1985 Mitsubishi Mirage Reviews

1985 Mitsubishi Mirage GLX 1.3 DOHC turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance106000 kilometres

Summary:

Never underestimate the power of Mitsubishi

Faults:

The other day some electrical coil blew up so I had to replace it with a new one. The car started, but after one second the car cut out. It was cheap to fix.

I did crash the car last year, but I have replaced the dented panels and head lights.

General Comments:

The fastest 1300 I've driven.

I have got the car up to 180 kilometers per hour. This was downhill though and the wind coming from the rear.

It doesn't handle too well around the corners. The 155 millimeter tyres wouldn't help too much.

I have dragged quite a few cars. People underestimate the power of the 1300 DOHC turbo. I have dragged a 1985 Toyota GT Corolla, a 1989 FX-ZX Corolla, 1990 XL Toyota Corolla, 1983 Lancer EX. Close race with the XL Corolla.

I am looking at buying a 1988 FX-GT Corolla

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2003

29th Aug 2007, 14:05

1988? It's 2007, get with the times! I remember the ol 1985-1988 Mirage Turbo's well, almost bought one. Now you never see them on the road (or for sale online anywhere). What happened?

1985 Mitsubishi Mirage Base 1.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carFord Maverick

Summary:

Dependable car that takes a beating and asks for more

Faults:

The things that have gone wrong with this car were my own fault.

First, the clutch cable broke because I popped the clutch all the time. The part was about $20 and installed it myself.

Second, the carburetor float seized because I let it sit for about three months one time because I had bought another car (it died, that's why I'm driving this one now). The carburetor rebuild kit was $60 and I paid my uncle another $100 to do the job.

The interior plastic has started to flake off into a powder-like substance.

The rear defrost quit working.

The vent selector switch has broken, so now I cannot choose defrost or foot heat.

The car now smokes a little, but that doesn't surprise me considering how I treat it and how many miles it has acquired.

It runs a little rich, causing it to hesitate and purge black smoke. It doesn't happen as much after the car warms up.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $500 after it was donated to a church. When I bought the car, it desperately needed a tune up plus new front brakes and rotors, which I had done.

It has been the most dependable car I have ever owned. Sure, it isn't the most powerful or stylish car on the road, but it has gotten me there and back with no fuss.

Even though it is a small car, I don't feel cramped when I'm driving it. And it is actually more comfortable than my mothers' Honda Accord.

If you need a dependable car and find one of these for sale, buy it! You will never regret your choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews