One Sweet Ride
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.
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