Eagle Vision Tsi Owners and Future Buyers Beware. This was a great and fun car when we first got it. Slowly but surely it will start falling apart on you. Serious electrical problems everywhere. Door locks, trunk, alarm, ignition switch. Stalling. Paint peeling on any plastic areas, bumpers, rear window panels. Good Luck. :-(
12 years ago, I bought this car for my wifes birthday. Now, I drive it to work. My 83 mile commute is a blast. Even though the car has 162000 miles on it, it still gets up to 90 when I pass. I have only spent about 1000 in parts over the past 5 years. My total cost per mile is about $0.17 over the lifetime of the car. It still gets 27 miles per gallon. I could not be happier with this vehicle.
I have owned my TSI for 10 years now and have no serious complaints. It has been a very reliable car; virtually zero problems with no time in the shop except for routine maintenance. It's very peppy and fun to drive with a nice firm handling suspension unusual in large American cars of the time. Both the interiors and exteriors barely show their age and it is still a stylish new looking car after all these years.
first off i really do like my eagle esi.if it were not for the faulty electrical problems(corrrosion of major wires)and the never ceasing front end problems this car could be a high 9 in ratings.interior is roomy and comfortable.the 3.3 i have even at 163,000 miles + still has no loss in pickup.body has been solid and is just starting to show trunk lid rust.my big beef though has been with the front end components of the car.at 56000 mile i had to replace the rack and pinion components,the ball joints and connecting rods and struts.since then it has been 4 more complete sets of ball joints and tie rod ends.