1998 Eagle Talon Reviews from North America

1998 Eagle Talon ESi 2.0L DOHC

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Be good to it and it will be good to you

Faults:

I had very few and generally minor problems with this car.

The thermostat had to be replaced at about 60,000 miles.

The cigarette lighter broke.

My engine was over heating severely- turned out all I needed was a new radiator cap.

One speaker blew, but was never replaced.

At about 150,000 miles the drivers side power window/ lock door console fell inside the door, making the driver unable to operate the windows and locks.

The black paint on my spoiler also started to oxidize and weather- and we really don't see too much severe weather here in Maryland.

General Comments:

I had heard about all the terrible problems I was going to encounter owning this car, but never had any real repairs done. Simple maintenance kept my car running like a top. These cars get a bad rap mainly because of the way people drive them. It is a nice looking car. Performance was definitely a little lack-luster, but could've been easily remedied by opting for the TSi turbo model. I took this car to Rhode Island (800 miles round trip) probably about 8 or 9 times in one year with out any problems at all. If I wouldn't have totalled it I would've continued to drive it until the wheels fell off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd December, 2005

1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance96880 miles
Previous carMazda B4000

Summary:

An incredible car for the money

Faults:

Three problems with my Talon:

Starter motor failed at 95,000 - covered under the extended warranty.

Sunroof has squeaked, creaked and groaned since 15,000 - infuriating!

I hated the leather seats, so I bought a set of factory cloth seats - perfect.

General Comments:

Other than an M3, what else compares?

The Talon doesn't handle or stop quite as well, but it does have AWD and a 40% lower price.

There is nothing under $30k that compares, functionally. Claw-hammer reliability, nothing other than routine maintenance and a starter motor in almost 100,000 very hard miles - I don't know what else I could ask for?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2002

16th Aug 2002, 09:28

There are plenty of cars under 30k that are comparable. Don't get me wrong my best friend drives a 98 Talon TSI AWD and it is an amazing car, but I have a 90' Miata basically stock with Koni's and a stabilizer and I beat him by at least 4 seconds in every auto-cross event we have gone to. (he always wins vs the other talons too)

14th Dec 2002, 22:44

As the original poster - the only Miata to beat me at autocross is Kevin Camire's T28 turbo'd SM2 Miata. But if you autocross then you know that it's 90% driver, 10% car until you run at the Topeka Nationals. There's still nothing with the all-around capabilities for under $40k - except for the 2003 model EVO VIII and the mid-2003 WRX STi. I also ice raced my 98 every winter since I bought it - want to know where the Miatas finished? Not anywhere near my Talon :-) Miatas are beautifully balanced cars, but they do not have the all-weather capabilities of an AWD Talon.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews