Wednesday, August 20, 2014

7k: As Stock As It Gets: 1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

No accidents. No rust. No modifications that can't be removed with minimal effort. Five-digit mileage, exactly two previous owners (both female, interestingly). This 6-bolt, 4G63-powered, all-wheel-drive example is the Talon of your DSM dreams. At about double the going rate of its modified sisters, it's priced similarly to the 26k-mile automatic 1992 Talon we dug up last March. This one comes with a few more miles but something no TSi should have left the factory without: a manual transmission. Find this 1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD in Hoffman Estates, IL for $6,500 via craigslist.

This Talon makes exactly three offenses: An HKS blow-off valve, whose chirps and whistles will attract adolescent street racers like free pimple cream; bumper-melting exhaust that may just need a new muffler - the cat-back piping is probably fine; and an exposed air filter that can easily be replaced with the stock air box (included) by hand at a gas station on your way to Pebble Beach in 2044.

Besides those, the Talon has all the best of 90s design. Gaze upon its black-accented greenhouse. Smirk at the off-centered hood hump supposedly accommodating cam timing gear. Ponder at the driver-centric, button-laden dash before finding the switch that operates the pop-up headlights. And then become decapitated by the active seat belts. Surely Google knows how to disable those.

This 1G Talon isn't a deal. It's an investment, either for profit when Gran Turismo thumbstick jockeys get nostalgic for the glory days in 20 years, or as a turbocharged DSM product you could actually live with every day.

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. Oh, the seller has remedies for your wants, Philol, if that is your name... He says: "I have the stock blowoff valve, air box, and leather shift knob for this car. " So there you go. Set it back to stock, step back in time.

    When I was in high school this was the apogee of my automotive dreams - this and the BMW 318ti. There was a guy who had one, triple black. It was awesome. It probably contributed to his success with the young ladies. My '82 Buick Regal couldn't compete.

    The odd thing is at this point I'd have another Regal. Maybe get one with a turbo this time. I don't know if I'd go for a Talon.

  2. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 20, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    This was also a high school high water mark in my area in the early 90's. The thing was though, no one's parents bought this model for them. They all got the base N/A FWD version, and were extremely disappointed when my slightly older and much boxier GTi 16v would drop them every time. I still remember what a torture chamber it was folding my 6' 2" frame into the rear seats of these, but man, I would love to drive this one for a trip down memory lane.

  3. I prefer the tail lights of the 1g Eclipse with the body color lower tail-light trim and the subdued "MITSUBISHI" on the panel between the tails but that's picking at nits. Make sure 2nd gear syncro is decent, get this out of the great salty north, and enjoy it as a driver for the next few years. I think they still make some form of the 4G63, and the aftermarket for these cars is still pretty strong, so all in all, this looks to be a decent buy. Minus the pineapple shooter out back.


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