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NHTSA — Wheels: Rim Problems

2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Page 1 of 5)

6.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,967 miles

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2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #93

Feb 262007

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

- the contact stated that while the contact was driving the 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT with 52000 failure mileage at 45 mph the vehicle hit a pot hole and both passenger front and rear rims cracked, and the front and rear passenger tires instantly lost air pressure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and the rims were replaced. The driver hit a pot hole on 2-27-07, and the front driver side tire lost air pressure. The contact will not take the vehicle to the dealer this time.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #92

Nov 302006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,500 miles
Gently driven 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse wheels bent out of shape, causing a tire to lose air/blow out while driving on freeway. Narrowly avoided collision after blowout.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #91

Sep 212006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brought used Mitsubishi Eclipse 2000gt. Verified through car check for any problems with vehicle, none on record. Car had one owner before myself. The car has given me problems from day one. It was parked in my carport for six months until my daughter got her drivers license at this time I kept it running. Once daughter got driver's license and started to drive vehicle, it was vibrating badly. Maint person said it was the tires and the rims needed to be replace. All the rims were bad. Each rim had a small dent of some sort. Seeing how we never really drove this vehicle it should have driven for a while without any problems. Looking into this problem, it appears that this is a know defect with this type of vehicle.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #90

Aug 052006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

: the vehicle had a 2 inch hole in the center of the rim which caused the tire to deflate. The manufacturer determined that the tire would have had to deflate first but the contact expressed the rim went out first due to the size of the hole in the rim in comparison to the small mark on the tire. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, who was unable to determine the problem. The rim had blown outward toward the center of the rim. The consumer believed the rim was defective. Updated 08/29/06.

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #89

Mar 092001

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles
I have 2 complaints. My wheels were also dented and fractured upon inspection and had visible wear to my tires. Two different garages had stated to go to the dealer and check on it. They of course said there was no problem and just to buy new rims at $385 each or tires. Of course, after buying tires a few times, I just bought after market rims. The second complaint, is I have had visible corrosion on the battery cables on my car for years and asked the dealer if there was a reason so much is gathering, they advised no. Well, I have replaced the battery and still am having the same problems such as: Air conditioner goes out with the light blinking, car does not start, or while driving it will stall as well as run very sluggish. I have asked repeatedly if there is a problem and they stated not for my car, due to the date made. I find this a little odd, I have all the same problems of the 2000 Eclipse, however, my car was made "during the dates". my car is a 2000 Eclipse GT and my battery wires have shown visible signs of corrosion for years and not being a mechanic how would I have though anything different than changing the battery, as well as getting new tires and new after market rims for the same price as stock rims.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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problem #88

Jul 052004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Contact states: While she was washing vehicle she noticed a crack in dashboard. Also, a crack in rim. She has not had any type of accident to cause these problems. She said that there was a film on the inside windshield. The film was probably moisture were it had rained.

- Saltville, VA, USA

problem #87

Mar 202005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Recently took my Mitsubishi 2000 Eclipse to get an alignment. Shop refused to complete it because 3 of my rims were bent under normal driving conditions. The tires will hold air, but tire noise can be heard when driving especially at 55 mph or higher and the wheel will shake when needing to brake at high speeds. My mechanic has said all 3 rims will need to be replaced before anything can be done.

- Weston, MO, USA

problem #86

Apr 102004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,120 miles
Multiple bent wheels on my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. I replaced one wheel in 2002. Three others bent in April 2004 and one immediately lost all tire pressure requiring me to change to the spare on a dangerous interstate roadside. Manufacturer wanted $500 per wheel to replace. I replaced all 4 wheels with aftermarket wheels of the same size and weight for half the price and have had no more bent wheels!

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #85

Jan 072005

Eclipse

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I own a 2000 Eclipse GT and have experienced consistent wheel/tire problems since purchase. The most recent was a blowout at highway speed (in dense traffic) which could have caused a serious accident. All 4 original factory rims on this car have been dented, as well as 2 replacement rims under normal driving conditions. I've had numerous flats during both driving and parked conditions which have been determined to be caused by leaking or dented rims. After reseaching the issue online it appears that many other Eclipse owners have experienced the same difficulties. Since I already have spent significant time and money repairing/replacing dangerous leaking tires/damaged factory rims, I have now chosen to replace the currently damaged rims with custom rims to avoid further issues with Mitsubishi manufactured wheels.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #84

Jun 022003

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,750 miles
Defective bent rims.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #83

Apr 152004

Eclipse

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When driving over a little bump in the road the front passenger rim bent. As a result, the tire was punctured. Please provide additional information.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #82

Apr 122003

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The 17 inch rims of my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse were consistantly and severly bent. Because of this my tires wore in an abnormal way. Before I knew this was a common issue with these rims, I replaced two rims and tires. After I found out this was a widespread problem I replaced all four rims with after market product with no further instances.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #81

Sep 162004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer replaced three aluminum wheels. Consumer will provide further information.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #80

Sep 302000

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Vehicle: 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, purchased new with 17" premium wheels. All wheels were dented on the circumference of the rim when the vehicle was purchased. The defects were not noticed at the time of sale and when they were brought to Mitsubishi's attention no resolution was made.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #79

Sep 082004

Eclipse

  • miles
The consumer stated the wheel rims were dented. When the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer to have them replaced and examined he was told that they do not make this kind any more. The tire was losing air from the dent. The vehicle did not hit any pot holes. There were three wheels with dents.

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #78

Jul 012001

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, all four 17" rims became bent. This created bubbling in tires, improper tire wear, and difficulty in wheel alignment. Rims were bent during normal driving; potholes were not cause of damage. Replaced tires and rims. Manufacturer has not done anything to remedy problem in existing vehicles. New vehicles no longer come with this type of rim.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #77

Aug 202004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I own a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse with stock 17" rims. In the last 4 years, I've experienced 4 flat tires and numerous bent rims from regular freeway and street driving. It appears that the stock 17" rims are too soft and have a tendency to bend easily. Each occurence forced me to repair the wheel and replace the flat tire. It has cost me over $2000 in repairs as well as an undetermined amount of lost wages from missing work due to lack of transportation. I feel that this is a factory defect and requires attention by the manufacturer.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #76

Aug 102004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I would like to report a defect of the rims on my Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 2000. I have owned the car for [4] years (original owner). I have replaced [3] rims and I am now about to replace a 4th. The rims bend easily while driving. On all instances the rims have bent in the course of normal city driving. Just recently, (last week) I noticed that the rim on the front passengers side, as in the other incidents) is bent. I do not recall hitting anything or doing anything unusual that would have caused the rim to bend. On the first three occasions when I took the car back to the dealer for service I complained that there had to be something wrong with the rims. I never received I satisfactory answer. I even requested that they change the rims, because I only had the car one week when the first rim was bent. I believe they are hazardous!

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #75

Aug 152003

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Consumer stated that under normal driving circumstances the two front rims developed dents. As a result, the tires lost air pressure.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #74

May 182004

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
1. normal driving conditions involving small potholes over which other cars received no damage 2. the alloy wheels of my car dent very easily resulting in numerous nicks and small dents. Two small potholes have left my wheels with large dents requiring wheel repair or replacement. 3. I had to leave my car in the shop for a few days and have the wheel sent away to be repaired. I am also currently driving on a significantly bent rim that will need to be repaired soon.

- Boyds, MD, USA

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