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Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...

I just bought another cheap "AS-IS SPECIAL" Mirage. Like my previous one, this was traded in at a new car dealership that wanted nothing to do with it:

Also like the last one, it's a 2014 top trim 5-speed. But even fancier! Factory body kit! Rain deflectors! All the chromed plastic bling you can stick on it! Talk about gilding the lily.

147,000 km = 91k miles - a bit high for the year.

It looks like it may not need any repairs to pass inspection (mandatory in Ontario). OK, the summer tires are shot, but it came with a set of winter tires on wheels with plenty of meat on them which will pass muster. Considering this will be my next winter beater, that's fine with me.

And it came slightly pre-ecomodded:

1) Factory block heater

It's one of the cartridge style ones that slips into an existing hole in the engine block. 450 watts, I believe.

2) Aftermarket Boat Tail Attachment Point!

I probably won't keep this car past next spring, so a tail may not appear on this exact one.

But I will be keeping the hitch and the block heater for when I eventually get my "forever Mirage".


A) I already removed the rain deflectors.

B) Unfortunately, the previous owner replaced the factory 165 width LRR Dunlop Enasaves with non-LRR 175's. The car doesn't roll as well as my first one.

In stock ecomods awaiting installation

Of course I saved all the coroplast bits & bobs from Mirage #1...

Just a matter of installation.

From Thread: I just bought Canada's cheapest 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...

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