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Pros: trunk is very heavy, also inside features
Cons: cup holder in the back seat.excellent inside with lots of incentives. ride can be rough at times. over all excellent vehicle
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.
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 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.
Cons: the engine
Advice: Don't know the reliability of this carI bought a 2007 Dodge Caliber. It had 20, 450 miles on it and was still covered by warranty. I haven't had the car for a month and it's been in the shop twice and is about to go in again. First, the brakes made a crunching sound within the first week. Second, the engine started to sound like there were parakeets living in it. I brought the car to the dealer where I bought it and they brought it to the Dodge dealership and after having the car for four days, they said that it's normal for the engine to chirp. What? Now, I finally get my car home after not driving it for four days. Lock it like I always do and when I go to get in it later, the alarm would not stop going off. If I tried to start the car, if I tried to open the doors, it would go into panic mode. I gave up my 1987 Toyota Celica that ran perfectly for the Dodge Caliber. How is it that a car from 1987 runs better than a 2007? What's wrong with this picture?
Pros: Good gas milage, heated seating
Cons: The HUGE blind spots at the rear of the car
Advice: For the price, definitely load up on the options, well worth it!!At first I was leery/concerned of the HUGE blind spots... But I gave the Caliber a 3 day test period (bro-n-law is a dealer, let me take it for the w/e), and I fell in love. I was impressed with the handling, tightness, and smooth ride it produced. With hubby, myself, and our 2 children in the car, we didn't feel 'cramped', and all felt very comfortable. Let alone the wonderful gas milage! Considering I was coming from a 02 Jeep Grand Cherokee, this is an excellent choice when one is buying for fuel economy and comfort.
Cons: not much I dont like..
Advice: this car has many many options, make sure you get what you want (ie. floor mats)Ok....The 2 year lease on my 05 Nissan Titan LE crew crab was up, so I decided NO MORE $40k vehicles that suck gas! Being a truck driver for a company that is Chrylsers No 1 truck load carrier, I decided to go back to a chrysler vehicle. For my job, I haul the wiring harnesses to the Belvidere assembly plant where the caliber, patriot, and compass are assembled. I initally went to look at and purchase a Nitro; but after driving it and an R/T AWD Caliber, I fell in love with the Caliber! This is a great little car that gets alot of looks! especially with the factory 18' chome wheels. I have just over 1k miles on it, and am averaging 28 mpg (which is better than the 10mpg my titan got) I personally never thought I would get another car, because I hate anything but 4wd in the midwestern snow. We had one good snow fall after I got the car, and the AWD handled exceptionally! Word of advice: there are so many options for these cars and you need to be very careful to make sure you get everything you want. My car was fully loaded with everything including leather interier, yet it didnt come with floor mats (mats are an option) I did get them as an add on for $35. I see alot of 'not so good' reviews on the caliber and I think it boils down to some people just want a BMW type driving experience for $20k or under which is not realistic or fair to this little gem! Fuel economy and high performance are not synonymus with eachother! If you want 'balls out' performance, wait til mid year for the SRT/4 version which will boast 300 mph. This in an innovtative little car that I am very happy I purchased. I will say the CVT transmission was awkward at first, but I am use to it now! You become so prone to hearing an engine rev higher in RPM to shift, and you dont get that with the CVT. And the top of the line stero ROCKS!