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Junkyard Gem: 1990 Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan


In the early 1970s, Chrysler (lack of capital to develop a brand new subsidiary for the US market) started importing Mitsubishi Colt Galants and put Dodge Colt badges on them. Chrysler’s relationship with Mitsubishi deepened in the following decades, with a lot of Mitsubishis being sold here with Dodge, Plymouth, Chryslerand eagle armorial. That hasn’t stopped Mitsubishi Motors from selling a number of identical vehicles, however, once sales of Mitsubishi-branded vehicles and truck start here in the model year 1983. Beginning in 1979, the Colt badge changed to Front-wheel drive Miragewith Mirage itself appears here for the 1985 model year. This is one of those cars, a rare 1990s sedan in a self-service yard in Denver.

In 1990, Americans could choose between four nearly identical versions of this car sold by different brands: Mitsubishi Mirage, Dodge Colt, Plymouth Coltand Eagle Summit. The MSRP on the Mirage ’90 sedan is $8,559 (about $15,015 in 2022 dollars) and the price of the other three makes almost no real difference; Customers can only shop for the best discount and finance. Americans can’t get this generation of Avoid/Plymouth Colt as a sedan, although Canadians may be.

Most of the Mirages and Summits sold here are hatchbacks, but the Mitsubishi and Eagle authorized dealer maybe want something to compete with civic and Corolla sedan of the times.

Mitsubishi is definitely worth your money 4G or Orion engine family! This is a 1.5 liter SOHC 4G15, with a capacity of 81 hp. First generation Hyundai Excel (and its Mitsubishi-branded twins, Precis) there is a version of this engine. If you buy the Mirage Turbo, you get a DOHC version, 1.6-liter and 135-horsepower (but it was only available here until 1989 and was only a hatchback).

That 81 horsepower is even less exciting than it sounds, in this case, because the original buyer of this Mirage ditched the standard-equipped five-speed manual transmission and paid more for it. three-speed automatic.

It is air-conditioned, with the “Econo” mode that was very popular in 1980s Japanese cars.

No more than 100,000 miles passed beneath its wheels during its 32 years of service.

At some point, a set of Mercury Tracer Center Kit was slapped on the unsightly steel wheel. The lug holes don’t line up, but who will notice?

Sold out Ehrlich dealer is now defunct in Greeley, Colorado, back when you can buy a Isuzu or one Nissan on the same lot.

You see a lot of these two stickers, one word a Longmont brewery and another from a Boulder bagel shopon vehicles along the Colorado Front Strip.

The most passenger space of any clown car in its class!

“Saloon” just sounds classy.

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