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1997 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Vehicle Highlights

Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 28/Hwy 36/Comb 31 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.5 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1997 Mitsubishi Mirage Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 222 Ratings for the 1997 - 2002 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

Extremely dependable and maintenance free car

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Replaced by new vehicle

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "extremely efficient, low operating cost"

Cons: "sits low, comfort is so-so"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased a base model mirage DE in 2001 and it has proven to be an exceptional vehicle. Conduct the basic required maintenance and this vehicle will last forever. Great 1st Car,very impressed with it."

I really like how comfortable this car is!

By on Thursday, January 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 199,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "nice to drive"

Cons: "It's a small car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am the 5th owner and I have been very pleased with this car--made me a fan of Japanese cars :) I like the fact that it has a pleasant style that's not really dated even though the car is 14 years old. And it was so much more comfortable for all the driving I had to do in it (as opposed to a Plymouth Neon)Overall I am happy with this car!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

best cheapest little car around

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 211,514

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"honestly ran into small minor repairs such as broken belts and thats it this car gets me from point a to b no prob this the car that keeps on keepin on love it would buy another in a heart beat"

Honestly one of the best cars ive owned

By on Sunday, October 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 196,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "One of the best cars to own for a good price"

Cons: "Really wish they came with a Turbo"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Highly recomended, lots of parts on the market, very sexy and sporty looking,reasonably fast for a non turbo car,if you get the chance get the 1.8 version, its the best and you can even swap engines with a 2.0 Lancer and you can even do a swap with the 2.0 turbo 4g63 Evo 8 and 9 engines,also you can do body and interior swaps from the Evo 4,5 and 6. This is a very good car, mine is a 1.8 and almost hitting 200k miles and its still running like a champ. the 1.5 DE version is good too but if you get the chance to get the LS go for the LS."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I call it magic. No repairs for 8 years.

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, gives confidence, gas mileage great."

Cons: "Noise on highway, seats not that comfy."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the most reliable car I've ever had. It even started out as a rental car for 2-1/2 years or so. Perfect AC. Heat starts in winter really fast and works well. Never had a starting problem in winter, even if left unused for days. Works like a Jeep or something - narrow dirt roads wet or dry okay any time of year, able to explore anywhere others wouldn't have dared. Original factory paint job is one of the best - at 13-14 years old is often the shiniest in the lot, with little done on my part. Fold down backseat with extended trunk space was a handy feature."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Built Like a Tank

By on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 196,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "cheap, reliable, very strong engine and trans, mpg"

Cons: "Cruise control would be nice"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have put this car through the wringer and it keeps on going. The engine and transmission will not quit. I think the doors and wheels will literally fall off before it does. After 4 years of sporadic oil changes, the need for new tie rods, leaks we haven't fixed, and a general lack of routine maintenance, it is finally slowing down. The only thing we've really done to it is replace the tires. It used to look and run really good before an accident turned it into a beater, and got around 30 mpg. I would highly recommend for a first car or as something cheap, reliable, and good on gas."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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