hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,250 miles

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problem #8

Jan 172014

Vision 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Hello. I had a scary incident on Friday, January 17 2014, and have been thinking about it and if it could have been prevented. I was driving on a state highway in pg county md when I heard a loud bang and my car suddenly swerved sharply to the left and crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming dump truck. Obviously I was able to react quickly enough and force my car back into the correct lane and then off to the side of the road. It took every bit of strength I had. The truck was just about 30 feet away and if the break had been a second or so later there would have been no time to react. My mechanic said it was a broken strut assembly and that he had never seen one break like that. It was pretty traumatic to think I could have been dead... occasionally I read about an accident where a vehicle crosses the center line into the path of another vehicle. We are left with the assumption that this was due to driver inattention or impairment. When you investigate, do you ever find that these accidents are due to the failure of a vehicle part" if so, can you see ways that these accidents can be prevented, perhaps by having certain parts inspected regularly" thank you for your attention to this issue.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 282006

Vision 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I bought a used 1996 Eagle Vision tsi in 2006. Shortly, I realized there was a lot of play in the steering. I took the car to my mechanic and he said the rack and pinion steering was going. I said "what do you mean "going"?" he said Eagle were notorious for their problems with the rack and pinion and mine needed to be replaced before I had an accident. My mechanic bought and installed a new rack that lasted for 1 and 1/2 years. This time I took the car to a different mechanic and did not tell him of the rack problem before. His diagnosis: Broken rack and pinion steering assembly. By now this is getting very expensive I want to know what to do about this obviously faulty engineering.

- Mountain City, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 122009


  • 85,000 miles
1996 Eagle Vision steering all over the road bad rack and pinion dangerous and seems to be ignored by everyone for years safety is of the utmost and if you guys do not do a better job then you should not be around.how many people will have to die before someone claims there is a malfunction in design there are 1000's of complaints over the years and now there is duplicated repairs because of poor design do something or get out of the consumer business.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #5

Oct 302008


  • 112,000 miles
1996 Eagle Vision tsi has a severe clunking noise when turning the steering wheel left or right. The bolts holding the inner tie rods to the rack are shot and close to failure. This is the second time this car has had safety related steering problems.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #4

Sep 232002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states the steering rack and pinion bushing and the inner tie rod bushings are worn out causing the vehicle to pull strongly to the right and for the right front tire to wear out. This safety hazard has occurred 3 times.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #3

Nov 181998


  • miles
Irregular steering and tire wear fall 98. Inner tie rod bushing nearly gone. Now same problem again. Is this related to defect investigation PE99044?

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Dec 311998

(reported on)


  • miles
Excessive play in steering, causing tire wear, and potential for over/under steering in emergency situation.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 131998


  • miles
Bolts in steering have completely sheared off.previously, cooling system failed.pressure builds up in the system. The pressurized plastic coolant return bottle exploded, resulting in occasional leaks.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA