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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 302005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The consumer had manufacturer's recall C9803T repairs done. After the recall work was done the vehicle leaked oil and the transfer case broke. When the consumer contacted the dealership, they told him to contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer told the consumer that they would send his complaint # 375 625 for review. The consumer contacted the manufacturer on 8-30-05.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
1) none 2) transfer case began leaking (hasn't locked up yet) 3) nothing has been done, dealer will not recall for a 2nd time.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 222005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 123,000 miles
I was exiting an interstate and approaching a traffic signal. The rear wheels of the vehicle locked up due to a failure in the transfer case. This is the direct result of the transfer case having inadequate design and/or manufacturing error (ref NHTSA recall id: 98V069001). Both the dealer and manufacturer are refusing to perform recall work at no charge citing that the recall service was performed once before. Defective parts within the transfer case were replaced under the recall notice once before however manufacturing flaws in the transfer case design were never corrected by the manufacturer. Subsequently, the failure of the transfer case was only delayed, not corrected, through the initial recall service. Telephone inquiries made to NHTSA and the Texas attorney general?S office resulted in feedback supporting this position.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 032005


  • 62,000 miles
While driving highway speeds, the consumer heard a popping noise form the transfer case. The rear tire locked up, however the consumer managed to pull over and had the vehicle towed. The cause was not determined.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012002

Eclipse 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving all the vehicles wheels locked up, it was determined that there was an oil leak from the transfer case.

- Gleandale, CA, USA

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