2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

The sunroof may become stuck in the closed position or require "help" moving forward and backward. The common repair is to replace the guides but often the problem will resurface again.

A rattle noise may be noted from the clutch area while the car is at idle. If the noise changes or goes away when the clutch is depressed the fault is commonly with the clutch disc springs. It has be reported that a revised clutch disc is available from Mitsubishi to correct this concern.

 

The manual transmission may become difficult to shift, this is commonly caused by binding between the synchronizer and the gear surface. Adding a special friction modifier to the manual transmission fluid will often correct this condition. If the problem persists revised synchronizer kits may be available.

The brake pedal may pulsate when the brakes are applied. This is most commonly caused by the front brake rotors warping. Resurfacing the affected rotors may correct the problem for the short term but replacement would generally considered a longer term solution.

Excessive clutch vibration may be noted starting from a stop. This can be a result of a warped flywheel or a faulty clutch pressure plate. Our technicians recommend removing the transmission, inspecting the clutch and repairing or replacing worn or damaged parts as necessary.

 

There have been reports of airbags not deploying in the event of a frontal impact. Some claim that a shorted airbag wire harness can cause this to occur. Unfortunately there is no diagnoses that will isolate this problem other than fault codes stored in the airbag control module. Our technicians recommend to have any airbag light issues diagnosed and repaired in order to help ensure the airbags will deploy when needed.

A fluid leak may be noted from the one or more of the suspension struts. A small amount of fluid residue is generally not considered a problem. If the fluid leak becomes severe enough strut performance may be affected requiring replacement.

Rust damage to the body is not uncommon in states where salt is used on icy roads. Unfortunately there is not much that can be done about this issue other than to avoid the salt.

The exterior door handles may break requiring replacement.

It is not uncommon for wheels on these vehicles to be very easily bent or otherwise damaged, often to the point of requiring replacement. This can happen even with no apparent damage to the tire.