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I love my neonMost reliable car I have ever owned
I couldn't be more pleased
Pros: Gas mileage and manual shift
Cons: If I had my drothers, I would have wanted an extra socket for an electrical device...my GPS takes the one that I do have and there are other things like my phone charger which I'd like to have in there. There is, of course the plug.My wife and I purchased our 2007 Dodge Caliber to replace an aging Ford Focus that had served us well and which we wanted to give to a friend who's rear axle on his car had just snapped and he relies on a car for his work. This care is a Standard Shift which is what we were looking for and since I am generally...ok, sometimes...a conservative driver will easily get in excess of 45 miles/gallon on the interstate and in the upper 30's around town. For me, this is exactly what I wanted economy in terms of gas expenditure. The car is gorgeous in appearance, roomy, has more than enough power when needed, is comfortable to ride in for long rides. It is a delight to drive...and the storage space in the rear is more than spacious enough to hold all of my sporting gear...despite the fact that I am a 60 year old guy with steal and plastic knees, I still play tennis, baseball, hockey skating. My biggest trouble is finding folks who will, at my age, actually choose to play sports rather than watch. Hence, I bring enough stuff in the back of my Caliber for 4 people just in case! There is also plenty of space for my fishing gear when I go out fishing although I do need to be careful about getting that 'fishy smell' in the car. My wife doesn't like that part.
My best car so far
Pros: I love the whole car.
Cons: No power windows in the backIt was fun a great car.
One of the best I've owned
Pros: The R/T suspension and stability control
Cons: sluggish acceleration from a dead stopIt's sad that Dodge is going to discontinue this model. I think with a little more promotion this could have been a hit. My caliber, the AWD R/T model has been consistantly dependable. It has over 72,000 miles on it and the only thing I have had to replace is the tires. It handles great (I live in the foothills and travel winding hilly roads daily) and stops on a dime.
Pros: The color (inferno red pearl coat) and the style of the exterior
Cons: The interior materials and quality
Advice: Look at all your options and decide what kind of suv your looking for.the 2010 nitro should not be confused with non truck like suv's.the ride and handeling of this suv is firm and can transmit jolts to its occupants when the pavement is any thing less than smooth.Though the front seats are comfortable and the dash layout and controls are easy to reach and use,the interior plastic should be brought to par with its competetors. I don't think the dodge boys were trying to make a posh suv but one that was rugged and had truck like ability and tough looks. The 3.7l motor works fine but could use a five speed trans and 3.55 gears instead of the 3.73 that came standard in my vehicle that is a 4x4. this would help the mpg's. Overall I like this suv and if properly maintained it should last a long time. This is a utility/truck suv that has a true off road feel to it with up right seating without to much posh. So if all out comfort is what you are looking for this may not be your cup of joe. but if rugged good looks solid practicality and true 4 wheel drive ability are. Then you might just want to look at the dodge nitro 4x4 or 4x2 models.
Pros: The drivetrain.
Cons: The console.
Advice: The '09's are pretty rare, so it may take some searching around to find one.I bought my 2009 Caliber SRT-4 in August of '09. It now has 10,000 miles. I have been very impressed with this vehicle so far and have had zero problems. The performance is excellent. Using the in-dash performance computer, I can achieve 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and have hit the 1/4 mile in 13.7 seconds at 100 mph. I think that's pretty quick for a 100% stock car. I love the aggressive look of the car and also the extra room versus other compact hot rods. My only (slight) dislike is a somewhat awkward seating-to-console position. There's no clearance to use the console iPod mount while shifting gears. Other than that, I give the '09 Caliber SRT-4 a 9 out of 10.