This was the first of three we bought, and the last to go. It's on its last leg, but it's been a good car. For a 13 year old car and 155m plus miles later can`t complain too much. It's on its second tranny, the cooling system gave us a bit of trouble, the hardware is falling apart, the body is fair, minimal rust, paint held up very well, three accidents and still drives straight as an arrow. Mileage is fair, overall performance is down, but, I think these cars were made to "drive till they drop". Don`t see many of these on the road anymore. Nice while it lasted, but, time for the recycle yard.
3rd shadow we have owned. nice car but watch out after you hit 100m plus miles, start your euology. These are what we call "throw away cars", after 10-12 years throw em in the junk yard. They will start to fall apart. Mechanically, body and hardware. Actually one is still going pretty good with 135m miles on it, the other two are done. Transmissions seem to be first, then cooling systems go haywire, and the usual minor repairs but will nickel and dime you . Gas mileage is allright, nothing to shout about though, ride is well, a ride in a small car, what do you expect. A pretty basic car, good for the high schooler or college transportation, not a family car though.
Looks, compact size, good engine for zippin around town
I've had to replace the altenator
twice, I've replaced the battery
numerous times. The clutch now needs
to be fixed. The paint is chipping
severly and the body is rusting. There
is a leak in the roof when it rains.
The sunroof wheezes when the car is
driven. I've replaced both doors
because they fell off the hinges. I've
had to replace the water pump and
numerous belts. This car is not
reliable. Every time I got into it I
worried about how far it would actually
take me. I would not recommend that
anyone who is mechanically inclined
purchase this vehicle. If you like
fixer-uppers and know a lot about cars
this car is for you.
Bought this shadow brand new. It has
always been a suprisingly fast car. It
was driven pretty hard, lost the
tranny at 105k,
alternator and distributor cap @ 80k.
But it was in a serious wreck at 68000,
and it never seemed to run like it did
after being rebuilt. Now has 125k and
oil is creeping in to the plugs, making
for it to mix and misfire. I still
drive it every day, and if you put your
foot down it still moves pretty good.
But the gas mileage has lowered to
about 15-17mpg. Decent car for the
money. Love American vehicles and
believe in them despite this average
score from the Shadow.
Powerful 3.0 V6, very nimble, great
vehicle for rain or snow (heavy front
end), satisfactory interior space.
Questionable reliability of aluminum
head, boring interior design, poor
adhesive on ceiling cloth.
I bought my Dodge Shadow ES with just
over 100,000 miles on it. I was
expecting the transmition to blow
(since it is a dodge and on its
original tranny) but at 135,000 miles
she's still shifting smooth. It has a
3.0 V6 Mitsubishi motor under the hood
and packs quite a bit of power. She is
amazingly quick, even with no mods. A
couple small problems have arose due to
her age and mileage, such as a leaky
trunk and a sticky door. I've had to
replace the motor mounts and the belt
tightener.This car is absolutly great,
it's quick, reliable, and comfortable
with surprising room.
I love the engine, they don't make many
cars like this anymore, plus it still
gets 22 mpg. The I love the
moonroof and the powerful heater (great
for the cold wisco winters).
Working air conditioning is hard to
come by nowadays, also the belt has a
habit of going about every 20,000 miles
creating a evil squealing noise that
requires a $50 repair