1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5L petrol

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5L petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Sigma

Summary:

Most reliable Mitsi ever!

Faults:

Styled metal wheels are rubbish because wheel dressings slip and cut tyre valves off.

Rear window seals beginning to split, but not leaking.

Otherwise fine.

General Comments:

This car is brilliant. My Mirage is the first of the CE model run, so it's quite basic.

The interior fittings are extremely durable, with no cracks nor fading of the plastic. The little 69KW 1500cc motor goes like a rocket and will cruise nicely at 110.

35 litres of petrol will get me at least 600Kms, so fuel economy is brilliant.

Despite the quick gear changes of a P plate driver, this car is standing up pretty well; it's quick and durable, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a small car.

Being a 3 door, it's inconvenient for taking passengers, but it has a decent sized boot.

The 13" inch wheels are rubbish, but if you put some 14" inch alloys on it, it'll stick to the road like glue.

Being wider than most hatchs, front seat room is plentiful.

My Mirage is an Oldie but a Goodie. The 2000-03 model is supposed to be better, but still has the same motor and running gear. Over all, you can't go wrong!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2008

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5 Litre

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.5 Litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired143655 kilometres
Most recent distance150122 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Sigma

Summary:

Hell, why drive anything less!!

Faults:

Flat tyre due to wheel dressings.

Driver's seat belt re-tractor became stuck (I couldn't lean forward or even get out of the car seat!).

Front passenger and driver's seat are wearing badly, especially if you wear jeans.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute ripper! I travel 600 kilometers a week on 1 tank of petrol.

Just cause it's fuel efficient doesn't mean that it's slow either. This thing can reach speeds of well over 130Kmph in under 30 seconds! Not bad for a 1.5 litre 4!

They're also very roomy and can handle cornering at well over 40 kmph without falter. So there you have it, not only is it efficient, quick, relatively well styled and comfortable, but she also sticks to the road like glue.

Once you've owned a Mirage, you won't settle for anything less.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2007

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres

Summary:

The most comfortable and reliable vehicle in its class

Faults:

I owned this car for 6 years and never experienced a problem.

General Comments:

Probably the best value car in this price range. I traveled up and down the east coast of Australia and never had a problem. I have recently traded this vehicle in on a new car, but only because it was starting to show its age. The seats tend to cut blood flow on the legs on long haul drives. The suspension gets a bit rough after 5 years, but this can be modified of course. I chose not to do this and upgrade instead. The resale value of this car is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th October, 2002

30th Nov 2006, 17:57

I am curious why your review got a blue rating. Your review was very positive.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews