Great little car. I love my little mirage :)
I bought a 1997 mirage last year and I love it.
I do mostly highway driving and it has been a great little economical car. Perfect for a first car or learner. If you want a mirage with central locking, airbags and a better sound system, go for the 2001-2003 model as the 1996-2000 models did not have central locking, airbags and only had 2 front speakers. The 2001-2003 models had 4 speakers and a cd player instead of a cassette player
small on the outside, plenty of room on the inside.
Costs around $35-40 to fill tank
Still looks great on the roads for a 90s car
Cheap to buy
Cheap to repair. Had a little accident and needed a new headlight which was $30 from a wreckers ...
Purchased in June 2020 for $400.00.
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.
!!! 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 $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.
Best car I've ever owned
I purchased this car when it was six months old in 2000. I have driven it most of the way up the east cost of Australia and extensively around Victoria and it has been a very reliable car. I have serviced it regularly but until a few years ago, that was really only twice a year. It costs very little to service and the most I've ever spent on it was $700 when it needed a major service (nothing out of the ordinary, just parts that wear out over time). I've never broken down in it and I've just had to replace the battery every few years (which is ...to be expected) and being a girl, I have run out of petrol a couple of times! Silly me... The interior is very comfortable, still after nearly 16 years. I have carted furniture in it and moved house a few times in it. It's surprisingly roomy when it comes to packing stuff in. The air-conditioning still works beautifully, I did upgrade the stereo to a better one after about 10 years. Speakers are brilliant. It is a bit noisy on the freeway but just turn the music up! Runs on the smell of an oily rag. Really! It is very cheap to run. I am very glad they started making these again because they are a great car. I heard people say Mitsubishi were known for 'missing bits' but not true with this car.
- Mirage CE (1996-2003)
- Selected Review
Wish I never sold it!
I owned my Mirage (4G15) when I got my licence back in 2000 and sold it back in 2006 with 56,000km's on the odometer - what would I say about that car??? "AMAZING"...
I had the car for 6 years and did all sorts of things with it, from road trips to short drives to work and back and even travelled to Uni for all those years - It never missed a beat and the whole package of the car engineering wise was formidable even in today's construction abilities 'the car is bomb proof'! Mitsubishi has lost its abilities to manufacture decent cars - this ...shows in todays Lancers, Pajero and Triton's. I wasnt one of these kids that added wings and the 'looks' to a car, but I added Speedy Holotype R wheels in 16.5 with good tyres to match and lowered the car with King Spring's Control Rate springs which gave the car a good posture and better handling on the road. I gave it better sway bars both front and back with Whiteline adjustable sway bars and installed an engine / strut tower brace in the engine bay and a strut tower brace in the rear hatch, and played around with the engine also - a mild cam and irridium spark plugs and topgun leads from a upgraded Bosh dizzy. The exhaust was installed with a 4-2-1 extractors and a mild stainless steel system installed which gave it a surprisingly better response than standard! It did keep an excellent fuel consumption figure - the 4G15 engine was only a SOHC 16 Valve and was busy for most of its life - but was looked after with good quality oils and fuel and never struggled at all and never one claim of needing a mechanic! There is a MIVEC 1.6l 4G92 that made twice the power of the 4G15 but was never brought into Aus due to our fuel being poor and the market needing these 'go fast' Cyborg's. The Mirage was a solid car with McPherson strut suspension front and rear and had a very aerodynamic undercarriage which proved to be quiet on the road at highway speeds, the Mirage's from my time didnt have any air bags but relied heavily on structural safety and I never once felt unsafe while in that car - it did win quiet a few safety awards back in its time and sold a lot of units due to that fact. Interior was bland, however very functional and structural with no soft spots and bits that would come away eg: current Lancers... The seats were comfortable and it had a tilt adjustable steering wheel which was good for my height. The doors are like wings - they're quiet long, as to give people space to get into the rear seats - the Mirage will comfortably seat 4 people and 5 if light enough as the car will ride on its bump stops in the rear.
2002 Mitsubishi Mirage Manual
Bought second hand 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage 5 speed manual 3 dr Hatchback on 07/02/2012 with 110000kms on the odo. Excellent small car, extremely agile, reliable, smooth gear shift and spacious. Fit dishwasher, bbq, tools, so much. Just normal engine oil, filters and brakes changes till 140000kms. Fuel economy 6.6 lts/100 kms pretty good even on busy city road. Trade in this year to bigger car, Mitsubishi Outlander.
Pre 2003 Mirages are unbreakable
I bought a 98 Mirage bought 5 years ago thinking that I will use and dump into scrap yard after few years. So I didn't do any service. Never changed the oil engine and etc. Ran 30K for 3 years and guess what, I never had any issues. It never disappointed me. After 3 years without any services done, I sold it to one my friend. Now this is his 2nd year with the car. He told me he has minor service (changed engine oil and air filter) and that's it for the last 5 years. Still running smooth and still water coming from exhausted as it is a new car. Unbelievable!!
Not a patch on the old one.
Bought a new manual Mirage in February 1997 and it now has close to 150000kms on the clock. One of the best cars we'e ever owned. In 18 years it has cost almost zero apart from normal, regular maintenance.
Took a new one for a test drive - not a patch on the old one, even though the new one has all of the modern safety features. Dealer offered me $200 as a trade-in, which they'd probably sell for $4000.
So the old girl will stay in the stable and is probably good for another 18 years or more.
I have the 2003 manual Mirage. It's the best little car, very fuel efficient and never misses a beat. Mines on 186000km at the moment and still going strong. Holds a lot for a small car and won't buy anything but a Mitsubishi again.
Mirage comes out on top, Best little Engine Ever...235,000 km still faultless :)
Hi, In the past I had a stock Lancer 1.5 auto , and I drove from 20,000 km - 245,000 km and I never had a issue...
As long as you keep up with the service book services, these cars will never let you down... I know of many people that have owned a Lancer or Mirage 1.5, and all say they never had problems either...
Mirrage and Lancer are the same car & engine in the 1.5 liter , only difference is that one is a hatch and one is not.
Comes down to individual taste, but I think the Mirage is more sharper around the corners and a little bit ...lighter, so it feels better.... Lets not get this wrong THE MIRAGE AND LANCERS R NOT BMW, AUDI, they are economical cheap get around vehicles.... that's it... if you after safety, sports handling, and performance you are looking in the wrong place.... But if you want a car to get you from A to B, and never give you problems at a very little cost in operating, maintain, insurance, cheap wheels 13'inch - 15inch etc than this car is for you... 4 years ago I decided on downsizing from a Mitsubishi 380 (very good cars), I wanted to save petrol, maintains costs and not lose on resale value... I found a clean stock Mirage manual 5speed, one owner 10 years old trade in, all service history etc. Picked it up for $4000. Best $4000 I have ever spent on a vehicle...
a great little car i recommend a mirage to any one anyday I've been on allot of road trips in mine i have had it for about 3 years now its my pride and joy. it is my first car i would buy another mirage anyday thay are about 1 of the best small cars made great on fuel i love it. Its very reliable never had not 1 problom with it its easy for parking. its well made very nice car to drive but sadly i'll have to sell my little beast soon as its a small car I'll miss it. any i looking for a cheap small car go and buy a mirage you will love it.
very reliable a great little car
road noise. A bit more power on big hills would be nice but its not too bad.
Great first car
My girlfriend has had this car for the past three year, and will probably do so into the future. Its currently at 85,000km of which we've done about 25,000km. Its been a great little city buzz-box. Its surprisingly fuel efficient, always needing less than 7L/100km (and sometimes less than 6). The car itself is very easy to park as its quite small. The 1.5L engine is a fairly modern OHC 3V EFI design and its surprisingly grunty. It and will comfortably sit in fifth on the highway. I had no troubles going up steep hills with the aircon on. The ge...arbox is easy to use but reverse gear requires a firm shove. On the road the car is a great drive and regularly makes me smile. It handles very well. The interior of the car is quite basic. No electric windows or mirrors. No cruise control, no tacho, no ABS and a driver airbag only on ours. We replaced a stereo to use an AUX input which was very easy to do but the front speakers are god-awful. The front seats are comfortable, but very low. Getting out of the car requires a pull. The rear seats are a sad affair. There are no headrests and the rear speakers are positioned right next to the passengers. If the driver wants to tune some beats, you should consider ear plugs. The car came with keyless entry but annoyingly needs two presses of the unlock button to unlock both doors. Also the remote will not unlock the boot. As the car is a coupe it only has two doors. While this looks the goods, they are huge and can be difficult to open in narrow parking spaces. Also they will swing closed on a slight incline. We've had no failures in the car, other than an overdue battery replacement. Servicing costs should be low-normal. The safety of the car is fairly average, the only figure I found was 1.5 stars (out of five) from Euro NCAP for the '98 Lancer which is built on the same platform. Overall, this is a great car for a young person. Its cheap to run, good looking and handles well. Reliable. Efficient. Quick enough. Great handling. Noisy on the highway. Reverse gear stiff. Seats too low. No tacho. Has a timing belt.
Great reliable small car,a perfect run about thats easy to park,has a sporty look that stops most guys calling it a girls car,I would recommend the Mirage to any one.
Owned 2 Mirages A 1996 model and a 2000 model. Nice cars to drive build quality is great and I found them to very reliable vehicles. What your getting is really a hatch back lancer, I current model lancer 2 door hatch would be more appealing than a colt.
Would have been great to get the 2 Ltr Mivec engine that was available in japan
the best little car ive ever driven in
i have absolutely no idea why nor can i understand why this amazing little car has been discontinued, especially considering the prices of petrol and the environmental issues these days.
i have had my mirage since 1999 and i have ad one problem with it. it's also been smashed bashed and abused from every possible angle (not intentionally of course) and still works like a little trooper.
it's reliable, super comfortable for a person who is 5'10 and couldn't fit her legs under the wheel of any other small car, easy to park, drives smoothl...y as though on a buttered road, and gets up to 150km/h (not that i tried ... *cough*) without even shaking! i love my little car and when it goes to car heaven i will look for another, second hand one. Most highly recommend it absolutely everything. sincerely.
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!
Get an answer from our members
|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|
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.