The electric starter's gear doesn't engage with the flywheel properly, so the 1.2 motor doesn't start, and the gears grind down, and it makes an awful racket of grinding noise loud enough that it turns heads.
Originally Posted by MetroMPG
For my final settlement, Mitsu is paying 66% of the bill, the rest I am paying. That's after 5 years of complains to the dealer, and finally I called Mitsu Canada's HQ, and quoted the technical bulletin you all posted on here. (btw we're talking 1600$ + mostly labour)
Must look odd when a brand new car sounds that rackety terrible, like my 1985 Rabbit did (had the same problem, but that was an old starter).
Basically Mitsu shipped a bunch of new Mirages with faulty starters, and looks to me like they aren't really recognizing it. Fight it and you might (partially) win. To me the 10 year warranty doesn't mean much. Lesson learned. Great car still!
Last edited by dspace9; 02-06-2019 at 05:45 PM.
View my fuel log 214 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 39.8 mpg (US) ... 16.9 km/L ... 5.9 L/100 km ... 47.8 mpg (Imp)