NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Doors: Latch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,553 miles

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 012006

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I bought my 98 Eclipse, standard, in 2003, not even a year after I had it it died on me on the freeway one day. Turned out it was the speed sensor that got me stranded in the middle of no where. About another 6 months later the found an oil leak on the head gasket that was making me misfire, that was fixed. The car was fine until about 2 months ago when the engine went out on me because apparently the engine oil and coolant were somehow mixing, my hoses were out, so was my water pump, O2 sensor and fuel pump sensor, all at the same time. Well I had major work done everything was put in new, about a month later my driver door handle falls off, that cost me 150 dollars! one month after that, now, my speedometer stops working all of a sudden and 2 weeks later my transmission goes out. Also my clutch is going out. So now I cant drive the car any higher than 5th gear because it throws my gear out!!! since I still owe 6K on the car I have no choice but to fix it. Which is going to end up costing me, in all I've spent and am about to spend, as much as I still owe on the car!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 142005


  • miles
Passenger door handle of 98 Mitsubishi snaps off while opening and occupant almost feel to the ground.

- River Forest, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 122,320 miles
Door handle on outside of car broke while trying to open the door parked in my garage. Temp in garage around 35 F. car still has not been fixed and door is unusable as a result. Parts will have to ordered from dealer and then a body shop will have to paint to match. Car is seven years old this shouldn't be happening.

- Decatur, IN, USA

problem #3

Jan 112005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • miles


My wife and I are the current and continuous owners of a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Within the space of approximately 3 months, both door handles have fallen off under normal use. Upon requesting that the local Mitsubishi dealership (South coast, costa mesa, ca) replace the door handles, we were told by the service department that the replacement cost for each door handle would be $275 U.S. dollars. We consider this to be predatory pricing for replacement of a design flaw and known defect.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 052003

(reported on)


  • miles
Driver side door latch on a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse broke.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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problem #1

Feb 092002

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Front brakes on 1998 mistubishi Eclipse vibrate when brakes applied. Vehicle has experienced this brake failure 4 times in the last 4 years. Rotors resurfaced at 12,000 miles. Rotors replaced at 27,000 miles and resurfaced and replaced again at 77,000 miles. This is unacceptable. Exterior door handles broke twice. (plastic)

- El Cajon, CA, USA

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