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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,000 miles

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse miscellaneous problems

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 192003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I bought my used 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse in March of 2003. In June of 2003, my drivers door handle broke. My warranty wouldn't cover it and the dealership wanted to charge me $137 to fix it. I said no way and just started crawling through the passenger side. In November 2003, my passenger door handle broke leaving me with no way to get into my car. Still yet, my warrenty wouldn't cover this. They said this was due to "negligence". both door handles were broke in the same place and all I did was open the door and they were broke. They are made of all plastic. I have searched online and found that many 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse's have had broken door handles. I am paying $252 a month for this car with an extended warrenty that doesn't seem to be worth anything.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 252002


  • 30,000 miles
1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*70808

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 182003

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
My 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse has had several problems from the time it was purchased. At 50,000 miles the engine head gasket had to be replaced. And today the engine has a rod thrown and I have been told I will have to replace the whole engine. I had the car in several times before the head gasket was replaced because the oil light came on and off and was told it was just a sensor. After that the light still came on and off and I was told not to worry. The dealership could not find any problem. Other problems that I have encountered have been with the brakes. Frequent brake pad replacement and rotors turned and replaced after only several thousand miles. That was blamed on my driving habits. I have researched and found that all Eclipse have had the same problem with the brakes. Why isn't something being done" also oil leaks and engine problems have been a problem according to the research I have done. What does the manufactuers warranty cover if it does not cover the engine. In my opinion, after 50,000 miles a car should not have to have a head gasket replaced if the maintenance has been done as requested by the manufacter. On July 31, 2002 took car to dealership to have oil leak checked and service dept. Unable to locate oil leak. Advised to have transmission checked. Transmission serviced by dealership. Still had problems with oil light coming on and off. Could this defect have something to do with why my engine threw a rod through it and has made my car worthless? this car is only 4 years old" and still being paid on.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 082003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving the vehicle lost power. The dealer stated that the sensor needed to be replaced. Ts there was an odor in the vehicle, the clutch had gone out, the rear brakes squeaked, and water leaked into the interior on the vehicle on the passenger side. The consumer felt that the dealer sold her an unsafe vehicle. Scc

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 281998

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer displeased with vehicle television advertising.

- Juneau, AK, USA

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