1993 Dodge Shadow

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1993 Dodge Shadow

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3 trims

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  • Base

  • Highline


  • ES


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1993 Dodge Shadow review: Our expert's take


The subcompact Dodge Shadow is Chrysler Corp.’s practical, high-mileage rival to the Ford Escort and Chevy Cavalier-but not for long.

The Shadow will be replaced by the new Dodge Neon (the same car will be sold under the Plymouth Neon name as well) in January. The Neon promises to bea practical, high-mileage competitor with the Escort and Cavalier, with one exception to those cars-it will emphasize the “fun” in function.

If you’re looking for great looks or superior ride and handling, you won’t find them in the Shadow, despite the standard gas-charged struts, rear anti-sway bar and sport-tuned suspension.

This is a small car that gets you where you are going without frequent stops for refueling. Oddly, however, it gets you where you’re going very quickly, thanks to the optional 3-liter, 141-horsepower, V-6 engine. The V-6 delivers 21 m.p.g. city/29 highway teamed with an optional four-speed automatic transmission. The mileage rating seemed modest. Though we spent a good deal of time kicking the pedal to enjoy the 3-liter’s response, the Shadow seemed to have a real aversion to pausing for gas.

Putting the 3-liter V-6 in the Shadow sets the stage for a couple peppy newengines Chrysler will offer in the Neon, 130- and 140-horsepower versions of a2-liter four-cylinder. The 3-liter in the Shadow offers about the same kick asthe 2-liter in the lighter Neon-which will get even better mileage.

The base price of the front-wheel-drive ES coupe we drove is $9,804.

Standard equipment includes power brakes and steering; 15-inch, all-season radial tires; stainless-steel exhaust; rear-deck spoiler; spring-held hood; fold-down rear seat backs; AM/FM stereo with clock; dual, remote outside mirrors; and driver-side air bag (dual air bags are to be standard in the Neon).

Options included a $1,873 package consisting of air conditioning, tinted glass, rear-window defroster, floor mats, fog lamps, remote liftgate release, radio upgrade with cassette and dual visor vanity mirrors; automatic transmission at $730; the 3-liter V-6 at $694; and cast aluminum wheels at $328. With a $505 freight charge and a $900 discount on the option package thecar stickers at $13,034.

With the Neon coming in January, you would expect-make that demand-that Dodge dealers will discount the Shadow to make room for Chrysler’s answer to GM’s Saturn-a small, low-priced (Chrysler hints at a window sticker at least $1,000 less than Saturn’s), high-mileage, fun-to-drive car-with two air bags.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 3.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 3.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


My red 1993 Dodge Shadow, the Best Car I Ever Had

I have had my Dodge Shadow for over 20 years and it still looks like new. I purchased it brand new in Detroit for $7,000.00 out the door using the Chrysler Family Discount Purchase as my father was working for Chrysler in Highland Park, Michigan at that time. I have taken very good care of it by rust proofing the body panels, keeping the body washed and waxed and I have kept up with all of the required maintenance. It has a very reliable and economical five-speed transmission that gets up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway. The car has about 101,500 miles on it. When I take it to Detroit where it was manufactured, I get a lot of complimentary looks and compliments from those admiring its 'like new' appearance. I am very proud of this car and have no plans to sell it . It is also very comfortable to ride in, too. Because of this car's age and good looks, I avoid driving it during the winter when the roads are salty so as to keep it looking good longer by using a secondary car that I own.


Best First Car Ever

My dad bought this car brand new in 1993, and it was worth every penny of the 11,000 dollars he spent on it. The car was given to me as a high school graduation gift, and since then it has reach 300,000 miles over the past 14 years. Although the engine no longer gets great gas mileage, its the original one and has never had a problems other than a leaking oil gasket. The transmission ran great up until 275,000 miles until it finally died, and the original blower motor for the fan just went yesterday. The car is SOLID, as has survived accidents that would have easily totaled other beyond repair, as was the case in one that I was involved with a few years ago. This car is GREAT in the snow, and is definitely very reliable if well taken care of over the years. I really love this car, as it has always been there for me, even when it had a mechanical problem that may have causes others to fail.


love this car

I just bought a used 93 shadow ES and I love it. The car is mint and looks great. So far it drives nice. Everything about the car is nice. I would recommend this car to anyone.

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Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
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