2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE VIN: 4A3AC84H31E099750

TBD
Condition
Run & Drive
Damage
Collision
Title
Salvage

VIN 4A3AC84H31E099750 Decoding Mitsubishi Vin Decoder

Error Text

0 - VIN decoded clean. Check Digit (9th position) is correct

Make

MITSUBISHI

Manufacturer Name

MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA

Model

Eclipse

Model Year

2001

Plant City

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL

Series

SPORTS

Vehicle Type

PASSENGER CAR

Plant Country

UNITED STATES (USA)

Plant State

ILLINOIS

Body Class

Hatchback/Liftback/Notchback

Doors

3

Bed Type

Not Applicable

Cab Type

Not Applicable

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Engine Number of Cylinders

6

Displacement (CC)

3000.0

Displacement (CI)

183.07123228419

Displacement (L)

3.0

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Fuel Delivery / Fuel Injection Type

Multipoint Fuel Injection (MPFI)

Other Engine Info

MPI

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
0%

2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Not Available

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Torso Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Not Available

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN 4A3AC84H31E099750

Components: POWER TRAIN

January 25, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11173039
Consumer Location: CLARKSVILLE, TN
VIN: 4A3AC84H31E****

Summary of Complaint

WAS DRIVING HOME FROM WORK AND CAME TO A STOP. TRIED TO SHIFT INTO 1ST AND COULD NOT DO SO. HAD TO TURN OFF MY CAR TO SHIFT INTO GEAR TO AVOID GRINDING. HAD A HARD TIME GOING FROM 1ST TO 2ND AS WELL. ONCE ARRIVING HOME COULD NOT SHIFT INTO REVERSE. SEEMS LIKE THE GEARS WERE TRYING TO STRIP AND A HORRIBLE GRINDING WAS OCCURRING. I HAVE BEEN DRIVING A STICK SHIFT FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER HAD THIS PROBLEM. HAD TO TURN OFF MY CAR TO SHIFT INTO REVERSE TO GET INTO MY DRIVEWAY TO PARK. TRIED THE NEXT DAY TO DRIVE MY CAR...DID THE WARM UP DUE TO COLD WEATHER, AND AGAIN COULD NOT SHIFT INTO ANY GEARS WHILE MY CAR WAS RUNNING. AS SOON AS I TURN THE IGNITION OFF I COULD SHIFT JUST FINE. I'VE RESEARCHED TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM AND EACH SOLUTION EQUATES TO PAYING A LOT FOR REPAIRS. I'M UPSET BECAUSE I CANNOT AFFORD A NEW CAR AT THIS TIME AND I NEED A RELIABLE VEHICLE FOR MY JOB. SEEMS THIS IS A PROBLEM WITH THIS PARTICULAR YEAR THE ECLIPSE WAS MANUFACTORED, AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE. A DEFINITE RECALL IS NEEDED FOR THIS WELL-KNOWN PROBLEM.

Components: STEERING SUSPENSION

July 09, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10276295
Consumer Location: GILBERT, AZ
VIN: 4A3AC84H31E****

Summary of Complaint

RIGHT FRONT STEERING ASSEMBLY (TIE ROD & BALL JOINTS) TORE AWAY FROM WHERE IT WAS ATTACHED TO THE FRAME RESULTING IN THE VEHICLE TO GO OUT OF CONTROL . VEHICLE STRUCK THE CURB AND RAN INTO A LIGHT POLE BEFORE COMING TO A STOP. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

August 20, 2003
NHTSA ID Number: 10090468
Consumer Location: CHARLOTTE, NC
VIN: 4A3AC84H31E****

Summary of Complaint

WE PURCHASED A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE FROM CARMAX IN CHARLOTTE, NC IN AUGUST OF 2003. THE CAR HAD 19K MILES. AFTER DRIVING LESS THE 100 MILES THE SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. WE HAD THE CAR SERVICED BY CARMAX 4 DIFFERNT TIMES, THEY REPLACED 2 O2 SENSORS. AFTER THE 4TH SERVICE THEY REFERRED US TO A MITSUBISHI DEALER. THAT DEALER ALSO REPLACED AT LEAST TWO O2 SENSORS. THE SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT KEPT COMING ON ABOUT EVERY 50 -60 MILES. WE TRIED TWO OTHER MITSUBISHI DEALERS FOR A TOTAL OF 11 SERVICE VISITS OVER A 12 MONTH PERIOD. ONE DEALER CHANGE THE ENGINE CONTROL COMPUTER AND AN O2 SENSOR. THE PROBLE REAPPEARED AFTER ABOUT 100 MILES. DURING THIS TIME I REPEATEDLY CALLED THE MITSUBISHI CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER WITHOUT GETTING ANY ASSISATANCE. I ALSO CONTACTED THE SOUTHEASTERN SALES MANAGER DAVID SULLIVAN WHO WAS A TOTAL WASTE. THE CAR HAS NEVER BEEN FIXED AND I FEEL I WAS DEFRAUDED BY BOTH CARMAX AND MITSUBISHI. *JB

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

March 10, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11337053
Consumer Location: MODESTO, CA
VIN: 4A3AC34G31E****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE RS 2.4 ENGINE I BOUGHT IT OFF MY HUSBAND'S UNCLE FOUR MONTHS AGO AND EVER SINCE I GOT THE CAR I NOTICED THE LIGHT ADJUSTERS DON'T WORK AT ALL AND AT NIGHT THE HEADLIGHTS ARE SO DIM THAT SOMETIMES I CAN'T EVEN SEE THE ROAD AT ALL THIS IS A SAFETY CONCERN THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

September 16, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11023823
Consumer Location: CENTRAL BRIDGE, NY
VIN: 4A3AC54H21E****

Summary of Complaint

"TAKAYA RECALL" 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GT, 3.0LV6 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. 16 YEARS OLD, BUT ONLY 157621 MILES DRIVING AS USUAL WHEN WITHOUT ANY NOTICE OR WARNING, NO LONGER HAVING ANY POWER TO WHEELS FROM TRANSMISSION (ENGINE STILL RUNNING NORMAL AS USUAL). AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION HAD COMPLETE TOTAL CATASTROPHIC FAILURE DUE TO A MANUFACTURING DEFECT OF AN INTERNAL PART CALLED WAVE CUSHION SPRING

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 03, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10945909
Consumer Location: SOUTH PEKIN, IL
VIN: 4A3AE85H91E****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SPYDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE TRANSMISSION FAILED DUE TO AN INTERNAL SPRING FRACTURING. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO REBUILT THE TRANSMISSION. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 01V011001 (POWER TRAIN). THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER HAD BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND INDICATED THAT THERE WAS NO SERVICE CAMPAIGN AND RECALL TO PROVIDE A SOLUTION. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE POWER TRAIN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM EXTERIOR LIGHTING

October 03, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10917134
Consumer Location: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
VIN: 4A3AC54H91E****

Summary of Complaint

2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARDS TO EXTERIOR LIGHTING RECALL, ENTIRE FUEL SYSTEM REPLACEMENT RECALL, POWER TRAIN, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION COOLING UNIT AND LINES RECALL ISSUES. *SMD THE DEALER INFORMED THE CONSUMER, THEY ONLY HAD ONE RECALL APPLICABLE TO HIS VEHICLE, WHICH WAS FOR THE SUN VISOR ON THE PASSENGER SIDE. HOWEVER, THE CONSUMER STATED THE GAS TANK IS LEAKING AND HAS MANY WELDING ISSUES. *JB

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 01, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10853326
Consumer Location: BLOOMFIELD, NJ
VIN: 4A3AC84H51E****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE. WHILE DRIVING AT 25 MPH, THE VEHICLE LOST POWER AND THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED. THE VEHICLE FAILED TO ACCELERATE. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE TRANSMISSION NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 40,000. UPDATED 05/11/16*LJ THE CONSUMER STATED REPAIR WAS MADE ON 04/13/2016. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

March 01, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10851460
Consumer Location: AURORA, IL
VIN: 4A3AC54H81E****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE. WHILE DRIVING AT 65 MPH, THE TRANSMISSION FAILED AND ALL THE WARNING LIGHTS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER WHERE THE FAILURE WAS NOT DETERMINED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 117,000.

Components: AIR BAGS

February 08, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10837299
Consumer Location: TURLOCK, CA
VIN: 4A3AC54H31E****

Summary of Complaint

SRS AIRBAG SYSTEM FAULT. SRS LIGHT ELLUMINATES ON DASHBOARD WHENEVER DRIVER OR PASSENGER SEATS ARE MOVED, INDICATING THAT THE SIDE AIRBAG SYSTEM IS DEACTIVATING THE ENTIRE SRS SYSTEM INCLUDING THE FRONT AIRBAGS.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

July 01, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10759569
Consumer Location: LOS BANOS, CA
VIN: 4A3AE85H21E****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SPYDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER FOR A TUNE UP AND THE FAILURE CODES FOR P0301, P0401, AND THE EGR APPEARED. THE CODES WERE CLEARED, BUT THE P0301 FAILURE CODE REAPPEARED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED; HOWEVER, THE VEHICLE WAS LATER TAKEN IN FOR SMOG INSPECTION AND FAILED. THE VEHICLE WAS DIAGNOSED FOR EGR FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE TECHNICIAN REPAIRED THE PROBLEM, HOWEVER, THE FAILURE PERSISTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BACK TO A DEALER BUT THE FAILURE WAS UNABLE TO BE DUPLICATED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 315,000.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

August 17, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10758689
Consumer Location: BAKERSFIELD, CA
VIN: 4A3AC34G31E****

Summary of Complaint

PROLONGED WIRING HARNESS CONTACT WITH THE HEAT SHIELD CAUSES THE WIRING INSULATION TO WEAR & GROUND OUT CAUSING THE ENGINE TO DIE-OUT. HAD AN ICCIDENT FEW DAYS AGO WHERE THE ENGINE DIED OUT AND I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTERSECTION AND ALMOST GOT HIT BY ONCOMING TRAFFIC . THIS IS SERIOUSLY NOT OKAY AND A MAJOR SAFETY CONCERN. PLEASE HELP ME.

Components: AIR BAGS

June 01, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10747475
Consumer Location: SAN JUAN, PR
VIN: 4A3C44J221E****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING 25 MPH MAKING A SHARP TURN, THE CONTACT LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE CONTACT'S AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. THE VEHICLE WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES WITHIN MOMENTS. LUCKY, THE FRONT PASSENGER WAS ABLE TO FREE THE CONTACT IN TIME. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED FRACTURES ON THE LEFT CLAVICULAR BONE, LEFT ULNA BONE AND BRUISING ON CHEST AND FACE WHICH REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 100,000.

Components: VISIBILITY/WIPER

April 29, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10736120
Consumer Location: BELLPORT, NY
VIN: 4A3AE85H81E****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SPYDER. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH, THE DRIVERS SIDE SUN VISOR OPENED INDEPENDENTLY AND STRUCK THE CONTACT ON THE BRIDGE OF HER NOSE, BREAKING HER GLASSES. THE CONTACT PULLED OVER AND REPOSITIONED THE SUN VISOR BACK ON THE CLIPS. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED INJURIES THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. THE FAILURE RECURRED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS ON THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE SUN VISORS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE AND STATED THAT NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 15V338000 (AIR BAGS) DID NOT INCLUDE THE DRIVER SIDE SUN VISOR. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 125,000.

Components: STEERING WHEELS SERVICE BRAKES

December 04, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10664136
Consumer Location: CHICO, CA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

WAS DRIVING AND AS I WAS TURNING THE STEERING WHEEL LOCKED UP. *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

October 17, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 10653433
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 4A3AC54H71E****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE SRS AND AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED CONTINUOUSLY. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER FOR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING. THE TECHNICIAN DIAGNOSED THAT THE AIR BAGS SYSTEM NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE FAILURE RECURRED AND THE AIR BAGS SYSTEM WAS REPLACED AGAIN. HOWEVER, THE FAILURE PERSISTED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE WAS 7,000.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

October 01, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10608938
Consumer Location: WESTERVILLE, OH
VIN: 4A3AE45G71E****

Summary of Complaint

SITTING IN GARAGE OVER WINTER, CAR DEVELOPED LEAK/CRACK IN THE FUEL TANK THAT ALLOWED FUMES FROM TANK TO FILL GARAGE. CAR NOT BEING DRIVEN AT THE TIME. FUEL DID NOT LEAK ONTO FLOOR OF GARAGE. RECALLS HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN DONE ON FUEL SYSTEM FOR THIS MODEL. APPARENTLY CRACKS IN THE FUEL TANK OF THIS MODEL ARE A COMMON OCCURRENCE. DEFINITE SAFETY HAZARD ESPECIALLY IF CAR IS OR WOULD BE AROUND OR NEAR TO ANY SPARK SOURCE OR OPEN FLAME. I AM CURRENTLY TRYING TO GET CAR REPAIRED AT MY OWN COST. *JS

Components: POWER TRAIN

March 11, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10575405
Consumer Location: HOLLAND, MI
VIN: 4A3AE55H81E****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING FROM THE HIGHWAY ON AN OFF RAMP AT 50 MPH, ENGINE (RPM) STARTED BOGGING DOWN, THEN BOTH FRONT TIRES LOCKED UP TO A SCREECHING HALT. I ALMOST SLIDE OFF THE RAMP AND ALMOST GOT REAR ENDED BY A SEMI TRUCK BEHIND ME. FRONT TIRES WERE LOCKED UP, WOULD NOT MOVE OUT OF THE ROAD AND WOULD NOT COME OUT OF GEAR. HAD IT TOWED TO REPAIR SHOP AND WAS QUOTED $3,000 JUST TO PULL THE TRANSMISSION FOR DIAGNOSTICS. WAS TOLD TRANSMISSION FAILED AND VEHICLE WOULD NOT BE WORTH THE MONEY TO FIX BECAUSE FRONT STRUT TOWERS BOTH WERE RUSTED. HAD VEHICLE TOWED HOME AND I WILL TRY TO PERFORM THE REPAIR MYSELF. *TR

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

March 27, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10575199
Consumer Location: OWINGS MILLS, MD
VIN: 4A3AE55H01E****

Summary of Complaint

THE FUEL FILLER NECK RUSTS SEVERELY AROUND THE PASSENGER REAR TIRE CAUSING LARGE AMOUNTS OF FUEL TO LEAK ON THE GROUND AND GASOLINE VAPORS TO ESCAPE. THE FILLER NECK ASSEMBLY IS CONSTRUCTED OUT OF METAL AND INCLUDES A LARGE TUBE/PIPE FOR THE FUEL TO ENTER THE GAS TANK, AS WELL AS SEVERAL OTHER SMALLER METAL PIPES. THE FILLER NECK ASSEMBLY EXTENDS FROM THE FILLER DOOR, WHICH IS SITUATED IN THE REAR PASSENGER QUARTER PANEL, DOWN AND ACROSS TO THE FUEL TANK WHICH IS SITUATED IN THE UNDERCARRIAGE. THERE IS A PARTICULAR POINT WHERE THE PIPES IN THE ASSEMBLY MAKE AN APPROXIMATELY 45 DEGREE BEND, MOVING FROM A DOWNWARD ANGLE TO AN ANGLE THAT IS MORE PARALLEL WITH THE GROUND. AT THIS BEND OR ELBOW, THE MANUFACTURER PLACED A THICK METAL SHIELD, PRESUMABLY TO PROTECT A WEAK POINT. THE SHIELD BOLTS TO THE BODY OF THE CAR IN FOUR PLACES AND CUPS THE FUEL PIPES IN A SEMI-CIRCLE AROUND THE BEND LEAVING AN APPROXIMATELY ONE-HALF INCH GAP BETWEEN THE PIPES AND THE SHIELD. THIS SHIELD AND PIPE ASSEMBLY IS SITUATED DIRECTLY BEHIND AND SLIGHTLY INBOARD OF THE REAR PASSENGER TIRE, HOWEVER, IT REMAINS EXPOSED. BECAUSE OF THE GAP BETWEEN THE PIPES AND THE SHIELD, AND BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE SHIELD IS ANGLED UPWARDS, AND BECAUSE THERE IS NO COVER OR OTHER PROTECTIVE DEVICE TO SEAL THIS GAP, THE SHIELD COLLECTS DIRT, DEBRIS, GREASE, AND MOISTURE. PRESUMABLY, THE REAR TIRE THROWS THIS FOREIGN MATERIAL AROUND WHICH THEN COLLECTS IN THE SHIELD, BUILDS UP, AND CONTACTS THE PIPES, CAUSING THEM TO RUST. EVENTUALLY THE PIPES RUST COMPLETELY THROUGH CAUSING FUEL TO LEAK ON THE GROUND WHENEVER THE VEHICLE IS REFUELED. THE HOLES IN THE PIPES ALSO ALLOW GASOLINE VAPORS TO ESCAPE AND IMPAIRS THE EVAP SYSTEM. DESPITE THE BUILDUP AND CONTINUAL CONTACT OF FOREIGN MATERIAL IN THE SHIELD, THE SHIELD ITSELF DID NOT RUST AT ALL CREATING A PERFECT COLLECTOR TO GATHER FOREIGN MATERIAL AND CAUSE THE RUST TO FORM. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

April 12, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10432234
Consumer Location: CLARKSTON, MI
VIN: 4A3AE85H91E****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SPYDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS HESITANT TO START AND EXHIBITED AN OVERPOWERING GASOLINE ODOR. WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS ABLE TO BE STARTED, IT WOULD SPUTTER AND STALL SPORADICALLY. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER, BUT THE DEALER COULD NOT DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 120,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 127,000.

Components: AIR BAGS

March 03, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10386569
Consumer Location: AUGUSTA, GA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

ON THE MORNING OF MARCH 3, 2011 I WAS INVOLVED IN A WRECK, SLAMMING INTO A CHEVROLET COBALT WHICH WAS LATER CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD. I WAS DRIVING A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GT CONVERTIBLE AT THE POSTED SPEED OF 45 MPH. I SLID APPROXIMATELY 8 FEET BEFORE HITTING THE PASSENGER SIDE DOOR OF THE COBALT. MY AIRBAGS DID NOT DEPLOY AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH, OR EVEN AFTERWARD FOR THAT MATTER. THE FRAME IN THE FRONT IS BENT SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN ITS PREVIOUS ARRANGEMENT, AND IS BEING FOUND AS A TOTAL LOSS. I PLAN ON PURSUING LEGAL ACTION BECAUSE OF THE FAULTY MAKING OF THIS VEHICLE. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

January 20, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10382803
Consumer Location: LOUDON, TN
VIN: 4A3AC54H21E****

Summary of Complaint

THE SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT WAS ON AND THE CODES SHOW AN EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS LEAK. SEVERAL SERVICE VISITS DID NOT RESOLVE THE PROBLEM. FINALLY IT WAS FOUND THAT THE FUEL FILLER TUBE WAS TOTALLY RUSTED OUT AND CLOSE TO FALLING OFF. APPARENTLY THIS IS A FAIRLY COMMON PROBLEM WITH THE 2001 ECLIPSE AND WAS CAUSING FULE LEAKAGE AS WELL AS VAPOR LEAKAGE. THIS COULD HAVE CAUSED A FIRE OR RESULTED IN THE VEHICLE BEING DISABLED. THE MECHANIC SAID HE HAD NEVER SEEN A FUEL FILLER TUBE IN SUCH BAD SHAPE. MITSUBISHI DEALER STATED THEY DIDNT WANT TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE DUE TO THE HIGH REPAIR COST. *TR

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

June 20, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10347568
Consumer Location: FISHERS, IN
VIN: 4A3AE85H01E****

Summary of Complaint

THE HEADLIGHT PLUG BURNED THE CONNECTION. THIS RESULTED IN A SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF LIGHT OUTPUT/ NO HEADLIGHTS. THE PLASTIC PLUG IS ALSO MELTED, CAUSING A CONCERN FOR FIRE AND APPEARING THAT A SMALL FIRE MAY HAVE HAPPENED. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

April 28, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10328348
Consumer Location: ISLIP, NY
VIN: 4A3AC54H61E****

Summary of Complaint

I HAD TO REPLACE A ROTTED GAS FILLER NECK ON MY 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GT. THE MECHANIC TOLD ME IT WAS A POORLY DESIGNED PART AND SHOULD NOT HAVE ROTTED. I HAVE HAD MANY CARS AND NEVER HEARD OF ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. MITSUBISHI SHOULD BE MADE TO HAVE A RECALL FOR THIS DEFECTIVE PART. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

February 21, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10325831
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 4A3AE85HX1E****

Summary of Complaint

ON 2/21/10 EARLY SUNDAY MORNING I WAS DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY AT APPROX. 55MI/HR WHEN MY MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE JUST STOPPED. IT WOULD NOT GO FORWARDS OR BACKWARDS. THERE WAS NO NOISE OR SOUND OF ANY KIND TO INDICATE SOMETHING WAS WRONG. I HAD TO COAST TO THE SIDE OF THE FREEWAY AND SAT THERE FOR 3 1/2 HRS FOR A TOW TRUCK. CAR WAS TAKEN TO SOUTH PARK MITSUBISHI IN BETHEL PARK. IT WAS DIAGNOSED AS A TOTAL TRANSMISSION FAILURE AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. MY CAR HAD ONLY 57183 MILES AND I WANTED THE TRANSMISSION REBUILT. THEY WOULD NOT DO THAT. I HAD THE CAR TOWED TO AAMCO. I READ ON LINE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE TRANSMISSION USED IN MY CAR AND ALSO CERTAIN CHRYSLER MODELS WITH A DEFECTIVE "WAVE SPRING" THAT BREAKS SUDDENLY AND CAUSED CATASTROPHIC FAILURE IN THE TRANSMISSION. I ASKED AAMCO TO SAVE ALL BROKEN PARTS. THE WAVE SPRING BROKE, WENT THROUGH THE PUMP, AND BROKE THE GEARS JUST AS DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE "MITSUBISHI F4A51 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION HAZARD PROBLEM". THIS PROBLEM WAS WELL KNOWN BY MITSUBISHI BECAUSE THE WAVE SPRING WAS REDESIGNED BUT TOOK NO ACTION TO NOTIFY OWNERS OF THE HAZARD THAT EXISTED. BY SWAPPING OUT A REBUILT TRANSMISSION, THE MITSUBISHI DEALER DOES NOT MAKE THE CUSTOMER AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND JUST ASSUMES THE TRANSMISSION WENT BAD AND NEEDED REPLACED THEREFORE NOT MAKING THE ACTUAL PROBLEM WELL KNOWN. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE PROBLEM AND HAD THE PART REPLACED WITH THE NEW DESIGNED WAVE SPRING. THIS ACTION WOULD HAVE SAVED ME A LOT OF MONEY AND NOT PUT MYSELF AND OTHERS IN DANGER OF HARM OR DEATH. MITSUBISHI KNEW OF THE PROBLEM AND DID NOTHING, THEY NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ERROR AND MAKE OTHER OWNERS AWARE SO THAT THE PROBLEM CAN BE RESOLVED BEFORE SOMEONE GETS KILLED. THEY CAN NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR CLAIM THAT THE CAR IS OUT OF WARRANTY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT A JUST WEAR AND TEAR CASE. IT IS A DEFECT AND I WANT OTHER OWNERS OF CARS WITH THIS DEFECTIVE PART NOTIFIED AND MY EXPENSES REIMBURSED. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

March 04, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10323802
Consumer Location: CLERMONT, FL
VIN: 4A3AE85HX1E****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SPYDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING AT SPEEDS OF 50 MPH, THE TRANSMISSION FAILED. HE WAS ABLE TO MOVE THE VEHICLE OFF OF THE ROAD AND THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE TRANSMISSION WAS CONTAMINATED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN REPAIRED WHEN THE COMPLAINT WAS FILED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGES WERE APPROXIMATELY 106,000.

Components: POWER TRAIN

March 29, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10323355
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 4A3AC54H71E****

Summary of Complaint

TL*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.

Components: SUSPENSION

March 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10276262
Consumer Location: TUSCALOOSA, AL
VIN: 4A3AC34G71E****

Summary of Complaint

MY 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE'S AXLE SNAPPED WHEN I WAS GOING OVER A SPEED BUMP AT ABOUT 3 MILES PER HOUR. THE CONTROL ARM ALSO BROKE ON THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE. IT ONLY HAD 135,000 MILES AT THE TIME. I GOT IT REPLACED AND STILL MAKES A REALLY BAD GRINDING NOISE. I WAS WONDERING IF THERE COULD BE A RECALL ON THE AXLE OR THE CONTROL ARM. IF I WAS DRIVING AT A NORMAL SPEED, I'M SURE SOMETHING ALOT WORSE WOULD OF HAPPENED. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

April 22, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10266528
Consumer Location: NEW CASTLE, DE
VIN: 4A3AE55H21E****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SPYDER. AFTER PARKING HER VEHICLE, SHE WAS UNABLE TO RESTART IT. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER AND THEY STATED THAT THE HARNESS FOR THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER STATED THAT THE EXISTING RECALL APPLIED TO 2.4 ENGINES NOT 3.0. THE CONTACT STATED THAT RECALL NUMBER 00V299001 DOES NOT STIPULATE THE ENGINE SIZE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 87,334. UPDATED 5/26/09 *CN THE CONSUMER MENTIONED RECALL# 99V333001, BUT WAS TOLD HIS/HER VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL DUE TO THE MANUFACTURED DATE. UPDATED 05/28/09.*JB

Components: WHEELS

September 21, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10266537
Consumer Location: NEW CASTLE, DE
VIN: 4A3AE55H21E****

Summary of Complaint

RIMS ON 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE WEAK, VERY CAREFULLY DROVE, HAD TO REPLACE ONE RIM AND OTHERS ARE ALL BENT. *TR

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

January 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10260592
Consumer Location: GREENFIELD, IN
VIN: 4A3AC54H51E****

Summary of Complaint

WIRING HARNESS FEMALE SOCKET FOR THE HEADLAMPS OVER HEATED AND MELTED. THE PASSENGER SIDE FEMALE SOCKET MELTED ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO TO A POINT WHERE IT WOULD NOT PROVIDE HEADLIGHT ILLUMINATION. BEFORE THE COMPLETE FAILURE, THE HEADLIGHT WOULD EITHER BE FULLY BRIGHT, OR VERY DIM. THE MILEAGE ON THE VEHICLE AT THAT TIME WAS AROUND 60K. I ALSO NOTICED THAT THE DRIVER SIDE FEMALE SOCKET ALSO HAD MELTED SOME DURING THIS TIME. IN JAN. OF THIS YEAR, WITH APPROX. 70K MILES ON THE VEHICLE, THE DRIVER'S SIDE HEADLIGHT FAILED COMPLETELY WITH THE FULL MELTING OF THE FEMALE SOCKET. A FEW DAYS PRIOR TO COMPLETE FAILURE, A BURNING ODOR IS NOTICED IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT. I HAVE BOTH PIECES AVAIL TO SEND IF NEED BE. THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE BECAUSE A COMPLETE FAILURE OF BOTH FEMALE SOCKETS AT THE SAME TIME IS POSSIBLE. THIS COULD CAUSE SOMEONE DRIVING TO GO FROM HAVING TWO HEADLAMPS TO NONE WITHIN SECONDS. IF THAT OCCURRED AT NIGHT, IT MIGHT CAUSE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. *TR

Components: STRUCTURE

October 09, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10251255
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

CRACKED DASHBOARD. MANY MANY MANY OTHER PEOPLE ARE HAVING THIS SAME PROBLEM. *TR (2000-2005)

Components: POWER TRAIN

January 12, 2006
NHTSA ID Number: 10250357
Consumer Location: SANTA BARBARA, CA
VIN: 4A3AE45G31E****

Summary of Complaint

THE CLUTCH IS WEARING OUT FAST, IT SEEMS EVERY 1500 MILES A NEW CLUTCH IS NEEDED, TO ME IT THE HORSEPOWER OF THE ENGINE CAN ONLY BE BROUGHT TO THE ROAD AT THE EXPENSE OF EXCESSIVE FLYWHEEL AND CLUTCH WEAR. *TR

Components: STRUCTURE

June 01, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 10245382
Consumer Location: NAPLES, FL
VIN: 4A3AC34G21E****

Summary of Complaint

1. EVERY TIME IT RAINS THERE IS A LARGE ACCUMULATION OF WATER LEAKING FROM FRONT WINDOW/FRONT VENTS EVERY RAINFALL ON FRONT FLOOR BOARDS; 2. EVERY RAINFALL, SOAKS CARPET FLOOR BOARDS THROUGH TO BOTTOM FRAME OF CAR; 3. MANY, MANY THICK TOWELS ON FRONT FLOOR BOARDS. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

July 13, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10242367
Consumer Location: SACRAMENTO, CA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

LOSS OF ENGINE POWER OR DIES THAT LOCKS THE STEERING WHEEL AFTER 10 TO 20 MINUTES YOU COULD REVIVE THE ENGINE AGAIN USUALLY HAPPEN EVERY DAY . WENT TO THE DEALER WITH SERVICE BULLETIN THAT MIGHT AFFECT ON IT BUT THEY SAY NO PROBLEM ON IT AND THEY VOID THE SERVICE BULLETIN OR TRY TO. *TR

Components: STRUCTURE

January 31, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10238903
Consumer Location: MOORE, OK
VIN: 4A3AC44G31E****

Summary of Complaint

MY 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE HAS STARTED CRACKING DOWN THE DASH AND IS GETTING INCREASINGLY WORSE ALL THE TIME. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM STRUCTURE UNKNOWN OR OTHER

June 01, 2002
NHTSA ID Number: 10236568
Consumer Location: RACINE, WI
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

I'VE PREVIOUSLY OWNED 2 ECLIPSES W/ NO PROBLEMS, THIS ONE HOWEVER HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT A LEMON. 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GT V6. IN ADDITION TO THE CLUTCH WHICH HAD TO BE REPLACED 1 YR AFTER WARRANTY EXPIRED, I HAVE HAD AN ABUNDANCE OF PROBLEMS W/ PARTS THAT SHOULD NEVER NEED TO BE REPLACED, NONE HAVE BEEN COVERED BY WARRANTY. I HAVE REPLACED EVERY SWAY BAR TWICE, THE A/C FAILED, THE ANTENNA EMBEDDED IN THE REAR WINDOW FAILED, ONE OXYGEN SENSOR, THE MIDDLE REAR BRAKE LIGHT WIRING BROKE, 2 CATALYTIC CONVERTERS FAILED. AND THE WORST IS I WAS GOING THROUGH A HEADLIGHT A MONTH ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT THE HEADLIGHTS HAD ACTUALLY MELTED THE TO THE CONNECTORS ON BOTH SIDES! AND NOW I MAY HAVE AN ELECTRICAL FAULT OR FAULTY VALVE IN MY A/C UNIT CAUSING MY HEAT TO KICK ON WHEN THE A/C IS TURNED ON. *TR

Components: SUSPENSION

November 09, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10235340
Consumer Location: LAGUNA BEACH, CA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE. WHILE THE CONTACT'S DAUGHTER WAS DRIVING 30 MPH, THE LOWER PASSENGER SIDE CONTROL ARM FAILED, WHICH CAUSED THE ENTIRE WHEEL ASSEMBLY TO SEPARATE FROM THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE LANDED ONTO THE FRAME. THE CONTACT STRUCK TWO PARKED VEHICLES AND THEN SLID INTO THE THIRD VEHICLE, WHICH STOPPED THE CONTACT'S VEHICLE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO BRAKING ABILITY AFTER THE ASSEMBLY FELL OFF. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY AND THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. THE CONTACT CONSULTED THE MANUFACTURER AND THEY STATED THAT THERE WERE NO RECALLS ON THE VEHICLE; THEREFORE, THEY WOULD OFFER NO ASSISTANCE. THE VIN WAS UNKNOWN. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE APPROXIMATELY 30,000.

Components: STRUCTURE

June 03, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10235408
Consumer Location: KATY, TX
VIN: 1B3EL46R12N****

Summary of Complaint

DASH CRACKED IN HALF (DEGRADATION). I FOUND THAT THIS IS HAPPENING TO ALMOST EVERYBODY WITH THE MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE (MINE IS A 2001). MITSUBISHI WILL NOT ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. THIS NEEDS TO BE A RECALL. *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

March 22, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10223291
Consumer Location: MARYSVILLE, PA
VIN: 4A3AC44G31E****

Summary of Complaint

AIR BAGS DIDN'T DEPLOY. COMPLICATIONS FROM INJURIES CLAIMED THE DRIVER'S LIFE, MY SON. *TR

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