1997 Mitsubishi Mirage Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1997 Mitsubishi Mirage from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Nothing special

Faults:

I have had to get the brakes replaced twice.

After a rainy day the car has difficulty starting and if I don't let it warm up first, will stall repeatedly when I begin to drive.

The cassette player is broken.

General Comments:

The radio gets horrible reception.

It was very inexpensive and I have gotten my money's worth out of it.

It is extremely unsafe. That is why I am getting rid of it now that I have a daughter.

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

Review Date: 25th April, 2005

1997 Mitsubishi Mirage LS 1.8L SOHC Sedan from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8L SOHC Sedan Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

This car does not get the credit that it deserves!

Faults:

Center console can snap in and out.

Wind can be felt coming from the E-Brake area.

Mechanically, I haven't had any problems. I just kept up with the normal maintenance, and it runs perfectly.

General Comments:

For an economy car, the Mirage is fun to drive.

This car handles exceptionally. Somehow I managed to keep up with a BMW Z3 while racing on a windy road. Obviously he left me in the dust on the straightaways.

It accelerates nicely, I drive on the highway often and I have no problems merging into traffic or passing other cars. It holds its own against a honda civic.

A power sunroof/moonroof is a great addition to the car. The controls are simple, and easy to access. and when it slides back, it is inside the roof compartment instead of sliding above the roof like some other sunroofs I have seen.

The seats still haven't become noticeably worn, even after being driven almost 100,000 miles, and the cushions haven't flattened out yet.

The Mirage isn't very spacious in the interior, It is comfortable in the front seats after you slide the seats back a little bit. As for the back seats, your friends may question why they even bothered to put 4 doors on the car. Do not attempt to seat 5 people in the car. The added weight makes the car sluggish, and it will remind you why this is called an "economy car".

Overall, the Mirage is a great buy. I've heard many people say that it will easily last more than 200,000 miles if you take care of it. If Mitsubishi had promoted it better, it might have been more popular than the civic. I have driven both and have seen how they both wear, the Mirage is a much MUCH better buy than a civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2005

18th Feb 2010, 12:50

Why the negative face if you like the car?

19th Feb 2010, 05:12

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steven@carsurvey.org

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The happy and sad faces are automatically generated based on the numerical ratings (Performance, Reliability etc) in the review, and the answer to the question "Would you buy another car from this manufacturer?"

In this case, the very low numerical ratings are the reason for the sad face.

Steven Jackson, CSDO Media Limited.

1997 Mitsubishi Mirage DE 1.8L from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

The best economy car I have seen

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

From 1999 to now, I have only had to change the oil the brakes, and the air filter.

Gas mileage always averages above 30 miles per gallon.

Very very reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2004

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 11 reviews