JJ--some info on service?
I know you already said never mind, but I'm going to go ahead and post this anyway. I currently drive a '97 Talon TSi AWD. This is essentially the same car as the Mitubishi Eclipse GS-X. My wife drives a '96 Eclipse GS-T Spyder. IMHO, if you're the kind of driver that likes the WRX, you should love the way the Talon TSi AWD or Eclipse GSX drives and feels. The AWD system is very good, and HP and torque are roughly the same as a WRX. The main drawbacks compared to a WRX is that the suspension is not of the same quality, and the back seat is not "functional". However, considering the price you can get one for, they're definately not a bad car to have while you wait for an STI or EVO if an AWD sports coupe is what you're looking for.
Now, on to the car you originally asked about, the GS-T Spyder (spyder = convertable). The main problem with this car is that it doesn't have AWD. If it was a RWD car it wouldn't be much of a problem, but as it happens it's FWD. This means that you get torque steer, and if you floor the car off the line, when you hit 3500 RPMs, there's a LOT of torque steer. If you're not used to it, you could easily find yourself doing involuntary lane changes the first time it happens. Once you're used to it it's not that bad, just an annoyance more than anything. However you still have all of the hadling problems typical of FWD cars. The other problem is that the convertible top takes what was a very solid feeling body and introduces a certain amount of flex and roll into the body. Not something you'd notice in everyday driving, but on winding or bumpy roads you can feel the difference.
They're both very nice cars, and have held up fairly well for us. Other people we know with similar cars have had large numbers of problems. The clutch tends to go out around 60K miles even if you're easy on the clutch. I've seen others go as early as 30K, and seen trannies that need to be repaced at 60K or earlier. Also, because they use rubber timing belts and have interference engines (like most mitubishi cars) it's important that the timing belt be replaced at 60K miles. Like any other car, get a mechanic familiar with DSM automobiles to look it over before you take one used.