This was the 1st vehicle I ever purchased without a daddy or husband...and at almost 29K miles, a daughter has driven it, a son has driven it, and now a grandson has driven it. It still runs GREAT. The 5-speed manual transmission makes it FUN to drive and I've been loving my Shadow for over 17 years. The BEST purchase I've ever made!
5-speed manual transmission is FUN to drive. Trunk is large enough to move furniture...which I have done on several occasions.
I changed out the "grannie wheels" for some mag wheels about two years after I purchased it because the "grannie wheel covers" kept falling off.
Excellent car, nearly 200,000 kms on it and still going... Very comfortable and fun to drive, most reliable car, can sit for 2 weeks at below zero temp and still have no trouble starting. Not many repairs needed over the years. Love this car and will miss it when it's gone some day. Doesn't seem like that will happen any time soon tho!
"Hidden hatchback", quite odd but it works. Can fit some very large items into the cargo space, even some furniture! Very comfortable to drive, everything easily within reach.
The paint pops off like crazy. Even so, hardly any rust to speak of!
The title of my review says it all. I am a 22 yr old college student who inherited the car as a hs grad gift in 02. My dad bought the car brand new in 93. This car always started, never died, and felt like a tank (I hit my 53 yr old iron/stone based mailbox @ 30mph day I got my permit, blasted it to pieces, and only put a small dent on the front bumper .. keep in mind plows have hit the mailbox tons of times ...) I miss this car, orig. auto. transmission started to go at 274,283 miles, and continued to run until it reached 275,963, then it froze up. I replaced it with a used one, and drove the car to 300,000 original miles b4 the used tranny decided to die on me ....
Put studded snow tires on this thing and it's better than a 4x4 Jeep .. it's a BEAST! Easy to squeeze into tight spaces but fun to drive, and it was truly amazing how reliable and cheap it was to fix this car. I miss her ... that Shadow was so good to me!
Recall on paint due to poor quality primer (paint chipped off easily), a HAND E-Brake for the manual models (donuts helloo? - foot ebrakes aren't any fun and 16" wheels .. if I could buy this car on my own brand new ...oh man ... ::sighs:: Sometimes you just gotta let go ....