2006 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Looks well, but admire from the outside, don't get in
Mass airflow sensor failed.
Brake drums screech regardless of adjustment.
Seats have lost most of their vertical support.
Interior drink holder lights keep failing.
Cruise control has failed.
This car has a nice ride height.
It looks well externally.
It starts every time.
However the interior is a big disappointment.
The interior plastics are very hard.
The steering column almost removes my kneecap when I get in, thanks to a protruding piece of plastic underneath.
The A pillars either side of the windscreen make big blind-spots.
The support from the seats is very poor.
The gearbox is very notchy.
The performance is lethargic/wheezy at best.
It really only moves when up in top gear on the motorway.
Wind noise is very bad.
The clutch slips in cold weather.
This was a company car with a pampered life before we bought it.
It was always main dealer serviced (we worked for the company so can verify this), so no excuse but bad build quality.
I have owned a few Chryslers before a few years ago and loved them, it was an automatic, much better for USA cars.
I'd buy another USA car, but not a Dodge Caliber.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th March, 2011
4th Mar 2011, 13:46
I rented one once, just for a day. I hated it.
4th Mar 2011, 14:11
I've rented several, each for a few days at a time, and liked them. I've rented a couple of R/T's from back in 2008, and recently rented a 2010 Caliber. There really has been an improvement in materials in just a few years. The door panels on the newer one, for instance, and the interior in general, was softer and more comfortable compared to the ones from a few years ago, which were hard plastic.
What I continue to like about them is the CVT transmission, which lets you zip up hills almost effortlessly without straining to change gears. It's always a pleasure to zip by the straining trucks and compacts in the slow lane, and you don't even lose speed.
I have never noticed this lack of power or hesitation thing that some people complain about, either. I do wish that they still made the AWD version. That would have been my first choice in a crossover station wagon.