26th Dec 2007, 00:36
Hi all again.
Well at 215,555 miles the radiator finally called its quits! Amazing though, considering it has been getting really bad for the past three years and never leaked.
I will post the info about removing and installing a new radiator. How much everything costs (hoses, radiator, hoagie, and a six pack).
Other sad facts about my (soon to be) 15 year old Talon:
Rust on the outer passenger side rear fender... never got to it as of yet.
A large circle worth of clear coat shed off the rear on the hatch.
The fresh air intake tube (factory) developed a large tear (fixed with black silicone sealer)
The chime/buzzer finally died.
Rear tires are finally in OK condition. They have been "living" on the rear rims since 2003. Great Telstar tires. However, the reason they have been on the back of the car is because they were horrible on the front. Very slippery. But all they do in the back is follow the front.
Fuel mileage went down a bit due to winter blend gas and cold weather.
Still looks great
Still runs great
Cruise still works
It keeps racking up the miles without a fight!
What is due soon:
Radiator / Hoses (ASAP)
Oil change (ASAP)
Complete Tune-up - plugs, rotor, distributor, all belts excluding timing and cam belts (10,445 miles)
Complete Timing/Cam belt change / water pump (21,445 miles)
I have been using ONLY MITSU/MOPAR oil filters every 6,000 miles. I use the filters twice due to the mileage I put on the car, unless it actually takes three months to warranty an oil change. I change the oil (Vavoline 10/40) every 3,000 miles.
The old style (FAT) filters that I use are discontinued through MOPAR. The genuine Mitsubishi ones are smaller, but not as small as the old (thin) version. The new style is an "in between" size with a check valve. I'm not sure how many other Talon owners have a Talon as picky as mine, but if I don't use the right filter it will either tap or run too high oil pressure.
The new filter is made in Thailand and I've had it in my car since its last oil change. Seems to work just fine. I stocked up and bought a case, so I should be good for a few years. (Is that faith?!)
Final words for today:
I've said it before and I'll say it again - Maintain your car and it will treat you right.
It's winter. Did you check your antifreeze, oil level, brake fluid, tire pressure, windshield wipers/washer level, tires?
You didn't? - Grab a coat and check that car out now!!
12th Feb 2008, 23:14
Well the trouble with the cold start up was fixed with new spark plugs. I am going to be making a trip down to Houston, Tx at the end of February (1200 miles round trip). This Friday I am going to take her in to get all 5 belts changed, a new water pump, and valve cover gasket. I have already given her new spark plugs, distributor cap, distributor rotor, and a oil change. Do you have any other recommendations on what to get checked out or changed before making that long of a trip? Thanks for the advice.
16th Apr 2008, 12:17
Hey, I have a 1993 Eagle Talon 1.8 Liter, 5-speed manual. I love this car so much! I always enjoy driving it, but I recently had a scare and thought I would have to get rid of it. My oil pressure was dropping whenever I would come to a stop, and immediately I thought my oil pump was going out, which is about 700 with labor. After bringing the car back to where I originally bought the car, they informed me that if it were the oil pump, the engine would be making a knocking noise and it wouldn't have lasted very long. And he also said something about the oil pressure in older cars, such as Chevy's, will drop, but whenever you hit the gas and go, it will climb back up. Mine does this for some reason.
The engine ticks, and has since I bought it back in September. I know it is one of the lifters going out, but I wanted to know how much it would cost to replace. I can't do it myself because I am more of a computer guy and I don't know much about cars. It has about 137, XXX miles on it. I am planning to get some stuff fixed on it, and I just wanted some recommendations. So far I am planning to replace the air filter, corner light (from hitting a guard rail), headlights, new tires, belts, and the lifter. Anything else I should look into?
My Talon also grinds into 2nd gear sometimes. If im getting ready to slow down and come around a corner, I wait until im below 20 MPH and then shift to 2nd, which most of the time shifts easily. But shifting from 1st to 2nd, I never really have any problems. Also, when I come to a stop, shift to neutral, let off the clutch, push the clutch in, and try to shift into first, I can feel and hear the gear grinding. The only way I stop it from happening is to shift into 2nd and then to first, and that somehow works.
All in all, my Talon has been good to me. It is comfortable and fun to drive. I don't know if I would take it on a long trip, but it gets me to where I need to be. Now I feel like going on a drive, haha.
5th Aug 2008, 14:20
Is there a child's car seat that will fit into the back seat of an Eagle Talon? My son weighs 30 pounds. Grandma drives the car these days, so it is not very often that we would need the car seat - but I need to find something to keep my son safe. Any advise would be greatly appreaciated.
4th Sep 2008, 17:33
Hi Everyone again!
To the last posted comment - I have no idea. This car was built to safety standards of 1993 and we all know how "unsafe" a child safety seat of even five years ago is. The Talon has no tethers or anchors for a baby seat and is hardly a "usable" rear seat for a person of any size!
Anyway -- I've, well, Tal, has made it to the 223K mile mark and is still working fine. My dad and I fixed the jagged rusted out fender (for under $10)! New sheet metal, Bondo, and some "Bright Red" spray paint, and a few hours of cutting, bending, and sanding, sanding, sanding have done it wonders.
As for anything going bad on the car now - just the rear tires. They have last almost five years, but will go away when it is time to put the studded tires up front in a few months. The clear coat is really fading bad too. A bunch of spots on the fenders and especially the spoiler and hatch are getting spotty. Tal will get waxed before winter and hopefully I'll spend some time painting next year.
Thanks for reading again, and I'll keep you all posted for anything major!