Nicest One Left? 1994 Eagle Talon ES – SOLD!
June 6, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
It’s easy to get frustrated when finding an enthusiast car in mint condition equipped with an automatic transmission, especially a hot-hatch Mitsubishi Eclipse, or its twin, the Eagle Talon. But sometimes, it’s the lack of three pedals that help keep a car prone to ill-conceived modifications in survivor shape, like this extremely clean 1994 Eagle Talon ES originally listed in May 2021 on Craigslist in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) with just 38,000 miles and an asking price of $4,950. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool isn’t a perfect means of evaluating the price, as the only current valuations are for a turbocharged model – but figuring one of those in “Good” condition is worth $5,000, the seller’s ask seems fair for this naturally aspirated survivor.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse/Eagle Talon became an instant darling of the early 90s tuner car scene, opening up a vast network of aftermarket performance parts and cosmetic upgrades that resulted in seemingly every bone-stock car being turned into a stunt double for The Fast and the Furious movie franchise overnight. The Eclipse, and its captive import twin, the Eagle Talon, were not drift cars, mind you – front-wheel-drive meant it never became a contestant in local drifter battles – but its four-cylinder powerplant responded very well to turbocharging, hence why you could buy a boosted example right off the showroom floor. Eventually, you could pair the turbocharged 4G63 engine with all-wheel-drive but look for a car built after April of ’92 with the preferred “7-bolt” engine if you can’t live without the high-performance drivetrain.
The MotorWeek YouTube Channel provides this RetroReview of the Eagle Talon when it debuted for the 1989 Model Year:
This 1994 model features the naturally-aspirated 4G63 four-cylinder with an automatic transmission. This was still a cut above the base engine offering, which featured 92 wheezy horsepower. The non-turbo four put out a respectable 135 horsepower, which won’t light your hair on fire but will still keep up with modern traffic just fine given the low curb weight. This one is in very nice condition, and while the low mileage certainly helps here, it was also undoubtedly left in the hands of an astute caretaker to still look this good all of these years later. The seller notes he is just the second owner and has recently serviced several essential maintenance items including a new water pump, replacement timing belt, and all drive belts, new front tires, and fresh brake pads and rotors front and rear. If this were a manual transmission example, it’d likely already be sold, but it may also not have survived to the same high level as this automatic-equipped model. Good luck with the purchase if you pursue this rad 90s hot hatch.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1994 Eagle Talon ES for sale.
Clean for the year. 38,000 original miles. I am the 2nd owner. Inspected till 7/21. Clean title in hand.
New parts including:
-Front and rear brakes and rotors
-Timing belt and all drive belts replaced
-New front tires
Overall a cool car. Blast from the past! Runs and drives with no problems. If the ad is up, then it is available.
Serious buyers only, phone calls only. (No calls after 9pm).“
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