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Mitsubishi Eclipse Manual Transmission Shifting Difficulty

Mitsubishi Eclipse Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

Average Mileage: 134,418 mi (14,000 mi - 188,000 mi)


The manual transmission may become difficult to shift due to problems with the synchronizers. This most commonly affects second gear. Replacement of the affected synchronizers may be required to correct this concern.

  • , , 160,000 mi

    Car started kicking out of 1st and and eventually wouldnt go into 1st and very hard to put in 2nd but all other gears work fine

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  • , , 125,000 mi

    catches sometimes, making it harder to get out or into 2nd. other gears fine, getting weird noise in first and second intermitently now to(130,000). thinking i might need new motor mounts

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  • Had to have the original clutch replaced at 45,000 miles; at 100,000, had been progressively getting difficult to put into reverse; now, stuck in reverse and cannot get it out

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  • , , 138,000 mi

    Car shifts slow. Engine revs up

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  •  Enthusiast

    I cannot shift into 3rd gear at all, 1-2 gear ok, 4-5 I can shift in but it just freewheels. The syncro is about $185.00 and labor is hard to say, if it's been grinding and damaged hard parts tthere will be more money for parts and may mean the transmisson has to come out, and thats more money so it could get as high as $500.00 or more depending on what it needs. It's hard to say without tearing it down and looking at the parts.

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  •  Rookie

    My automatic transmission started to have problem on first gear toward second gear once the speed goes over 25 mph its fine.

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  • , , 159,000 mi

    wont shift into gear at all, heard it could be the wave spring which is a manufactors problem, but I also heard that they will not recall it

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