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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse engine problems

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012006

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I bought my 98 Eclipse, standard, in 2003, not even a year after I had it it died on me on the freeway one day. Turned out it was the speed sensor that got me stranded in the middle of no where. About another 6 months later the found an oil leak on the head gasket that was making me misfire, that was fixed. The car was fine until about 2 months ago when the engine went out on me because apparently the engine oil and coolant were somehow mixing, my hoses were out, so was my water pump, O2 sensor and fuel pump sensor, all at the same time. Well I had major work done everything was put in new, about a month later my driver door handle falls off, that cost me 150 dollars! one month after that, now, my speedometer stops working all of a sudden and 2 weeks later my transmission goes out. Also my clutch is going out. So now I cant drive the car any higher than 5th gear because it throws my gear out!!! since I still owe 6K on the car I have no choice but to fix it. Which is going to end up costing me, in all I've spent and am about to spend, as much as I still owe on the car!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 032002


  • miles
While driving 50 mph vehicle would accelerate. Vehicle would slip from one gear to another. Dealer contacted. Please add VIN.

- Delmont, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently transmission will stick in 2nd gear, causing vehicle to lurch forward, and hesitate between shifts. Dealer is blaming problem on how the vehicle is being driven. One year ago dealer had to replace solenoid for same problem.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 161999


  • miles
On six different occasions vehicle experienced sudden acceleration. However, repairs were done to the transmission assembly / overdrive clutch assembly / transmission control module to eliminate the failure, problem still exist, dealer cannot fine problem.

- Murfreesbo, TN, USA

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