Hey Mark, these auto things start to grow on you. At first I believed it to be too gimmicky for my liking but now have got to appreciate it. I suppose it's like all else in life, you just get used to it.
Still getting used to the Mirage and it's quirks, example, sun visors made from cigarette paper, put and elastic band over it to hold some money, next day severely deformed sun visor. But as said before the car is built for lightness thus excellent economy.
When it comes down to it, none of these features really matter to me. Headlight switches aren't a deal breaker for me. I am just expressing what I like best, and who really cares about that?
I like the Mirage because it is affordable to buy, seems very reliable, & it is very economical to drive. Some of its little quirks just add to its charm! I like the powertrain (1.2L with a 5-speed manual) of the Mirage the most. They are nice little economy cars for the money. I also say the car really grows on you over time, especially at the gas pump!
I like the fact you can turn on the headlights and not have to turn them off. Our Kia is like that but also has an auto function that I never use. Everytime you go under an underpass they go on and off like your flashing somebody. The stupid thing has auto wipers that I can't stand. I like to think I'm smart enough to know when and how fast I want the wipers to be. The other day it rained and the wipers were stuck on warp speed, I have no idea how they didn't just fly right off. There was no slowing the stupid things down. I tried everything. So I had to drive with them off til I needed them them bump the switch for one cycle. I'm probably gonna throw some duct tape over the rain sensor cause that'll look cool.
My only complaint is the poor quality paint job and the fragile interior plastics that scratch too easily. Other than that my car has been 100% reliable. Oh wait, also the stock head unit (stereo) and speakers are lousy.
But since the radio double din is standard sized it is very easy to replace with an aftermarket unit. That in particular is a very redeeming quality. You dont see very many cars with a standard sized dash anymore.
Take the Honda civic for example. You cant fit a standard aftermarket head unit in that dash.
2015 Mirage DE 5 speed Manual (no bluetooth) nickname: "Agile Grey Rat"
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 44.9 mpg (US) ... 19.1 km/L ... 5.2 L/100 km ... 53.9 mpg (Imp)
I agree the Mirage is a hoot to drive and own as the the smile on one's face when you tank up is all the proof one needs.
I had one for years that simply said "Politically Erect" on my back bumper. I even had a woman once, at a red light, get out of her car come over and tell me she was having a **** day until she laughed reading my sticker.
The visors make a real obnoxious and loud donk! sound when you flip them from the windshield back to the roof. The whole thing sounds a bit like tin can, but oh well it's a hoot to drive like you say. Even my coworker I give a ride home the odd time noticed the sun visors being kind of hilarious.
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)