NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,400 miles

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse transmission problems

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 062006

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Six months after I bought my used 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse gs I noticed it was sometimes hesitant to shift into second gear. I placed gear oil in my manual transmission that a certified Mitsubishi mechanic said would be okay. For two to four weeks it was fine. As I was driving to work, I am stopped a at red-light. When I proceed to go on green I attempt to shift from 1st to 2nd at about 3500-4000 R.P.M., I am unable to engage 2nd gear and have to shift immediately to 3rd. I have contacted my local Mitsubishi dealer service department and have been told that it is a bad synchro. I have no warranty and have to pay the full cost of repair.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #4

Feb 012006

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
I have a 2001 Eclipse GT (V6) and I have had to change the transmission twice already. I live in minot nd were it snows. The first time my transmission jacked on me I was stopped at a light. Their was snow on the ground so when the light changed to green my tires slid a like and the grab the payment as that happened I heard a big thump. My car felt like an axle mess up or the clutch. The car behind me almost hit me do to the lack of movement from my vehicle. I was not that for from me house so I drove it home but one block a way my tranny ended up blowing a hole in the bottom of the case. The hole size was about the size of a soft ball. My speed was about 15 mph. So get home and I check it out. I find gears all shattered inside and what ever had fallen out. So now I buy a used tranny with some 65000 miles on it, I have had that one for a bout one year with putting 7000 miles on the tranny. Again there is snow on the ground. I am getting off of work and there is snow on my tires. The many road is cleared of snow so I drive out of the parking lot and my tires spin as I hit the pavement and the same thing happens. The tranny slips in gear so I got it to the shop and come to find out that the differential had shattered the spider gears. I have spent 3000 dollars on two trannies with in one year span.

- Minot Afb, ND, USA

problem #3

Sep 112005

Eclipse 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My calapana black 2001 Eclipse GT started to fade a year ago. I noticed that most black Mitsubishi cars starts to fade in 2-3 years. I have a couple of friends that have the same problem but refuse to complain here because they already done several times to the dealer but never had a response. I also have exact problem as complain no. ODI id: 100511429 NHTSA complaint id: 448638. As mentioned, the car has trouble shifting from 1st to 2nd gear (worst when cold), stutters when first accelerating, and makes a continuous rattling noise when the clutch is not engaged. I complained to Mitsubishi dealer many times but they refuse to be responsible.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012002


  • miles
No summary.

- Trinidad, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 172002

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After parking vehicle and shifting into reverse, gears will not shift intermittently. Once the vehicle has been turned off and upon getting back in to start, the gear shift will not go into reverse. Consumer has to jiggle the gear shift. Vehicle has been in for service three times. The first time the fluid was changed but it didnt help. The last time consumer was told they couldn't help him because all of the manual shifters did the same thing.

- Mackinaw, IL, USA

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