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#31 of 67 1992 eagle talon
Mar 29, 2001 (2:21 pm)
I've seen a Std. 1992 Eagle Talon which has clocked 90,000 miles. It seems to be in good shape though -- inside and outside.
The vehicle has most fittings :- a/c, all power, decent stereo etc. ( But no sun-roof. )
I request you for the following advise :-
- Is this a reliable car ?
- Is it expensive to maintain ?
- Is 90,000 miles on the higher side ?
What amount should I offer the owner.
Will appreciate your advise/tips.
#32 of 67 RE: 1992 eagle talon
Mar 31, 2001 (2:58 am)
A none turbo talons in 92 were ESI model 2.0L 4cyl's rated at 135hp.
I've never heard of any major issues with them.
There not expensive to maintain, just make sure the timing belts are replaced every 60k.
As long as the car has a clean title and has no mechnenical issues.
I would look to settle on a price between 1500-2000.
#33 of 67 Strange 'surging' problem
May 09, 2001 (9:29 pm)
Tracy / Amy,
I had a similar problem with my 1991 Talon several years ago and three separate dealerships could not determine what was wrong. The fourth did, however. The oxygen sensor needed replacing. Why diagnostic tests could not determine the problem initially is beyond me. Hope this helps both of you.
#34 of 67 This a deal??
May 10, 2001 (9:18 am)
I'm looking at a 1995 TSi AWD with 78000 Km on it. It stayed in for the first two winters, has been oil treated so there is no rust on there. The brakes were just changed and there is a probably transferrable extended warraty that goes all the way to Feb 2003. The guy is asking 13500$ CAN.
Does this look like a deal or am I getting ass-raped by a Gorilla? What kind of maintenance cost am I looking at?
Thanx a bunch!
#35 of 67 Not sure....
May 10, 2001 (2:31 pm)
But I'll gladly take getting ripped off on a car over a gorilla on my back anyday!!!
May 10, 2001 (2:44 pm)
Lets see here...thats about $9000 US (I would think) and roughly 50k miles I would say.
I just checked edmunds here and if the cars fully loaded and in tip top condition. The "dealer" retail is about $9000.
"Private" party price is around $7500.
Look like a deal...Nope.
Especially since the expensive 60k mile service is coming up.
But I'm also not sure if these prices mean anything in Canada.
#37 of 67 Talon/Eclipse/Laser help
May 13, 2001 (1:49 pm)
These cars are generally refered as DSMs (Diamond Star Motors) a join venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi. There is a huge internet club for these cars at "www.dsm.org" it has more information about these cars than even Mitsubishi do because for the last 10 years at least 6,000 memebers/owners pooled their knowledge and experience together to help create one of the most comprehensive technical websites for any vehicle on the internet. It teaches anything from how to keep it run good to how to make it a 500hp Dodge Viper killer. These cars are not perfect and has a rather negative reputation for reliability due to a very sophisticated design of the turbocharged engine and AWD. However, almost all possible problems of these cars have been addressed in the website and fixes available so do not be afraid of owning a turbo DSM. The best attributes of these cars and the reason of such a huge cult following around the nation was its extremely strong engine. The 2.0 turbo 4G63 enine was developed in the 80s to compete in Group B rally (often producing excess of 600hp) and later adopted in DSMs in relatively original configuration, so it is very easy to increase the horsepower (up to 450hp for stock internals) on these cars just by adding more turbo boost and fuel along without worrying about engine falling apart, and a rally inspired AWD will be able to apply all that power on the ground. Power and traction are the two most valuable elememts in drag racing and DSMs can really dominate, able to run 12s and 11s with any tire and stock body, chasis and drivetrain. In fact Mitsubishi is still using this engine in their WRC rally competing Lancer Evolutions and has won several championships (97?-98-99) As someone memtioned, given proper care, a DSM will last a long time, my own 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (turbo/AWD) has 120,000 miles and is still running with original headgasket, turbo, transmission and is only on its 2nd clutch despite generating over 300HP and runs low 13s at my local track. If you treat ur DSM like your baby, it will perform like a dream, in my case kickin Mustangs and Porsche's butt with my $5,000 car. But if treat a DSM like a beater than it will give you nightmares because these cars are very complex even by today's standard and anything can go wrong if you neglect on maintainence.
May 13, 2001 (8:56 pm)
Well said..I'll glady take a DSM over most sport coupes on the market today, because of the reasons you described.
#39 of 67 1990 Tsi AWD questions
May 20, 2001 (8:29 am)
I have a 1990 Eagle Talon TSI AWD with very low miles-- 70,000. I have a had a few problems, not unexpected in an 11 year old car, but one persistent probelm has been that the car "hesitates" or "stutters" at higher RPMs. This is more noticeable at 3500 or higher RPM. I don't know how much it happens in higher gears, b/c I would have to be going too fast, but I notice it more when I am accelerating harder. I was also told by a garage that my transfer case needs to be checked out. They referred me to a transmission shop. I am a bit suspicious of going to transmission shops, so any advice on these problems would be appreciated. This stuttering problem has been around for almost two years. Could they be related? I love the car and have owned it since new. Great year round. The air conditioning has required some service, and it seems to go through brakes and tires rapidly, even though I do not drive it hard. But it has been serving me well. Thanks for any help that anyone has!