That's why I bought a Mirage. I wanted reliable transportation that I didn't have to worry about or throw a lot of money at. I have other uses for my money. I didn't want the worries of buying another used car that would need repairs. I bought it new, paid for it, and am enjoying it, comforted by it's reliability.
In addition, I didn't want a car that didn't meet my expectations - a recipe for disappointment. After over thirty years of driving, I knew that I didn't have to spend a lot just to get back and forth to work. For commuting, I don't need a sports car and have no need to either buy one or try to convert to one. The Mirage was and still is the logical choice.
Now if I were to base that decision on emotion, I would absolutely be driving a sports car. I have a bit of experience racing, and I've grown past that emotional desire. Now that I have a Mirage, I am quite fond of it. It's a nice place to be. One less thing to fret over, and I value that.
Like I've said before, this is not my forever car.
I hear you, Eggman. Just lost the A/c compressor on the 2007 Fit with 219k; didn't want to sink more money into the car (although will still make someone a good run about). Found a nice 2017 G4 5 speed with 27k on odometer. Paying $6500 (less than 1/2 what owner paid in 2016), first owner took the depreciation, and I'll get 2 years of warranty and a reliable commuter. Finalizing today or tomorrow, so soon I will be on here as a current Mirage owner (had a 91 Plymouth colt years ago)! Will post pics when I get her home.
I had an Arctic Cat Thundercat decades ago. 1000cc 2 stroke, 175hp, probably 200+ hp with the pipes and other mods I made. As you might not know, snowmobiles have been using CVT setups forever. My Cat, even when I flogged it without mercy, never ate drive belts nor self destructed the driveline. It was bulletproof.
Zero, 2014 ES Plus 5MT, written off but not forgotten.
Zero II, 2014 SE, 5MT, climate She's HOME now!
Shelby AKA "Cute", 2017 ES 5MT, A/C.
Mirage owners look at the world differently than everyone else, but in a better way
We're driving the Beetle of the 21st century, the greatest small car now available!
View my fuel log 2017 Mirage ES PLus 1.2 manual: 39.0 mpg (US) ... 16.6 km/L ... 6.0 L/100 km ... 46.8 mpg (Imp)