1985 Mitsubishi Mirage Review from North America

1985 Mitsubishi Mirage Base 1.5L

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carFord Maverick


Dependable car that takes a beating and asks for more


The things that have gone wrong with this car were my own fault.

First, the clutch cable broke because I popped the clutch all the time. The part was about $20 and installed it myself.

Second, the carburetor float seized because I let it sit for about three months one time because I had bought another car (it died, that's why I'm driving this one now). The carburetor rebuild kit was $60 and I paid my uncle another $100 to do the job.

The interior plastic has started to flake off into a powder-like substance.

The rear defrost quit working.

The vent selector switch has broken, so now I cannot choose defrost or foot heat.

The car now smokes a little, but that doesn't surprise me considering how I treat it and how many miles it has acquired.

It runs a little rich, causing it to hesitate and purge black smoke. It doesn't happen as much after the car warms up.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $500 after it was donated to a church. When I bought the car, it desperately needed a tune up plus new front brakes and rotors, which I had done.

It has been the most dependable car I have ever owned. Sure, it isn't the most powerful or stylish car on the road, but it has gotten me there and back with no fuss.

Even though it is a small car, I don't feel cramped when I'm driving it. And it is actually more comfortable than my mothers' Honda Accord.

If you need a dependable car and find one of these for sale, buy it! You will never regret your choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review