Hammer Time: The Mitsubishi Banana


Also known as Mitsubishi Eclipse.

No car has better embodied the sad decline of a once-competitive automaker.

Uncomfortable style. Poor interior space and wobbly ergonomics. Also, you get a double whammy if you decide to keep them in arid parts of the country.

Thin, flaky paint…and a weird flaw with the glues and vinyls used on the dash. whose net effect is…



Do not get confused. There are plenty of other vehicles suffering the same fate, especially here in the heat-enriched world that is Hotlanta.


Ford Taurus dashboards are legendary for their ability to double as document lockers. If it’s a late 90’s model that won’t be stored, this storage space is standard.


Kia products were even worse in the early 2000s. Part of that was mitigated by the long warranties offered by Kia to compensate for substandard glues, foam padding, and adhesives. Yet even today, the headliner and dashboard materials of its older used cars don’t seem to measure up to Kia’s aspirations for value and quality.


But worst of all, the cream of the crop of low-quality materials with hardly a solution in sight, goes to Mitsubishi.


The good news is that you can buy a well-maintained 2006 Eclipse for $4,000 these days at wholesale auction, and if you fix them up, they can retail for around $5,000 to $6,000. That’s not a bad price for a sports car that comes from a manufacturer that offers amazing reliability in its four-cylinder models.

The hard part is fixing those peeled bananas on the board. There seems to be no lasting solution to this cosmetic malady because moss rots from the inside.


So for it to be a lasting solution, you have to replace everything. Then there are the paint issues that were thankfully fixed in later model years. As for the precedents? Consider a base coat/clear coat paint job and a healthy level of polish to keep it looking good.

It’s a shame because, in spirit at least, no car has been more important to Mitsubishi’s successes than the first-generation Eclipse. This model’s image as the leader of its class could have paved the way for a long, long list of sporty and practical Mitsubishis.

Instead, we end with this…






What is your point of view ? Is it worth it for Mitsubishi to invest in a recall of the last of these rolling dodos? Or is the sordid memory of a deceased model worth burying and forgetting?

Source : thetruthaboutcars.com

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