Been there done that
I bought my Talon from my brother. Was a AWD TSi. And it was good until it's problems started kicking in. Eventually had to replace the ECU (random shut downs at any speed), turbo stopped working, hatch shocks going out... and the usual wear-n-tear of age. at 161k miles, it just gave up. Given proper maintenance, it could've gone a lot longer. As far as getting around time, it does the job pretty good. It's spacious... so long as you're the only person riding. Handling is outstanding (AWD can handle frozen overpasses like dry roads). All in all, decent. Downsides aside from upkeep: requires premium gas and it loves to drink it.
Nice first car
I bought this car with 108,000 miles on it when it was 10 years old. Owned it four years and when I handed it down, it had 134,000 miles. This car is nice, sporty, almost exotic. Problems: Really cramped inside. Back seat mainly for show and children. Replaced: AC pump (bad when bought), lower compression arms (both, twice), door handles (2), rear strut mount (twice). Was in bad shape when bought, continued to rust extensively. Old car, falling part. But nice while it lasted. Nice start, pull, coasting, makes you want to speed.
Mercedes quality at Camaro performance
I bought a loaded turbo awd Talon brand new and put 120k on it. The turbo cars come with the Mitsu motor. Car assembled in America. No break downs, nothing broke on the car. Fun and light, easily maneuverable, quick and great in the rain. I would put the quality up against any car. It still has the original turbo, shocks, exhaust and rotors on it! The biggest surprise about this car is how much you can haul in it, as the back seats fold down and it has a hatchback, that has a rear windshield wiper. While the drivers seat is 6-way power and the wheel tilts, the wheel does not telescope - that is my only complaint. The car is fast, handles great and gets 25 mpg. Nice leather interior. I also looked at the '96 Z28 and Corvette, which were the only cars faster, and they road like clunky wagons compared to the Talon, and were priced higher. My car stickered at 25k and is still tight and doesn't rattle!