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    Thumbs up Looked at a Mirage, Ready to Buy.. then near Deal Breaker: Driver Seat Headrest & CVT

    Maybe I did not notice in a prior test drive, but yesterday I took out a new SE with CVT (won't take a CVT out again, dangerously SLOW.. more on that).. but the head cushion was extremely uncomfortable for me. I felt like it was "pushing" my head forward, instead of letting is Rest.

    I bring this up because;
    A. I am very disappointed, I wanted to buy one and likely could at a price I wanted to.
    B. I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this with their Mirage, or (more likely) kept them from buying one?

    I would without even a shadow chose the 5 speed. It was adequate on the last test drive I took. But I noticed when just trying to make a left in an intersection with a really wide hole to enter before cars continued, I hit the accelerator over half down and the car took like 3 seconds to have ANY response. Keep in mind I am a very very chill driver. Not in anyway a demanding boy racer type.. but it was downright scary to me.

    That head rest, though? I cannot do it. I wonder why it was different? I sat in 3 other Mirages to rule it out. The Lancer was Fine. The salesman even pulled a Lancer rest to see if it would work in a Mirage, of course, wrong size.



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    I never felt my 2017 Mirage was underpowered in any way, but I come from driving a Geo Metro, so can't help you there. I have no idea why the headrest is an issue for you because my head never touches the rest while driving, but of course we are all different
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    My head also never touches the head rest. I thought those head rests were there mainly to prevent injury (such as whiplash) in the event of being rear ended.

    It's unclear from your post if the 3 second response time was when you were testing a CVT or a 5-speed.

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    My head never touches head rest either and don't feel my SE CVT is under powered either.

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    My head doesn't touch the headrest either and although my CVT Mirage is no powerhouse I never have felt any substantial delay in acceleration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolo View Post
    My head also never touches the head rest. I thought those head rests were there mainly to prevent injury (such as whiplash) in the event of be
    ing rear ended.

    It's unclear from your post if the 3 second response time was when you were testing a CVT or a 5-speed.
    Sorry I was not more clear. It was a CVT. I couldn't get it to Move. I don't know if it was a freak issue with this car, but I was talking to the guy saying "holy crap! What's wrong with this?!?" The car was approaching while I should have been in the clear out of his way.
    The last one I took out was no powerhouse, but seemed safe too drive in the case of merging or moving out. It was the standard 5 speed.


    Anyway, the headrest literally felt liked it was pushing my head. I wanted to push it back, figured there must be a "tilt" like many cars have, like my 92 VW, or wife's Forester. Nope, only up and down.

    So I guess I am back to shopping around or just fixing up the Vdub. I might go back and check again, but if I just have a comfort problem.. then I need to accept it.

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    the headrest issue is due to having the seatback too upright. I get this after my wife uses the car. She slouches while driving so brings the seatback more upright. I get the head push until I recline seatback one notch then all is well.
    Note the difference of one notch either way is hard to discern aside from the headrest touching your head. Test drive again with seat properly reclined for your posture.
    As for the CVT I've owned two now and I have no issue with get up and go. The cvt "learns" how to behave from how you drive it. If you don't let it feel the urgency through your right foot it will be sluggish. If you want to enter traffic step like you mean it not like you're touring a graveyard.
    It takes a bit of learning to get "performance" from 76hp. If you are too passive it will feel sluggish with the manual as well.
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    Some other owners have rotated the headrest 180 degrees.

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    Mine doesn't touch at all. 6'1"

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    My head doesnt touch the headrest. I'm 6'3-4" and I sit straight up. So its more of a posture issue it seems. Seats in the Mirage are very different from a typical Sedan so I'm assuming your body has gotten used to a different type of seat. My corolla hugs my body more but its angle is smaller which is uncomfortable for me. Mirage seats are perfect, so its subjective.

    I don't understand your problem with performance. I see a lot of mirage drivers who drive very fast because it doesnt seem like high speeds in a light weight car. If the power you are talking about is when you go up hills then you want to down shift into 'B.'


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