Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,035 - $8,931
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
148-285
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,035 - $8,931
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
148-285
Seats
5

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2008 Dodge Caliber Owner Reviews

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4 door hatchback crossover, I guess with decent gas mileage and longevity.

2008 Dodge Caliber

Purchased the dodge caliber when our van was no longer necessary. Four door hatchback worked well for the family local traveling that needed to be done..School drop off and pick up, groceries, swim practice, etc. For a small car we were and still are able to get 3-4 kids in the back seat along, so I consider it to be a little larger than other vehicles in this category. Gold in color which works great in the southern heat. Neutral tone interior which is not kind to any spills or accidents that have occurred over the years. The one and only issue has been with the type of transmission this car has. I am not able to technically discuss the exact issue, but once the car dealer fiddled with it over the course of 2 weeks time, it seemed to be fixed but occasionally rears its ugly head and seems to come and go without intervention. There is a way to 'reset' by turning off the car, holding down the gas, counting to 10 and then turn the car back on without stepping on the gas. This has not happened in years, so maybe the issue is no longer an issue. Have had to get air boosted a few times but other than normal wear and tear it has been a great 'mom' car (so say the kids) youngest is getting ready to drive and thinking about letting her take over the car so mom can get something she has always wanted.

- Laura L

My inexpensive but dependable dodge caliber.

2008 Dodge Caliber

My 2008 dodge caliber has been almost completely trouble free all the years I have owned it. I have put slightly more than 123,000 miles on it and have not had to make any major repairs to it. I have changed the tires on it a couple of times and have had to replace the battery once. I take it in for an oil change every 3,000 miles and have all the fluids checked and replaced, if necessary. The paint on it is still good. It is a metallic silvery blue color. I make sure it is washed regularly. The interior is also in very good condition. Of course, the only people who ride in it most of the time are my wife and myself. Every once in a while, we have someone else ride with us but that is a rarity. When we go on a road trip, we get fairly good mileage - right around 30 miles per gallon. It is comfortable to ride on the highway. It is a bit unstable in the snow, but that is not an issue since we do not drive much now that we are both retired. All in all, I recommend the dodge caliber to anyone who is looking for an inexpensive but dependable automobile.

- Lee L

Great car if you never leave the driveway.

2008 Dodge Caliber

This is a very cute car and is perfect if you live in northern Canada, Alaska or any location where the temperature never tops 70 degrees. It runs great all winter but as soon as it gets warm, the transmission overheats. This car is built with a contained transmission system and has a transmission cooler that is part of the a/c system. We replaced the transmission cooler twice and the transmission once. Nothing helps. We were finally told that the car was badly designed. In the summer the transmission overheats and you hear a whining noise and the car basically shuts down. I have been stranded along the highway more times than I care to count. After 30 minutes of "rest" you can drive it again. This happens if you drive it over 70 mph, over 70 degree temp or over 1 hour in duration. I am paying a huge monthly payment on a car I can barely drive.

- Tracy S

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$4,035 - $5,982
$6,202 - $8,931

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 - 158 hp
285 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L DOHC dual VVT 16
2.0L DOHC DUAL VVT 16
Optional
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.8 in.
41.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
39.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.7 in.
35.7 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.9 in.
38.9 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Heating & Cooling

AC

AC
Optional
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/70R15 - P215/60R17
225/45R19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.7 in.
103.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.5 ft.
35.5 ft.

Length

Length
173.8 in.
173.8 in.

Width

Width
68.8 in.
68.8 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2879 - 2977 lbs.
3082 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 - 158 hp
285 hp

Torque

Torque
125 - 141 ft. lbs.
265 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Optional

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.6 gal.
13.6 gal.

Combined

Combined
25 - 27 mpg
Unknown mpg

City

City
23 - 24 mpg
Unknown mpg

Highway

Highway
27 - 29 mpg
Unknown mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Optional

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety