2016 Mitsubishi Space Star 1.2 from Germany


It does the job it is supposed to do


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

This review refers to the model which is sold as the Space Star in continental Europe, but as the Mirage in many other places.

It's a nice little runabout. The steering is a little vague, turn-in seems disconnected from steering wheel input at times and the car will understeer freely if you try to get a move on. The engine is quite lively, and the gearbox is quite good, although you do have to fish around for 3rd gear sometimes, especially if you try to snatch the change from 2nd to 3rd. Getting reverse can sometimes be tricky, but the car makes some delightful noises to let you know that you haven't got it right...

I can't get comfortable in the car, as the seat will not slide back far enough and the seat-lowering system only lowers the rear portion of the seat, creating a hole rather than making the seat actually lower in any useful way. The interior is basic and functional, and the rear seats can just about take 3 children if one of them is tall/old enough not to need a car seat. The boot is surprisingly spacious due to the low floor.

All in all, if you're fairly short and need a little simple runabout, this car does the job.

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

Review Date: 20th September, 2016

2001 Mitsubishi Space Star Sport 1.9 DID from Portugal


Very fast car with a low price


Plastic switch of both sides (driver and passenger) electric windows broke.

Bearing of the top of the shock absorber failure.

Paint is a bit soft. Paint of the mirrors went off.

Air cond. gas had to be changed. Not enought cold when A.C. is on.

General Comments:

Good handle and excellent braking power. This car is very fast and is very economical. On average 5L to 6L /100km.

Very reliable car and the engine fits good, but lacks power before 2000 rpm. This issue can be frustrating in mountain road.

Driving position is like driving a big truck.

Some parts are expensive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2008

27th Dec 2011, 09:15

You made very fair review, I say.

We own the 2001 SpaceStar 1.9 DI-D (75kW version), we bought it in Spring 2011. The car was imported from Italy, it was repainted there.

Good and quite fast for a small-medium car (can do 200 km/h on a highway).

Also problems with broken electric windows switch, top cabin light switch, and very irritating, bearing off the top of the shock absorber failure. Our car came with no luggage-covering shelf, so we had to make one to hide our luggage from curious looks.

It has too weak performance when the A/C is on and the engine is at <2000 rpm (before the turbine starts). I never expected this on a strong diesel car.

Otherwise, it's good for us, only we need a larger boot definitely.

I confirm average diesel consumption of 5-6 l/100km.

2003 Mitsubishi Space Star family 1.3 from Norway


Good reliable car


Problem with back brakes. Car ss braking, but not evenly on entire disk surface. Should be a common fault? Haven't fixed it yet.

Other than this no problems.

Yes, the paint chips easy. Way easy...

General Comments:

It nice car with place all around.

Some stupid things like, if I put Cola bottle in drink holder and want to open ashtray it hits the bottle and don't open completely.

I'm 190cm and can sit at back seat with place to spare!

Seat fabric is kinda white and its bad when you have children.

I will not talk about performance because it almost don't have any.2 and 3'rd gear have "some" power and that's it.

1'st gear is way to short.

Too noisy when going over 120km/h.I mean on engine noise.110km/h is on 3500rpm.That's high.

You sit high inside and its easy to go in and out.

Stupid position for cigarette lighter (inside ashtray).

All in all I own it for 1 year and I'm happy with it.

(but shall change it for something more power full. Don't misunderstood me,I love the car and the looks, but the engine is too weak for my likings).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2007

5th Nov 2007, 10:39

"Space Star"? CORNY!

3rd Jul 2008, 06:20

I'm still driving the same Space star. Having driven for 130,000km now.

Normal service over time like changing motor oil, filters etc. All done by myself. Why pay when its easy.DIY!

Brake pads on right-front have started to worn suddenly and have to be replaced now.

I started to replace them but damn caliper-bolt is all rusty and I can't get it to open. Have tried all I could but nothing worked.

Back brakes are still the same as I wrote in original post.

Shall fix all brakes next week at local garage.

TJ boot on right-front axle fell off. No damage to joint so only boot changed.

Now the same problem on left side. (damn tj boots).

A good part of paint scratches all over the car. Few reviewers have wrote that paint chips and scratches easily and I agree. Looks like every morning when I wake I find new scratch on the car. And I keep the car in garage. You figure!

Otherwise no problems at all.

Everything working as it should.

Never let me down and never caused me problems.

This is a good build quality car!!!

But sadly I'm gonna let it go next week when I change the brakes. I kinda got bored of driving it and just need a change.

17th Jul 2008, 06:49

I'm the guy with the 128,000 mile 1.9 DiD Space Star, don't let it go you'll regret it. When doing the brakes make sure all moving parts get plenty of copper slip on especially the rears they do sieze if not protected and buy quality parts.

4th May 2009, 08:40

I have sold the car on 30.04.09.


Got tired of driving it + rust on 5th (back) door. No wonder how much they salt here in Norway, but anyway for 5-6 year old car it's kind of early to rust don't you think?

Also a lot of paint bubbles on the 5th door. Dealer refuses to look at it saying that car is old. But they give 10 years rust guarantee!

Anyway I was pleased with car, has not given me trouble and have never died on me on. Good fuel economy, 5,5L/100km on a country road/highway, 7,5L/100km in a city.

Well that's it then.