1997 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable but outdated
Mostly because of human error.
Crankshaft pulley had to be fixed due to the ineptness of the previous mechanic.
Water pump needed replacing because I did not use enough concentration of coolant.
Windscreen cracked and needed replacing. O'Briens gave a great service for this.
Wheel camber went due to bad Sydney streets.
Oil leaks fixed; probably gaskets replaced without overhauling.
Solidly reliable despite a raft of human errors servicing it.
Short distance driving economy is horrible; 300km from one tank. Long distance is great at 600km from one tank of RON91 ethanol.
Rubber bits like seals and bushings are starting to go.
Never had to worry getting stuck on the streets.
Safety is a concern because it locks quite easily on greasy surfaces, and it probably cannot challenge heavy Aussie cars in a head on collision.
Overall an excellent car for budget minded people who are seasoned drivers, and drive from time to time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2014