good gas mileage,handling,braking,low maintenance
By danno on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,650
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "fun to drive, fairly comfortable & warm in winter."
Cons: "rain drips on seats & carpet when doors are open"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"The car was bought with139,500 mi. with a fully new exhaust system & an old replacement top that does not leak, but roof design causes rain to drip onto seats & carpet when doors are opened. Previous owner replaced passenger power window motor, but the lifting mechanism has worn out causing the tracking to skew causing it to fail again. I bought 15 in. alloy Mopar wheels & the best MichelinM&S tires, to replace the 14 in. premium cast alloy wheels & Chinese tires [for looks & safety]. It is a 15 foot car, looking new from that distance. There is no rust anywhere at all except tiny spots of surface rust where there is chipped paint or where there is minimal paint under the hood. I had to replace the original master brake cylinder & rear brake cylinders fully & front brake hoses, starter, original shocks & front struts. The usual, plugs, filters, fluids, hoses,light bulbs, wipers, alignment, for maintenance. 25-28 mpg for city [minimal] & freeway [mostly] driving. Good handling & steering & braking. Front seats could be more comfortable [but they are 20 years old & still in very good condition]
I may replace the top & chipped windshield & when I'm rich [ha-ha] rebuild the engine, but it will probably last another 200,000 miles. So far the transmission is performing fine, as is the heat, but the A/C needs to be recharged as it is barely cold. I'll keep this Shadow, till I die or it dies beyond normal resuscitation, & trade my van or wagon before I sell this. It's almost as much fun as my old Austin Healey 4 seater, & has more back seat room, way bigger trunk & better ground clearance. I may get a LOUDER horn."
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