Last edited by inuvik; 02-23-2021 at 01:37 AM. Reason: additional info
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 40.4 mpg (US) ... 17.2 km/L ... 5.8 L/100 km ... 48.5 mpg (Imp)
Updated thread title:
"Manual transmissions die too (or are killed)"
I could easily see the synchros being roached out of one of these cars pretty quickly by A) leaving your hand on the stick B) down shifting without any attempt to rev match. You can feel them straining if you do either of these things. I pretty much double clutched mine exclusively because I hated the way the synchros meshed so sluggishly. Same for leaving your hand on the stick... you can just feel them whirring away.
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 44.4 mpg (US) ... 18.9 km/L ... 5.3 L/100 km ... 53.3 mpg (Imp)
I used my engine block heater a few times, but there were days when I didn't use it. I sense no difference in shifting my Mirage due to the temperature outside. I changed to Redline MTL transmission fluid @ 30,000 miles, but I never sensed an issue before doing that either. I am currently @ 45,000 miles with my Mirage.
If my manual transmission fails some day, my next economy car won't be a Mitsubishi.
Here in Europe where manuals are normal for 98% of all cars, this gearbox is the absolute last of all things you could expect to break!
The manual gearbox is made by AISIN, a Toyota-related company. The virtually same gearbox is found in many cars from Toyota, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi, Peugoeut, Citroen, and many others. If you bust that sort of gearbox, you should be beaten off to driving school and learn how to shift and treat a manual, and maybe look at a few youtube videos how a manual gearbox plus synchro-rings work, and learn what synchronization is all about. For brain-amputated blondies, switching to a bicycle makes more sense.
I always use fingertips and NEVER apply any force to change gear!
People who never drove a manual usually force the gears in by pressing on the lever, an absolute no-no! After all, the lever looks solid enough. Some forget the most important thing - NEVER force gears while shifting a manual gearbox! If the synchros take too long before the gears simply plop in, the gearbox oil needs to be changed to a fully synthetic sort, with a high VI and low viscosity. 80W/85 / GL4 fully synthetic is fine. If gears are forced in, it won't take long and they won't go in any more...
Last edited by foama; 02-23-2021 at 07:56 AM.
I haven't looked at the Mirage the same since Steve's 300,000 mile manual transmission gave out. In all fairness, however, we don't really know what's happened to Steve's transmission. It could be a clutch issue, & he hasn't addressed the issue as far as we know.
If my manual transmission went out on my Mirage, I would not be a happy customer. It wouldn't matter how many miles are on it.