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Cons: Not sure if suspension is as forgiving as it could be over bumps....
Advice: Do it. It's hot.Perfect California car! Took it for a test and came out of the experience claiming that it was fun to drive -- comment I didn't make about the other cars I test drove that weekend. Only got the 4-cyl but it is still quite nimble and quick. Got the price down to $2500 less than book from the dealer and snatched it up. Former owner had paperwork for every little thing he did to it so am confident was very well cared for car. Drove Sebring Convertible below. Had a 96 which was gorgeous but this time opted for this Eclipse and glad I did. Bigger than my 96 Miata and smaller than my 96 Sebring. Nice...!
Pros: Convertible Top
Cons: Space in Back for passengers
Advice: Make sure you really like it. It's a beauty but car fits two people comfortably. This car is more for single college guysGreat Speed, really smooth. With the convertible top on it's a little tough to see in the back. As long as you are planning on driving one more person you are fine. It's very cramped in the back. Many of my friends are very tall but manage.
Pros: drop top and looks
Cons: needs more power
Advice: if you want to beef it up, goto the club 3g web sitei got the car mid january 2002, and in 6 months have already racked up over 14,000 miles. it is sooooo much fun to drive, and is truly comfortable. my wife and i usualy take road trips of 100 miles or more each weekend!. my commute often requires 100 to 175 miles of driving a day, and i still love this car. it is not uncommon for us to drive 60 miles after work to take a walk on the beach. if you love to drive in comfort, and wish a fun, reliable car, this is it.
Pros: The convertible top!
Cons: I'd like a few more horses under the hood, 200 aint bad but 225-250 would be perfect
Advice: drive it with top up and down, watch the blind spots and make sure you can park it. It drives much bigger than it lookslove the drop top, no longer is the Eclipse a high school hot rod but quite a bit more refined and geared towards adults. Looks are an objective thing, so I'll stick to more facts about it. (Though I personally think it's gorgeous.) Its quick enough, not very torquey, wont snap your neck but you will turn a few heads with it. Its quite a bit bigger than you would think, watch the blinds spots with the top up. Drove it all winter and it was fine in CT snow. I get about 24 to the gallon. It has a wide turning radias so parking can be at times tough. Its very stable through turns at a higher speed. There is somewhat of a back seat, (which actually fits a baby seat, much to my chagrin) but no one wants to hang out back there for very long. The front seats are very roomy, taller riders may be bothered by the top sill of the windshield. The engine is incredibly smooth and has a nice exhaust note at low speeds but quiets down at higher speed so you wont be bothered by it. Very quiet and low turbulence in the front seats, you can carry on a normal conversation at 65 mph. Its very fun to drive hard or to just cruise. For what it costs, I cant find a better deal on a convertible, Highly recommend it.
Pros: Driver seat
Cons: Rear window view
Advice: Don't bother driving anything else.The spyder looks and handles well. Turning radius is not quite tight enough, but overall it's fun to drive, looks great and is fairly affordable. I love the driver's seat. I am relatively height challenged at 5 feet and I find I can reach effectively without having my chest in the wheel. My husband is 6 foot and finds it just as comfortable. Rear viewing could be a little better.