Mitsubishi Mirage Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mitsubishi Mirage reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

What is causing the squealing noise when I accelerate in my 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Sep 2020

The drive belts on the engines might be new, but what about the pulleys they run in? A pulley with a worn bearing can start to squeal when under load, such as when you start to accelerate and the belt has to speed up. Also, any coolant or oil on the belt can make it screech, too. When the belts had just been replaced, they were nice and clean, but after a few kilometres have passed and contaminants have been able to build up, you might be back to square one again with a screaming rubber belt.

Check the belts for coolant or oil (or anything else) on them as well as the pulleys and tensioners to make sure a small leak in the engine is not being spread all over the place by the belt. Check the belts for correct tension, too, as this can vary over time and is a classic cause of noisy operation. It does seem odd that both cars have started to make the noise in unison, but stranger things have happened.

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STOP DRIVING IMMEDIATELY: Australian car owners in danger!

STOP DRIVING IMMEDIATELY: Australian car owners in danger!

12 May 2020 · by Tom White

If you own one of these popular late '90s models, stop driving immediately!

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"Stop driving immediately": Mitsubishi to buy back 8,000 older cars in urgent Takata airbag recall

"Stop driving immediately": Mitsubishi to buy back 8,000 older cars in urgent Takata airbag recall

17 Jan 2020 · by Justin Hilliard

Mitsubishi Australia has asked owners of 8081 older Mirage and Lancer cars, Pajero SUVs, Express vans and Starwagon people movers that could be fitted with potentially deadly airbags to “stop ...

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What new cars with high ground clearance do you recommend?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Mar 2019

If ground clearance is a real issue for you, why don’t you try a compact SUV?

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Mitsubishi Mirage 2014: Can my LS be fitted so it can tow?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Dec 2018

Mitsubishi doesn't provide a towing rating for the Mirage, so it's not recommended that you tow with it. If you do choose the tow with it you should check with your insurance company, as you might be in breach of the conditions of your policy.

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What's a good small car?

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Jul 2018

Of those choices the Mitsubishi Mirage would appear to be the best option. It is the newest, has the fewest kilometres, and is the cheapest. It’s also reliable and should give you good service. In order of preference I would suggest the Toyota Corolla and the Holden Cruze.

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Which small hatch should I buy for $15,000?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 May 2018

The Holden Spark has been discontinued in Australia, with the company citing low volume as the main issue. But if that doesn't deter you, it's still a solid buy at under $15,000. Dealers have plenty of stock still on showroom floors, and you can get really good prices on 2017-plate models for less than $15k, drive-away. Shop for the LT if this is the car you like most, because it has a better features list than the LS.

Probably best to steer clear of the regular Barina, which is admittedly bigger, but definitely not better. The current-generation model could find its way to the automotive graveyard this year, too. 

The Mirage isn't as good as either the Barina or Spark, so unless you just want a very inexpensive car, it's not high on our recommendation list. The Yaris is lagging behind the times in terms of features, but there's a reason it's a go-to for many budget car buyers: it's a strong offering for space and comfort. 

All of that said, the Kia Picanto is the budget car we'd most likely recommend, because it has a strong and long warranty and is the only one in the mix with auto emergency braking (AEB). Plus it has a reversing camera as standard (the base model Spark doesn't). 

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How long will a replacement gearbox last in a 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Answered by CarsGuide 18 May 2018

I think you can be confident that the replacement will go the distance. The warranty applies to the replacement parts, which is a standard 12 months.

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Do you think it's time that carmakers considered selling a small sedan-based ute on the Australian market?

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Apr 2018

You’ve got two chances of that ever happening: Buckley’s and Nunn, unless of course they discover a market for such a car somewhere overseas. There are so many options for people wanting a ute that I couldn’t see a small car-based ute ever getting up.

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