I bought my '07 Caliber SXT 2.0 CVT (Not 1.8 Manual) in April 2011 from a Chrysler/Dodge dealership with 74K miles on it. Drove great, sounded great, felt great. And it WAS a great car....for about a year. Then, that's when the sh*t hit the fan....The door panels started to rattle (probably from the awesome sound system; but that's no excuse. If you're going to put in a powerful system, make the car equipped to handle it.) Then it started to jerk and putter a bit when I accelerated and make a moaning noise when I turned the wheel. Then the alternator went out at 91K miles. 6 days later, the fuel pump went out. Now, I'm just waiting to see what's next. Do yourself a favor and buy Japanese.
Sound system, versatility, styling, 120 volt power outlet.
This was a more expensive car purchase for me when I bought it in 2008. It only had 23,000 miles on it. I have had to replace both front ball joints, tires, battery, alternator, brake lights, and only a year after getting those ball joints fixed, they are going again. My mechanic said that Dodge used shoddy parts throughout and to keep expecting these same problems. I am going to unload this car as fast as I can and I will never buy another Dodge again! The interior is difficult to clean and stains easily, also.
I bought my 07 Caliber in 09. It had 54,000 miles and was told it was a one owner. I've had this car not even 3 years and I hate it! I have replaced the battery, headlight bulbs, tail light bulbs, the break calipers on both sides, the coil on both sides, had to change transmission fluid and filter, both wheel bearings, and now my "Brain" is going out and have to buy 4 new tires! I would not recommend that anyone buy this vehicle. It's been nothing but a money pit and the parts are not cheap.
It's more roomy on the inside than it looks and gets decent gas mileage.
This car was a complete nightmare for me. I traded the car as soon as I could, which was 4 years later, due to it being so upside down.
I purchased my Caliber in 2007 with 20,000 miles on it. The looks and features are what initially drew me in. I was in a small accident 2 months after I purchased and boy was it downhill from there. In 4 years, I put 120,000 miles on it, but what I had to do within those 4 years was ridiculous.
Replaced: 4 sets of tires, 2 batteries, 1 ENGINE, 2 alternators, and its been a year, but countless other things I cannot remember. This car was in the shop ALL the time.
I loved the features that came with this car, as well as the styling. I also loved the 17 inch wheels on such a compact vehicle.
The reliability of this car just needs to be improved overall. The plastic on the outside of the car was worn and starting to peel thanks to the Texas sun... but they obviously need to be made for that too. The engine was actually the same exact engine they use in a Hyundai... so it might be a better choice if you want that engine.
My god! What was dodge thinking when they decided to build this piece of crap? Lets build a car which will never get out of the shop!? I'm 17, I got my Caliber as a gift from my parents at 15 been driving it for 2 years and in those 2 years I've had to change Engine supports, Alternator (twice), battery 3 times, Tires (all four), Compressor (Twice)... And those are just the major things let alone the small things every time I take it to the shop. I've been told its due to the sound system I have in the car but friends of mine have much bigger sound systems in civics and such cars and nothing. I've been left out on the road twice! Car just died on me had to get a tow because it would'nt start
I have to say the time that this car is in my hands I do enjoy it! A lot, the Sound System in this car is killer no car can compare, love the wall outlet in the car.
They have to look for a whole different car to replace this caliber!!! My car is 2007 and it only has 28,000 miles on it. I only use it to go to school and out on the weekends and this is how it pays me back!!!
I do think this car owes me and a lot at that!!!
Recommendation? Do No Buy this car at all!
Now i'm looking for my second buy have my eyes set on an Accura TL Trading up!