1994 Dodge Shadow Reviews - Page 4 of 10

1994 Dodge Shadow EX 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles

Summary:

Great Value -- Good Fun

Faults:

AC leaks, have been recharging it myself every summer since 1998. AC is weak even when fully charged.

Replaced factory radio at 100k.

Replaced headliner at 140k.

New Paint/Decals at 160k.

General Comments:

Good performance value. The 3.0 is lively even at 165k, and still gets 28-30MPG highway. Easily hits top end on the speedometer -- 130MPH. Have always run it on 87 octane.

Switched to Valvoline Maxlife at 125k, which seems to have cured a minor oil drip.

Have never replaced anything, except for routine maintenance. Original drive train, including clutch at 165k.

Cabin fairly noisy at highway speed.

I bought this car for a song and a dance at 16 -- money well spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2005

1994 Dodge Shadow ES 3.0L V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Most recent distance130000 kilometres

Summary:

Love it and don't want to get rid of it!!!

Faults:

Minor oil leaks.

Paint started to chip at 110000 km.

Has a strange problem unknown to any mechanic I have taken it too - stalls while driving at any given time with no warning and no explaination.

Hydraulics to open trunk don't work anymore.

General Comments:

Love to drive it because it has great power.

Great handling.

Tons of room in the front, back seat is a little small, but still works.

Great on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2005

1994 Dodge Shadow 2.2L I-4 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L I-4 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

Not worth the time

Faults:

Car has stalled a few times for no reason, it's an automatic. The first few times were in the winter, so I thought it was bad weather. Then it happened a few times in the spring, now it's a problem.

It eats oil like a baby eats candy.

It accelerates slower than a Ford Model T.

If I push the gas pedal too hard, the transmission all of a sudden shifts into neutral.

The brake pads are near dead, and from what I remember the guy I bought it from replaced them a year before.

Not the most beautiful thing to look at.

80 on the highway feels like a driving in an earthquake.

90 on the highway will blow the engine. I'm not saying this out of experience, but I can tell from the sound when I'm at 80.

Sometimes it feels like the car is shifting gears when it clearly isn't.

General Comments:

Although it is a very comfortable car to sit in, and the hatchback is a big convenience for me, being a guitarist and having large equipment, I generally wouldn't recommend it. When there's more problems with the car than there are good things to say about it, that really says something, that it's not a very good car. I'm still wondering myself why an automatic stalls. Not exactly a money pit of a car, but not exactly your safest tin box either. It was a steal at the time for $450, but now I know why it was only $450.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th April, 2005

4th May 2005, 16:14

Sounds like its been thrashed to within an inch of its life, especially as the previous owner managed to wear out the brakes in less than a year.

In any case were you expecting perfection for $450?

1994 Dodge Shadow ES 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance178000 miles
Previous carDodge Charger

Summary:

Fast, Roomy, Good Looker

Faults:

I have not "had" replace anything on the car other than regular wear and tear parts.

Replaced Radiator for use with high performance engine.

Replaced Fan Shroud for use with high performance engine.

Interior received damage from a busted out window, but that was'nt the cars fault.

General Comments:

I will drive this car till the wheels fall off and then I will put em back on and drive it some more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2005

1994 Dodge Shadow from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

This car is an excellent buy and great family car

Faults:

The rocker panels rusted out. The windshield leaks.

General Comments:

This car is very good for the dollar, and is very peppy, great family car, handles well on the roads, lots of trunk space (for shopping)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2005

1994 Dodge Shadow 4 Cylinder, 2.2 LTR from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder, 2.2 LTR Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired123738 miles
Most recent distance145898 miles

Summary:

This car is a "Death Trap"

Faults:

I am now in the process of replacing the Fan relay switch.

I recently replaced the Alternator, and the Belt.

After four months I had to replace the Head Gasket.

My Driver seat will not slide back. Therefore I am cramped up in a ball trying to drive.

General Comments:

The car handles exceptionally well for its condition.

Although like most cars it has it's mood swings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th April, 2005

6th Apr 2005, 11:08

What, exactly, is wrong with the car to justify calling it a "death trap"?

Certainly nothing you mentioned, with possible exception of the driver's seat (was it not like that when you bought it?) which you should be able to fix with a can of WD-40 and a little effort...

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 40 reviews