Further proof that it's a myth that ALL Mirage reviews are negative, check out these quotes from an Australian overview of the 6G Mirage, which reviews the car in its intended context (cheap, cheerful & thrifty):
CVT (driving):.... perhaps its most charming feature. Rather than a conventional four cylinder engine, the Mirage had just three cylinders making up its 1.2 litres of capacity. That gave the motor great, useable torque but also a really fun feel and vibe.
Fuel economy:... the CVT did, however, ensure that as much of the torque was available more of the time, so it’s actually okay to use
Acceleration:It doesn’t really matter how you drive it, the mileage from each tank will amaze you and put a big smile on your face as you stretch every litre of petrol.
Reliability:outright speed is not really what this car is all about. And in any case, it feels faster than it is, which is probably more important.
https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-rev...i-mirage-76367Despite its bargain price when new, the Mirage seems to have weathered the years pretty well and shows a distinct lack of common problems or other issues that lead to consumer complaints and lunchroom talk of mechanical defects.
The engine seems pretty sturdy as does the CVT transmission (not something that can be said for every CVT out there).