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18 years of fun
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By mack_kenamond
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1997 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo 2dr Hatchback AWD


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In case you didn't know, this car is virtually identical to the Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX. This family of cars is known as "DSM." I ordered my 1997 TSi AWD in October, 1996. It was my first new car. I still own it and doubt I'll ever sell it. I love this car! It has 113k miles at this point (Sept. 2014). The turbocharger let go at 80k miles (2006) and I took the opportunity to upgrade. I discovered DSMtuners website at that point and, over the years, became a "DSM Wiseman". I've done almost all of the work on this car myself ever since. The only issues I've had with this car in its 18 yr life have been the turbocharger and radiator hose. I've "rescued" others in deep snow many times.


Favorite Features

2.0l motor with 210+hp and AWD is great. There is a huge community of hobbyists for this model of car. The 4G63T powerplant is legendary! Fast and Furious was just the beginning for this platform. I've driven this car 1700 mi each way on road trips. It's comfortable enough for that and I have a bad lower back! The AWD is priceless! I've rescued my family and friends several times when their AWD vehicles got stuck in the snow...and this is a sports car! I've plowed through 3 feet of snow up hill, burying the headlights, but the car just keeps going! The appearance of the Talon is unique. There are countless Eclipses in the US, but I love my Talon!


Suggested Improvements

Not much to complain about. Bravo to the team who designed this. The lash adjusters clog and tick. Use the 3g version. The door panel control assembly bolts into plastic that fails over time. The headliner finally started delaminating after 18 years of windows-down driving. Placing the mass air sensor before the turbocharger requires an air-tight intake tract. A blow-through setup bypasses the problem. The 2gb plastic turbo bypass valve is inferior to the metal 1g unit; the nipple is likely to break leading to boost leaks and the unit does not hold up to anything more than 10-12psi boost. Given this list of complaints after 18 years of ownership, I feel guilty complaining at all.


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Have to mod it
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By Mikek
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1997 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo 2dr Hatchback AWD


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97 talon tsi awd, Swapped a 1G (91) 6 bolt motor, Big FP T28 turbo, 750cc injectors, 95 eprom ecu and a chip, 3" turbo back exhaust. Greddy FMIC, This car is a rocket!! I run 18psi on pump 91 and has 280whp! when i cruise at 80mph i get 37mpg. This car should have came this way stock. I Love this car, so much more rare then a GSX. If you can find one BUY IT!!


Favorite Features

AWD handling and launch, the sun roof is nice.


Suggested Improvements

1G 6 bolt swap. Big T28 from FP. 3" apexi exhaust but add a resonator, ACT street clutch, front mount intercooler, Power slot big brake kit,


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AWD Bliss
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By DarkPhoenix
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1997 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo 2dr Hatchback AWD


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Being a previous owner of DSMs, this is by far the best one ever built. Not only is it a competent handling car in dry weather, it handles even better in inclement weather. It's a little loud at anything above 60mph, and there are a few rattles in the interior, but what do you expect for a 10 year old car. The turbo spools nice and quick, never leaving me itching for power. The ride is one of the best for a sport coupe of it's caliber. The fact that it can hang with cars costing thousands more, and still return excellent fuel economy, makes this a great car!


Favorite Features

Turbo and all wheel drive.


Suggested Improvements

Bigger brakes, and better fit and finish.


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AWESOME CAR!
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By Trisha
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1997 Eagle Talon ESi 2dr Hatchback


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This is a fantastic car! Not only is it fun to drive, but it is a head turner. I have had more compliments on this car than I have had on any other car I have owned. I haven't had any major repairs on this car. It has been very dependable. I love driving it. It is red with the black roof & spoiler, which is very sharp. I haven't seen very many on the road, & when I take it in for oil changes, the mechanics tell me they have never seen one in such good condition. I will keep this car until it just won't go anymore. I now have 55,000 miles on it & expect to put a lot more miles on it before it dies. I was disappointed to hear that 1998 was the last year for this car.


Favorite Features

I love the spoiler. It has the big one. I have seen some Talons with the small spoiler, & it just doesn't look as good. I love the look of the rear end, too.


Suggested Improvements

The only improvement I can think of is the roof. If the window is down when it's raining & the wipers are on, the water is channeled so that it drips inside the car onto the seat.


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Awesome Car!
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By Patricia
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1997 Eagle Talon ESi 2dr Hatchback


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This car is the most fun car I have ever driven. I have never gotten stuck in the snow with this car. It handles the road wonderfully. It takes curves with ease. When I bought the car, it had 10,000 miles on it. Now it has 55,000 miles on it, & no problems. I will keep this car forever! I have never loved a car like I love my Eagle Talon Esi! This is truly an awesome car. I have had more compliments on this car than any other car I have had. It is definitely a head-turner. The black roof & spoiler & red body is a great color combination.


Favorite Features

I love the looks of the whole car, but the spoiler helps keep headlight glare out of my eyes at night! It has a sleek, sporty look.


Suggested Improvements

When it rains, the windows must be up, or the rain will come in.


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Talon tsi
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By god
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1997 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo 2dr Hatchback AWD


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Great car fun to drive fast as anything. Easy to put engine mods on for major hp gains.


Favorite Features

AWD is a big help relatively short shifter


Suggested Improvements

Electrical system


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Not Bad.
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By Paco
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1997 Eagle Talon 2dr Hatchback


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Most people don't like these cars, think they are not reliable. They are reliable, and a great platform for upgrades, they just require a little more maintenance then most other cars. All in all, these cars are great, i'm a big fan of DSM cars, and Talons have great stlying and performance. The 420a engine is a great platform for upgrades, including turbo.


Favorite Features

Styling, Throttle response


Suggested Improvements

Stiffer shifting.


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Best Car I've Owned
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By Stewart Gibb
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1997 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo 2dr Hatchback AWD


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I bought it after one drive because of the stability of the AWD and the mid range power. I've gotten over 30mpg on the highway. It gets it's best mileage at about 80. With the leather and all the options it is an elegant car that is always fun to drive.


Favorite Features

Power available and the stable feeling when driving.


Suggested Improvements

Infinity stereo controls should not be behind the shift knob. Spoiler should be lower, not in the middle of rear view.


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great car
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By RjH
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1997 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo 2dr Hatchback AWD


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This is an amazing car. Mine crankwalked on me, but its getting fixed because I couldn't get rid of it. This thing is kind of heavy, and you feel it on an autocross course. It's pretty quick in a straight line and corners well, but in a slalom you can feel its weight. It is very comfortable to ride in (3 people and luggage, 5 hours to Ocean City, nobody complained) and gets decent gas mileage (about 28, hwy), but it drinks 93 octane. This is a great car, aside from the crankwalk issue, and I've recommended the TSi AWD or Eclipse GSX to several people.


Favorite Features

The interior feels like a fighter jet, the seats are comfortable, and it has lots of whack, but it starts to lose it above 5000 RPM. This car makes people look, especially with a louder blow-off valve.


Suggested Improvements

Build it again!


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enjoyable
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By strave
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1997 Eagle Talon ESi 2dr Hatchback


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for a four cylander with no turbo it is an exceptional car


Favorite Features

really like the body style


Suggested Improvements

better breaking


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