Mitsubishi produced the Mirage lineup of vehicles from 1978-2003 and then again in 2012. The Mitsubishi Mirage repair manual is a must have item for anyone with a Mirage in their garage.
The Mirage was the name of a lineup of vehicles that included everything from a subcompact to a hatchback, and from a sedan to station wagon. Mitsubishi really used the Mirage name though, and applied the badge to many different vehicles sold under different names.
In the United States the first 4 generations of this vehicle were known as the Dodge Colt thanks to a partnership with Chrysler.
The first generations of the Mirage took place from 1978-1983. The original car was a simple 3-door hatchback that had front wheel drive. This Mirage had some standard features: 4-wheel independent suspension, rack and pinion steering, and front disc brakes. What was innovative for the line, was the addition of the “Super Shift transmission. This new system allowed for a 4-speed manual transmission to have an additional lever to add a “high” and “low” option to the gears. This system took the 4 speed and turned it into an 8-speed manual transmission.
The second generation of the Mirage began in 1983 in Japan. Mitsubishi kept the hatchback and sedan base models, but added a station wagon to the lineup. For this generation, Mitsubishi upgraded the engines and they added a diesel option as well.
In 1987, the 3rd generation of the Mirage was produced. Again, Mitsubishi did very little to upgrade or restyle this generation. The engine was the most notable upgrade with this generation.
The 4th generation began in 1991 and ran through 1995. This time Mitsubishi introduced a new coupe to the Mirage family- the Asti. This generation enjoyed minor updates to the interior, in addition to the customary engine updates.
The first minor facelift to the Mirage happened in the 5th generation, which was from 1995-2003. The headlights and the grill were both redesigned and updated.
By the time Mitsubishi released the 6th generation in 2012, it would be the last for the Mirage. This time the company really tried to focus on improving the efficiency of the car. They were able to design the lightest weight car on the market by using a high tensile steel in the body.
Over the years, the Mirage has undergone changes and updates. What did remain constant throughout all the years, however, was the company’s effort to produce an affordable and efficient vehicle. Since there are so many versions of this car, the Mitsubishi Mirage service manual pdf is a valuable download to have on hand.