Hey all, I'm now in the market for my first car. The car needs simply to be a good used car that will get me from work to school to other social events (especially now that I'm 18 and in college ). I've been looking for several months and believe I may have come across the perfect car, a '97 Mitsubishi Mirage. The car is being sold by the owner not by the dealer and appears to be in really good shape, aside from a few minor exterior problems which the owner told me could be fixed for $380. My only other major qualms are that it has 102,000 miles and may need some major parts fixed soon with those kind of miles. Also I've heard varying opinions on the Mitsubishi line with some saying their great and others that hate them. My mother is concerned about safety especially since our insurance company gives the car the lowest rating of a 3. I'm torn, I really don't know what to do. The car is perfect for me and it is right in my price range at $2200, I've seen it first hand and can say it looks to be in good shape.Under the hood it looks really clean and the most that it appears to need is some minor body stuff which can be fixed for $380. Our mechanic strongly suggested against me buying a mitsi and said "the Mirage's are extremely cheap and usually don't make it past 60,000 miles." What should I do? any opinions on Mitsubishi or the Mirage? please help. Thanks.