1st Generation (1987—1994) Shadow Problems

Shadow owners with a 1987—1994 model year have the most problems with the electrical (33%), engine (29%), and the fuel system (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Head Gasket Failure 2 complaints at an average of 148,340 miles in the 1994 Dodge Shadow.
  2. Fan Won\'t Kick on When Starting to Run Hot 1 complaints at an average of 56,000 miles in the 1988 Dodge Shadow.
  3. Loss of Power 1 complaints at an average of 75,000 miles in the 1993 Dodge Shadow.

What Shadow Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 10 1 39 1.53
1993 5 1 40 1.09
1992 1 4 35 0.31
1991 3 5 25 0.76
1990 3 2 24 0.9
1989 0 3 17 0.0
1988 2 3 0 0.53
1987 0 3 0 0.0

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