1990 Eagle Talon Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 2.0L 16v DOHC Turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0L 16v DOHC Turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired219102 kilometres
Most recent distance233010 kilometres
Previous carFord Thunderbird SC

Summary:

Fast and reliable. I recommend it

Faults:

Lower balancer shaft bearing came loose and the balancer shaft had to be removed (This was fine by me because it's considered a performance upgrade). It cost me $600 CDN only and added 15-25 HP. That price also included a new oil pump.

General Comments:

Amazingly fast car, handles great in the Canadian winter, I haven't been able to get it stuck anywhere yet.

This car seems extremely tough, I rev it to 6200rpm in every gear and drop it from 4500rpm off the line a lot. It just keeps going and going I love it. For how reliable this car seems to be, when the engine dies (if it does) I will have it rebuilt and the car will go forever again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2001

1990 Eagle Talon Base DOHC 16v from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission DOHC 16v Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

Good first car, good bang for the buck!!

Faults:

Rear brake knocks at times.

Timing belt.

Oil seals went bad.

General Comments:

For the base model and a non-turbo, it looks good with its glossy red body and black trim. With some window tints and some euro stickers the car looks like a rocket ship. But it's not. It's a good first car.

Very bad in snow!!!

Parts aren't cheap!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2001

21st Jun 2001, 16:05

No offense, but if your car did not run good in the snow, then it was probably due to pilot error. I had a 1990 base model Talon in a stick that was like a grizzly bear in the snow. Did I forget to mention that I lived in Vermont & drove through the mountains every day to work at my job at a ski resort. I used the same tires the car came with - Eagle GT+4.

1990 Eagle Talon TSi 2.0L DOHC turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0L DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance186000 kilometres
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

Best performance for your buck

Faults:

- Air conditioning.

- Water pump.

- Alternator.

General Comments:

I loved my Talon, it could take 5.0L on the road no problem, and keep up pretty decent off the line. It was very sharp, and since there are very few around where I live, it looked pretty exotic.

It handles superbly. With $400 Goodyear directionals, you couldn't throw that car off the road.

It was very reliable for me, and never left me on the side of the road. I bought the car with the head needing to be done over (the lady before me hadn't read about the timing belt recall). I was able to get the head done over for a very reasonable price, and put the engine back together myself.

If there is one bad thing to say about the car, it's that the things are horrible to have done around the engine. And the timing on them is nothing less than a nightmare.

I plan on buying a '95+ this summer. Reason for selling my '90, I succumbed to the need for a rumbling V-8. Now that I've gotten it out of my system though, back to the bullet-proof Talon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2000

9th Jan 2006, 19:18

Hey thought I'd just say that yes although the timing belt is a nightmare what with how crammed the sides are around the engine, it's so easy to work on, and I think the most expensive repair on them is the crankshaft position sensor or camshaft/crankshaft sensor, located on the camshaft behind the thermostat, mine went and it's almost 600 bucks Canadian for a new one, but I'm ordering a relatively new one off ebay for 50 bucks, so I recommend building a housing for that asap to anyone with a 90-94 Talon TSi cause the car will not start without it... P.S. they die due to steam or water getting int hem so a housing is recommended :D.

8th May 2007, 10:19

OK so you buy a talon because it is a motor heads car not a daily driver...It's a 4 BANGER, RACER.

6th Jul 2007, 17:59

Hi.

I just bought a 1990 Eagle Talon all wheel drive. Its interesting to hear all of your comments it makes me feel better about my car... So far, I have replaced the alternator, and it has overheated twice. Which is why I'm here. All of your comments are great, but you guys know a lot more about cars than I do. I bought the Haynes manual and hopefully this will help. If you have anymore suggestions for a beginner "mechanic" that would be great. I do agree with the general sentiment that they are a fun car to drive there is no disputing that, particularly around the corners. I guess it costs money to have fun.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 31 reviews