really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,501 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 192010


  • miles


2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse, was West bound on Ohio turnpike, she heard a pop then saw her front tire come off the vehicle and she pulled off the road onto the right beam. The left front tire sheared off. There was damage to the rotor and scrapes to the left side of the bumper. (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0898-90) updated 02/15/11

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 022009


  • 100,000 miles
I have a mitisubishi Eclipse 2003 100000 miles ( majority highway). In the spring of 08-the vehicle was making noise when accelerating, the vehicle was changing gears hard and was advise it was the transmission/motor mounds. The problem occurred intermittently while driving as much as 40mph. Took it back to mitisubishi dealer for service/diagnosis-told possible eventually trans, timing belt and possibly radiator, which was one of another consumers resolve. Well, they flush the radiator and it resolve the problem of driving but not the noise. Also June 2009-after driving 5 mph I noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment, the consumer pulled over ( call for tow and later opened the hood to see all the insulation smolder). After being stranded for over an hour I was towed to my destination. The car was later towed to contractor advise possible distributor, realized it was not the distributor and suggest car is towed to mitsubish for official computer service diagnosis ( due to car starting but not turning over). Advise, by the mitisubishi service tech all of the electrical wires were melted... computer failure/extreme electrical system damage, harness melted etc; I ask the dealer service manager @ the dealership, what would cause this and had this happen before" he stated ?not sure of cause"and was really shocked to the damage "possible fuse, ignition wires something" not sure. Diagnostic testing cost $112 repair estimate $5400. Help!!!I the manufacture needs to be made aware of this hazard of a problem; if not already. With recall/replacement and/or reimburse good faith and loyal Mitsubishi consumers. I won't began to explain the numerous brake/rotors & tires replaced/repaired within 5 years of purchased in September 2002.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 282008


  • miles
I bought new tires for my daughter last fall and she has been away at college and her car has not been driven much at all. When she came home from school we noticed 2 huge buldges and another buldge in both her front tires. They are not worn at all but we were told not to drive on them cause they could blow at anytime. They are Bridgestone 250/R17.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The contact stated while driving the tire on the left rear side blew out. She experienced a blow out with the same type of tire twice. These were the original tires when the vehicle was purchased. She did not have tire information available at this time. She contacted the dealership and the manufacturer. They have a history report on the vehicle.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,004 miles
While driving 65 mph front passenger's side tire exploded. As a result, vehicle went into a spin and crashed into a guard rail. The consumer stated that the vehicle is no longer in his possession.

- New York, NY, USA

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problem #1

Oct 012002


  • miles
I purchased this vehicle brand new, and what a mistake it was. I have begun the process of declaring the lemon law. I have had the vehicle into the shop for repairs 8 times in 4 months. The drive shaft had to be replaced because the boot split and leaked grease. The fog lights fill with moisture and condensation due too inadequate venting. The windows don't seal too the body on the convertible causing water leaks, and the seals located on the quarter glass rub the door window which allows the rubber to wear prematurely and create additional leaks. I have had to have the rear quarter glass replaced 5 times in 4,000 miles. The car vibrates while driving because the tires are bad. I had to have the front two replaced because the tread was seperating internally on the tires. Mitsubishi needs to take responsibility for all the cars on the road with defects. Please help

- Pittsford, MI, USA

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