1985 Mitsubishi Mirage Base 1.5L


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