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4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,344 miles

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 062003

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles

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

I have a 2001 black Eclipse GT...bought brand new in Jan. 01. at 43,000 miles all top surface areas were showing signs of paint pulling from the primer...at 53,000 miles the roof was down to the metal...took me months to get mits. To handle. They only would paint the affected surfaces" then 20,000 the rest of the surfaces became affected. I took it to the dealer and said they were not covering these issues anymore?"if it was established as a defect it should be covered.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #8

Jun 012006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
My black 2001 Eclipse GT paint is failing. It began as a small white smudge looking spot on the roof of the car, but has spread to the entire hood, roof and trunk. The paint seems to just break down from inside. It's not cracking but is changing color from black to white like the sun is bleaching it out. It looks as if acid or bleach had been poured on my car. I'm now forced to pay thousands to have it sanded down and repainted, but there's no alternative.

- Oak Hill, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
My black 2001 Eclipse GT paint is failing. It began as a small white smudge looking spot on the roof of the car, but has spread at a alarming speed to the entire hood and the roof and trunk. The paint in circular areas seems to just break down from inside. It's not cracking off but it's changing color from black to white like the sun is bleaching it out. It looks as if acid or bleach had been poured on my car. I'm now forced to pay thousands to have it sanded down and repainted, but there's no alternative.

- Oak Hill, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012007

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

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

My black 2001 Eclipse GT paint is failing fast. Started as a small white smudge looking spot on the hood but has spread at a alarming speed to the entire hood and the roof and trunk. The paint in circular areas seems to just break down from inside. It's not cracking off but it's changing color from black to white like the sun is bleaching it out. Looks just like if you spilled bleach on blue jeans. It has spread from hood to roof to trunk in 4 months. I'm told it will have to be sanded down to bare metal to remove the failing paint before repainting.

- Sturgeon, MO, USA

problem #5

Oct 042004

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The paint on my black 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse began to delaminate in October of 2004. I have noticed this same problem with other black Mitsubishi cars such as the galant but the Eclipses exhibit this problem more frequently. It began as faded areas on the roof then spread to the hood, trunk, sail panels and now to the top rear quarter panels. It seems to be caused by sun damage as a result of insufficient ultraviolet inhibitors in the paint as applied from the factory as I have washed and maintained the paint on a regular basis.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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problem #4

Jun 152005

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Something was happening inside the dashboard that was causing fluid to drain inside the vehicle on drivers side and the trunk. It had a smell. Took vehicle to the dealers twice, and said they repaired it, but it was doing it again. The dealer said it was a defective hose. It fogged up the vehicle. Turned on the air conditioner, and the fumes caused a blackout. Currently, they said it needed engine repair. Before the blackout tried take it back to dealer for a third time, and they refused to fix it on the weekend. This started happening on June 15,2005.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 172001

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

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

No injuries: A blow out within a 2 yr period, front left tire flat 13 times, replaced that rim 3 times. Drivers side door, left side of hood, left rear by trunk does not align properly to the right side. Already had a manufacturers defect in my left strut scratches by left tire started out small now are 5 inches wide.

- Garnerville, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 092001

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The first week of buying the car I noticed a little scratch by the front drivers side tire. Then I started hearing little squeaking noises when I was reversing coming from the same left tire. Then I noticed the rim was bent I brought it to the dealer they said I was hitting curbs & road hazard. Months later the scratch at the bottom by the fog lights was getting bigger and deep the tire kept losing air and those springing sound noises I still heard. Make the long story short it is 2 years later the deep gashes from the left front tire is now all the wayaround the bottom of the fog lights almost reaching the midde.I went thru 2 tires no blow outs thank god 3 rims and one was a replacement the tire keeps leaking air there is nothing wrong with the right side of the car its all the left front. I spoke to the manufactuer of mitshubshi they are aware of this they said its not a safety issue.don't blowouts happen due to bent rims? they noticed its only happening in certain states that certain states road conditions are bad. All states have potholes but when you are driving 15 mph, hit a pothole, & your rim bends causing your tire to leak air something wrong. These rims are constantly bending but on my car it S only the left side. Its unsafe, because when I hit a potlhole it makes a loud banging noise even my brake pedal shakes. If I knew all these complaints I would of never bought this car now I know its not me but the way these cheap soft wheels were made something should be done about this its unsafe and the whole car shakes and steers to the left after hitting a pothole. I dont use my car alot mostly back and forth to work on a highway 15 miles one way. I am tired of purchasing rims at $300 I pay enough for this car and for the money I pay I should have decent rims that can stand driving over a 15-30 mile an hour pothole. I had cars before this never had a dented rim.something should be done about this there are even complaints on jdpower's website.

- Garnerville, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 282001

Eclipse

  • miles
The rear cargo lid is loose and is rattling, dealer found 2 clips broken.

- Wilton, CT, USA

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