1999 Mitsubishi Colt Reviews

1999 Mitsubishi Colt GL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Bad economy, but very reliable. Nippy when it's in the mood

Faults:

Cracked manifold.

Slight rusting underside.

Passenger seat slides.

General Comments:

As far as first cars go, this was pretty good.

Going on the 130000 mile mark, and still no problems since I got it.

Seems to have a mind of its own, as some days it won't overtake a lorry, and others it would floor a Celica.

Absolutely brilliant for reliability, but really let down by fuel efficiency. 34mpg is most I've ever got.

Some new fuel injectors and spark plugs could help here, but I'm still counting the miles until it dies.

Overall fantastic though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th June, 2010

1999 Mitsubishi Colt Mivec RS 1.6 DOHC mivec from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC mivec Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance161000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

Like a bat out of hell

Faults:

Alternator died, but easily replaced with a second hand one.

Heater matrix radiator burst, sending steam into the cab from the air vents, very big job replacing this as the whole dash has to be removed.

General Comments:

This is a pretty quick car for a 1.6, it's the RS lightweight model so has better cams and valve springs than the normal ZR Mivec, and no electrics or air con etc.

Quicker than the equivalent DOHC Vtec Civic, which I also owned. Fuel economy was good too with about 400-450 kms per tank.

The handling was great, I had it sitting on 16" Enkei alloys and lowered 40mm on Cusco springs.

Not much room in the back for adults, but then again, it's only a 3 door hatchback.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2009

1999 Mitsubishi Colt Mirage 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

A beast

Faults:

The front discs tend to heat up very quickly and they have been glowing red on several occasions.

General Comments:

The colt is a superb little car, even though the BHP is only 89, the torque that it pushes is phenomenal.

The interior in the Mirage is far superior to that of the other models.

The body kit is also amazing for a factory standard car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2001

26th May 2006, 09:50

I detect sarcasm in your posting!

Phenomenal it is not! I drove one today for a test drive, and that isn't the word I'd use.

I won't comment on the rest of your posting. LOL.

A Gallardo, Enzo, Veyron are phenomenal, and a Mitsubishi Colt 1.6 isn't LOL.

13th Jun 2010, 04:14

It is phenomenal for a compact economy car, so I agree 100% with his comment. Any car can be great in their own segment.

1999 Mitsubishi Colt Mirage 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carCitroen Saxo

Summary:

A good compromise car, but watch out for the depreciation!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The car looks great, but doesn't live up to its looks.

Performance is reasonable, but the gears aren't that great - you need to spend too much time in third to really accelerate. It would be better if it was more even across all the gears.

Handling is good, but you're afraid to push it too hard.

The reliability has been excellent - no problems here, although it would be nice to have a longer service interval than 9000 miles.

The killer is the depreciation, particularly after Mitsubishi dropped the price by 15% not long after I bought. I was being offered trade ins of £4000 on a car I paid £12,000 for just over two years ago. Sell it privately if you can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews