1992 Dodge Shadow 1994 Plymouth Acclaim Engine
The previous owner of this car blew up the engine. I bought it in 2009 so the blow up I assume happened when the car was 16-18 years old. We had a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim that had been rear ended several years earlier, and we dropped that engine into the 1992 Shadow.
After about 2 years had to have a few hoses replaced.
The thing has always been an oil guzzler. I have to put in at least one quart a month, sometimes 2 quarts a month. Various mechanics have been unable to figure this out.
Air conditioning stopped working about two years ago; never bothered to have it fixed.
Paint also started to flake off about four years ago; two years ago when it warmed up in the spring it started coming off with a vengeance.
Also, when it is cold outside (like 10-20 below 0 air temp), the engine stalls out and shuts off when in park, in reverse, and when you let off the gas completely... pretty much have to park somewhere you can pull out and be able to drive long enough for the engine to thaw a bit before having to stop at a light or stop sign.
I love this car. I have had it for six years. I am over six feet tall, and while I wouldn't want to be a backseat passenger, I have more than enough legroom up front.
The gas mileage is so so. It is slow to accelerate, but can easily handle speeds of 80-90mph on the interstate. I have lived in both North and South Dakota, and this car has taken me through some nasty blizzards. This car always starts (does have the stalling issue mentioned above) no matter how cold it got.
I love the hatchback with the back seats you can lay down. I can haul a lot more than you might think in this thing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th August, 2015