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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. plasti dipped black---do not try this (1 reports)
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 082011

Eclipse GTS 3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Paint faded on hood, fenders, roof, trunk, AND rear quarter panels. $500-600 was the amount I had planned to spend on paint, ended up Plasti dipped, flat black. Recommend this car if you would love to learn how the masking, sanding, priming, and painting process is done :) ....

No really, this car is nothing but a giant learning experience

- , Lititz, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 152008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

The black paint has faded to the primer on the car. It needs to be re-painted. Was this a defect and is the dealership responsible?

- , Windsor, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 022007

(reported on)

Eclipse GT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse bought new. Black paint has already faded down to primer over 50% of car.

- , Edgewood, TX, USA

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