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4.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,900 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 072005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While idling in traffic the differential exploded and knocked a large chunk of metal out. This resulted in transmission locking up and oil spilling. Vehicle will only roll backward. Towed vehicle to consumer's home. Dealership will be contacted.

- Carlsbad, NM, USA

problem #9

Mar 022003

Eclipse

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The vehicle leaked transmission fluid, and the rag top roof leaked water when it rained. Dealer repaired both problems six times.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 302003

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Engine burns oil at approx. 1 qt per week, also has possible leaks in engine with only 69,000 miles on engine. The car has been recalled twice for same problem and it is still happened again. Has had regular oil changes for life of engine. Transmission sometimes stays on level 2 and 3 for upto 20minutes at 60mph does not change and shifts hard with slow or fast acceleration. Leaks transmission fluid, has fuel throttle leakages and control leaks from 45,000 miles up to now thursady, January 30, 2003.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 012003

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine burns oil at approx. 1 qt per week, also has possible leaks in engine with only 69,000 miles on engine. Has had regular oil changes for life of engine. Brake rotors warped and need replacement, unsure of when last changed. Transmission slips and shifts hard with slow or fast acceleration.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 222002

Eclipse

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving transmission will not switch gears.

- South San Franciso, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 052002

(reported on)

Eclipse

  • miles
While driving at 55 mph a loud noise comes from under vehicle. Parts dropped onto the ground from under the vehicle, transmission fluid was also on the ground.

- Savanah, GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 032002

Eclipse

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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

- Delmont, PA, USA

problem #3

May 012000

Eclipse

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 061999

Eclipse

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Transmission slipping and down shifting/ tach red lines before shifting/ burnt transmission fluid at 19000 miles on that fluid also my spark plugs were burnt/ changed fluid, fluid has now turned yellow miles on fluid 7942/ car is running ver poorly/dealer cannot find the problem seemed very upset because I didn't have the car serviced there.will change trans fluid today the last time I changed the fluid it did shift better for a short period.

- Wilmer, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 201998

(reported on)

Eclipse

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A grinding noise when shifting from 1st to 2nd and 3rd gears. Also a cracking noise when downshifting into 2nd and 1st gears. Dealer said no problem could be found.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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