NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,124 miles

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse transmission problems

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 292010


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. While driving 50 mph the wave spring within the transmission broke. The contact was able to drive the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer. The dealer stated that when the wave spring broke it caused damage to the transmission pump. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer stated that there were no related recalls. Mitsubishi upgraded the wave spring since they were familiar with the failure. The failure was not an isolated incident. The failure and current mileages were 117,000.

- Carey, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 082008

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,498 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact was unable to shift the vehicle. The vehicle went into the neutral position. She had the vehicle towed to her residence. The dealer stated that the automatic transmission needed to be replaced. The replacement was made approximately 30 days before the last failure, the contact was informed that the valve was sticking in the transmission. The dealer performed a flush, which corrected the failure for approximately 800 miles. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 71,555 and failure mileage was 71,498. Updated 3/18/08 updated 03/18/08

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

May 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has been tested a number of times; dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. Vehicle stalls when shifting from park to reverse; in may, vehicle began to kill without warning while driving between 40 and 65 mph. I was nearly rear-ended on one occasion when the car stalled on the interstate highway. I finally took the car to a different Mitsubishi dealership in libertyville, Illinois. In mid-July, they stated that a flash/recall was being developed and would be ready in mid-August; they informed me that I needed to pick up my car. Due to the safety issues regarding this car, I refused to accept the car. They said that I would be charged for storage of the car and for all rental car costs. I filed a complaint with Mitsubishi motors headquarters, and they promptly sent a factory representative to assess the situation. Ultimately, a fuel pump was replaced; however, I was told to return the car in mid-August when the recall software is finally developed.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 302002


  • miles
At 55mph steering wheel locked, resulting in a collisioalso, recall 01V1011000 has been issued on vehicle's make and model; however, this vehicle was not included due to VIN. Please provide additional information.

- Mackinaw, IL, USA

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