This is an awsome car for the money. Comes sotck with 195hp and can be boosted to 230hp by simply adding a bleader valve on the waste-gate. This car is extremely reliable considering the performance it delivers everyday with no major mechanical failure. My only complaint is "rough idle". The looks are second only to newer 2nd generation Talon, otherwise it's very well designed. Stay away from the AWD. The transmission seems to be weak on that model. The front drive tranny is very reliable just as long as you don't abuse it. This car is still capable of running with big boys like Mustang GT and Subaru WRX considering it's age. NICE JOB MITSUBISHI!!!!!!!
I bought this red car 2 years ago because of the sporty design and price. And I paid for my mistake of picking looks/price over reliability. I put $6000+ into it: clutch, radiator, alternator, starter, rear brakes, piston replacements, timing belt, headlight wiring, and more. Cabin noise was VERY loud, it shook when you drove over 45mph, 2nd gear grinds, AC never worked, emergency brake never worked, and getting into reverse required 2 hands. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't regret buying this car. Do yourself a favor and get a Toyota or Honda instead. Much more reliable.
I bought a '94 about three years ago (2000) used with 99,000 miles on it. It now has 137,000 and it's still running strong. This car has great mechanical reliability, but the electrical system has all kinds of problems. It's fast and sporty . . . a lot of fun to drive. If you want a pretty reliable car with a little bit of extra power, at a good price, pick this.
I bought this Talon back in 2000 after my Supra was totaled. I was happy when I paid $4000 for it back then. Besides changing twice on alternator in 2001 and 2004, and busted axle, I was pretty happy with my ride until recently some nut crashed into my car. Totaled it. I get a total of $ 3100 which is pretty decent!. A fun cheap sporty car for someone with low budget.