9th Jun 2004, 09:45

I own an 88 Quest, and I agree they are very fast cars unmodified. I've raced Corvettes and Mustangs, only to be beaten by a friend with a 74 Nova.

I love my car, but the parts are more than difficult to find (and when you do find them, then they gouge you for them).

I've replaced my motor with a rebuild and repainted my car (original color). Very expensive, but still, the feeling of driving a go-kart on the street just can't be replaced.

7th Jul 2004, 18:03

I also have a Conquest TSI, but if you love them, parts can be found, and none of them get traction in the winter; just store them.

14th Oct 2004, 12:49

An easy solution for the winter driving problems... just move to FL, or AZ. no snow... drive all year round. :-)

25th Oct 2004, 16:31

I have grown up on Starions and Conquests. Boy let me tell you, they sure are fast, and you don't have to do much to make them even faster. These cars will out run most cars out there, including the Corvette.

If you have problems with your counter balance bearings, please read up www.racetep.com and you will find kits to get rid of the counter balances for good. I mean please that is not even a problem. However heads do seem to crack every now and then, if you are running a little hot or too much boost.

It is still the best sport compact I have seen in years, and I have seen these cars smoke those 300ZX's all day long.

13th Nov 2004, 04:41

Hello Conquest/Starion lovers. I own a 1987 Pewter Metallic Conquest Tsi. The color was actually called "Driftwood".I have owned this car since it was brand new. It was purchased December 1986.Let me tell you, this is by far the best handling sport cars that I have driven. My past cars were a 1994 Black Impala SS, 1998 Mustang Cobra SVT,2000 Trans Am WS6 Ram Air, and my current car a 2003 Nissan Maxima SE Titanium Package with a 6 speed manual transmission. This Maxima is one bad 4 door car, stock from the factory. I will be restoring my old friend the Quest, because I love her so much.

12th Jan 2005, 10:55

Hey if you need parts for the 1989 Conquest TSI, or any car, go to rockauto.com. I think you will like what you see.

15th Apr 2005, 04:59

I just purchased a 87 Conquest TSI Turbo for $50. Body, engine, interior and wheels are in great shape. Haven't test drove it yet, but will be testing it soon. The only problem it has is that rear brakes keep locking up. Any suggestions?

16th May 2005, 13:12

My comment to your $50 purchase is, great steal, but you're going to need to add some zero's to your initial investment. Awesome cars. I owned an '88 Conquest. I eventually had to shut the garage door on her as she emptied my account. (Now I know why cars are named after women!! J/K) But it was a wonderful car, and a blast to drive, not to mention the unique looks that almost daily got the "what's that?" question. I'm interested in looking for another one to tinker on, but I'm still scared of the expense and frequency of repairs, even for a Sunday driver. If you've got the money, it's well worth it though. I still have the title in my night stand to remind me of how much fun I had. I gave mine up in '94.

29th Aug 2005, 18:56

I have an 89 Conquest TSI, and the hatch brake light doesn't work. I've changed the bulb and looked for wire damage, but found none. I don't know if this is a common problem with these wonderful car or not, but if you can help me solve this, it would make my day. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

23rd Nov 2005, 09:13

For all of you Conquest owners. There is a great club on the Internet: www.starquestclub.com

It if full of info on where you can locate parts, fix problems, and there are a TON of people who can diagnose and cure any problem you may encounter with your car.

It's an indispensable resource if you are a Conquest owner.

Later Quest people :)

25th Jun 2006, 22:40

I had an 1987 TSI with a bad drag link, and was getting beat on the curves, but when I got on a staight stretch and said good bye to the Camaro. I was younger then and didn't really know how to drive then. That was 10 years ago. Gosh that she took a lot of money.

25th Oct 2006, 23:44

Well what can I say? I had just gotten a TSI for $500, and the guy had just spent a lot of money on it, but he didn't want it anymore, and he didn't know what they are worth, so I think I ripped him off.

But yeah... now I've got a big cam in it, a T3/T4 turbo, and really big intercooler and two 500cc injectors, and I'm running about 23lbs of boost into her, and I've beat a Viper. That was a blast, but let me tell you what, I won't do that again, because the guy that was in the Viper told me he was doing 167mph, and I was just walking away fast. It was more like running away he said.

But otherwise I've taken her to the drag races. I was running in the low 11s all day at 134mph.

Well I've got to go, so just email me if you have any? @ joelhemi@yahoo.com

23rd Mar 2007, 21:03

Hi, I bought my 87 Conquest for 300.00. It used to run great, then one day it started to stall when I give it too much pedal. I tried a new throttle position sensor, but it did not work. Should I try a new fuel pump next? Please help me fix this problem so I can enjoy my car.

24th Apr 2007, 20:06

To the person with the throttle response problem, It can be caused by the cpu or the mass air flow.

30th Jun 2007, 18:55

Hey, how's it going. Your problem with throttle response is more than likely your secondary fuel injector.

1. Unplug your injectors and check them with a multi-meter; they should be at around 0.12 - 0.13 ohms. If less than that, replace them or have them rebuilt.

2. Don't forget to replace the TBI gasket.

Good luck,


16th Jul 2007, 13:35

I found a 87 Conquest in a local advertisement for $3400. He listed off a bunch of modifications that he's done. He says it pushes 260 hp at the wheels. Just wondered if you all thought it would be worth it?

31st Jul 2007, 23:45

Hi my Name is Randy and I live in Colorado I have a 1989 Conquest I wanted to see if anyone knows where to get tail lights for them. can you email me tickdog2001@yahoo.com

8th Feb 2008, 20:49

I owned 2 87 Conquests TSIs in my early 20's. First I must say they are a great looking car and a dream to drive when they are running. Note: when they are running. If you have the money to spend to fix them its worth it, but if you're a young college kid like I was, save your money because simple parts cost a lot, and most mechanics don't have a clue how to work on them. My problems were mostly fuel injectors, and my black one ended up cranking, but never starting and no one could figure out why, so I ended up selling it for parts.