I received what I thought was a cream puff...in 2003, I was given my grandmother's 1990 Dodge Shadow with only 27,000 miles on it to use as a second vehicle. Overall, it was pretty average and dull, though I will say it did get around very well in the snow. I had owned a 1991 Escort a few years ealier, and to compare the Shadow to the Escort, which were competing vehicles, the Escort blew it away. On the surface, the Shadow seemed better, with more horsepower, larger wheels, and more options, but where the Escort was peppy and fun to drive and great on gas, the Shadow was like driving a lawn mower, and was not very good on gas for a 4-cylinder with 93 hp.
14" alloy wheels on an early-90's econobox was high end in its day, and available features like cruise control and tilt steering wheel were nice.
Standard driver side airbag was an industry class leader in 1990.
But all the bells and whistles still couldn't help the lawnmower-like feel of the car, very underpowered (only 93hp to move over 2,600 lbs. of vehicle), and handled like a bucket of slop.
Well, it's been many years since Dodge manufactured the Shadow...and probably for good reason.
I either owned or drove many of the competitors from that era to this vehicle, and pretty much all of them were better...Ford Escort, Chevy Cavalier, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra...
I'm the original owner of an '89 Shadow
4 door 2.5L non turbo. Let's face it,
this car has been about as much fun to
drive as a shopping cart. But fun is
sometimes secondary to what a car
should be about. Unlike other Chrysler
made vehicles that I have owned, the
Shadow has been an icon of reliability
and stallworh dependabilty...under all
types of conditions.
Comfy front seats. Good A\C. Good
traction and handling. Very useful
hatch. Stainless exhaust.
Headlights could be brighter. Under
I bought this car for $1000 canadian,
it was in very good condition, all i
had to do was some exhaust work.
Since has been working very well. I
was very surprised by the amount of
horsepower (150) out of the 2.5 litre,
4 cylinder engine... especially the
fact that it is now 12 years old, and
has 197000k's. At least my first car
was a decent one.
The 195/60R15 tires, with aluminum
wheels, make for easy cornering, and
lack of tire flex, while the turbo
chager is great for get up and go...
with a 0-60 of around 7-7.5 seconds.
everything on the dash is right were
some of the electronics, such as the
stereo on alot of the '90 es models i
have seen become distorted, and must
be replaced. Other than that, that is
all i can think of off hand.