hey guys im looking at buying an eagle talon for a second car as my 2 boys are getting to big to cart around in the front seat anymore hehe. cant go to an old man car hehe has to be sporty . was thinking an eagle talon what you all think?
Posts: 3259 From: Asheboro, NC Registered: Aug 2000
I've heard many bad things about those engines. Why not go with a sporty 4 door car? i.e. Grand Prix, or maybe a Maxima type car? no flames please. I test drove an Intrepid before we bought the minvan, it got up pretty good for the size of it.
Posts: 282 From: ontario/canada Registered: Jan 99
i think it was that car, i know for a fact it was an eagle. That some woman wanted me to change her timing belt. I looked at the haynes manual and it looked like a B%*%*%% to take off, theres more then one belt and there is a lot of things to take of to get to it. A mechanic wanted more then 800 bucks to do it, and i told her no also, didn't know her that well, and it was close to winter and me having no garage to work in.
Dec 7th, 2000
Posts: 206 From: Los Angeles, CA USA Registered: Nov 2000
whenever I get a nice full time job, I'm going to look into leasing a used grand prix or olds alero.. then I could spend some time working on the fiero.. strip it down to the frame.. sandblast and paint it, install all new wiring, hoses, gaskets, bushings.. repaint the body panels, new door and window seals, etc.. maybe a new engine too..? (or at least a performance rebuild..)
As for the talons.. I love them... but I've heard some scary stories about maintenance on them.. especially the turbo ones.
One of my friends got a Talon turbo a little bit ago.. needed somewhere between 2-4k worth of work right away. Timing belt, tie rods, etc... Hope you have some small kids if you get the Talon! The backseat in those things is one hell of a torture device!
Posts: 6136 From: louisville,ky. usa Registered: Feb 2000
I bought a used 95 Intrepid ES. For my 2 boys it's great. Large enough to keep them from fighting and it has the 3.5L 24-valve motor with dual throttle bodies to keep me slightly happy. (I got the car for a great deal, was actually looking for a Grand Prix GT but none were in my price range)
Posts: 1560 From: Maple Valley, WA Registered: Oct 2000
My uncle used to own a 92 nissan Maxima (upgraded to a 97 Lexus). The maxima is a smooth ride. He let me drive it a few times. Got it on the freeway, it seemed like I was cruising with the flow of traffic, but when I looked down I was doing 95. Needless to say I set the cruise control.
I test drove an Eagle Talon TSI AWD. With a five speed, before I bought my first Fiero. It seemed fine just cruising around. Until I decided to hotrod it a little. Somewhere above 4500 rpms things started rattling. Well anyway I forgot the point I was going to make, so go ahead and buy one. Or you could take a look at a Mitsubishi Eclipse, oh wait nevermind.
OK OK OK THANX TO ALL TALON ITS NOT ILL START LOOKING AGAIN AT THE INTREPID sorry about the caps the intrepid was my first choice till i saw some of the talons. although i do like the older boxier intrepid more then the 2000 thanx all
okay, just a quick observation, the talon isn't the kind of car you are looking for. talons rate much like fieros, even though they make a pretense at a back seat.
if i were to go that route you're looking at, i would probably look into cars like the intrepid. however, none of them are really going to be sporty like a fiero is. you are going to make trade offs in what you want for what you need.
personally, i like the grand prix. with the sport-like options added on, maybe a little bit of tuning, you can come up with a really nice sports sedan, or coupe (with a real backseat). along those lines is the monte carlo, it is a car that draws directly from the racing heritage of chevy, and it shows.
just about anything that comes from ford's 'special' division is pretty much guaranteed to be able to move.
you didn't mention your budget, but there are a few cars that can deliver what you want, but they tend to be a little higher than the average sports sedan. and i'm not talking about jags, or porsches. although bmw did alright with the 5 and 7 series...
the maxima's are alright, but the styling is getting a bit stale lately. especially given the directions other automakers are taking.
i can't speak for the other imports, the majority of my experience has been with domestic cars.
hopefully, i can push off what you are doing until i get a good look at ford's production run of the new t-bird.
my recommendation, drive everything that looks like it might work for you. that's really the only way you will know what you like. -- G
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Dec 10th, 2000
Posts: 13419 From: Where you least expect me Registered: Jun 2000
How about a (I can see the flames coming a mile away..) Honda Accord? With a 5 speed, the new ones can get out of their own way pretty good. It also has a suprising amount of torque for a little 4cyl gerbil motor. They have huge trunks, and seat 4 on long trips very comfortably. And they last forever.
Yeah talons have really bad tranny's. You would think they would put a beefed up tranny to back that high Hp turboed engine, but no they put some really crappy tranny that will blow every 20k miles. I know from experience.
I think the honda accord, while being plane jane everyday run of the mill 4 door, its very reliable and it has a nice suspension for being a "family" car IMHO. Also you can pick up an early 90s one for under 7 grand.
------------------ Jeff '88 GT t-top 3.4 Baltimore, MD