I have one of the Geo Metros which is considered by many the holy grail of economy cars. It is simple yet gets hybrid mileage.
Several of the members on the forum for those cars have “upgraded” to the new Mitsubishi Mirage. The general consensus seems to be that this is the only car comparable to the Metro in mileage that is not a hybrid and also cheap to purchase new. One guy is a courier/delivery driver. The company pays you more mileage if you have a newer car as they want their appearance to be reflected by a newer car, not a beatup Geo. Well, this is somewhat of a hack of the system. He has a new car that gets great mileage and says it will be paid for interest included at like 44,000 miles just on the mileage reimbursement alone.
I was curious if anyone has any experience with these? Are they reliable and easy to work on? The members of the Metro forum indicate that although they are more modern and thus more complex, they are relatively easy to repair compared to most modern cars. Mitsubishi hasn’t always had a great reputation for durability and was curious if this has changed much. They are new and have a warranty plus modern safety features that are unheard of in a Metro. They also still offer a manual transmission or an optional CVT. I would probably still opt for the manual as I like them and this will encourage car makers to keep making them at a time when they are mostly being discontinued.
I have read some reviews that say the materials inside are cheap. Well it is one of the cheapest cars for sale so you shouldn’t expect a Lincoln or Lexus interior.
I was curious if anyone has some long-term data on these cars? Do they fall apart or are they pretty decent for the money. They are one of the cheapest new cars out there and have quite a few safety features for a car of this size and economy. Would something else such as the Kia Rio be a better bet in this segment? I know those seem to be clearanced at the end of each year.