I love this car - fun to drive, great fuel economy, and I can even fit my 9 ft surf board in it. However - it's expensive to maintain. I just hit the 60,000 mile mark and because the Caliber has a variable transmission it takes, "a special kind of transmission fluid" and has to be done at the dealership. So the 60,000 service is going to cost over $650. I also just replaced the tires and since the Caliber has an odd tire size (lower profile) there are only a few tire manufactures who make that size and I spent over $900 on new tires. I do plan to keep the car for awhile - I just wasn't expecting such large chunks of money going out for routine maintenance on non-luxury vehicle.
Fun to drive, hatchback allows for large items to be carted around, great fuel economy, comfortable.
Yeah I know what you mean about the tires, I just had to get mine replaced, but, may be to late, but thes are the tires I got for mine then I went to a Napa auto parts the installed them for $44 so it costed me about $600,
It sounds like you're getting ripped off.
I took my 07 Caliber to my normal mechanic for the 60K maintenance.
He had order the CVT fluid from the dealership, but the whole thing only cost me $350.
As for the tires, I've never paid over $400 for all 4.
I buy mine at Costco.
The dealerships what you to think you HAVE to go to them!
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