1992 Eagle Talon Reviews - Page 4 of 13

1992 Eagle Talon ESI 2.0 DOHC (non-turbo) from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC (non-turbo) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles

Summary:

One Sweet Ride

Faults:

When I acquired the car it had an oil leak and a coolant leak. Fixed oil and replaced water pump, timing belt, balance shaft belt, and one drive belt (this was at about 180000)

Not long after that, electrical problem occurred, car would drive fine if it was cool outside, but if it was hot, then engine would bog down and stay down, couldn't pull its own weight, so I ran some tests and narrowed it down to the Ignition Coil, Ignition Power Transistor, or the ECU. I replace the ignition coil (since it was the cheapest), but problem remained, so I replace igition power transistor, problem still remained, so I bought a parts car for $100 and swapped then computers, and problem was resolved. (This was at about 195000)

Power Steering belt went at about 205000, original belt though.

Then, the BIG ONE... timing belt snapped will driving down the interstate doing about 85mph, belt 7 valves and dropped one. So I replace head (ended up being cheaper to buy a used head and cleaning it up than it was to buy all new valves guides and everything else). New valve cover gasket, head gasket, intake manifold gasket, exhaust manifold gasket, etc... every gasket that came in the head gasket set. (This was at 210000) So far, no other problems have occurred.

General Comments:

I believe that this car before I purchased it have been abused a little, because it has had a lot of problems and hasn't been cheap to keep on the road, but the Eagle Talons, along with their sister cars in the DSM family and a great bunch of car. 140hp out of a naturally aspirated 4 cylinder is awesome, but I am more interested in the turbo-charged models and am looking to sell my car and buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2004

1992 Eagle Talon ESI 2.0 DOHC 16 Valves from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC 16 Valves Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance172000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Scirocco

Summary:

You're mechanic will just Love you!

Faults:

Brakes must be changed frequently and are expensive to change.

The electronics failed at 168,000Km, I changed the alternator 3 times, all fuses in the car and the dealer could not explain why the radio did not work anymore... I had to change it at my own cost.

Head needs to be replaced, my mechanic tells me a new engine would be a better investment. I'm just not willing to cough up $2000CDN for it.

General Comments:

This car is costly to maintain, parts are very expensive and hard to get. It has great performance even with the non-turbo edition. I expected better road handling for this performance car (even with low profile tires).

In a nutshell if you like to visit your mechanic and want to maintain a costly relationship with him, just so you get the occasional adrenaline rush... Go ahead, buy one!! He'll be more than happy to see you, but don't say you weren't warned!!

Good luck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th February, 2004

1992 Eagle Talon TSI AWD 2.0 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance169000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

A thing of beauty

Faults:

Put in a new battery, new brakes front and back, new clutch, new alternator, and new oil pressure sensor.

I have also done minor body work to both side door panels. The car also has I-bach springs and has a Momo shifter, pedals, and steering.

Currently I notices that the rear engine seal is leaking, and it is going into the shop next weak. I haven't owned the car for very long and I am looking for any suggestions of things that should also be checked out while the engine is out. I figure that since the engine will be coming out I should probably get some other things replaced. I'm all ears!!

General Comments:

The car handles very well on all roads and in all kinds of weather conditions.

This car is very quick and has shown up many other cars. It's a very nice looking car, it's Teal Green, with all the windows tinted. The back seat is very small, but it is expected since it's better known as a sports car.

Eagle's #1, Although parts can be expensive I would drive no other.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2004

3rd Aug 2004, 21:31

Hello Steven you were interested in hearing about other parts that should be checked. I also own talon and I have noticed one thing about them. Timing belts seem to go out about every fifty thousand miles and they can be a real pain in the rear. I have put two timing belts on mine, but other than that I haven't had any problems, you might want to look into putting some other performance parts on it because some of the factory parts break easily, heads exhaust manifold and some others, well I hope you enjoy your car and smoke some civics for every one out there.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 58 reviews