Good first car
Driving experience is enjoyable, suits my needs perfectly as a single person living in the city. Handles well, is kind of noisy but not any different to other cars in the same price range.
I don't like that the car doesn't have a centre console, but again this seems to be usual. Legroom is perfect for me (167cm). It's tough fitting three adults in the back comfortably, but can be done!
Thus far it's been extremely reliable and cheap to run. I fill up usually for around 20 bucks and a full tank lasts around 500kms
Admittedly this is my first car that wasnt 10 years old, so I may have low standards, but oh my god I love this car so much. I have had it over 3 years now and have had zero issues except for a flat tyre. It uses almost no fuel and it easy to fit in little spaces and can turn on a penny. If anyone is after a nifty little car this may be the one for you!
Cheap to run, suspension is quite soft though
I bought this car used at 3 years old with approx 55k on the odometer. It's cheap to run. The suspension is quite soft so it's quite bumpy on rides. If you need a car to get you from A to B , cheap to run, city driving, and you are not fussy about the ride comfort - this is a great car!
best car for the money
I bought the 2013 mirage new I've done 100000km now not one thing gone wrong with it only replaced tyres at 76000 I get 4.1 -5.2 lt per 100km it's fantastic on fuel will be buying another one when I've done 200000km it's very light car so can get blown around a bit in a storm but fantastic value for the money
This is the best first car to have.
To drive this is like a dream cheap to run would go buy another one. Best first car money not in your pocket all the time. So smooth on the road. It's better than Holden Astra. I bought because it was cheaper to run. The space on the inside is bigger than I through going to be. Just love it.
- LA (Hatchback) ES CVT
- Verified purchase
Definitely great value for the price you pay and what you get!
I purchased a 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage ES automatic car brand new at the 2016 plate clearance in January 2017. It only had 45kms on the odometer and was never a demonstrator model so my 5-year warranty started the day I bought it. I got an excellent price due to the dealer wanting to get rid of 2016 models to make room for the 2017 models, so I essentially paid the price of a second-hand car but got a new car. Best time to buy a new car is January.
I wanted a small car that is very fuel efficient, it is definitely one of the most fuel-efficie...nt cars on the road. It had three-quarters of a tank in it when I bought it, this lasted me a week and a half and took me over 200kms (most of which was even slow, peak hour traffic). When I went to fill it up (when the fuel light started flashing), I only spent just under $30.00 filling the tank to full. So definitely not a strain on the hip-pocket! When the fuel falls below a certain level, the fuel sign alerts you by continuously flashing till you fill it up, however, it seems to still show just under a quarter of a tank of fuel. I would have preferred it to have the estimated number of km's left so I could decide how urgent filling up is. I eventually found that you have to go into a menu to find this information….would have preferred this to appear near the odometer and stay on instead of having to press a button and go through a menu to locate this information. The front seats are nice and high in that as the driver, you have a good view of the road and everything around you. It is a little deceiving how far you are to the car in front of you as the front bonnet dips down so that when you are in the driver’s seat you don’t even see your bonnet at all. I guess it’s something you’d eventually get used to. Being small, it is really easy to park, however inside, especially the driver’s seat and front passenger seat, it is actually rather roomy for a small car. There are three holders for cups near the gear stick and lots of little compartments in the doors etc to put things, however, it does not have pockets behind the driver and front passenger seats which is a shame. I found it strange that it has this little shelf at knee level under the steering wheel. I don’t know what you would store there, but accessing it would be difficult while driving. The glove box is actually quite roomy and I can fit a street directory (a good sized one), a hardcover novel and a newspaper and still manage to close it. The front seats are very comfortable, however, I don’t like how the headrests push your head forward (as most cars do). Luckily I was able to reverse the headrest and it still was able to fit into the slots securely, once I did this it no longer pushed my head forward and I felt very comfortable, not all cars let you reverse the headrest and still slot in securely, so I find this is a great advantage. The front seats are completely adjustable with slide and recline, the driver’s seat is also height adjustable. I went and got some tailor made good quality sheepskin covers for the front two seats. Now the car feels extra super comfortable and luxurious. The voice recognition I must say is hopeless. My son and I spent about 10 minutes trying to get it to dial one mobile number, it kept trying to dial 000 and a whole bunch of random numbers and symbols no matter what we said or how clearly we spoke. At least we got a real laugh out of it, especially when I made the statement..…” by now you’d end up having a crash trying to get it to dial that number”, then it said “pardon?” and we both roared with laughter. Luckily my son recorded the whole ordeal and then uploaded it onto his YouTube channel for a laugh. There is the option to do voice training which I will do and hopefully, it will work better once I do the voice training. What’s funny is that there have been a few times while driving (without having done the voice training) that it did end up getting the number correct, then other times when it gets it totally wrong. There is an option to add numbers to the car’s address book which then makes it much easier when you want to make a call. You just need to have your blue tooth switched on your phone and all the buttons you need are on the steering wheel to make a call. The car will even warn you if your phone battery is low. The boot is very small but still quite useable. I was pleasantly surprised how much extra room can be obtained by rolling the back seats down. We managed to fit an enormous 121cm tall, 4 level cat scratching post/palace into the boot with the seats rolled down which was great. Otherwise if it had not have fitted in we would have missed out on that treat for our cats (we had found it at the side of the road in a council clean up in an area far away from home). I like the fact there is only one button that both unlocks the car doors and the boot, then to open the boot you just need to pull the handle (similar to the car door). I prefer this setup as opposed to a separate button for the boot as I found in my previous car this would sometimes fail and was expensive to fix.
Poor fuel economy, noisy interior.
We bought this car primarily based on the fuel consumption figures. Supposed to be 4.6L/100k combined but in reality on a good day on a highway it gets 5.5L. A massive difference and when questioned on a service, Mitsubishi just say it is within tollerances. Yeah, right. I had a Toyota Echo years ago that had a stickered 5.5L but I consistently got 5.3L and that was when I lived up a mountain. Very unimpressed with the Mirage. I also had to sound proof the front and rear of the vehicle because people in the back couldn't hear people in the fron...t with the noise. With low cost sound proofing it is so much better. Ultimately at 5.5L+ for level highway driving and an excessively noisy cabin, I vote that this will probably be the last Mitsubishi I will own. Our previous car was a Lancer and again it was a thirsty beast. I have one comment for Mitsubishi - don't lie about your figures! They are just plain wrong and I look forward to returning to Mazda or Toyota soon. If you're looking for a small cheap car avoid this one. It is cheap but it does not deliver on what was promised.
Another micro car that deserves no stars. To start brake pads gone at 15000kms. Sluggish CVT engine that makes the car jump and hesitates if you have to put your foot down. I had a Suzuki Alto and that was way better. it claims to have 4.6/100kms but I can not get anywhere near that. for me it's 5.5 and that's following the little crappy eco mode on the dash.
Few cars that are better- Suzuki Alto & Kia Picanto
Beware this junk from a crap company
- LA (Hatchback) LS CVT
- Verified purchase
Cheated on Fuel Economy
We bought this car purely for its Fuel Economy but were misled.
The sticker on this car says Combined consumption is 4.9 L/100km, Urban 5.6 L/100km, and Extra Urban is 4.4 L/100km.
We have never got better than 7 L/100km - despite driving very carefully and mixing local and freeway trips (over a four month period).
The rest of the car is fantastic. Great turning circle. Small outside but roomy inside. Nifty to park. Very comfortable.
Our new favourite car.
This was the first Mitsubishi I've ever owned and I've found it to be such a joy to dive, it's really good on fuel, cheap to service and is so very comfortable. We bought this as a second car but now the family prefers this one! Really really happy customer.
Surprisingly Delegate and Economical Hatchback Ever
Mitsubishi Mirage is the world's most fuel efficient car in the hatchbacks with out any electric motor battery, it gives more than 40 MPG drive range on highway and more than 27 MPG in the City which makes it a Economical hatchback car ever. Decent to drive explore more with the 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage.
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.
Very good and reliable
We've had this car for nearly a year now without any problems. Performance is not bad for such a little engine and handling is good. The inside is roomier than it looks and looks well finished. I've sat in the back seat and had plenty of legroom. We have been driving Mitsubishi cars since 1972 and find them reliable and getting better all the time.
It is a perfect City/Suburban runabout.
Purchased this car as the town runabout. Did a lot of research and there were plenty of professional motoring writers with negative or you can buy better cars reviews.
I think they must be driving a Merc then getting into the Mirage experience. My experience is it is a perfect town car, school pick up car and fit into any car space car. It is very good. Our top of the range LS model was only $13990 D/A and is well speed with standard inclusions like cruise control, privacy glass, bluetooth for mobile phone calls and music streaming and cli...
- Mirage CE
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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.
Awesome little car
I have had my Mirage for nearly a year now, and I haven't had any problems so far.
I read someones review saying there's a lack of cabin space, but I'm 187cm with long legs. I can sit in the drivers seat, then get in the seat behind and still have plenty of leg room. I folded the back seats down and after removing the parcel shelf, I was able to pick up a brand new 55 inch tv with my little Mirage.
It has creature comforts like auto lights, auto wipers, and you never need to take your keys out of your pocket.
It costs me about $35/fortnight ...
Good little car
This car is excellent for learner drivers or those that have trouble with manual cars.
The gearbox is easy to use and the clutch has a long distance between the friction point and stalling. The car also has good consumption rates and the tight turning circle and light steering make it easy to fit into tight spots. It is also quite inexpensive but still has the important safety features (airbags, ABS, etc.). This car also has Bluetooth, air-conditioning, powered windows, 5 star AN CAP rating, powered steering, etc.
The only ...
2014 Mirage review
12 months of owning a 2014 Mirage, used daily to work, with a few minor issues:
Door unlock remote stopped working after 4 months, dealer replaced at first service.
Evidence of rust in the engine bay, will show dealer at next service.
Gentle knock from accelerator pedal heard/felt occasionally (usually within first few minutes of start up).
USB connector in glove-box, not very user friendly location.
Bluetooth hands free performs well, phone pairing is a snap.
Cruises at 100km/hr comfortably.
Conclusion: Cheap economical motoring simple and effective, built for purpose to get from A to B.
Awesome little car :)
Purchased brand new LA LS hatchback a few months ago, very impressed so far
Extremely cheap to run (only 1.2L 3cyl, approx 500km off 25L fuel)
Cheap to service with capped price servicing ($240 a year if i remember correctly)
Plenty of power considering its only a 3cyl car
All the flashy features bluetooth with voice control, climate control, cruise control, electronic power steering, power windows etc
5 star ANCAP rating so very VERY safe
Pretty big boot for a hatchback (way bigger than my old yaris)
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.
Questions & Answers
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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