1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 4G63 2.0L turbo from North America


Fast and Furious!!!


The starter had to be replaced at 90,000KM. It functioned fine, but made a horrible screeching noise when I started the car in the morning or during cold weather.

To the people who have problems with talons/eclipses/lasers:

A car is an investment. You must take care of your investment. If you don't care for it, it won't care for your. Having said that, follow the maintenence procedures that are outlined in the manual! If you have the turbo model, use synthetic oil and 91> octane gas. Let your car cool-down before you shut it off after driving it hard. This will prolong the life of your turbo. If you don't like waiting for the turbo to cool down, purchase a turbo timer. Owning a turbo car is a whole different ball-game, so be prepared!

The people that experience crank-walk are the people who don't maintain their car properly, and/or modify their cars to an excessive level of horsepower. These cars can easily be modified to output well over 300HP. The more aftermarket horsepower you add, the more chances of under-hood problems as with any car. Not to say that any mods will harm the car, but excessive mods can.

General Comments:

Very fast car! 210 HP stock, and unlimited potential for more power with its huge selection of performance aftermarket parts.

One of the few stock turbo/AWD cars available on the market, so it's in a class by itself.

One of the best looking stock cars available. It gets respect from the guys because of it's power, and gets glances from the gals because it looks so good! The front-end looks like it's aftermarket, but is actually stock!

The car has absolutely no problem in the snow and rain.

Handling is excellent. Stock 17" rims are a big plus, and complement the all-wheel-drive feature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2002

18th Jan 2006, 01:18

Actually the eagle talons never came with 17 inch stock wheels.

27th Jun 2012, 00:36

Yes they did.. My 98 TSI AWD had stock 17s.

1997 Eagle Talon ESI 2.0 16v DOHC from North America


A top of the line sport compact


Nothing has ever gone wrong on it, but I have only had it for a month so I can't really tell.

General Comments:

Great little sports car. I have put an intake and plan to put a exhaust system on it soon. Very fast little car.

I don't know why people always complain about the back seats. It's a sports car it's not meant to haul kids around in. If you have kids then get a family sedan, if you want a sporty fast car get one of these and you will regret it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2002

1997 Eagle Talon TSi 4G63 turbo from North America


A car I would be happy to keep forever


The power windows have issues. The passenger side window has had a hard time at staying on the track, and when rolled down, it rattles over bumps.

The rear right wheel emits a low-tone road noise, which could be a result of the trailing arm bushings, or the shock absorber assembly.

Under warranty, the plastic moldings on the doors had cracked.

The clutch acts funny after a left hand turn, which is due to minor crank-walk. This issue can be prevented to a large degree if the need for the clutch to be depressed at startup is bypassed, as the clutch will not be putting so much force on the journal bearings when the oil has settled.

General Comments:

This car is very fast and handles like a nimble dog, perhaps a miniature greyhound.

It's a very unique looking car that easily hides the fact that it's basically an Eclipse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd August, 2002

1997 Eagle Talon ESI 4 cylinder from North America


Fast, Sporty Car


So far not too much. All belts needed to be replaced and the water pump as well. Now after 2 weeks of fixing those problems the accelerator and starter have gone bad. Other than that the car runs good and the interior is nice.

General Comments:

I wouldn't buy this car again. I am looking into getting a Mitsubishi Eclipse. They have much better warranties.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th February, 2002

28th Feb 2002, 07:46

FYI: The Eagle Talon and the Mitsubishi Eclipse were manufactured side by side in Normal Illinois, therfore there is virtually no difference between these two cars, other than cosmetics.

5th Apr 2006, 10:45

(1996-1998) Eagle Talon Esi was made in the same factory as the Eclipse. There really is no difference in the cars. If you wanted a better warranty, you should have got and extended one. If you were looking for a faster car you should look into the TSI model. Turbo.