the name escapes me as well and i don't feel like searching for it. i have never really seen other AWD cars and how they are set up ... how is it different than the DSM's? i'll have to search that one ...I have one very big issue with DSMs - the motor points the wrong way. You effectively have a FWD car that just happens to have a propeller shaft coming out the side of the transaxlefercase (what IS the technical name for that thing?) to power the rear wheels. One that is on permanent recall from Mitsubishi for being too weak (at least in the 2nd gens it is).
as for having to put an eclipse front on ... this is true basically the only way you can get body parts is from a parts car or auto wrecker. that is to be expected i suppose with it no longer being in production.