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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: PandaBear] #5391816 04/02/20 11:57 AM
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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391827 04/02/20 12:06 PM
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I'd avoid Mitsubishi due to the fact that there's a good chance dealership support will be poor to non-existent.


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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391829 04/02/20 12:10 PM
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I'd look at something safer and more modern. The city will take a toll on your vehicle. A 2-4 yr old Subaru, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai or Kia would all be OK.

Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391858 04/02/20 12:50 PM
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if you care to know a vehicles history and want a car that is yours from day 1. - go with the mirage if not than a used yaris is fine.

Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391865 04/02/20 01:01 PM
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I tested a new (at the time) Mirage when I was considering starting a youtube channel on it.

For what it was, it was ok.
Everything about the car (seats, ride, fit and finish) reminded me of my ex-gf's 91 Chev Sprint 3 cyl hatchback ( same as Geo Metro, Pontiac Firefly etc.)
Those cars, just like the Mirage, were generally throw-away cars...really, how many of those

After I spent time behind the wheel, I was kinda glad there's a company in the world who still makes cars with old-school (90s) tech.
Sure, cars like the Yaris and Fit are MUCH better in every regard, but if you want something to beat on and throw away, you really can't fault the Mirage.


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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: Alfred_B] #5391869 04/02/20 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Alfred_B
Have you considered a Smart car? Tiny and safer than Mirage or Yaris are.



Stay the heck away from Smart. If you think Daewoo is bad, wait till you see Smart, that thing is 10x worse.

Yaris even the Mazda build one is ok as they are basic and simple, with highish volume so parts are easy to get and easy to repair. Mirage should be fine but when you need parts you may not be able to get them, especially if the dealer near you went bankrupt and you have to tow it 200 miles away for another dealer.

I'm a bit concerned about the Jatco CVT in Versa, I know they are better now but I'd worry about it when it is 100-150k miles, 72k is still too young to say it is good. Stay away from Prius C if you are not driving a lot, the battery cost will be higher than the mileage gain and the initial purchase price premium.


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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391917 04/02/20 02:17 PM
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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: PandaBear] #5391945 04/02/20 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by PandaBear


I'm a bit concerned about the Jatco CVT in Versa, I know they are better now but I'd worry about it when it is 100-150k miles, 72k is still too young to say it is good. Stay away from Prius C if you are not driving a lot, the battery cost will be higher than the mileage gain and the initial purchase price premium.


Mitsubishi uses Jatco CVTs as well, but you don't seem to hear about issues with them like you do on Nissans. Numbers of them on the road maybe? Who knows.

When I purchased our 2015 Versa 1.6S base model by private sale, I specifically sought this model because it came with the 4spd auto. You can still find base model Versa sedans that way up until 2017. Beyond that they're all CVT.

The 4spd definitely doesn't make it a nicer vehicle to drive, I did it because it's the car my kids use and I was looking for something to go the distance.


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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391962 04/02/20 03:33 PM
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My neighbour has a nissan micra ( not sure if its available in the U.S ) and he loves it for running around the city, but states its no highway cruiser.


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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391967 04/02/20 03:36 PM
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I see lots of Mitsubishi's in South Texas. Also near the boarder, tons of them.


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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5391992 04/02/20 04:04 PM
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Metro St, Louis-- 2.9 million people and nary a Mitsu dealer. Getting Nissan and Renault into the mess isn"t making it better. Sad because I had some Chrysler Corp branded cars in the seventies that weren't that bad including one that said Dodge in the front and Plymouth in the back.


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There is nothing wrong with the Mirage smile

Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5392004 04/02/20 04:18 PM
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Living in Brooklyn NY I would think buying a car at this moment should be the least of your worries. Your in the center of a pandemic.


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I test drove a bunch of small cars last fall. The Mirage was a weird, fun little car with the 5 speed and 3 cylinder. I had no interest in the CVT model. The folding rear seat and hatch made it really usable, but the hard plastic everywhere, coupled with road noise was giving me a headache after a while on a test drive. The Sonic or Spark only had 2 seats in the backseat, so that was no go for me. I ended up with a Kia Forte. A little more room for kids in the back, and a pretty good deal on a car that fit my needs (that sound close to yours.)


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Re: Mitsubishi Mirage for Basic Transportation [Re: parimento1] #5392088 04/02/20 06:43 PM
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Where are commuting to and from?
The electric sewer would almost certainly be easier and far less costly within its reach.
There are places where owning a car is more of a liability than an asset and NYC certainly qualifies.
Having said all of that, the Mirage is a modern day Geo Metro, three cylinder one liter engine and all.
Puts the Yaris/Versa/Spark in the shade in fuel economy and you can buy them brand new <$10K all day long, although this is also true of the Spark.
Drive a Mirage a bit and see what you think.
I suspect you'd find one to be no worse than any subcompact car of thirty years ago and what was considered state of the art then should be at least tolerable now.


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