They are many different types of motors that went into the DSM triplets(Eagle Talon, Mitsibishi Eclipse, Plymouth Laser) some are really bad, like the 1.6 liter 4 cylinder that went in the base model, the 2.0 liter DOHC motor is very strong.
Just saying you won't buy something because it is Japanese, European or whatever is stupid. Buy what you think is the best car for your needs at the time. All of the Japanese bashing that has been going on on this site has really started to bother me. Not all Japanese cars are rice in the bad sense and not all of them are crap. For the longest time, minus a few exceptions from Europe and the US, Japanese cars were the only good cars you could buy in the US. Just look at how many domestic manufactuered cars are still around from the 80'* compared to the number of Japanese made cars.
American cars just weren't very good for a long time and it has taken a long time for the US auto-makers to catch up. They still have a long way to go in some respects, for example I would never buy a compact made american car, but they are doing much better then they were 15 years ago.
1989 LE Bonne 122,000 miles
Custom Open Element filter system, Strut Tower Brace from 2nd gen bonne
Light Up Pontiac symbol in grill, 16 wheels from newer Bonne/G, performance tires, performance ignition system, Upgraded brakes.