Mitsubishi Mirage Reviews from UK and Ireland

1998 Mitsubishi Mirage Mivec Cyborg ZR 1.6

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Starlet

Summary:

Great spec, reliable and nippy

Faults:

Rear outer lower control arm bush fell apart and needed to be changed badly.

T.P.S. (throttle position sensor) needed to be adjusted as it bogged down slightly when I floored it.

The rear wiper motor has stopped working.

It needed a good service, and drop links and ARB bushes needed to be changed, but that's all just expected wear and tear.

Aftermarket Powerflow catback exhaust broke just over the axle, so I had it repaired, but I will be changing it for a factory standard exhaust system, as I don't particularly like loud exhausts.

General Comments:

I absolutely love the look of these cars, and the driving position is good with great support from the factory Recaro interior, and I love the feel of the Momo steering wheel.

These cars are very well spec'd with A/C, electric windows, central locking, electric mirrors, digital climate control, Recaro seats and Momo steering as standard.

The handling is pretty good in standard form, but with some uprated shocks and lowering springs, and the addition of front and rear strut braces, it's a whole different ball game.

Brakes are decent, but I think I will invest in some better pads soon.

Performance wise they are pretty nippy, especially over 5200 RPM once Mivec engages, but even low down I find it very torquey, probably due to the Powerflow exhaust, as I can happily cruise along at 40km/h in 5th with no judder or jumping.

MPG is decent, but I was expecting a bit more to be honest. I can manage high 30s on long drives, and low 30s around town, with an average of about 35 with mixed driving.

My previous car was a Toyota Starlet Turbo with a few subtle mods like exhaust, air filter and intercooler, and the boost raised slightly, and performance wise the Mivec wouldn't come close, and I could manage the same MPG with the Starlet, but with lower road tax and the same insurance.

All in all, I like the car, especially the interior and exterior, but performance wise it's OK; I'd prefer my Starlet any day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2014

1991 Mitsubishi Mirage Vie Saloon 1.5 DOHC

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired117500 kilometres
Most recent distance136500 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Comfortable, practical and reliable, what more could you want?

Faults:

Hole in the exhaust, which needs to be welded, and the window wiper linkage came loose, which is an easy fix. Other than that, the car has been great.

General Comments:

In 4 months, I've put on over 20k kms, and it never once let me down.

Nice driving position with room for 3 adults in the back no problem.

The engine is quite rev happy, especially when it gets over 4500rpm and the second set of cams kick in. I've seen off maybe bigger cars in this little baby.

For a 91 car, it has more mod cons than most newer cars like air con, electric windows front and rear, electric mirrors, electronic climate control and power steering.

Fuel economy is pretty good with 40+ mpg motorway driving and 30+ mpg around town; not bad for a carb engine?

All in all, I like this car and will only sell it to get a newer model Lancer/Colt/Mirage with an efi engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2010

3rd Nov 2010, 03:03

I own a Mitsubishi mirage VIE manual transmission. This car is the best. It compares to Subaru Impreza in terms of performance.

20th Jun 2011, 21:40

I wouldn't go that far, I own a WRX also and it would make mincemeat of the little Mirage.

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Vie Saloon 1.5 DOHC

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

Best car I ever had

Faults:

The tappets started to make an terrible racket when the car was first started, but once I drove it for a few minutes the noise went away, had the same problem on my last 1.5 Lancer/Mirage.

When I bought the car it had 74000 miles on it, and hadn't had a good service in a long time, but still ran like a dream. I finally got it serviced at 78000 miles when one of the plug leads gave in, I also replaced the plugs and timing belt as they were never ever changed, which was very noticeable when being changed, although in saying that, it never seemed as if it was going to break down, it just kept on going.

I changed the oil and filter regularly to keep it running smoothly, as I drove the car very hard but it never ever let me down.

General Comments:

It was a nice car to drive with plenty of leg room and plenty of space in the back for 3 people. Also the boot has lots of space.

It had excellent fuel consumption for a DOHC engine, I could get 100 miles for 10 euro of petrol, with petrol being on average 115 cent per liter.

The handling is very good, even though it only had crappy little 13" wheels on it.

The engine is very responsive, even though it only has 115 hp, I could keep with most 1.6 DOHC cars easy enough; 0-60 time was 8.5 seconds and could do the clock in 4th gear (185kms) with 2000 rpm left over and a whole other gear.

I would most likely still have this car if someone hadn't crashed into the back of me and wrecked it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2008

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews