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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,910 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 152010

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • 15 miles


2002 Eclipse coupe, ok this is a major promblem, hope someone will listen the wheels (rims) crack on these cars "cheap" both front wheels and drivers side back wheel. If you hit a pothole your gonna purchase new wheels. I am a single mom my kids ride in this car. Many others have "complained" do something before you are scrapping children off the expressway.....these wheels on the 2002 Eclipse are dangerous and expensive to keep replacing I can not afford it, ,

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #9

Mar 012006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. The contact stated that the rims were bending abnormally and causing the steering wheel to shake excessively. The rims were replaced four times to no avail. The contact informed the manufacturer but no assistance was provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 116,000 and the failure mileage was unknown. Updated 05/03/11

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #8

Aug 012008


  • miles
Front driver side wheel was cracked. My tire would slowly deflate so I purchased a new tire thinking this was the problem. The next couple of days, my tire continued to loose air. So I went back to tire company and they informed me that is was not the tire but a crack in the rim. So I purchased a new wheel and now after a few months I have a bent rim. These wheels are very expensive and I cannot afford to continue purchasing new wheels if this continues to happen. I would just purchased a whole new different set of wheels if I had the funds available, which I do not.

- Parlier, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 022007


  • 85,000 miles


I have a black I guess you can call it black and white 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The clear coat it completely off and the black paint is just about gone. I have rust spots coming through now. It first started on the hood about a year ago and now it is everywhere. I also had to replace two of my rims because they were bent. Now I have a shimmy in my steering wheel when I get up to 65mph this started about a year ago also. I have gotten new tires and rims on it hoping that would help the problem but it is just as bad as it was last year.

- Barren Springs, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 062008


  • 94,090 miles
This is the second time that I've had to replace my rim due to the lip bending back causing the tire to deflate. Both times it was on the front tire. Looking at all the other complaints this is a common defect with the Mitsubishi rims which results in decreased steering control and needs to be address before someone gets seriously injured.

- Augusta, GA, USA

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problem #5

Dec 062006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The front passenger side wheel gets bent while going over potholes or rail road crossing at normal speeds. In the 1.5 years I've had this (2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT) car I have had to get the wheel straightened 3 times already. The tire looses pressure over a couple of days after going over the bump becoming completely flat.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #4

Feb 072006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Hit small pothole and right front alloy wheel deformed on my 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. This is the third time I have had to replace one of these alloy wheels because of normal potholes.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #3

May 172004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I hit a small hole in the road which caused my wheel to bend and it needs to be replaced. This will be the 3rd wheel I am replacing for the same reason. I was not driving erratically when this happened. I feel the car should have been able to sustain this ordinary road hazard. Also, the car/steering wheel vibrate at certain speeds. I have had the alignment done, tires replaced/balanced. Nothing helps this condition.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 242003

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling at 65 mph, the front passenger front wheel came completely off the rim.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 242002

(reported on)


  • miles
Wheels are suseptable to damage under normal driving conditons even the slightest obsticle, such as speed bump, road work, ect.. never seen such a weak wheel, well being and all the unsightly noise (from ol warpy) just not something you would not expect from a car thats only around six months old after three years of manufactoring these wheels they would relize all the problems, or did they(new wheels for 2003, good idea! ) now what about us? nlm

- Bristol, TN, USA

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