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)
I recall someone feeling their car had low transmission fluid from the factory, but that wasn't Steve. You would have to find that in his thread for me to believe that. I know Steve had a replacement clutch on his shelf, but a dose Techron fuel cleaner solved that problem. That issue at the time wasn't his clutch. I also have to believe Steve drove mostly highway miles to rack up that many miles.
I would not expect a manual transmission to fail, unless it didn't have oil like you said. Steve didn't replace his transmission oil very frequently, & I remember calling him on that. I don't recall low oil being an issue for his Mirage.
I really don't expect a manual transmission to go bad. The clutch is surely a wear item that may need to be replaced, but even those should last a long time if not abused. If a well maintained manual transmission goes bad, I would switch brands. I'm not very loyal to car companies. I use to favor Honda, but they are putting out products that I wouldn't buy these days, too!
You can also claim your memory is better than mine now, too! Thanks!
Well, we're back in the 40F range again and the 1-2 shift is very smooth again. Will still be changing to Redline at 50k, but I'd say this validates the hypothesis of the manual's cold weather shift reluctance.
I am not going to lie. I am surprised that my clutch and transmission are still functional. I redline my car at least 3 times daily and force some shifts. My car has always stuttered when reversing since day one and I have no idea why. I replaced my transmission fluid at 30k miles with redline and topped it up once since.
I have ground gears a few times and thought I may have chipped some teeth. The mirage really is an amazing car for the money having survived my abuse for 94k miles now.
The only real issue I am having now is the shift lever bushings wearing and not allowing the stick to self center. I have re applied some of the lubrication with a little improvement. I am debating on trying to fit a vw shift tower for better feel and to get away from the extremely flexible plastic assembly that Mitsubishi thought would last. If I ever get around to it I will try to post a how to for the modification thread.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 38.6 mpg (US) ... 16.4 km/L ... 6.1 L/100 km ... 46.4 mpg (Imp)