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    Mirages/Space Stars spotted in the wild (pics! Not your own car)

    I took the day off to go snowboarding and saw my first Mirage in the wild!

    It was a top spec SAPPHIRE BLUE one (SE, in Canada) zipping down the freeway. It was going the opposite direction, so no pic. This will have to do...

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    (Mitsubishi photo)

    It was exactly like this photo, if this photo also showed lots of snow, frozen slush & road salt stains.

    Have you spotted any on the road yet? (PH members, I can already guess the answer to that question.)

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    Rarely. However, yesterday saw two - both ES with no backup camera. One Graphite Gray and one Infrared with black side moldings.

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    I've seen three in the wild so far.

    One kiwi green DE back in early October (was about the first week they came out) on Century Blvd near LAX. It caught my attention, but I thought it was a Fiesta at first.

    One grey Mirage at night (couldn't tell the trim) on the USC campus about a week before Christmas

    And a Sapphire Blue ES on Interstate 15 on the way to Las Vegas, about 70 miles outside of Sin City. Somebody was intrepid enough to venture across the desert in one and it was doing a good job keeping up with traffic

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    Quote Originally Posted by festiboi View Post
    One kiwi green DE back in early October (was about the first week they came out)
    That was probably the fleet car we've seen in a bunch of road test reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    That was probably the fleet car we've seen in a bunch of road test reviews.
    That's what I thought too, or it was possibly a rental car (being close to the airport). However, this one had paper dealer plates from South Coast Mitsubishi, which in California meant that it was recently purchased by a private owner. It was also a young couple riding around in it. As the Mirage ad states "a small car for a big life!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by festiboi View Post
    possibly a rental car
    Are rental companies buying Mirages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikhail View Post
    One Graphite Gray and one Infrared with black side moldings.
    I haven't seen any black side moldings in official photos -- dealer added?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Are rental companies buying Mirages?
    There was a press release back in October that Avis was renting out Mirages:

    http://www.avis.com/car-rental/conte...e-US_en-044959

    I rent cars typically two times a month (it's one of my simple pleasures to try something new and different, plus it keeps wear and tear off the Focus) and even write a blog about the cars: roorentalcarreviews.com. Each time I rent from various agencies, I scour the lot for a Mirage and there's never been a single one. It's usually a Spark, Sonic, Fiesta, Versa, Yaris, 2, Accent, or Rio that's residing in the economy car section. It's inevitable that Mirages will eventually be there

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    I haven't seen any black side moldings in official photos -- dealer added?
    It's a $155 accessory that can be purchased from the dealer
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    I haven't seen any black side moldings in official photos -- dealer added?
    Also you can run into some pictures with them on cars.com, like
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Are rental companies buying Mirages?



    I haven't seen any black side moldings in official photos -- dealer added?
    My 2014 has the black side moldings. Not sure if it's from the factory or a dealer add on, but I do know it was part of the exterior protection package. It included the black side moldings, body color mud guards, and a black plastic rear bumper protector.

    I saw my first G4 in the wild yesterday! I was a little excited to see it. It was silver with the hubcaps. The wheels look comically tiny on the G4 body. Like it's running on 4 training wheels.
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