I have good credit, could've bought pretty much what I wanted used (I've only bought one new car in my life). But I'm past the age of worrying about what others think. I have a mortgage, just paid for my daughters wedding 3 months ago and need to save for retirement. Most of my drive is commuting to and from work by myself. I've seen too much road rage out there that my speeding days are over. Now I see how high I can get the MPG ( which this car does in spades)
I researched the crap out of these cars, and I've owned a 91 colt, which was a good experience until a deer merged with the front end. Even then, insurance fixed it and it ran on until I sold it.
The current mirage is state of the art car technology...from 2007. But its all proven tech, and that's its charm...reliability. Is there a bigger pain in the butt than car trouble? I avoid it however I can. I also enjoy driving and don't need to go down the road like I'm in a recliner/sofa. This G4 has done all I've asked so far, and can't wait to see her prove herself this winter as well.
Side note: from my 2007 Honda fit, my insurance only went up 12 dollars a month for a 10 year newer car.
I remain pleased with my purchase.
I've got decent credit and go through cars more than some people change their underwear... but I like practical vehicles. That's why I have a truck, a Mirage hatchback, the Outlander Sport, etc. I really don't like sedans...
My guilty pleasure though is my LeBaron convertible. Totally useless in a practical fashion but I love having the top down and tearing the piss outta that thing.
-Karl B. 2019 Mirage SE CVT and 2015 Mirage DE 5 speed. Plenty of other cars as well.
This forum represents the creme de la creme of Mirage owners, a small percentage of who actually owns these cars IMO. I would venture the majority of Mirage owners have credit issues, live paycheck to paycheck, working class, newly divorced, etc. etc.
I've got good surprisingly good credit. But have a large mortgage for being almost 40, I got into home ownership late in the game. The money I save from driving the reasonably priced car alone should help pay the mortgage off a few years early.
That is unless........The cvt craters and I can't find a used one cause it's a weird early 14' model lol
My mom says I'm cool
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE wussie cvt edition. 1.2 automatic: 36.7 mpg (US) ... 15.6 km/L ... 6.4 L/100 km ... 44.1 mpg (Imp)
You can see a pic of it here: http://krashsplace.com/end_of_the_road.html
I do agree that most folks who buy cars like the Mirage are looking to save money.
I got my 2014 for exactly that reason. I was used to the comfort and cargo space of minivans, but realized that in retirement, I would no longer have clients paying the travel expenses, so I picked the Mirage for price and mileage. And I got it at 15,000 miles, to cut out that "new car" price gouge.
The first thing I did was gut it, and add as much sound proofing as it would handle, to cut down on the tin can effect.
Now at 140,000 miles, I'm slowly maintaining the car, and eyeballing what will replace it in the next few years.
If I had no money worries, I'd buy a good used Kia Soul My days of indestructible fun in cars are long past