Great very cheap car, much better than expected
Bought my Mirage in early 2020 for $1,000 as a car to leave at the train station, sometimes for a couple of weeks at a time, and it's been great for this purpose. Because some paint is missing from the bumpers and it has a few scratches and dings, nobody messes with it in the car park. It's also been fine to drive on the freeway for ~120km at a time when necessary, although it does struggle to maintain 110 km/h up some of the longer inclines.
I've used it to cart furniture, big printers and other equipment around and it carries a surprising am...ount of stuff, particularly with the back seats down. Being based on the Lancer and hence being quite wide with a low centre of gravity, it's actually not too bad to drive either, even though my other car is a sports car! It's been dirt cheap to service and keep on the road too - tyres were $65 each, servicing was less than $200 and (touch wood) nothing has gone wrong with it since I got it earlier this year.
Purchased in February 2020.
This is is a perfectly safe car which I bought a few years ago & I love driving EVERY DAY
Every review from USA is rubbish, MY Mitsubishi PINK HATCH has given me & my family in Sydney Australia nothing but safety & pleasure! The steering is unbelievable, the breaks in an emergency lock immediately! I feel save in my MM which I drive every day of every year on local town roads, highways, motorways! I use my car everyday, I service it every 6 months with the same mechanic who also advises on any replacement tyres etc. Latest from the mechanic was that SHE was in good condition, so keep up the regular services & "SHE" will last me a long time!
Purchased for A$9,000.00.
- LA (Hatchback) Sport Manual (2013-2020)
- Verified purchase
Cheap cheerful car to get you from A to B
Overall driving experience is nothing to shout about. Main thing is it's a cheap car to buy on the second hand market. I think the suspension is pretty appalling but for the price I suppose I cannot expect top quality. Cheap to run from rego, insurance and fuel efficiency basis.
Purchased in February 2015 for A$5,500.00.
Such a good car
I use it as a work car I bought it new 2013 now done 130000km so far one set of brake pads and a set of tyres bloody unbelievable I get 4.2 to 5 liters per 100km
Purchased in March 2013 at Mandurah Mitsubishi for A$11,200.00.
- Mirage LA (2013-2020)
- Verified purchase
Good value when bought 2nd hand
My Mirage has 52000km on it, I bought it 2nd hand for $7000 with 29,000km on it. It is a 2014 manual. I normally get 6 litres/100km on the highway at 100-110kph and about 5 litres/100 km around town. The stock head unit and speaker are poor and I had 4 new speakers and a different head unit fitted which made a huge difference. The car has good space in the front for a larger guy like me and is ok in the back for short trips (much better than the Alto my ex had). The handling is... soft and it leans a fair bit which is ok on smooth roads bu...t not good on rough country roads (the Alto handled better). The engine is best described as adequate, it is fine with 1 person or 2 but it struggles with 4 people in the car. Realistically if your budget is $7000 to $9000 and you're looking for a car with low kms and some warranty left then this IMHO has to be on your list.
Purchased in July 2017 for A$7,000.00.
Most economic and reliable car I've had
My manual Mitsubishi Mirage use n fraction of the petrol my previous car used. Services are reasonable and it's a reliable car with built in Bluetooth, and ample space. When back seats are folded down, a washing machine fits inside. We have transported many bulky things in this little car. I recently replaced tyres and they were cheap. Great car!
Purchased in April 2013 at Norris Motor Group Brisbane for A$12,500.00.
!!! Best car Ever !!!
I bought this car in 2014, never had a single problem, in 3 years ran like a bullet, cheap to run, very easy to drive. Buy it your will never lose.
Purchased in October 2014 for A$850.00.
The best little car!
My first car was a Mitsubishi Mirage 2003 model second hand that I learnt to drive in I’ve only had my licence for about 6 yrs and I am also a bit older and had no idea how to drive! Never had one problem whatsoever! Excellent on fuel. I got my Mitsubishi Mirage 2003 serviced every 10,000kms and never had 1 problem. A bit small was my only issue and also being a 2 door was a bit hard to get in and out of the back. I would highly recommend this beauty of a car to anyone that is learning to drive, so so easy.
- LA (Hatchback) ES CVT (2013-2020)
- Verified purchase
Great little car
I've had my Mirage for almost five years, it was bought as a second smaller car but gets driven more often around town. I first tried the manual gbx but didn't like it before trying out the CVT auto and was sold. The CVT works so well to get the best out of the small engine.
-Surprisingly zippy for such a small engine
-Goes well in the city and on the freeway
-Inexpensive to buy and insure
-Economical to run, I get around 5 L/100kms (45 mpg US)
-Only needs a service once per year or at 15,000 kms
-Really comfortable seats ...
I love my mirage... but
I was looking for a cost effective used vehicle to use for uber.
Excellent fuel economy
A cvt transmission
timing chain rather (no time belt replacement)
I bought a two year old Mitsubishi Mirage for $8k. If you are looking for a used vehicle with similar criteria, you will not find a better one for the price. You will not see another brand of car that is two years old with similar criteria until you hit about $12k. ...That being said, if you are buying a new vehicle I do not recommend the mirage because at ~$13k driveaway, you are far better off paying an extra $1k to $2k to buy a similar but far more refined and more importantly **much safer** vehicle such as the Honda Jazz. The Mitsubishi Mirage disintegrated in the small overlap crash test. The newer Mirage performs slightly better, but not much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1BGtbKOAOM Honda Fit (Jazz) small overlap test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkob_YajtXM A list to small overlaps test for small cars (only some of which are sold in Australia) http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/v/class-summary/minicars I have driven my Mirage for one year. Pros: consumption 5.0l/100k real world, similar to my last prius. I do have to drive lightly though, or it will be 6.0l/100k+. reliable cheap tyres The cvt transmission makes the underpowered engine a nonissue by pegging rpms to a level that maximises power (I have driven the manual and do not recommend it) The transmission includes an engine brake - which saves your brake pads if you use it to slow at lights handles well, fun to drive, great turn circle surprisingly roomy hatchback utility Cons: 3 cylinder engine is rough and noisy - the car very noticeably vibrates at idle poor sound insulation soft suspension - car regularly bottoms out on rough roads with five people crash test scores are appalling skinny tires sometimes cause poor tracking on highway light - wind and semi-truck air turbulence buffet vehicle on highway resale value is awful - don't buy a new mirage, instead save a bundle on a used one paper thin sheet metal - I have a few dents just from leaning against the car poor resale value **Please**, if you are buying a new car... don't buy this one. Half of traffic deaths are from small offset crashes, and very few manufacturers are able to build a safe small car. The Honda Jazz Toyota Prius C achieve ratings of "acceptable" on this test. The Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent achieve a "good" top rating. Be aware many of these models from prior years failed this test appallingly, which is why they were re-engineered. Only the USA tests small overlap, so unfortunately we simply have know idea of the performance of vehicles in Australia that are not also in the USA market. The vast majority of vehicles fail the small overlap test unless they have been specifically designed to pass it. I bought a two year old mirage because it was $4k cheaper than the competition and achieves Prius like efficiency for a fraction of the price. However the fact that a two year old mirage has depreciated so much more than the competition says a lot about how much more you get for spending an extra $1k to $2k when buying a new vehicle. This car has been great for uber, however I am risking my life as this car disintegrates in crashes.
Aircon blows hot air within 11 months in my new mirage
The noise levels are a major concern. It rattles on the highways which is a bit scary. Car manufacturers should be honest in providing good quality cars even if the prices are higher. Such cheap cars should not be allowed legally to be sold. It is not worth it. I don’t recommend this car to even my worst enemy
Great car !
I have owned Mirage 2016 (sedan) LS LA, 1.3 L, for more than a year. Its been a great car, excellent fuel efficiency. Leg room in the rear is unbelievable. Engine is not so powerful considering its a 3 cylinder, it makes a bit of noise but thats normal for a 3 cylinder engine vehicle. Great value for the price. Built quality is not so good, interior is OK but body is not so sturdy, you can easily make a dent if you smash a punch, but you get what you pay for.
Overall, I would give it 4 stars. Mirage is a great car for local day to day commut...
awesome car - couldn't ask for more for the price!
Performs really well, nimble on the road. Haven't noticed much noise. Interior does look cheap but functional
Legroom surprisingly amazing - we actually fit in 4 adults quite comfortably and we're all over 6'1"!! We were shocked.
Really cost efficient to run - slow to go through petrol
Not very powerful up the hills, but really does the job well enough nonetheless.
Very good for a short work commute.
Those criticising the Mirage's looks should compare it to the Nissan micra.
My Mirage had to have the manual gear box replaced at 24000 km. A vibrating sensation was noticeable through the pedals.
The dealer said Mitsubishi had changed manufactures and the replacement shouldn't give me any bother. Has anyone had this problem, or know whether the replacement gear box is of better quality than the original. To their credit Mitsubishi replaced it under warranty, but if it fails again within say 25,000 km, the cost could ruin me.
Very fuel efficient!
This car is a great value car! Very cheap on petrol, 4.6L/100km, and hence the running costs are very low. The overall driving experience was positive, except the fact that the engine is a little loud when you have to accelerate. The interior is about right for the money you are paying for it. As a tall 6 foot man, I could fit comfortably inside. However, one thing is that the interior looks a little cheap, with plastic used in most places. Apart from this, the design is perfect.
Good car - especially for the price
If you are paying less than $15 grand for a car then you have to expect some trade offs. However after driving the car for a while, the highway noise can be a little loud but not overly so and handling is great. The bluetooth has had some issue with Android phones but only happens in a blue moon. The voice recognition is great with a 90% match on the names i say. You do have to keep manually importing the phone contacts into the car for any changes.
Service is cheap with fixed price servicing every 15k kms and super cheap to run. I get about 5L/100 on my daily commute
Great fuel efficient small car
This car is extremely well in fuel efficiency. It cost me about $35 for a full tank of fuel. Even though this is a lower end small car, it still equipped with a great Bluetooth system. I can play my favourite music in the car connecting to the spotify app from my iphone.
Great car for short distance
Compact car that saves fuel, small and easy to park. I only need to pump once a fortnight and it only costs my about 30 dollar. Easy maintenance as well as sleek design. I would recommend for a short distance drive around town. Very comfortable and spacious as the back seat can be adjusted to lie flat.
OK first car
I don't mind this car, it gets me from A to B, but it is a bit noisy and I'm not a huge fan of what it looks like. Petrol is affordable which is good and when I'm driving around a lot it'll usually last me 2 weeks even with a small tank. It fits a lot more in it than it appears which is handy.
I love my purple Mirage
This car is very fuel economical. I use it for work and considering the size of the car, I get all my work equipment in with no problems. We've had no mechanical problems after nearly 3 years. The dashboard is simple but easy to use. Legroom is ok for all the family. My only complaint and it's a small one, due to the size of tyres they need to be changed more frequently than on a bigger car. Reliable, economical and a big bang for a small buck.
Questions & Answers
Hi, I just purchased a 2014 mirage and in trying to figure out why the aircon isn't blowing cold air, I've noticed the radiator fan isn't spinning - that I have seen. I haven't done any long trips in it yet, generally only 10 minute drives so far. My question is, how long should it take for the fan to kick in? I am scared to drive far in case the fan isn't working!
Thank you for any help!
Radiator fan should only kick in when it needs to i.e. it won't spin as soon as you turn on the car. It will eventually start spinning when you are stuck in traffic (you'll hear it click on) but shouldn't need to if you're driving in normal conditions as there is enough cooling via the normal airflow over the radiator.
2002 mirage 1.5 manual. What are the timing belt service intervals please
I have a manual Mirage 2003 As the engine is fairly basic I'd like to do basic maintenance; oil change, oil filter replacement,brakes etc myself. Where is the best place to find D.I.Y. information?
Any ideas would be great, thanks!
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