If you want proof that the Mitsubishi Mirage is a very reliable car, just ask this couple from the US. In just six years since picking up the subcompact hatchback in 2014, Jerry and Janice Huot have essentially driven it nonstop in their home state of Minnesota.
To date they've racked up 414,000 miles or roughly 666,270 kilometers... in a Mirage. To give you a better idea of how much driving that is, imagine driving from Manila to Baguio 2665 times. If there was a road that went around the Earth's equator like a belt, this Mirage would have driven it 16 and a half times.
The Huots didn't baby their Mirage which they dubbed “Purple Won”. According to the owners, they've used the small hatchback to haul rocks and mulch for a landscaping project; a job usually reserved for pick-up trucks. On a daily basis, the car is used to deliver samples from various doctors' offices and labs driving up and down the state and around their town of Minneapolis.
Any vehicle reaching over 500,000 kilometers is already impressive, what more for an econo-hatchback to reach 660,000. So far the car has never failed them; all they do is routine maintenance such as regular oil changes. They did say that the wheel bearings were replaced after 150,000 miles (240,000 km). Furthermore, the starter motor was replaced at somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 miles (322,000 to 483,000 km). However, all of the parts were covered by warranty.
Does anyone want to try to beat their mileage with a Philippine spec Mirage? While it's possible, it'll take longer with our traffic. And we'll bet that their roads are much better than ours too.