fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,667 miles

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse engine problems

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 022011

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • miles


1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse, unit 1 was traveling East on the Ohio turnpike near the 54 milepost. Unit 1 filled with smoke. Unit 1 pulled to the right shoulder and stopped. The driver of unit 1 exited and opened the hood and observed fire. The driver of unit 1 was charged with ovi. Bf (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0046-89) updated 04/22/11

- Wauseon, OH, USA

problem #2

May 152001

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Around 50,000 miles about 2001 my service engine light would come on and go off. I call dealership and because I couldn't be seen no earlier than 2 weeks ahead of time I was unable to get a convenient appt. I didn't get the vehicle in the shop until much later. When the light started staying on steady around 81,000 I took it in. I took the vehicle to my local Mitsubishi dealership and they charged me over $200 to tell me my computer was no good and a new one would cost $1100 and my warranty on the computer went out at 80,000. I let some time go by and purchased a computer from the junkyard. I then found a place that rebuilt computers. I sent my original computer away. I later got a phone call with the place telling me that my computer had been recalled so I called Mitsubishi. They told me there had not been a recall so I called the place back. The guy explained that my computer had the same issue as many others like mine had and that mitsuibishi did not recall them but stop making that type of computer. He did tell me they made a new one and if I could find out what they went over to he could find me one. When I called mits back and explained they told me that the dealership could have over ridden the 81,00 miles since it was so close to the 80,000 and if I went back there I could see if they would do it. Well I called back and spoke to the service manager. He wanted me to do another diagnostic test which I am trying to explain that would not benefit me. I would be paying another $200 plus dollars to be told the same thing that they had already told me or told something different which means I have wasted my first $200 plus dollars. I gave up and have been replacing everything on the car to get it fixed. I have no choice but to use the junkyard computer cause my original one had blown up and it has been an issue every since. My service engine soon light stays on now and it is missing badly. I have changed the oxygen sensors 3 times.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 082003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving the vehicle lost power. The dealer stated that the sensor needed to be replaced. Ts there was an odor in the vehicle, the clutch had gone out, the rear brakes squeaked, and water leaked into the interior on the vehicle on the passenger side. The consumer felt that the dealer sold her an unsafe vehicle. Scc

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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