1996 Mitsubishi Colt Reviews

1996 Mitsubishi Colt GLXi 1.6 from Netherlands

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired173000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable, fun to drive bargain

Faults:

- Rear window sprayer doesn't work (not really important).

- Cigarette lighter doesn't stay in heat position.

- Part of left front suspension replaced (probably due to lowering springs).

-Right rear axle and wheel bearing replaced after crashing sideways into a curb (my fault).

General Comments:

Though not a very fast car in a straight line, it is nippy and has quite good handling. Made better by installing lowering springs and 15inch alloy wheels.

It's pretty comfortable and shifts really smoothly, easy to drive. Passenger space is good for people up front, but not in the backseat.

It looks nice and sporty, especially in icelle blue with some nice alloys. Most people don't know what car it is.

Cheap and fun to drive first car. But now looking for something faster, maybe a Colt GTi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2008

1996 Mitsubishi Colt Mirage 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Vastly underrated sporty coupe

Faults:

The windscreen wipers failed on a couple of occasions. The nylon bush holding the drive rod to the pulley wears, and falls off. I fixed it by drilling a hole through the whole arrangement and putting a thin bolt through it. It's never let me down again.

The driver's electric window stuck down, but was fixed by merely refitting the drive cable over the pulley. Still going strong today.

General Comments:

Excellent drivers car, for it's size and performance. It's fun to drive EVERY day, and I've had it for over four years now. It's unbelievably reliable and has never let me down. It has never been serviced (shame!) and I've only ever put fuel and oil in it when required... and it STILL starts first time, every time and runs as sweet as a nut. Testament to Mitsubishi's reliability. My other car is a Shogun which is also unfeasibly reliable.. touch wood!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2004

1996 Mitsubishi Colt Mirage 1.3i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3i Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance50500 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Good Looking, great reliable car, better than a Saxo or Fiesta

Faults:

The clock has stopped working.

Rattling driver window.

Suspension is rather hard yet sluggish at the same time.

I took a small knock to the rear bumper and the holding clip snapped, when I took it to be repaired the mechanic said the bumpers weren't held on well. A new bumper would have cost £300 with spraying and fitting extra.

General Comments:

The car is quite fast for a 1.3 I have managed 110 MPH.

Quite underpowered for its looks.

Automatic gearbox smooth except when trying to pullout quickly. resulting in a hesitation in moving after the accelerator has been pressed.

There is a lack of parts available for improving the car. For instance there is no performance air filter or exhaust available. There also are no body kits or modifying parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2002

20th Jul 2002, 12:04

This is my second car. It's a 1.300-12V 5 speed from 1996. It was the last one from Belgium before the new model. Now I've 140.000Km, and I'm always satisfied of it. The engine goes very well (75HP) and my maximum speed is: 195 Km/h!!!

The engine sounds very well, I like to drive with it. It's a better car than a Peugeot 206 1.4HDI or Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec,... The interior's quality is good (but not perfect), but I've problems with the windows, with the joints, with exhaust pipe, with color,the battery is not enough powerful, and little electronic troubles (interior lights). In general, it's a good car.

4th Jan 2004, 04:45

Hey, Trying looking for a mitsubishi mirage or lancer parts if you can get them over there, is most places its the same car with different badge.

28th Dec 2005, 18:17

I also have a Mitsubishi Colt 1996. I find it very easy to drive. It has been reliable so far and looks amazing, but I also have the same problem. I like the idea of doing my car up, but am also having great difficulty finding parts for it. I have found some performance parts, but cannot find specific exterior styling parts. Otherwise it is an amazing car!!

1996 Mitsubishi Colt Mirage 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

An excellent sporty hatchback with cheap insurance

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

Excellent looks. Hard wearing trim and sports seats. Excellent electrics and reliability. Good road handling with reasonably stiff sporty suspension. Superb economy with a quiet refined engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2000

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews