2008 Dodge Caliber Expert Review
Great car if you never leave the driveway.
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.
Dodge caliber style very sporty has a lot of power great sounding stalked system.
My caliber is automatic but also standard which is a plus especially when it comes to gas mileage. The bad thing about it is your transmission can go out faster. Also to even check your tranny fluid you have to go to a dealership to get done. This vehicle was basically built to be taken into a dealership and spend bunch of bucks if anything goes wrong. The drive of the car is great but also can be bad if for any reason tires are low or you hit the curb it throws your whole balance off. Which then you will go through tires like the Indy 500. The system is great especially stalked speakers and then it also has speakers in the trunk that flips out for like a tailgate party. Very spacious also has a cooler in the glove box that keeps all your goodies cold.
Loving my Dodge Caliber and the way it loves me back.
I really cannot say I have had any major problems with my car. I basically had wanted this make and model for quite some time. Finally I got one and really enjoy driving it. I have had this car for a few years now and have gotten tires, brakes and oil changes. The car is very comfortable and forms my back well. My son picks on me saying how ugly it is, but I think I defend my car well. It is lightweight so getting up snow filled driveways and hills can and are challenging. I have hit a deer with the front end and the deer ran off and I just needed a new radiator. I truly do not have any major complaints. I enjoy driving my car.