If you're thinking about buying this car, read this first: RUN FOR THE HILLS AND NEVER COME BACK!!! This is the absolute worst car I've ever owned or even been in. Let's start from the top... It's extremely uncomfortable to be in for long periods of time. It's very loud to ride in - you can hear all the road noises and it almost sounds like the tires are bare even if they are brand new. The seat material is the WORST! They stain even from water, and they're just ugly colors. The whole interior design of this car is hideous, and really?? A cooler in the glove box?? How fat do we need to be, America, that you need a cooler for your canned sodas in your car? This car started stalling while driving or sitting at stoplights about a month into owning it. It also sputters if I filled the gas tank all the way up. I had to replace the engine mount TWICE - once before 100,000, and once at 150,000. I had to replace the cv joints after owning it for a year. If you go over a tiny speed bump it feels like you're driving a clown car going over really high railroad tracks. It's the most nauseating car to drive in or sit in. It has a hard time accelerating which is always fun going on the freeway. I'm not hard on my cars and had a Toyota Corolla and a Volvo that hit 200,000 and 350,000 miles, respectively. I bought this car because my Volvo went out and I needed something cheap immediately. Wow, what a mistake. Of course, I read the horrible reviews of this car after I bought it. There are people who think this car should have been recalled and I'm on that same boat. This is a wretched automobile that should have never been made. I bought a brand new Honda Civic and I'm never, ever going to buy an American car again. DON'T BUY THIS CAR!!!!
I’ve had my caliber R/T for 10 years now, and overall it’s been a decent vehicle. Like a few others, I to had to replace the ball joints around 50,000 miles. I’ve replaced the battery twice. Replaced tires numerous times. Replaced the master and slave cylinder for transmission. That’s about it.
I bought the car used in 2007 with 14,000 Miles. The dealer had a number of calibers on the lot, but I wasn’t fond of any until I saw this one. It looked great (still does), was an R/T, plus had many of the SRT upgrade features. Finally, it was a manual transmission which I love.
Over the years, I’ve racked up more an 100,000 Miles on this car, and although I’ve had a few repairs, I’ve never regretted buying it. Any car 10 years old will be be in the shop sooner or later. Even with the expense of repairs, it’s been the most economical and reliable car I’ve ever owned. Time and time again it’s got me where I needed to be, and never let me down.
I was looking for a economical car when I found the Caliber. Many told me not to buy it, but those same people were spending thousands more on a car than I wanted to. I bought it anyway and have never regretted it. Maybe I was lucky. Maybe I found the only decent Caliber out there. I don’t know. I like to think I took care of her, and she took care of me.
Don't buy this car, i bought a 2007 dodge caliber feomba friend of mine and ro my surprise mavis couldn't do the alignment saying that the front cradle is corroded beyond imagination. They told me that the part still under warranty so I went to the dealer in Connecticut, they inspected the vehicle and said that the part inbfact it was covered by the warranty but in order to replace that part they needed to replace al the rusted parts around the cradle, they didn't said broken parts, they said corroded parts. Finally they gave me a appraisal for $2, 500.00 in order for them to replace to part under warranry. I refused because to expensive. A local shop is charging me 1000 to replace the part, I have no choice but to do it, this under frame, cradle appears to be made of a really cheap metal...
I bought this brand new in 2007, first brand new car i ever bought. I had an older used Honda Civic hatchback before that and it was pretty cool but had nearly 300K miles so i finally bought a new car. I used it mostly for my work commute, 40 miles a day for the first 5-6 years then i got a job that I could take a bus so i just use it now for weekending trips and short runs to the store and gym or weekend errands. It has never given me any issues. I have replaced the tires and breaks, done all the suggested maintenance, and it has been super good for me. 86,000 miles in ten years and Never a problem. I will probably sell it soon because i have always wanted to have a big rig for camping in, but i will probably never get anything as reliable... This little gem has given me ten years of amazing reliability... such an awesome Caliber. I will miss it! So maybe i got lucky? Maybe i picked out the good one? I have no idea... but this one is and has been as good as gold. If it were twice the size i would keep it another ten years. Wish i could super size it.