1993 Eagle Talon DL 1.8 non-turbo from North America
Fun, sporty car, but performance and reliability can be an issue..
Clutch, tie rods, and the slave cylinder all needed to be replaced when I bought the car.
CV boots and axles went bad at 104,000 miles.
Repair costs will outweigh the cost of the car over time.
Master cylinder failed 200 miles later after clutch was replaced.
Tires and alignment have been an issue with this car since I bought it.
Idle speed control motor has failed, which will not allow you to drive the car with the AC on.
Head gasket failed at 105,211 miles.
Parts are way too expensive and cheaply made. It cost me $135 for a valve cover.
The main point I have to make is that I did not do my research before I bought this car, and it was abused.
My previous car was a 130,000 mile 1986 S10 Blazer 4x4 with the 2.8, which was a dog to say the least. So, buying the talon was a big change to me, since I never had style or speed with the blazer.
I fell in love with this car the moment I saw it. I didn't even bother to open the hood, or check to see what needed to be done. I was just a stupid kid who wanted something that looked cool, had a 5 speed, and had a price tag I could afford.
Despite all of its problems, I still love this car and can't seem to let it go.
Its crisp handling, comfortable interior, and the 5 speed manual bring a smile to my face every time I drive it.
It is very easy to work on this car, and anyone can easily do jobs such as replacing the head gasket.
It still is a quick car for only having the 1.8 liter engine, but it cannot begin to compare to the 2.0 turbo model.
If you want speed and neck-snapping performance, go with the 2.0 turbo, but if you want reliability look somewhere else.
If you want some performance and great fuel economy, this is a great car to start with. Reliability can go both ways, but most 1.8 models last to 200,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th August, 2005
20th Feb 2007, 22:45
Yea I am thinking of buying a 1994 talon DL. but it has 152,000 miles on it. and I don't know how the other owner treated it. its selling for around 2,500 and they might go lower on it. but since it has those high mile I'm worried about the clutch going out or something else that really expensive. because I really can't afford that right now. I just need a car to get me around without too much trouble. and one that looks pretty cool too.
29th May 2008, 07:09
I have a two 1993 Eagle Talons. They ride pretty well. I bought both of them for $350. I put about $1000 dollars in each of them. I had some slight problems but nothing to serious.
17th Feb 2009, 20:35
I own a 1993 Talon DL and I have had no problems. I have 213000 mile on it and I decided to rebuild the motor. We bought it for 3200 dollars when it had 52,000 miles on it.
It went through 3 teenagers learning to drive a 5 sped and we only had to put 2 clutches, 1 timing belt, 1 water pump (water pump wasn't bad but it's internal so we replaced while the had the timing belt off). We also put a ECC chip from the junk yard and it just lost the IAC before I pulled the motor. It still ran but it got 15% on cylinder 3 when performing a leak down. But it has been a great car.
I can get close to 35mpg on the interstate and about 30mph in the city. It doesn't have that much power though stock, but that's why you have a work car and a V8 toy.