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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,868 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 171998

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,077 miles


Rattling/clacking when driving slowing on rough road. Found right front lower lateral arm has a lot of play and also inner and outer tire rod ends have a lot of play. The front lower lateral arm to suspension and everything dropped prior getting to dealership to inspect and fix it. More damages incurred for broken suspension, tie rods and lateral arm.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 172007

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • miles
1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse turbo customer states that less than four months after purchasing the car, it broke down in the parking lot. The front drivers side tire came off crashing to the ground* the consumer discovered the vehicle was apart of a recall, however she was told by customer service that the vehicle had already been repaired under the recall. The consumer was also told that because she didn't take the vehicle to a Mitsubishi dealer they were not liable for reimbursement.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 142006

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
- the contact stated that he was pulling out of his driveway in his 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse when his lower ball joint failed. The contact had only reached a speed of 7 mph at the time of the failure.

- Cushing, OK, USA

problem #4

Feb 082006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


: the contact stated prior to purchase there was a recall for the lower ball joints, #00V421001. The recall work was performed, but the vehicle had the failure associated with the recall again. Since purchase, the steering was poor and then there was a loud clunking noise from under the vehicle. An independent repair shop determined the lower ball joint needed to be replaced.

- Upper Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 222004


  • 70,000 miles
When driving any speed, the consumer would hear a cracking noise coming from the steering wheel. The dealership informed the consumer of a worn lower ball joint. The problem was not resolved. The consumer checked the internet and saw that there was a recall on her model and year vehicle for faulty ball joints. The vehicle was taken to the closest mechanic for repairs. The consumer never received a recall notice and request reimbursement for repairs made.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

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problem #2

Dec 222003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
While driving at any speed lower ball joints were making loud noises. Dealer stated there was no recall on this vehicle.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 282003

(reported on)


  • miles
There was a cracking noise when the vehicle was turned, consumer received a recall letter regarding the ball joint, however the dealer refused to honor recall, because the vehicle was rebuilt.

- Laveyette, IN, USA

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