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Old 02-27-17, 01:14 PM
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Bought My First NEW Car

I never thought I would buy a new car. All my life I drove beater cars and had a few decent ones in the past. When fuel prices went up back in 2008 I been heavily into the Geo Metro cars because of it's fuel mileage and I even opened up Geo Metro Forum. In the last few years, many, many members from my forum were buying up the new Mitsubishi Mirage and calling it the "Modern Day Metro". After at least 20 of my website members and local friends bought a Mirage, I decided to research the car, because frankly, a new car for under $13,000 could not be that great.

I read the crappy reviews from Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, and other sites and the reviews were terrible, but only because of the "lack of horsepower" and "body roll" on high speed cornering. They must have forgot they were testing an economy car. Now when going by actual owner reviews, this car got the highest ratings compared to other cars in it's class from sites like KBB, Carsurvey, Mirage Forum, etc. This car also has a 4.5 star crash rating and a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. Owner reviews of other sub-compacts like the Spark, Fiesta, Versa, Fiat, Smart, and other more expensive compact cars were actually pretty terrible.

I like great fuel mileage, but reliability is very important to me along with safety. I have an automotive forum full of very smart, frugal members so I went ahead and decided to look into a Mirage since the Geo Metro is becoming dated. I kept my 98 Metro and the wife's 96 Metro and still have my 91 Metro off road buggy. I traded in my rusted out 95 Chevy 4x4 for a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ES 5-Speed with 10 miles on the odometer..........



Bought the car on January 2nd and we live in the Snow Belt in NE Ohio. So far we had no issues with the car driving in deep snow or icy roads. With about 2500 miles on the odometer now, we had no issues at all and don't expect any since there are some Mirage owners out there with over 200K on their cars and had nothing but oil changes, brakes, and tires................







Since the weather broke, I decided to cavity wax and rustproof the car even though it has a 7 year 100K rust-out warranty because I plan on keeping this car. Just like with the wife's clean Metro, I removed all the door, hatch, and hood panels and rust treated the insides of those panels and also did the entire undercarriage minus exhaust, suspension bushings, etc. I also decided to give the car a new look and upgraded from steel wheel to some 15" alloy rims...................





Sorry for the long post, but I am very excited about the new car and have no regrets making a car payment. Our old truck was costing $80.00 to $100.00 per week in fuel plus almost weekly repairs, so right there was more than the payment on a new car, plus I got tired of spending almost every weekend working on the truck.

Also my bikes easily fit in the hatchback with the seats down and removing the front rim from the bike
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Old 02-27-17, 02:02 PM
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Enjoy!

Nice looking vehicle. Drive safe.
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I felt the same way about new cars up until recently, now that I can actually afford one. There's something to be said about having a brand new car, solid warranty, etc.

Looks like a fun little car. May she live a long and economical life.

I almost bought an LS (IIRC) swapped metro last year just for fun. I'm kind of regretting not doing it.
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Old 02-27-17, 05:00 PM
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Actually, our best friend liked our car so much she wanted me to find her a used one and she got a Mirage a couple weeks ago..............

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Old 02-27-17, 05:40 PM
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Not a fan of econoboxes but I really like that blue.

New cars are always fun. I'm on #6 so the novelty has worn off a bit and I now look at them somewhat as necessities. My new Outback however, is a really nice car but admit to now understanding why all the old farts (from the perspective of when I was 25) drove really big Buicks, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles. When you get old you just get tired of not having a bit of luxury, thus my OB has heated seats, power stuff everywhere, and is a luxurious boat in most respects. Part of aging.

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Old 02-27-17, 06:11 PM
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Congrats! I bought my first new car about 12 years ago, and hopefully it will be my last. It's been a good car (2005 Honda Odyssey), but depreciation is a b****, and I would probably have been better off with buying two 5-7year old Odysseys

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I like great fuel mileage...
What mileage is the new bishi getting?
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Old 02-27-17, 06:25 PM
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Congrats! I bought my first new car about 12 years ago, and hopefully it will be my last. It's been a good car (2005 Honda Odyssey), but depreciation is a b****, and I would probably have been better off with buying two 5-7year old Odysseys



What mileage is the new bishi getting?
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Ah, now I see what you're getting at in that pic... good job!
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Congrats on the new ride. Keep the maintenance (oil change, tire rotation, filters etc.) up and you should be in good shape for a while.
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I will "never" buy another new new car again. I made that mistake twice in my life.
I am not a very "car lucky" person where it comes to nice vehicles. I have owned total POS cars and trucks for YEARS and not had issues, no accidents, no incidents, etc. The MOMENT that I get a nice new car....accident, door dings, trash on the road, mechanical issues. It's like some weird hoodoo curse.

I make it a point now when searching for a "new" vehicle to own that something be already wrong with the appearance of it...nothing major but already needs to have a door ding, scratch or something so it's over. I have found that (for myself) so long as I have a bad paint spot, or a fender of another color my car will NEVER EVER break down or have issue. I honestly think it's a vanity thing.

EDIT- ...and uh, sorry dude, wasn't meaning to poo poo on your new car experience. It is amazing to own something that no one else has.

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May God bless & good luck w the new ride. love the color!

if you have a fin too & ever want to use a hatchback rack so you can carry luggage in the car. they make those kinds of racks. (called over-the-top) hard to find used on CL

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I hope the OP enjoys his new car for a long time.

Cars just don't do a whole lot for me anymore. Every once in a while I'll get "new car fever", but then I think about having no car payment and that makes me happy. They'll have to pry my '03 Honda Element out of my cold dead hands.
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Congratulations on a satisfying purchase. Please put a Huffy sticker on it or "Huffy" plates.
My brother and father both bought Mitsubishis last year, an outlander and outlander sport, they are still happy with them.
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CONGRATS !!!!

Can I borrow it this weekend ?
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if you have a fin too & ever want to use a hatchback rack so you can carry luggage in the car. they make those kinds of racks. (called over-the-top) hard to find used on CL
I have a (plastic) spoiler on the top/back of my minivan, and even though Saris doesn't recommend it, I just run the straps over it. (saris bones 3) The downwards weight is borne by the feet of the rack on the bumper, the side and top straps just keep it all from falling backwards.

or at least I did until I finally broke down and got a hitch and a 5-bike hitch rack. Now the Saris Bones goes on the little hatchback, no spoiler, no issues.
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Congrats on the new car! I know how you feel since I recently replaced an old 2005 VW Passat with a 2017 Hyundai Tucson. Its the second new car that I have had in my life. First was a 1994 Nissan Sentra. Your car reminds me of the Sentra a little. But your gas mileage is crazy good at 37 city / 43 highway.
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Congratulations on a satisfying purchase. Please put a Huffy sticker on it or "Huffy" plates.
YES!

And somehow you must give your car a mullet
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I read the crappy reviews from Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, and other sites and the reviews were terrible, but only because of the "lack of horsepower" and "body roll" on high speed cornering.
Lack of HP is extremely forgivable for an economy car.

Body roll in my opinion isn't. There is no good reason for engineers to skimp on sway bars. It's not as though it's some high tech expensive proposition, and being able to stay at speed is a good thing for cars that can barely get out of their own way.
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The reviews on the body roll issues were from the 2014/15 models. In 2017 they upgraded the suspension, brakes, and horsepower.
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We bought our first new car back in '13 ('14 Nissan Altima SV w/4 cyl) and then traded that for a new '16 F-150 SuperCrew XLT RWD w/2.7 EcoBoost.

I've thought about a Outlander or Outlander Sport, but I'm concerned they may follow in Suzuki's tracks and pull out of the US market.
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I think the new Mirage is the car that is saving Mitsubishi from leaving the US market. Sales keep growing. The new G4 Sedan is a really nice Mirage, but I prefer the hatchback since it's easier to haul the bicycle around. Now my brother is considering a new Mirage.

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cool car i bet it last you 300,000 miles. i still only have my honda pcx 150 cc scooter. someday ill get a car
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[QUOTE=Johnny Mullet;19410574]I think the new Mirage is the car that is saving Mitsubishi from leaving the US market. Sales keep growing. The new G4 Sedan is a really nice Mirage, but I prefer the hatchback since it's easier to haul the bicycle around. Now my brother is considering a new Mirage./QUOTE]
Your hypothesis might be right.

I checked out the Mitsubishi site last night and noticed that the G4 sedan is priced higher than the hatch. That is interesting because virtually all of the compact models I've looked at have typically charged more for the hatchback variant.
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Damn, that little fuel miser would fit in the back of my Ford Club Wagon!
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Mitsubishi Motors Reports Best February Sales Since 2005

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) reported February 2017 sales of 10,924 an increase of 38.8 percent over February 2016. Mitsubishi's flagship CUV lead the way with total sales of 3,665, an increase of 72.8 percent over last year and the best February sales month in 14 years (2003). The spirited and fuel efficient Mirage and Mirage G4 posted combined sales of 2,835 representing an increase of 145 percent over February 2016. For the calendar year, Mitsubishi sales are up 23 percent when compared to the same period last year.
Mitsubishi Motors Reports Best February Sales Since 2005 - Mitsubishi Newsroom
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