Wait til I clean em up and do the detail grind on the mortar (concave cavities is the plan, if I get the energy to do it)
All in all, $50, an hours work including digging and leveling gravel, I'm pretty damned stoked. Similar pits at local stores go for $399 out of fireproof fiber stone, still would have had to prep the location.
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)
At the rate I put on KMs, I have enough Metros & Fireflies in stock to last a few more decades!
You're right on which way I'm leaning, though. Obviously I prefer a more efficient engine, but it should still be entertaining in the twisties, and the Micra beats the Mirage hands down in the steering feel & suspension. If only Mitsu had taken a page from Nissan's approach, they could have avoided a LOT of the negativity in Mirage reviews.
It seems like the two cars (Mirage/Micra) were built for two different outcomes.
Hypothetical - A Mirage powetrain (engine/manual transmission) added to a Micra frame/body) may be an appealing combination. Adding a Micra powertrain to a Mirage frame/body, however, wouldn't interest me in the least.
Affordable, reliable, & economical are important factors to me. If handling & ride were improved without sacrificing the other factors, that would be great. A Mirage powertrain in a Micra may be that?
The Micra seems to be a solid, well designed small car. Its mpg would be a deal breaker for me. If a small car isn't giving me a great mpg rating, I would rather drive something larger & more substantial. It comes down to what's important to you I guess?
Last edited by Mark; 07-24-2019 at 04:35 PM.
Actually, outside of the western hemisphere, the same Micra that we get in Canada was sold with a choice of two 1.2L 3-cylinder engines, one naturally aspirated, the other supercharged.
It's just on this side of the pond we get the race car Micra with the giant 1.6L engine . (There is actually a factory-supported Micra race series in Canada).