Well, 2018 was a decent year.
We're mixing things up just a wee bit: going by views/post counts, this retrospective handicaps topics that are started late in the year. So I'm including a few stand-outs from Nov/Dec of 2017 in this year's list.
Notable this year: Daox got himself a used Mirage and got right to manufacturing mods for himself and for other owners. (I didn't even include all his threads that were on the actual top 25 list! Too many.) Oh and we had our first Mirage meet. Numerous other enthusiast owners shared their mods, and details of a few repairs. Sadly, a few crashed Mirages made our top-25 list.
Here's to 2019: happy, healthy, prosperous!
1) HVAC heat blows warm/hot on drivers side, cool/cold passenger side (warranty issue)
A few members have reported sub-par heater output after some time and have had warranty work done. It turns out it the heater core was gummed up by a mystery substance.
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Started Dec 13, 2017, by Daox in Interior, Audio & Video
2) Developing a cruise control kit - now for sale!
Daox has created a kit and instructions for enabling cruise control on cars that didn't come with it from the factory. The kit includes a 3-D printed switch that fits in a blank in the dashboard.
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Started Jan 3, 2018, by Daox in Interior, Audio & Video
3) Alternator delete with regen braking modification for better MPG
Efficient car models from various companies have featured "smart" alternators which reduce charging voltage under certain conditions to save fuel, and then step it up again when coasting/braking -- a sort of mild regenerative braking. (Euro/JDM Mirages have this from the factory.) This modification enables it on a regular Mirage.
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Started Aug 27, 2018, by Daox in Fuel Economy / Gas Mileage
4) 6th Gen Mirage: Tuner/Power Programmer/ECU/Piggyback. Where are we now?
This is a deep dive into options for tuning the Mirage.
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Started Nov 2, 2017, by Qrush in Technical Discussion
5) Buy a Daox rear sway bar - the bars are done!
Daox designed and had this custom part manufactured to improve the Mirage's handling & reduce body roll.
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Started Mar 22, 2018, by Daox in Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension
6) Cheap Plastic Car :: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage DE (Garage entry)
Stevedmc's garage entry is a very detailed picture of the maintenance & repair history of one of the highest mile Mirages on the forum.
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Started May 17, 2018, by stevedmc in Mirage Garage Discussion
7) Any cool decals on your Mirage?
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Started Nov 8, 2018, by Vlad the Impaler in General Discussion
8) Lightweight Battery Project
Loren shares the modifications he made to run a lightweight motorcycle battery in his autocross Mirage.
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Started Nov 8, 2018, by Loren in Engines & Transmissions
9) 2019 Changes to the Mirage line-up in the U.S.
A look at what's new for the 2019 model year.
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Started Aug 27, 2018, by Subcompact Culture in Mirage / Space Star News
10) My 50 MPG story
A success story about climbing the MPG ladder. How well have you done in your Mirage / Space Star?
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Started Aug 10, 2018, by AssassinTime14 in Fuel Economy / Gas Mileage
Related thread: 50 MPG Mirage club - are you in it? (4.7 L/100 km)
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Started Nov 26, 2017, by MetroMPG in Fuel Economy / Gas Mileage
11) Over-revved the Engine - Poof! (Update: 2017 engine swapped into 2015 car)
Here's what happens if you mistakenly grab 1st gear instead of 3rd at high RPM. Fortunately, Loren makes lemonade from this lemony situation by replacing the busted engine with the more powerful one from a 2017 model.
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Started Oct 20, 2018, by Loren in Engines & Transmissions
12) Custom QUIET Performance Exhaust
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Started May 18, 2018, by Loren in Engines & Transmissions
13) Midwest Mitsubishi Mirage Meet 2018! (June 23, Port Washington, WI)
Thanks to spork's planning and hospitality, the first U.S. Mirage meet took place this past summer, startng at a scenic waterfront park.
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Started Mar 12, 2018, by spork in Meet ups & Get-togethers
14) CVT failure at 223000kms / 138k miles (courier car, 2nd CVT failure in the fleet)
Fummins details the failure & diagnosis of a pair of CVT's in the Mirage delivery fleet he maintains.
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Started Feb 26, 2018, by Fummins in Engines & Transmissions
15) another one bites the dust
The sad story of the first G4 sedan we know of to leave us prematurely.
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Started Jun 26, 2018, by remusrm in General Discussion
16) Massive misfire cylinder 1 -- SOLVED (wire corrosion)
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Started Nov 16, 2017, by Rkt Ship in Technical Discussion
17) Another crap review (Video: Doug Demuro reviews a 2015 Mirage CVT)
Sadly, Doug's Mirage video review dominates all other Mirage reviews by a huge margin. As of right now, it has over 2 million views. Fortunately, some of the many commenters (20,300 as of today!) defend the car's merits.
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Started Dec 28, 2017, by Johnny Mullet in Mirage / Space Star Media Reviews & Road Tests
18) First long distance freeway trip this weekend
Have you done any long highway trips in your Mirage?
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Started Oct 25, 2018, by Daox in General Discussion
Another sad tale of an unfortunate Mirage.
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Started Mar 1, 2018, by palebeachbum in Technical Discussion
20) Had a starter fail
Fummins shares yet more useful diagnosis & repair info from the fleet of Mirages he maintains.
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Started Feb 16, 2018, by Fummins in Engines & Transmissions
21) DIY: Warm Air Intake - Air box tube to exhaust manifold
Top_Fuel shows us how he built this efficiency modification.
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Started Jan 5, 2018, by Top_Fuel in Fuel Economy / Gas Mileage
22) Bought a No Mar Tire Bar - and a TPMS solution
1623 views ... 37 replies ... latest post
Started Nov 12, 2018, by tomrad in Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension
23) Developing a glove box LED light kit - now for sale!
The Mirage's glove compartment is a dark place. It doesn't have to be with this simple kit & custom 3-D printed switch.
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Started Dec 28, 2017, by Daox in Interior, Audio & Video
24) Should I buy a 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage GT Hatchback?
This thread is interesting because as of today, the original poster hasn't yet made a decision. What do you think he should do?
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Started Dec 4, 2018, by Criver12 in General Discussion
25) What's the longest you've owned a car? How long do you plan to keep your Mirage?
I've had the black car in my avatar for 13 years now. Is your Mirage a keeper, or do you like to change cars every few years?
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Started Jan 26, 2018, by MetroMPG in The Lounge