhanced rear visibility, and the faux leather-covered four-spoke tilt steering wheel has remote buttons for the standard Rockford Fosgate premium audio system. Compared to the previous Eclipse, interior room has increased in every dimension, and the legroom-challenged rear seats (really, for kids only) have three-point belts and anchor points for child restraints. The center console offers storage pockets, large covered cupholders, a covered storage box big enough for CD cases and a pair of 12-volt power outlets.

Exterior
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse photo

Compared to the previous-generation Eclipse, this new one is wider, taller and three inches longer on a wider track and a half-inch longer wheelbase; yet its curvaceous body, muscular shape and crouching-tiger presence make it look somewhat smaller than it is. With jet nacelle-inspired grilles, an aero-wedge profile, tightly stretched skin and a laid-back windshield, it makes a bold statement. Despite the inclusion of rear seats, the car comes off visually as a two-seater with a low, tight-fitting "speedster" top.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The four-cylinder base GS is well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows, locks and mirrors, power cloth soft top with powered tonneau cover, theft-discouraging engine immobilizer and a noteworthy 650-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system. Standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags with front-passenger occupant sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The GT adds the V6 engine, electronic traction control, an outside temperature and compass display and larger ventilated rear disc brakes in place of the GS model's solid rear discs.

Optional Equipment

An optional Leather Package available on the GS includes leather seating surfaces, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats and an outside temperature and compass display. A Premium Sport Package for the GT adds all that plus 235/45 R18 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control system, eight-way driver's seat and a removable wind deflector.

Under the Hood

The standard GS 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates decent performance, at least partially due to its patented Mitsubishi Innovative Variable timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system, which varies intake valve timing to enhance both low-end torque and high-rpm power. The GT's 3.8-liter V6, which also benefits from MIVEC, offers 98 additional horses (three fewer than in the Eclipse coupe due to a different exhaust system) to much better motivate the convertible's considerable mass. Both available automatics feature Sportronic shifting for manual control of gear changes when desired.

2.4-liter in-line 4
162 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 22/28 (automatic)

3.8-liter V6
260 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 18/26 (automatic)

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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 391 Ratings for the 2006 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Fast and fun driving experience!

By on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power, acceleration, interior, stereo, seats"

Cons: "torque steer, mpg, blind spot"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought a 2009 GT fully loaded and it has been an absolute gas! It looks amazing and has the performance to match. Mine is near mint and I got it for $11,500 with 34k on it and consider it a huge value and fantastic driving experience. And every time I walk out to my driveway I love what I see! My MPG is horrible but I'm sure it's because I have my foot into it all the time just because it is so fun. I predict tickets but that's not the car's fault! If you're thinking of getting one, don't wait. It's a great car!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've ever had

By on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, dependable"

Cons: "blind spot with the top up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this 2007 Eclipse Spyder for myself when I turned 50. Middle-age crazy and time for Mom to have a fun car. This car has been one of the best vehicles we have ever had. It has 153000 miles on it. It gets driven in all weather - hot, cold, rain, mud, sleet, snow, ice. It is great! Done required regular maintenance like clock-work and only thing I've had to repair is replace the starter. Absolutely no complaints at all! The other vehicle is a 2000 Montero Sport LS 4x4 with 325000 miles on it. Very solid on the quality and dependability, reliability of the product. Even bought our daughter a 2012 Lancer SE because of the success we've had over the years with the product. Her Lancer is perfect for her and she gets in it and goes. She's got almost 60K miles on it and nary a hiccup. Got our first Mitsubishi in 1994 and had them ever since."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I Love my Car So Much, Im Buying A newer Edition

By on Saturday, September 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,783

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, arffordable,not 1 engine problem!"

Cons: "Not making anymore & hard to find a dealership."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have a 2007 Spyder Gt Now, have had it for 9 years now....I absolutely love it!!I know the last model made was 2012. I have been looking to upgrade, even though Mitsubishi may not be around forever. I have to say the quality, the get up and go, never had a leak or any engine problems & the looks I get have been so worth the money! I love my car, have been offered to buy even a sportier car. I will not have nothing less then another Mitsubishi Spyder GT. Which I just purchased a 2011 today. I plan to have that as long as I can!!"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I should sell this car but i love it too much!

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Just an excellent machine"

Cons: "Rear visibility isn't great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Style and performance

"I have owned this car 3 years, it is by far the most reliable vehicle I've ever had NOTHING has been wrong with it EVER. Driving it you can feel that it is different from other cars; a fluke of engineering & more than the sum of its parts. The exhaust note seems tuned to fit the interior. My car looks, sounds and feels amazing. I bought an enhanced warranty which was a total waste of money. I desperately need a bigger vehicle for my hobbies but Ive been delaying for a full year now because I don't want to give up this car."

15 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Style and performance

incredibly durable and efficient vehicle

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 318,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "unbelievably sturdy and reliable"

Cons: "nothing except very poor turning radius for a car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Used this car as a courier car on a grueling 300 mile+ a day on average, up and over a mountain range to the desert floor heat putting 300,000 miles on it in just under a 5 year period with only routine maintainence relative to the distance traveled without ANY breakdowns, and still running strong. the interior began to deteriorate somewhat, expected considering the massive usage, and being a SPORTS car,rather than a truck, it held up better than any of the many vehicles i've owned previously. Not to mention the recreational, off-road desert ventures it was put through, including snow storms and 119 degree desert trecks. Amazing vehicle"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

A real head turner!

By on Thursday, July 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "Sm. trunk space. Bad streets/expensive tire costs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This vehicle is a real head turner. Classic sexy lines of this sport convertible have had every boy and man-boy excited about her lines. The smooth mechanism of the top is a convenience and another head turner to watch...transformer like action. The wide tires hold to the road with quick maneuvers, showing off the Mitsubishi's responsiveness. Accelerates, with ease leaving the crowd behind. Sporty yet just enough room in the two rear seats for guests. Seating is comfortable and not the skimpy seats one is use to in other sporty vehicles."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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