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Old 05-31-2021, 09:09 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by mpg_numbers_guy View Post
... the Fit could get better fuel economy than the Mirage, maybe, or at least be more comparable but have the added bonus of Honda reliability.
Know what? The Mirage has turned out to be a very reliable car. If you're going to have a problem with a high miles Mirage, it's probably going to be the CVT [JATCO/Nissan unit].

One of our Mirage forum members is a mechanic for a courier company that has a fleet of 30 or 40 Mirages [all CVTs]. The cars suffer from tons of abuse, have high miles/kms. He's replaced a handful of CVTs and done lots of brake jobs, but has never had to touch engines, suspension/steering, and rarely other components. Some of his cars are past 400k kms / 249k mi.

He even bought himself a used one - with the CVT!

We've also got a bunch of self-employed delivery drivers on the forum who swear by the car's reliability [though most of those guys bought manuals].

The biggest downside to the Mirage may be parts prices / availability. It has nowhere near the aftermarket support of other Japanese brands.
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