When I heard this car was coming out I did my research. I loved the way it looked and from what I was reading it sounded like the perfect car. March 2006 came and the car hit the dealerships I wanted the R/T,which was hard to come by. We test drove a base modle because that is all they had, ut they said the R/T would have more power. So they said they could get us ours from Virgina. Come to find out ours was a Model one, the one they used in adds and in car shows. It was the classic Dodge red with the chrome trim and leather seats, sunroof, the whole 9 yards. This car has been NOTHING BUT TROUBLE!!! Less than 50,000 miles and we had to get a new transmition (warranty only until 36,000 miles)! The dealership wanted me to pay $5000 for that and then tried to reasure me that it would be warranted for 60,000 miles yet the first one didn't last 50,000. We went to Dodge about it and they ended up having us to only pay labor but that was a whopping $1200. The check engine light would come on all the time....all over a gas tank sensor which we had to pay $200 for them to tell us that and another $100 for a software update to fix it. Oh and recently @ 60,000 miles we had even more problems and had to get $400 of work done. The CVT transmition SUCKS. There is always a delay from when you punch the gas to when it goes. When going slow, between 2-10mph, the car is very jerky. On top of all of that the value has plummited more than any other car I have owned. I understand that you will always be upside down when you buy a new car, but this is the worst I have every seen. We take very good care of our cars and have them mantianced as we should. I can't believe how much problems this car has given me! Other than this car looking great I would advised to NOT buy it!!!
On our purchase of our Dodge Caliber,we are more than pleased with the car. We looked the car over and came to the conclusion that it was a good car for the price,granted it is a base model,(no bells and whistles)but that is just more to give trouble as time goes by and really its not hard to pull a knob to unlock your door and to turn a crank to roll windows down,it used to be good enough for our parents so we are not too good to do it too!The four cylinder motor has enough pep to get it down the road admirably without getting you in trouble and the five speed manual tranny shifts well with its european inspired shifter.the interior is affordably "elegant looking with its two toned styling and the all plastic dash pad is nice not having to woory about a splitting dash pad!The room in the interior is great,Looks can be decieving the car looks kind of small from the outside until you get in and it feels like you climbed into a smaller suv with all the space!The mpg was rated moderately on this car but we get more out of it than the rating especially on the highway.I would recomend the Dodge Caliber to anyone on a budget it is well worth the money and stylish for the price.
I recently purchased the 2007 Cailber. It's truly great on gas. The mileage was pretty good for the price.