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Old 03-19-2017, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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starting to see 2014 Mirages under $5k

I get e-mail alerts for used Mirages. Lately I've seen a couple of examples with higher km's showing up for under $5k, eg:

$4999 CAD - top spec 5-speed with higher km



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Address 2740 Chemin du Lac, Longueuil, QC J4N 1B8, Canada
For Sale By Dealer
Year 2014
Kilometers 102,000 (60k miles)
Transmission Manual

5500$ pour un 2014 ** BOXING DAY**
Manuel moteur très économique
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Déverrouillage à distance porte clé
lecteur de CD
Sièges baquets chauffant
Roue mag
Vitre électrique

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-autos-camions...age/1237372329
(Ad links are probably outdated by now.)

$3988 CAD - base model with CVT - high kms (128k km = 80k mi.)



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Date Listed 28-Feb-17
Price
$3,988.00
Address 230 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1M9
For Sale By Dealer
Kilometers 128,136 (80k miles)
Stock # M16300A
This seller offers financing options.
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(That's $2995 US at current exchange rates.)

Incredibly, these would still have the balance of the 10 year 160k km / 100k mile powertrain warranty too.

But these are outliers. Sub-$5k pricing is not the norm yet (unless they're salvage/repaired cars). $5-7k range is more common for 2014's with normal miles.

One of these days one will pop up that's in a "why the heck not?" price range and I'll probably get it.

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They're starting to get closer to my price, too.
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And just a reminder for anyone mulling this over...

I know I come off like a broken record, but don't get the CVT if top fuel economy is your thing.

Despite the CVT's higher EPA rating, the 5-speed will outperform it in the real world... by a small margin in the hands of a simply competent driver, and by a huge margin in the hands of a motivated hypermiler.
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Yes.

Unlike the Jalopnik article yesterday that advised people to use manual gear selection as a method of reminding yourself not to speed.

IE: "Leave it in 3rd gear as a useful way to remind yourself to stay under 50 mph!"

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I've never driven a CVT, but I don't think I'd like it.
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I was prepared to hate it until I tried it. I appreciate the logic programmed into a fuel-saving CVT like the Mirage's, or my old 2004 Prius for example.

I also like the low, low engine RPM once up to speed. Makes for quiet, laid-back cruising.

Of course, I'd still always buy a manual, given the choice.

But considering the vast majority of buyers choose automatics in their transportation appliances, I support the idea of efficient CVT's for the mass fleet.
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Yes.

Unlike the Jalopnik article yesterday that advised people to use manual gear selection as a method of reminding yourself not to speed.

IE: "Leave it in 3rd gear as a useful way to remind yourself to stay under 50 mph!"

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Yes.

Unlike the Jalopnik article yesterday that advised people to use manual gear selection as a method of reminding yourself not to speed.

IE: "Leave it in 3rd gear as a useful way to remind yourself to stay under 50 mph!"

:P
That's the opposite of how I had to drive my GTO. The longer I spent in a lower gear, the higher the possibility of me going fast enough to get a ticket. If I was ever doing 50 in 3rd, it was because I was quickly on my way to 90. Cruising in 6th, I still had power to pass, but not enough to really tempt me to get on the go pedal.

Canadians must hate the Mirage. The only one under $5k near me is a '15 with 130k miles () and a CVT.
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ha - good point. I don't think I've driven a car that powerful and/or tempting in a long time.

Keep in mind the writer was Torchinsky, whose personal car is a classic VW Beetle. He's never on his way to 90 from 50!

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