Bought the car used four months ago, ran great until a week ago when voltage light came on.
Battery and alternator tested fine, three days later the throttle response light came on and it had to get towed.
The garage said the oil was tacky (only used oil so I question this) and the top half of the motor was burnt up.
I just financed the car four months ago, so had to again buy another car.
Very disappointing, liked the car a lot until it did this.
My sister, myself and a friend all have one. Mine's a 2007 R/T without AWD & I LOVE IT. I've had her for three years, & I've had no major issues. Her alternator is starting to go, but that's 7 years of wear & tear. The car runs like a car, but feels more like an SUV. The Caliber has dependability that we all loved about Chrysler Group at one time or another, & the R/T has enough power to make driving fun. They handle well, and have a great turning radius. With window guards, the window noise when open at high speeds is practically gone. Bought mine with 99,000 miles, and she now has 128,000 miles. Great car, would definitely buy another.
Love the CVT, and being able to play with the gears without the car shifting automatically (like the New Dart). I also love the built in AUX option for the stereo, and the many aftermarket parts available to customize the exterior look. The body style is a stylish American car style, and the R/T package comes with satellite radio capabilities for an enhanced music experience, along with Boston Acoustic speakers to make the sounds more clear and also enhance your music experience
Under the hood is a compact setup, which makes some parts more expensive to replace (i.e. the alternator is under the A/C. In order to replace it, the A/C has to be emptied and removed before the alternator can be tended to.). I would have also liked to have seen some of the Italian/FIAT features used on the '15 Charger and the New Dart in this car (i.e. black interior, and updated headlights). Unfortunately, FIAT removed the manufacturing of the Caliber from the Dodge line-up in 2011. (2012's being "leftovers").
I bought my 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT (automatic) with 94,000 Miles on it Feb. 2014. Right after I drove it off the lot, the check engine light came on. I took It back instantly, they said it was a fuel sensor. So they replaced it free of charge. At 97,000 miles, I was driving and the car started to jolt, sputter, whatever you'd want to call It - the check engine light was blinking. I called a tow truck and had it taken to a dealership-where they "fixed it" They replaced 4 coils, all my spark plugs and also did oil change (it was just about needed anyway for the oil change). 2 weeks later, my family and I drive only an hour away from home. it happened again. don't buy this car!!
I love driving this car. I love the looks of the car, the feel of the car, the response of the car. However, I have had two very expensive repairs early in the car's life. I had to replace the entire instrument cluster at 54,000. The illumination system on the cluster went bad. That was $500. Dodge would not help. Then, at 64,000, the ENTIRE k-frame was found to be rusted through, rendering the car unsafe. Cost to repair was $1,400. Dodge would not help. There are 27 complaints on NHTSA for this same problem. This is a serious safety issue and Dodge will not acknowledge they have a problem. I know car parts are going to wear out. But these two parts are NOT typical repairs.
Dodge must address the k-frame issue before someone gets seriously injured or killed.