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