1991 Dodge Shadow America from North America
A good first car,. but not reliable in the end
When I received it at 50000 miles, the shocks and struts needed to be replaced.
Thermostat replaced at 58,920.
Thermostat replaced at 61,190.
Thermostat and radiator replaced at 64,000.
Brakes and Rotors, 69,000.
Fuel tank strap, 71,000
Exhaust needs replaced.
Muffler needs replaced.
Fuel gauge, temperature gauge need to be replaced.
Can't stay cool.
AC Broke, 79,000.
Water now shoots from bottom pass. vents.
Fuel leaks. About 1 cup/ day.
Very Hesitant in humidity.
Car enters vapor lock on hot days. (Fuel cannot pass the dense fuel vapors in fuel lines) In turn, won't start.
Caliper broke, 81,000.
Fuel pump now cuts out while driving, no longer safe.
When I got this car for my first car, it was wonderful. soon after the coolant system stopped working. I have invested nearly 1000$ US to keep it running smoothly. the car barely starts, and ticks alarmingly. when stopped in traffic it jumps around and makes much noise.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th August, 2007
30th Jul 2012, 19:15
Sounds to me like you blew your head gasket. Would explain the failure of anything in the cooling system and the problem with starting it may be from hydrolock (water in the cylinders) and coolant in the combustion chamber. Could also have a cracked cylinder head. Best advice is to find another motor; they are cheap and plentiful.