Basic but well engineered car
I bought a mirage 6 years ago for a cheap daily to get to work and uni cheaply, and has been good. It has power windows, mirrors, steering and a.c. Mine was not optioned with airbags or abs brakes. It Its very simple to work on and service yourself. I did many interstate trips with this and it has enough ground clearance to be driven on gravel roads without any damage. At around 230k I replaced the original 1.5 4g15 engine with a 1.8 4g93 from a written off Lancer. I changed all engine gaskets, belts and consumables, swapped ecu and a few wiri...ng harnesses on the second hand engine and bolted it up to the 1.5 4g15 gearbox. This made it a much better car to drive especially with freeway driving. I have put another 60k on the car with this new engine and still this car has not given me a single drama everything works perfectly. As the mirage is more or less a hatchback version of a CE Lancer, parts are very easy to source and cheap. Anyone looking for a cheap reliable A to B machine this is it if you can find one thats been looked after go for it. Other nicer cars and motorbikes have come and gone for me but have always kept this. GOOD features of this car include excellent a.c, entertaining (but predictable) steering and handling, cheap feeling but still very well designed and put together interior, ridiculously reliable plus cheap & easy to maintain, faultless electrics, good fuel economy, good quality tires are cheap with standard wheels, its very light so excellent brake pad longevity. Components from many other Mitsubishi cars bolt straight up. BAD: Thin paint on the roof, unsuportive seats, unsafe in an accident, road noise, not the most glamorous used car on the market. The factory stereo and speakers are terrible, but I suspect most would have been swapped for better aftermarket stuff by now. In Japan this car had many factory interior, body and engine options but ADM models are very basic.
Great Run-around Car
"It's no compromise of standard features..." is not quite true, in fact the 97 Mirage is missing some that would be considered standard, like a CD Player or Power Steering. If you can do without these then the car is a good one for you, However if you are elderly i think the lack of Power Steering could be too big a negative to buy one.
Overall I find the car to be a good drive, reliable, and value for money.
Reliable, good fuel economy, fair bit of room for a small car.
No Power Steering, No CD Player
My dream car!
I always got envied someone driving mirage. I always find myself drooling whenever it passes by me. Perhaps, a year or 2, I can afford to buy one for myself. I was able to drive mirage when I insisted my friend that I will drive on our way to the beach. It was easy to control, the seat was comfortable, the aircon was seamless, everything was perfect! I envied my friend for having one. Until that I'm saving my money for 1. Finger crossed ^^
very good vehicle for a single girl as it runs smoothly and fits in to small spaces and is very reliable.
Has been a very reliable car,with a very smooth and quiet engine.On country trips, it barely moves when a big truck passes the other way as it is so aerodynamic.I have had very good service from the Mitsubishi dealer in Adelaide.
Nice wedge shape, very aerodynamic, good fuel consumption,nice weight to gearchange, very good heating & cooling, handy hatchback, supportive seats.
Rather crunchy reverse gear selection, harsh ride with light load.
Its a very nice small car. I highly recommend this car anyone. It's very basic, not too many electronics and makes driving very enjoable. Big thumbs up.
Very small car to buzz around the city especially parking. Very relliable, I had it for abour 2 years which I bought as a second owner and had no problems at all.It's very economical especially with petrol prices now.
The only thing I disliked was the power, this one was automatic and was too slow especially when you wanted to overtake. The stereo was very average, it needs replacing if you appreciate good sound.
I found this to be a great small car and better than its Colt replacement. Still holds it own in terms of styling and drivability, and proved to be extremely reliable in the time that we owned it.
This car changed the game in terms of small cars back in the mid 90s with it's attractive stying and consistently winning a number of small car of the year awards. Strong 1.5 engine teamed with the smooth shifting 5 speed manual makes a better combination than the auto which is a bit breathless. Power steering is a must and makes it effortless to dr...
I'm not unhappy I bought it but if I could choose again I probably go for the Civic hatch instead if only for more power and less road noise. But for cheap and trouble free motoring driving 30,000 kms / year, the Mirage had been excellent. Even my red paint is holding up well but I've given it the Turtle Wax superwax treatment twice a year and will continue. Wax on, wax off.
Like the others have said, very reliable. I've had it for 2 years (2001 model, manual box, purchased early 2007), drive it every day and it has never let me down once. ...
Purchased in June 2007 at Jarvis Ford Enfield SA.
its 12 yrs old an it still drives new.. its my first car and iv not had one single problem with it. it is a great choice for a first car.
iv got a 1997 model and i only pay $30 to fill the tank..
it chews through full tank within 3 days but i drive at least 120ks per day... no power steering!
Questions & Answers
Will a 1996 mirage backseat headrest fit a 1999 backseat?
2002 mirage 1.5 manual. What are the timing belt service intervals please
I do mine every 100,000 km - also change all the other belts and check water pump for leaks while doing the timing belt. replacing a leaky pump works out cheaper if done during the timing belt replacement.
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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|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||69kW @ 5500rpm|
|Max Torque||126Nm @ 3000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 1996|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2003|
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