1996 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5L petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Most reliable Mitsi ever!


Styled metal wheels are rubbish because wheel dressings slip and cut tyre valves off.

Rear window seals beginning to split, but not leaking.

Otherwise fine.

General Comments:

This car is brilliant. My Mirage is the first of the CE model run, so it's quite basic.

The interior fittings are extremely durable, with no cracks nor fading of the plastic. The little 69KW 1500cc motor goes like a rocket and will cruise nicely at 110.

35 litres of petrol will get me at least 600Kms, so fuel economy is brilliant.

Despite the quick gear changes of a P plate driver, this car is standing up pretty well; it's quick and durable, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a small car.

Being a 3 door, it's inconvenient for taking passengers, but it has a decent sized boot.

The 13" inch wheels are rubbish, but if you put some 14" inch alloys on it, it'll stick to the road like glue.

Being wider than most hatchs, front seat room is plentiful.

My Mirage is an Oldie but a Goodie. The 2000-03 model is supposed to be better, but still has the same motor and running gear. Over all, you can't go wrong!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2008

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Vie Saloon 1.5 DOHC from UK and Ireland


Best car I ever had


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

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5 Litre from Australia and New Zealand


Hell, why drive anything less!!


Flat tyre due to wheel dressings.

Driver's seat belt re-tractor became stuck (I couldn't lean forward or even get out of the car seat!).

Front passenger and driver's seat are wearing badly, especially if you wear jeans.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute ripper! I travel 600 kilometers a week on 1 tank of petrol.

Just cause it's fuel efficient doesn't mean that it's slow either. This thing can reach speeds of well over 130Kmph in under 30 seconds! Not bad for a 1.5 litre 4!

They're also very roomy and can handle cornering at well over 40 kmph without falter. So there you have it, not only is it efficient, quick, relatively well styled and comfortable, but she also sticks to the road like glue.

Once you've owned a Mirage, you won't settle for anything less.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2007

21st Feb 2016, 08:22

Original poster here. The car is still going strong after nearly 320,000 kilometres. It now has a pretty hefty list of things that are due to be replaced... as you would expect considering she's nearly 20 years old.

The transmission mount is busted, front shocks need replacing, water pump and timing belt are due, front and rear brakes require overhauling, pretty dire oil leak from the rocker cover,clutch (yes it's the original) is just starting to slip.

I sold this car with 255,000 on the clock back in 2013 only to repurchase her in January of last year for a fraction of what she was sold for. Yes it sounds tragic, but I did miss the old girl. She's fantastic and I will certainly be spending a bit of time getting her roadworthy again. That said, she still fires up first go and runs beautifully... just a bunch of maintenance issues really.