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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,530 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 222006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,800 miles


At approximately 36,500 miles or so noticed the car not wanting to "grip" on take off. Seemed to want to rev higher randomly.. over a period of 2 days went from no big deal to not being able to drive. I have had previous experience with manual transmissions (2 other personal vehicles ). I contacted dealership and warranty provider to find out this is normal and considered wear and tear. Have been priced upwards of 1000 usd if not more to replace this clutch. And I just got this car.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #7

May 242004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
I bought my car in October of 2003 and immediately I noticed a grinding coming from the transmission. I took it into lancaster Mitsubishi in Pennsylvania and they told me it was a common trans noise. A couple of weeks passed by and the noise kept getting louder and now my clutch is slipping. I have never beat or raced my car. It is one of the best cars I have ever owned and the one of the most reliable. I don't have much choice to keep driving it the way it is and it is getting worse. Pretty soon I will be out of a car.

- Ephrata, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 172005

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles
I have a 2003 mitubishi Eclipse with 23,000 miles on it and the clutch needs to be replaced already, in the morning the front wheels jump and shifting into 1st and 2nd gear is a nightmare !

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 112005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The vehicle shifted into reverse then accelerated on its own. The vehicle was taken to the dealer., they confirmed that clutch collapsed that controls the clutch hydraulics. This happened on August 11, 2005. This is based on a police report because she actually saw that the clutch was down.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 122004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,940 miles
I have only had the car for a little over a year. I have absolutely loved the car besides having to take it in within like 3 months to replace a deffective transmission. I have am a person that have been in many close accident calls throughout my life so I am not a person who takes the car to the limit whatsoever. I have had defective cars all my life. My first car I was in a near death call in my first accident when a man in a rush decided to try to pass me while I was doing a U-turn. My second I bought for $4000 and put over 2K in it trying to get it fixed and running. My third car I bought was a Toyota Camry. It was a great car but also had to put $1,500 into a car I bought for only lik 5K, when the manufacturer told me that they couldnt fix the problem and I had wasted every dime I had on this car. My last and present car is my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. My mother didn't like all the problems I was having with all of my previous cars, so when I received an academic scholarship to any school in Florida she went out and bought me the Eclipse. To get back to the problem at hand, at 10,000 miles I started having problems with my clutch. The car will severely jerk when switching gears every time I start the car. I took the car into my local Mitsubishi dealer and they told me it was not under warranty which didn't make sense. The car was under 12K miles and I thought there was a warranty up till then. Anyways, I am not the person to argue so I said "ok" and went on my way. Well, it has gotten worse and I believe could have played a large part in my only other accident. But the bad thing is that now I am at 14, 438 miles, which either way is over the 12K mile warranty if there was one. I have all original receipts to prove that I started having clutch problems before I hit 12K miles and I am not sure if I can do anything. I got a quote of over $1,000 to buy the clutch and install it. What can I do?

- Ocala, FL, USA

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problem #3

May 202004


  • 12,000 miles
The clutch failed after only 12,000 miles. The dealer said that the vehicle was hot rodded but the driver stated that she was an experienced manual transmission driver. They also said that the clutch was slipping. Provide further details.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 232003

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,500 miles
My clutch on my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse spyder started to show signs of slipping at around 11,000 miles. I thought it was covered under the bumper-to-bumper warranty and did not get it fixed right away as my dealership is about an hour away. It finally became so bad that it was unsafe to drive at 19500 miles. The dealership had to replace the clutch and would not cover it under warranty. I have driven stick shifts all my life and never had one fail, even after 85,000 miles. The car was never raced or driven abusively. Now, the second clutch is at 11,000 miles and the problem is beginning again. I have read on an internet forum for Eclipse owners, reports of many others having problems with the clutches on the 2003 Eclipse gts models. This appears to be a factory defect and should be rectified. I cannot spend $1000 every 6 - 12 months to keep replacing clutches in this car.

- Dublin, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142003

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
My clutch had to be replaced at only 14,500 miles. Problems were evident at around 10,000 miles and became considerably worse in time. I have driven a manual transmission for 15 years and have never raced and did not ride the clutch. My last car's clutch lasted in excess of 100,000 miles without fault. The service manager at my dealership told me that it appears to be a factory defect. However, since the warranty on the clutch expires at 12,000 miles, I have to pay for the part. The problem became obvious when my transmission spun as I tried to go from a stop up a hill. My car basically became stuck in traffic on a dangerous section of roadway and it was luck that I was not involved in a side-impact collision. If this had happened on a railroad track or a drawbridge, I see this problem as potentially life-threatening. It is my understanding that many people have reported this problem to Mitsubishi motors and that they are working on a possible replacement clutch. Their efforts are too late for me. I urge the NHTSA to require that Mitsubishi motors replace defective clutches free of charge or reimburse those (such as myself) who had to pay out of pocket to repair what is obviously a factory defect.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

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