View Poll Results: What's the status of your Mirage's rear axle?

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  • Rear axle replaced under warranty; new axle within specs

    8 21.05%
  • Rear axle replaced under warranty; alignment is still off

    3 7.89%
  • Waiting for warranty replacement axle

    7 18.42%
  • Axle temporarily or permanently aligned with DIY fix

    4 10.53%
  • Rear alignment inspected & deemed within specs by dealer

    18 47.37%
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Thread: Rear Wheel Misaligned? (UPDATE: some rear axles out of spec; warranty replacement)

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    Quote Originally Posted by morse View Post
    Is this REALLY a problem?
    If a car wears out a pair of tires in 10,000 miles due to an alignment problem that can't be corrected without replacing the entire axle assembly, that's a REAL problem in anyone's book. Any car that's tracking that poorly is going to have an annoying pull...and it's going to cost some fuel economy in the process. I've read (and seen) enough to know that the percentage of Mirages with deficient rear axles is greater than 1%. Look...that doesn't mean people shouldn't buy a Mirage...it just means owners should exercise a little bit of common-sense preventative medicine when it comes to checking the alignment and/or closely monitoring tire wear.

    In my opinion... As a pro-active preventative measure, everyone who buys a Mirage should get a 4-wheel alignment check...even if the car is brand new. If you read the FAQ, you know how to get it done for free. Even if the car's rear axle is within specs, there's a very good chance that the front end is out of spec. We've had more than 30 owners randomly post their 4-wheel alignment numbers. I think only 1 or 2 of those had all 4 wheels aligned properly from the factory. These are great cars and they are reliable...but whoever is supervising the alignment crew at the factory needs to be transferred to a new spot on the assembly line.


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    It's not a problem if you don't mind an off center steering wheel, a car that tracks at an angle going down the road, squirly handling at higher speed on crappy pavement, and wasting money replacing tires more often than would normally be necessary. So in other words, yeah, it's a problem.

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    We have nearly 60,000km now on our Space Star, roughly 30,000km from these have been driven on summer tires which need to be changed now. Thread wear is not even on these tires.

    I'm going to get my alignment checked for the new tires.
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    I doubt they even check factory alignment for US bound mirages. The highest tier of inspection was applied to Japan bound and US bound mirages for the first few months of the '14 model year production, then it was to be dropped for US destined cars.


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