1991 Eagle Talon TSI 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Expensive to keep running, requires a lot of maintainance, but glorious to drive

Faults:

Replaced fuel tank and fuel lines.

Replaced fuel level transmitter.

Replaced rear brake assemblies.

Rebuilt CPU 3 times.

Replace rear wheel bearing assemblies.

Replaced radiator.

Replaced water pump.

Replaced all hoses.

Replaced electric engine fan.

Replaced head gasket due to gasket failure.

Rebuilt head with new valve, guides etc.

Plug wires.

Rebuilt transmission.

Replaced alternator twice.

Replaced all pulleys and tensioner.

Timing belt and water pump belt broke after 900 miles. Replaced belts and 2 valves due to belt breaking.

Ceiling fabric has detached from roof and was replaced.

Replaced ICS 3 times.

Replaced knock sensor.

Replaced oxygen sensor.

Replaced all power steering hoses.

Air conditioner quit.

Replaced all vacuum hoses and fittings.

Replaced throttle position sensor.

Replaced the cross bar that holds the hydraulic steering arms and lines.

Repaired the cruise control.

Much more that I cannot remember.

General Comments:

If you're under 25 and living with your parents, have lots of money, and love working on cars, this one is for you. You will have no money or time to get in trouble. This car will keep you broke and busy repairing it.

If you're retired and have money and don't know what to do with your time or money, this is the car for you. See above.

If you have a family, forget it, you need the money and the time to spend with them.

I figure the cost of operating this car in dollars per mile. Last year, including all the trailer and car rentals to get me and the car home from various aborted trips, my cost was over 3 dollars per mile. I figure that in all the time I've owned it, I've put about 3000 miles on it. It spends more time in the shop than on the road.

But when it runs, lord, when it runs, I'm 18, 6'1", 170 lbs. and damn good looking.

If you can keep it running, you will love driving this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th April, 2017

25th Apr 2017, 07:12

You said it best yourself "This car will keep you broke and busy repairing it", and "if you're under 25 and living with your parents, have lots of money, and love working on cars, this one is for you". No thanks I'll pass.

The Talon is a rebranded Mitsubishi Eclipse, a notoriously unreliable car, known for bad engines, transmissions, oil leaks, sensor problems, etc. Everyone I know who has owned one had a long list of problems and regrets after purchasing one.

Even worse it's a popular car with the "boy racer" and "fast and furious" types, so good luck trying to find a used one that isn't tired, beat on, not running, list of 20 problems, etc. These cars and Eclipses in general also tend to attract the worst imaginable tacky body kits, wings, aftermarket mods. Probably one of the worst buys possible in the used market. Stay away!

25th Apr 2017, 14:13

Sounds like a Ferrari with upkeep. Glorious to drive too.

1991 Eagle Talon turbo from North America

Summary:

Best little speed demon out there!

Faults:

Had basic repair work done such as oil changes, air filter changes, and fuel filter changes.

New alternator at 85,000 miles.

General Comments:

Speedy little car. The turbo kicks it up a notch when speed is needed.

After 20 years, this little girl is still getting 27mpg in town and 29mpg on the highway.

Interior is still in good shape.

Hoping she'll last until I can put antique plates on her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2010

1991 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 2.0L turbo 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

A great performer for the money

Faults:

Power steering pump is leaking somewhere.

Oil is leaking also.

Cruise control holds speed seemingly by feathering the throttle. I'm not sure if this is normal of early cruise control systems, as this is the first car I've owned with the option.

General Comments:

Aside from some paint and basic bodywork, this car is exactly the same as the Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX and Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD.

First year that the automatic was available with the TSi AWD.

Last year of the 6-bolt engine, thought to be immune to the infamous crankwalk.

Last year of the pop-up headlights.

My grandfather bought this car brand new in 1992, and had the drivetrain and suspension rebuilt at about 77,000 miles. That means engine, turbocharger, transmission, transfer case, differentials, brakes, shocks and springs.

Paint was also professionally redone.

Car drives like new.

Seats are fully adjustable, but weren't comfortable after a two hour ride.

Rear seats are for shelf space or small children only.

Interior plastics are decent, but not up to par with modern cars. Some trim, such as the A pillar and the left factory side skirt are starting to come off. This is to be expected from an 18 year old Mitsubishi.

All accessories are well within reach and the layout is unique. I love it.

Dash layout is easy to read and not too cluttered. I dig the orange backlighting, too.

The only thing I don't like about the interior is that the automatic shifter is huge and sticks way up in the air. It was obviously added as an afterthought.

A combination of red paint and a relative rarity in first generation DSMs means this car turns heads! Most people are surprised to hear that the car is 18 years old.

This car is popular with younger people, a.k.a. whippersnappers. Lots of kids with ratty Hondas will want to race you.

The cars equipped with the 4-speed automatic came with a smaller turbocharger and different camshafts, so power is bumped down to 180bhp compared to the manual transmission version's 195bhp. However, the car is still faster than much younger cars.

The AWD puuuuuuuulls the car forward like it's being attracted by a big magnet.

There is some lag from the turbo. You can feel the boost build up as you are pushed back into your seat a little harder.

The car does understeer a little due to the AWD.

It also has the turning radius of a walrus, and many U-turns become 3-point turns. Be careful.

Regardless, the handling feel is good and the car took sharp corners well above the recommended speed. Body roll was minimal even with stock suspension. I'm told small aftermarket modifications, such as better tires and stiffer anti-sway bars, will make the car handle much better.

Braking is instant with good pedal feel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2009