Durable, sporty and fun!
There are spots on the hood where the paint is disintegrating and rust is starting to appear.
Cooling system had to be replaced.
I've gone through more flat tires with this car. Bad tire karma.
Radio/Cassette Player works only occasionally. I have to turn it on and off several times before it "catches".
The headlights are not very bright.
The seat seperator/container lid just broke, and since it's on a spring it's always open, which is a bit annoying.
I just installed a new alternator at 195000 miles.
A previous owner had installed an alarm system of which I received no remote so when the car battery died, the car starting system was shut down. Had to disconnect various wires to get it to start again.
This car I purchased for $1600 at 163000 miles just a few years ago from a private owner. Even with the repairs I've had to make it has given me much more than my money's worth. It has been nothing but a thrill to drive. I don't know if I can ever go back to a "non-convertible".
The turning radius is great and it can parallel park where most cars cannot fit.
Being over 6 feet tall this is very important to me, there is plenty of leg and head room. The overall interior is very very comfortable.
The paint issue is a bit disconcerting. It is a mystery why it's not lasting better than it has. What is of particular concern is that rust has started to appear where the paint has worn away.
I drive to work everyday (a 25 mile commute) like it's the Daytona 500. This little old car is surprisingly quick and responsive. Dodge has made a durable sporty car here.
I highly recommend the 1993 Dodge Shadow ES Convertible, especially if you can get a good price and less miles than mine.
I fear it may be the end of it's run soon, now that it's approaching 200,000 miles, but it's been a great run.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2002