2002 Mitsubishi Mirage Review from North America

2002 Mitsubishi Mirage LS Sport Coupe 1.8L na gas

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8L na gas Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired27 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Nice car, glad it was replaced by the Lancer though

Faults:

So far, the only thing that went wrong was both wheel bearings started failing at about 60,000 miles. Another drawback is that Mitsubishi admitted a flaw in this design as they will seize inside the hub and cannot be removed. 6 1/2 ton press proved this to be true.

General Comments:

Great gas saver of a car. With a unrestricted intake (IE after-market intake) this car regularly gets 36-37 MPG with mixed driving (80% highway).

The car, even though is kind of bland in the front came optionally with a Sport Package (side skirts, white gauge faces, performance tires, rear wing) that made the car stand out.

This car is sluggish unless you get a 5 speed version, then the tiny engine seems like the right size for this car.

Parts are difficult to find if you need to replace them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2006

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