2008 Dodge Caliber Base 2.0

Summary:

Fun, comfortable, low purchase price

Faults:

One turn signal, Rear left. Not a big problem at all.

Oil change light, not the cars fault (turn key to ignition and pump the gas pedal quickly multiple times and it resets)

General Comments:

Like it, comfortable (I'm 6'6), awesome speakers even for the base models (I tested out my rap and electronic music) with no rattles at all. Bass is great, treble is excellent.

However the rear pillars make lane changing difficult. I'd recommend getting a wide view mirror attachment for it.

Love the looks, mileage is not too shabby for what it is. Tons of room, especially when you fold the seats flat and put blankets in there when your with that special someone ;)

Good for when you're with your friends and heading to a party (cooler in glovebox)

All in all, I loved it, it was just a rental (hence those two VERY MINOR problems).

It is what it is, test drive it yourself and make up your mind. I for one would not mind purchasing one of these (and I will once I finish school).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2009

2007 Dodge Caliber SXT

Summary:

Reliable cheap car

Faults:

Road noise is too much to bear; on the highway or surface streets it's like driving a Jeep with a canvas top.

The car has no pick up, which is good; it's hard to get a speeding ticket with this thing.

AC system has a muskey smell, but otherwise a reliable car.

General Comments:

Hard to keep the rear end of the car clean, it seems like it's a magnet for dust and dirt due to the poor design.

Friends that rode in it felt claustrophobic.

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

Review Date: 15th July, 2009

2008 Dodge Caliber R/T AWD 2.4L

Summary:

Lump of trash

Faults:

Transmission has been replaced (27,000km).

Main engine computer replaced once and reprogrammed twice due to stalling (12,000km, 18,000km, 42,000km).

Rear struts replaced because they were leaking (35,000km).

Two wheel bearings have been replaced (22,000km, 49,000km).

Left front headlight has blown out seven times!

Dealer doesn't know why! (Seems like I'm always driving with one headlight!)

Interior creeks and groans when its cold (since new).

Security system malfunctioned this morning so the car would just crank over and not start. Had to be towed to the dealer. (this morning - 57,500km)

Of course, all the quoted mileages above are approximate.

General Comments:

Too many issues. Will never buy another Chrysler product. I guess I should have paid more attention to all those anti-Chrysler websites, but I thought "they can't be that bad". I was wrong. It's a huge lump of garbage. Thank God I bought the extended warranty... I'm going to need it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th June, 2009

10th Jun 2009, 20:09

Your example is not typical of Chrysler products.

One of my longest-lasting vehicles was a 1990 Dodge Omni. It made 240,000+ miles with nothing but two timing belts, two brake jobs and one hose. The man who bought it from me now has over 300,000 miles on it. Granted, that is not as good as our Ford that made 325,000 miles with less than $500 in total repairs, but still, 240,000 miles is not bad for an inexpensive compact.

We also drove our Dodge Daytona 100,000+ miles before trading it without one single problem, and our Dodge truck never had a single problem in the 5 years before it was totalled in an accident.

2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0L

Summary:

Way more than you'd expect for your money!

Faults:

Rear dome light needed to be tapped to work. I changed the bulb, and no problems since!

Flaking paint on the front bumper - Dealer's fault. They attempted to cover some rock chips, and didn't prepare the surface or mask anything before spraying it. They promptly replaced the bumper, and any part that had any over-spray on it. They even put me in a rental while they fixed it.

General Comments:

It's been a fantastic car. I love driving it, and it's pretty darn comfortable for being a mid-trim model car. It's been as reliable as my old Toyota so far, and hopefully will be in the future. I have a pretty heavy foot at times, so I'm hard on engines and transmissions. If the powertrain were cheaply built, I would have broken something by now.

The Caliber's performance, for a 2.0L, is fantastic, especially with that CVT keeping the engine where it needs to be for passing power. My only real complaint so far is road noise; it is not the quietest car in the world. I drove an 08' SRT caliber that didn't have the issue, so I'm assuming it's my tires (they're getting close to the end of their life). The 6CD mp3 changer sounds pretty good. It could use a subwoofer, but I wanted a yellow car, so I took what I could get.

The paint is pretty tough, but tends to get some bad chips around the wheel wells.

The handling is not like Audi, but beats the Focus and Cobalt in similar trim levels.

Interior space is amazing for such a small car. I put all the seats down, and hauled home a queen size bed (from Ikea) in it. The hatch closed, with room to spare.

My favorite part is, everyone whom sees it, or gets into it loves it. It's the only car I've ever had that everyone says about, "This car is sweet!" It must be the solar yellow colour!

Don't get the light interior; the plastics get dirty very easily, and are a royal pain to clean!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2008