Customers looking for a low-cost vehicle often shop for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4. While it’s cheap, it’s also supposed to offer an exciting experience. Even the automaker claims that it is “a mirage you can’t miss.” Yet, the problems of this vehicle far outweigh the savings, especially the defective engine and glitchy electrical system.
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NHTSA Complaints for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Number of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Problems with the Engine
While no one is expecting a Hemi under the hood of the Mirage, it would be nice to get an engine that moved the vehicle, but that’s not the case.
Read this Edmunds review. “No pick [up] and go felt unsafe on 5 to 6 lane highways… Noisy engine as if it weren’t going to go esp. up hills. Traded it in ASAP for a SUV Buick. For the price this should be sold for 8 grand.”
Aside from the lack of power, there are other concerns. Service Bulletin #TIN-20-11A-001 talks about a chirping and squealing noise coming from the alternator belt. It’s probably just helping others “not miss” the Mirage by further drawing more attention to the vehicle.
Problems with the Electrical System
Moving beyond the engine, it doesn’t take much research to discover a ton of electrical system issues.
Here is one left with the NHTSA website. “The contact called on behalf of a friend who owns a 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, and attempting to make a left turn, the vehicle stalled. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact experienced the failure after the radio and air conditioning was activated, the contact was able to restart the vehicle, and the contact experienced the failure on three occasions. The vehicle was taken to [dealership], however, a diagnostic test was still pending. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 3,951.”
With all of the electrical system issues this car faces, it’s good to know that the technicians have access to the best information needed for repairs. Oh wait, according to Service Bulletin #TIN-20-00-004, that’s not the case. In fact, this communication states that dealers have received errors with the Electrical Wiring Diagrams on the Service Manuals for the 2020 Mirage G4. Basically, the techs are flying blind during repairs. What’s more interesting is that a “friend” of an owner was the one that filed the NHTSA report. The owner will not admit to driving this vehicle due to embarrassment.
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Engine, Unknown Or Other
Jan 27, 2021
I purchased this vehicle on september 4, 2020. It had 12 miles on it and to my knowledge I was the original owner. On september 21, 2020 I took the vehicle on a 3 hour drive. While traveling at 45 miles per hour, the vehicle hit a deceased small animal (roadkill) with the passenger tire. The vehicle then became completely disabled as the engine stopped operating. Per the insurance adjuster, the object was able to bounce off of the engine, as it is not covered by any plating, shielding or protection. As the vehicle sits very low to the ground, the insurance adjuster was surprised that the vehicle did not have this engine protection as a standard measure. As a result, the small object which should have just bounced off the car was able to cause the engine to completely disable and need to be fully replaced. The damage was over ,900 in total. In conversations with the dealership, I was advised that this particular mitsubishi car only has a small strip of plastic kick plate under the bumper area, and there is no protection at all from elements or otherwise to the engine undercarriage. No remedies were offered to me in regard to the defective vehicle.
Sep 28, 2020
T car transmission is pulling hard, like it is havving trouble pulling forward.
Feb 28, 2020
Tl* the contact called on behalf of a friend who owns a 2020 mitsubishi mirage g4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, and attempting to make a left turn, the vehicle stalled. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact experienced the failure after the radio and air condition was activated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The contact experienced the failure on three occasions. The vehicle was taken to camacho mitsubishi located at (401 auto vista dr, palmdale, ca 93551), however, a diagnostic test was still pending. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 3,951.
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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.
i had a 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage and when i went to press my breaks on my car, the car did not stop it slid. My car also got tolled and none of my airbags came out so I’m confused on why my claim does not fit. My air bags should have came out, and there’s no reason why my breaks shouldn’t have not stopped my car , Also I had to kee getting tire repairs because i Would get a flight almost every other week.