1998 Mitsubishi Mirage Reviews from North America

1998 Mitsubishi Mirage DE Coupe 1.5

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance189000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Good, basic, inexpensive transportation

Faults:

Cracked exhaust manifold.

Intermittent WS wipers.

General Comments:

Great handling when I upgraded to 14" tires. No abnormal tire wear problems.

41 MPG in the summer (38-39 in the Montana winters).

Has survived three deer hits, and keeps on running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2012

29th Aug 2012, 15:02

Wow, it sounds like your Mirage is giving you great service.

Back when I was a teenager (a LONG time ago), if you bought a car nearing 100,000 miles, the car would have been considered to be nearing the end of it shelf-life. But nowadays 95,000 miles is nothing. Sounds like your Mirage will easily give you 250,000-300,000 miles.

1998 Mitsubishi Mirage DE Coupe 1.5 Liter

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

Affordable and dependable, but will never turn heads

Faults:

Front were blown at 52k when purchased.

Fan stopped running at around 80k, but my dad fixed it easily. Nothing major at all.. original owner had a piece of paper wedge to make it work so we got it fixed correctly, but cost nothing because it was so minor at a local garage.

All it was basically was a short in the connection to the motor.

1.5 engine is VERY weak, struggles up hills especially with A. C on.

Automatic Transmission is geared low to help climb hills. If you punch on it going up a hill, it gears down quickly then gears back up and will change too often.

Tip: If you are going up a mountain, just keep the car in 3rd gear... did good that way for me.

General Comments:

I have had the car for nearly 60,000 miles.

I started driving it when I was 16 so you can imagine what I put it through.

I bought the car with a dent in the passenger side. Local shop fixed it perfectly.

Put aftermarket chrome wheels on the car, looked great.

Put aftermarket C. D player/speakers in car.

Handling is very tight, I really enjoyed this part of the performance.

Around 75-80k hit a deer, had to get another door put on the car, aftermarket left front fender and have dents taken out of the hood.

Later hit a small dog which cracked the front of the car, but never got that fixed due to value of the car.

Great gas mileage!

When I first got the car and kept everything clean, got lots of compliments which was great with the amount of money I spent (very cheap!)

Overall, despite being a "cheap" car, it has been VERY dependable despite what all I have put the car through. From what I have got out of the car, I would feel comfortable suggesting someone to buy the car at 100k on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2005

1998 Mitsubishi Mirage 4 Door DE 1.5

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired58900 miles
Most recent distance63421 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Could be worth the Investment

Faults:

There's a Vibrating noise coming from the front of the car, it only happens when I hit the gas hard.

General Comments:

The car is easy to deck out, the import parts for it are unlimited.

Its very fuel efficient, while still maintaining power at high speeds. I have got it up to 120MPH with little problem.

Although its very plain looking its cheap and with some invested money and time you can create a car to be proud of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2002

1998 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.5 SOHC

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65721 miles
Most recent distance67055 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A big fun to drive go-kart

Faults:

There is a small rattle coming from the headliner over the passenger side door.

The driver's side window will not close completely. It goes up far enough to keep out the elements, but not the noise.

It had a faulty valve stem when I took it off the lot.

General Comments:

The car handles great, it is easy to seriously exceed the speed limit significantly on curvy roads.

The engine is very quiet and has a decent power band, but needs more torque.

The air conditioning really saps the power from the engine, especially if you have passengers with you.

The factory stereo system is wonderful.

Overall it is very comfortable and extremely fuel efficient. You never feel bad about living with a "cheap" car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2001

1st Jun 2004, 18:14

I have a Mirage and it feels weak on the highway trying to keep up with highway speed! I need a better car!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews