1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage GLX-i 1.6i 16v SOHC from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6i 16v SOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance63500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Underrated POCKET ROCKET!! =D

Faults:

None so far. Expecting very little due to Japans legendary reliability which may I add is the most reliable of all countries. Stats prove that.

General Comments:

Being only 19 I haven't had much experience with cars. However I have driven about 13 different cars and so I believe I have enough scope to get a good idea of comparison.

This car is seriously underated. It is reliable extremly well equipped and in the GLX model it has the sporty look side skirts and spoiler which is great for you boy racers.

The car is nicely equipped with electric mirrors, electric sunroof, alarm immobilizer, ABS, power steering, spotlights alloy wheels (they look rubbish though) and in the top mirage models it even has heated seats.

The cars performance is generally very good. It's a very willing car give it the chance and puts a smile on your face when it hits over 5,000 rpm. However I have read someone stated in a review they took out a Toyota Celica.. sum how I don't think so.. my mum owns a 1991 Toyota Celica GTI-16V ST182-R which I have driven and it would floor the mirage so easy it wouldn't even be funny.

For the boy racers 0-60mph (100kph) takes under 9.4 seconds from stand still and a top speed of apparently 118 mph, but I haven't fully set it out to its limits and factory settings lie. example my Honda Civic was quoted to do 105mph so its all kinda useless when I was doing 117mph in it! :| (there always too slow).

Insurance as well is amazing issue here for a 1.6i 16v I was expecting to get a number more longer than the digits I used to phone the insurance company, but however this car is far more cheap £250+ less than the 1.3 Honda Civic DX.

Changes to better this car would be a more aggressive DOHC sport version of it to put up a fight against the JDM honda civic type R. Also disc brakes all round would be good! and a much better set of alloys sorry, but they remind me of cheesy Corsa three spokes which belong on the wheels of a pair of skates in an 80's roller disco!

I don't regret them minor issues because lets face it this car is so much better than a Saxo VTR! I'm not upset that I didn't get my burberry cap as standard to be honest!

Overall for the money and the quality of its car its more or less impossible to beat!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2005

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres

Summary:

The most comfortable and reliable vehicle in its class

Faults:

I owned this car for 6 years and never experienced a problem.

General Comments:

Probably the best value car in this price range. I traveled up and down the east coast of Australia and never had a problem. I have recently traded this vehicle in on a new car, but only because it was starting to show its age. The seats tend to cut blood flow on the legs on long haul drives. The suspension gets a bit rough after 5 years, but this can be modified of course. I chose not to do this and upgrade instead. The resale value of this car is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th October, 2002

30th Nov 2006, 17:57

I am curious why your review got a blue rating. Your review was very positive.

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Coupe ASTI V 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far ;)

General Comments:

This is a good economical car that provides a lot of style for not a lot of money. It is also cheap to insure.

In it's 1.3 guise it lacks hard acceleration when over 60mph however there are bigger engines available.

The car is well specified with electric windows and mirrors, keyless entry, air-con, ABS etc. The only complaint is a high level of wind and road noise and the fact that it is only available as an import from Japan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 1999

26th Jun 2001, 12:14

I've just bought a 1996 Mitsubishi Mirage AstiV Coupe 1.5l (Ireland). Lovely car to drive, well built, lot of toys on the inside. Does anybody know if the suspension components (springs and shocks) are the same as the Lancer or the Colt??

Thanks.

6th Sep 2001, 22:32

Yes, some of them are the same.

I also know of a couple of guys in the states who run the Lancer style engines, and the installation was "supposed" to be straight forward.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 6 reviews