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Pros: convertible top goes down fast
Cons: performance, engine, use of oil, loudness, etc
Advice: Look elsewhereThe worst car of it's kind, of any kind! LEMON! It's loud, burns enormous amounts of oil and the lack of available service in Columbus, Ohio is amusing to say the least. The car burns 2 quarts of oil between ever 3000 mile oil changes! My advice....RUN AWAY from this car, from these dealers, from anything with the Mitsibushi name.
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: Ball glove interior
Cons: Turbo lag off the line
Advice: Make sure you can live with only 2 seats.A pure joy to drive with unique styling inside and out. The optional ball glove interior adds to the special interior. The trunk in the 180 is the largest in its class, so this car is a real long distance cruiser.
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.
Pros: Preformance, this car loves to move, and with 4wd it feels solid as a rock.
Advice: Test drive this car! and ask about smartbuy.Of all the cars I considered, the Audi was the best without question. Power to spare, all wheel drive, fit and finish are top notch, and all scheduled maintainence is free for 4 years! This car handles like a dream, and is just plain fun to drive, but be warned, this car garners ALOT of attention.
Pros: Body styling like no other car on the road
Cons: smallish trunk- have to take golf clubs out of the bag to fit
Advice: don't just drive with the top down- you will appreciate the solid feel and lack of noise with the top upOnce you get used to the turbo coming off the line, its really fun to drive. I love the turbo in 5th gear- gives you great acceleration without downshifting. Test drove the Honda S2000 but preferred the extra styling in the Audi ( motorized rear windcreen, stainless steel rollbars, larger 17' tires). Zero vibration- drive with your hand on the shifter and you will know what I mean.