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Hey there everyone. New to the forums here! I've been thinking on getting a 4th gen recently and I was just wondering, what are the pros and cons on them. I always loved how they looked yet I've never actually driven one. Any info will help! Thank you in advance! ~nick
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Welcome, Nick!

I often refer to the eclipse as the "poor man's sports car". I for one am absolutely in love with my car, but even I know its not perfect. What car is, anyways? I have no experience with the GS, so all my opinions are based on the GT.

Our cars have, all things considered, great handling, great stock shocks, a reliable engine, and a fair amount of aftermarket support. Not to mention it looks cool as all hell and its insanely fun to drive. I'm glue'd to my seat by force when I smash that gas, and hearing that V6 roar makes me a almost wet myself every time, and at the same time it gets me to work and back every day. However, it seems as if Mitsubishi put most of their budget into engine and performance of the car, and the interior cabin came last. That being said, its garbage on the inside. Cheap rattly plastic with door handles that bust easily and a garbage "premium" sound system. The O2 sensor problem is a pain and the hyper-sensitive wiring loves throwing the SRS warning light when you mess with any electronics. Expect to have your dash lights lit up like a christmas tree with warning lights at all times. HOWEVER, the forum has a vast knowledge base of information for fixing pretty much any issue our cars have, both inside and out, and if we don't, were always here to help.

As with any car purchase, make sure to do your research. Our cars are FWD and weigh a ton (however, its balanced well). The turning radius is awful but thats to help with handling. Sometimes it feels like mitsu couldn't decide if they wanted to make a track car or a commute car. Should you buy an eclipse? In my opinion, hell yeah. Fast little sporty car that will last you a long time for a pretty cheap price tag. But if you get one, you need to maintain it properly. There are only so many of our cars left since production stopped, the numbers can only dwindle from here, and I don't want to see more go from misuse.

If you're looking for a cool looking car for getting from point A to point B on your daily commute, go for the GS. If you're wanting something with a little kick behind the engine at the cost of substantially more $$$ to maintain, go GT.

Please note these are just my own personal opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt. I would drive this car to my grave if I could but I recognize its not for everyone. Just make sure you get what you really want (refer to my signature!)

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Welcome, Nick!

I often refer to the eclipse as the "poor man's sports car". I for one am absolutely in love with my car, but even I know its not perfect. What car is, anyways? I have no experience with the GS, so all my opinions are based on the GT.

Our cars have, all things considered, great handling, great stock shocks, a reliable engine, and a fair amount of aftermarket support. Not to mention it looks cool as all hell and its insanely fun to drive. I'm glue'd to my seat by force when I smash that gas, and hearing that V6 roar makes me a almost wet myself every time, and at the same time it gets me to work and back every day. However, it seems as if Mitsubishi put most of their budget into engine and performance of the car, and the interior cabin came last. That being said, its garbage on the inside. Cheap rattly plastic with door handles that bust easily and a garbage "premium" sound system. The O2 sensor problem is a pain and the hyper-sensitive wiring loves throwing the SRS warning light when you mess with any electronics. Expect to have your dash lights lit up like a christmas tree with warning lights at all times. HOWEVER, the forum has a vast knowledge base of information for fixing pretty much any issue our cars have, both inside and out, and if we don't, were always here to help.

As with any car purchase, make sure to do your research. Our cars are FWD and weigh a ton (however, its balanced well). The turning radius is awful but thats to help with handling. Sometimes it feels like mitsu couldn't decide if they wanted to make a track car or a commute car. Should you buy an eclipse? In my opinion, hell yeah. Fast little sporty car that will last you a long time for a pretty cheap price tag. But if you get one, you need to maintain it properly. There are only so many of our cars left since production stopped, the numbers can only dwindle from here, and I don't want to see more go from misuse.

If you're looking for a cool looking car for getting from point A to point B on your daily commute, go for the GS. If you're wanting something with a little kick behind the engine at the cost of substantially more $$$ to maintain, go GT.

Please note these are just my own personal opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt. I would drive this car to my grave if I could but I recognize its not for everyone. Just make sure you get what you really want (refer to my signature!)


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Hey Nick, follow James advise, go for a test drive, if you like it, get a 2009+ GT, I got mine brand new back in April 2009 (89 MONTHS DRIVEN) and I never ever got any issue whatsoever with my baby, maintenance is the key, "dash lights lit up" NO SIR, not even once except when I turn the key to start the engine, below a list of the features in my baby:
Year Model 2009 ECLIPSE SPYDER GT-P 3.8L SOHC V6 W/MPI FUEL INJECT MIVEC
2-DOOR CONVERTIBLE "SPORTRONIC"TM 5-SPD AUTO O/D TRANS
Color SOLAR DARK CHARCOAL LEATHER
SAFETY FEATURES
-ADVANCED DUAL STAGE FRONT AIR BAGS
-3-POINT SAFETY BELTS, FRONT & REAR
-DUAL SEAT MOUNTED SIDE AIR BAGS
-SIDE IMPACT DOOR BEAMS
-LOWER CHILD RESTRAINT
-ENGINE IMMOBILIZER
-TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM
-ACTIVE STABILITY CONTROL
-ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM
-DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS
PERFORMANCE/HANDLING
-ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM
-POWER ASSISTED 4-WHEEL DISC BRAKES
-PWR ASSISTED RACK/PINION STEERING
-4-WHEEL INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION
-FRONT STRUT TOWER BAR
-FRONT & REAR STABILIZER BARS
-TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM
COMFORT/CONVENIENCE
-AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL
-PWR CLOTH TOP W/GLASS REAR WINDOW
-POWER TONNEAU COVER
-POWER WINDOWS W/DRIVER SIDE AUTO
DOWN & 30 SECOND POWER RESERVE
-CRUISE CONTROL
-POWER DOOR LOCKS
-ROCKFORD FOSGATE AUDIO SYTEM
650 WATT (MAX.) AM/FM/6-DISC/MP3
W/ 9 SPEAKERS INC. 8" SUBWOOFER
-SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO WITH 6
MONTHS COMPLIMENTARY SERVICE
-STEERING WHEEL AUDIO CONTROLS
-HIGH-CENTER CLOCK & AUDIO SYSTEM
DISPLAY W/ COMPASS & OUTSIDE TEMP
-WHIP ANTENNA
-ICE BLUE LED ILLUMINATION
-MAP LIGHTS
-6-WAY POWER DRIVER SEAT W/ LUMBAR
-LEATHER FRONT SEATING SURFACES
-HEATED FRONT SEATS
-2-SPEED INTERMITTENT FRONT WIPERS
-KEYLESS ENTRY W/TRUNK RELEASE
-HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN
-ILLUMINATED VISOR VANITY MIRRORS
-12V ACCESSORY OUTLET
-FRONT FLOOR MATS
-ALUMINUM PEDALS
EXTERIOR FEATURES
-18" SWORD SILVER ALLOY WHEELS
-235/45 R18 ALL-SEASON TIRES
-TWO-TONE COLOR KEYED BUMPERS
-HEATED POWER SIDEVIEW MIRRORS
-INTEGRATED REAR SPOILER
-HID PROJECTOR-TYPE HEADLAMPS
-CLEAR LED TAIL LAMPS
-FOG LIGHTS
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Lmao did you miss all the other points where I praised it? I love this car just as much, don't worry.
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The stock bushings seized, the sway bar links were seized and had to be cut apart, a lot of the stuff had locktite holding it together, and a lot of the fasteners become prone to snapping if you don't heat the piss out of them.

My throwout bearing has no grease on it, and some forum digging showed other people had that issue too.



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Hey thanks for all the advice everyone! Ideally I'd love to get a gt spyder, I love how they look when on air suspension. Are the engines typically easy to modify and maintain yourself? I've been a Nissan junky for quite awhile now but lately I've fallen in love with the 4th gen spyders. Sorry in advance for the typical newbie questions!
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I often refer to the eclipse as the "poor man's sports car". I for one am absolutely in love with my car, but even I know its not perfect. What car is, anyways? I have no experience with the GS, so all my opinions are based on the GT.

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I can not wait till I have enough money to trade my GS for a GT, getting a GS was such a big mistake

Still love my 4G tho
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I can not wait till I have enough money to trade my GS for a GT, getting a GS was such a big mistake

Still love my 4G tho
I wouldn't mind a GS to be my daily driver. I love my GT but I want to preserve it! Although, twice the cars means twice the repairs
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No these cars can easily be beaten by a 2006 and newer civic SI with a aftermarket turbo kit for about the same price as a eclipse GT.
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why the hell did you even join this forum, then. Go join your honda bros.
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if you could get me a 2006 civic si with a turbo above 263hp for only $4500... lemme know
Their advantage is that they're lighter and have a LSD instead of open dif

Something nice though... Bolt on GS beats a supercharged cobalt SS on a quarter mile! (barely, but still counted)
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Haha maybe a cheap ebay turbo that's gonna wreck your engine within a year.. And that's a big maybe even getting that under 4500


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While you're at it, put on a carbon fiber spoiler for all the downforce to handle the power gains
Hey now, my front wheel drive NA GT requires a lot of downforce. That's OBVIOUSLY why I put a wing on it.
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To be fair, having a wing is most beneficial on a FWD car than RWD or AWD, since you pretty much have nothing weighing you down in the back

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To be fair, having a wing is most beneficial on a FWD car than RWD or AWD, since you pretty much have nothing weighing you down in the back
In a rear wheel drive car, where your engine is in the front, at high speeds, there would be a need for downforce to keep the tires in contact with the pavement. In a FWD car, you would need downforce, basically only when you're taking a corner... at like 120 MPH. Honestly, I feel as if "downforce" is just an excuse to put something you like on your car. Any street car with a wing isn't going to reach a speed that requires EXTRA downforce. I have yet to find someone who says, "Damn dude, I really hate to do it because I think this giant wing is ugly, but I really just need the downforce." Most people are like, "Oh yeah, that thing thats taller than my car? It's totally practical, I promise." Me, on the other hand, I say "I like it. And it was $40 so blow me."
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In a rear wheel drive car, where your engine is in the front, at high speeds, there would be a need for downforce to keep the tires in contact with the pavement. In a FWD car, you would need downforce, basically only when you're taking a corner... at like 120 MPH. Honestly, I feel as if "downforce" is just an excuse to put something you like on your car. Any street car with a wing isn't going to reach a speed that requires EXTRA downforce. I have yet to find someone who says, "Damn dude, I really hate to do it because I think this giant wing is ugly, but I really just need the downforce." Most people are like, "Oh yeah, that thing thats taller than my car? It's totally practical, I promise." Me, on the other hand, I say "I like it. And it was $40 so blow me."
At least we wont have the snap oversteer problem
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So many wings aren't wings at all, but are just spoilers. A spoiler disrupts the air flow off the back of the car allowing for a smaller low pressure bubble trailing the car, thus less drag. Less drag = more go fast! Wings create drag but in turn push your ass into the ground
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Sooo the guy got the Spider or still thinking?
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i have a 2006 gt, great cars, very very fast. first car i was able to hit 150mph, the only problem i have had with this car is the catalytic converter and i took it off for like $30 lol.
apart from the premium gas, and the maintenance i haven't spent another dime on because of problems. keep in mind its a 2006 gt with over 150,000 miles on it.

they are reliable and even at stock they are amazing.
i dont know much about the gs, in my opinion go for the gt, if you have a good driving record and can afford the insurance
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besides insurance and gas what is the difference in how much you pay to upkeep the car?

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I often refer to the eclipse as the "poor man's sports car". I for one am absolutely in love with my car, but even I know its not perfect. What car is, anyways? I have no experience with the GS, so all my opinions are based on the GT.

Our cars have, all things considered, great handling, great stock shocks, a reliable engine, and a fair amount of aftermarket support. Not to mention it looks cool as all hell and its insanely fun to drive. I'm glue'd to my seat by force when I smash that gas, and hearing that V6 roar makes me a almost wet myself every time, and at the same time it gets me to work and back every day. However, it seems as if Mitsubishi put most of their budget into engine and performance of the car, and the interior cabin came last. That being said, its garbage on the inside. Cheap rattly plastic with door handles that bust easily and a garbage "premium" sound system. The O2 sensor problem is a pain and the hyper-sensitive wiring loves throwing the SRS warning light when you mess with any electronics. Expect to have your dash lights lit up like a christmas tree with warning lights at all times. HOWEVER, the forum has a vast knowledge base of information for fixing pretty much any issue our cars have, both inside and out, and if we don't, were always here to help.

As with any car purchase, make sure to do your research. Our cars are FWD and weigh a ton (however, its balanced well). The turning radius is awful but thats to help with handling. Sometimes it feels like mitsu couldn't decide if they wanted to make a track car or a commute car. Should you buy an eclipse? In my opinion, hell yeah. Fast little sporty car that will last you a long time for a pretty cheap price tag. But if you get one, you need to maintain it properly. There are only so many of our cars left since production stopped, the numbers can only dwindle from here, and I don't want to see more go from misuse.

If you're looking for a cool looking car for getting from point A to point B on your daily commute, go for the GS. If you're wanting something with a little kick behind the engine at the cost of substantially more $$$ to maintain, go GT.

Please note these are just my own personal opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt. I would drive this car to my grave if I could but I recognize its not for everyone. Just make sure you get what you really want (refer to my signature!)
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Mainly parts, material, labor and for obvious reasons too GT is a 6 cylinder GS is a 4 cylinder.
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What Diego said. For example, I recently purchased a new timing belt. It cost about $108 (cheapest I could find it) whereas one for the GS was only about $55. You also pretty much want to use exclusively synthetic oil, and top-of-the-line fluids for just about everything else. Remember, its a sports compact, not a sedan.
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oh yeah i assumed the maintance would be a bit more expensive, i didn't know the parts them selves where actually that much of a difference.
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Universal parts like pieces of the cabin are going to be the same, of course, but pretty much anything having to do with the engine and any mechanical aspects of the car will have different costs. The I4 also gets way better gas mileage than the V6, as well as not having to use premium only.
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On most parts, ask for the GS variant not the GT one (unless it has to do with the engine, obviously). You'll save yourself a crapload of money on things with the same part #
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^this. The only main difference between a gs and a gt is the motor and the transmission other than that the body is exactly the same. Same breaks same body same interior basically.
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Even though it doesn't make sense, the rear brakes on the GT are slightly larger.
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Sooo the guy got the Spider or still thinking?
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Typical new member thread starter. They start their very first thread and then boom, disappear lol.
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On most parts, ask for the GS variant not the GT one (unless it has to do with the engine, obviously). You'll save yourself a crapload of money on things with the same part #
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Typical new member thread starter. They start their very first thread and then boom, disappear lol.
At any rate, this thread will serve as a good archive for anyone else with the same question in the future

As an added footnote, the ralco GS short shifter DOES work with the GT, plus its cheaper and shorter than the GT version since it has no reverse lockout. Just dont shift into reverse when trying to go into 1st

If I were a mod, I'd sticky it...
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At any rate, this thread will serve as a good archive for anyone else with the same question in the future

As an added footnote, the ralco GS short shifter DOES work with the GT, plus its cheaper and shorter than the GT version since it has no reverse lockout. Just dont shift into reverse when trying to go into 1st

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You say that now but just wait when the next wave of possible new owners show up there will be more of these types of threads.
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At any rate, this thread will serve as a good archive for anyone else with the same question in the future

As an added footnote, the ralco GS short shifter DOES work with the GT, plus its cheaper and shorter than the GT version since it has no reverse lockout. Just dont shift into reverse when trying to go into 1st

If I were a mod, I'd sticky it...
Correct, the GS shifter is the way to go. This has been around for a long time. But i do agree that maybe it should be a sticky for newbies.

Very good links below, how to make one from scratch and how to modify your stock plastic lockout.

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How To: keep your reverse lockout
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My 07 GS has 130k miles on it (bought it in 2014 with 70k miles) and I've had no major issues. The plastic interior creaks here and there as the temperatures change and the door handles rip off easily. Especially when you take your car in for a recall and the mechanics are door slamming animals. Yes a mechanic at my local Mitsubishi dealer knocked one of my handles loose but that's besides the point. The GS, in my experience, is loads more reliable than people, other than owners, will say. People who are fans of American brands typically state that Chevy and Ford are more reliable but not in this case. If you're faced with the choice I think I would grab the GT though. In the GS I typically get 30mpg and 32 if I have a good week. But having the air conditioning running with the I4 engine really sucks the power out of it. I honestly feel like the A/C sucks 20hp out when I have it running and I feel the engine working harder to get up to the speed limit from a complete stop.
-Honestly though that's all I have to complain about. I love my car, the way it handles, accelerates and looks. As sad as it sounds I miss my car when I haven't driven it in like 12 hours haha.
-More of a brand thing than 4g related but my dad got 250k miles out of his 91 eclipse before the new York rust got to it and it became dangerous to drive.
-Also if you get one I do not recommend aftermarket halo headlights, dim, cheap, bulbs blow out left and right and my adjuster broke in my left lens so my lights are all over the place.

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