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Options for Eagle Talon with no compression on cyl. 2


Doonbuggy

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A buddy of mine has a gorgeous '97 Eagle Talon with only 55,000 miles, however it's been determined that the #2 cylinder has zero compression.

I'm not a gearhead at all, but his options seem to be:

1. engine overhaul, estimating $3k - 5k (no real quotes yet)

2. donate it to an organization and reap the tax benefits next spring or,

3. ???

Any comments/thoughts would be appreciated. The car is in otherwise great shape and he loves driving it, but it's hard to justify spending a lot of money on a vehicle that is already eight years old. Can it be fixed for less doing something else?

Thanks in advance. -DB

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Install a 2.5l V6 from a '97 Sebring.....


I've never heard of that, and I've had 4 eagle talons/mitsubishi eclipses over the years. The 2.0 4 cylinder from the Sebring would fit if the talon is non-turbo (same block, different head), but I doubt the V6 would. Is your friend's Talon turbocharged? If it is, the engine code is 4G63T and you can pick up a motor, tranny, and turbo for under $1600. $3K to $5K is insane!! If it is a non-turbo it has the same engine block as a Dodge Neon, Avenger, etc., 420A is the code, and you can get a complete short block for $1K.

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I don't know the fitting of motors but I have a good running '97 sebring V6 that I would like to get out of here.....cheap (a lot less than what you listed).

Send me an email, I will deal with Rick and FM later (sales fees).

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There are tons of Talon and eclipse forums to be found online, I'll bet you could find a huge amount of info on those cars, not to mention I'll bet you could find cheaper quality mechanics and parts. First step would be to take the car to a dealer or qualified person and find out what's wrong first, then you can search up your options. Heck I know I could find a whole new block for my car for 3k new and there are so many choices out there if I wanted to put a used engine in there. I search some talon/eclipse forums and ask those who knwo these cars inside and out what they think. I can't post any links (forum rules....) so I can't help you anymore than that, but there is so much info to be found online it's crazy it'll be harder to sort the info than it will be to find it.

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I'll second what mnrstrider said. Here is a very helpful hint for searching online for information about these cars: they are referred to as a "DSM" by insiders. This stands for Diamond Star Motors, referring to the fact that they were sold under both the Mitsubishi (diamond) and Eagle/Plymouth brands (star). A great site for used parts is dsmtrader dot com, find that site and you'll be up to your eyeballs in used parts.

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Very good stuff guys. The talon is a turbo model (front wheel drive) and there's even a motor for sale at that dsm website for $1,400.

Thanks again - this may prove to be a great option.

Valv - in case he just wants to get a new vehicle, would you have interest in buying as is (I could send pics via email)? Evidently a "boroscope" (??) was used and it was determined that the second cylinder is scratched which is causing the problems.

DB

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For a little over $3000 you could put in a Jasper remanufactured engine rather than rebuild what you have. Then you are going with basically a new power plant, used engines are a little scary because who knows if you aren't 75 miles from the same thing going wrong again... Rebuilding is an OK option too, but I don't think its worth $3000 and I don't know why it would cost that much unless you really done some damage to the heads too.

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valv, i might be able to help with the motor, i have a accalim, with a bad one send me some info please, i might be able to help out with getting it off your hands.

jim

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