2009 Dodge Caliber Expert Review
Cool features, fun and reliable!
My car gets great gas mileage. It has cool features such as a built in cooler that holds 4 bottles, tailgating speakers, satellite radio, and 6 disc CD player. The back seats last down easily allowing me to haul small furniture. There is a transmission overheat issue that can arise in these cars but I have learned out can be prevented by driving easy. By that I mean don't "gun it" or quickly accelerate and be consistent with speed. I have had to replace the alternator twice as well. Other than that it has been reliable and fun. I have saved a lot of gas money with this car and taken many trips. If I could do it over I would purchase it again.
Great design in style and size, but extremely poor built of engine.
Overall, I love the size of the car and the hatch back feature. I used this car during the second half of college and it was very helpful when I moved every year. The back seats fold down and create lots of space. However, similar to my past experience with other Dodge vehicles, they fall apart quickly. Within the first year, my alternator failed and now I am having problems with multiple sensors going off such as tire pressure and brake. I have had multiple mechanics look at it, and no one ever find anything wrong with the brakes. It is preventing me from passing a vehicle inspection to get a new license plate in North Carolina.
It is reliable and safe. . . Always.
My car is nine years old, so there have been typical repairs needed: air conditioning, suspension, etc. It has been a very reliable car. It is comfortable for its size and class. My favorite feature is the glove compartment set up to receive cold air from the air conditioning. You can put drinks in it and your sodas will be kept cool. If you perform routine maintenance, then you could have a reliable, cost-effective car for years to come. The cars’ body design is classic. I have enjoyed this car. I would buy a new one if Dodge had continued to make them. I would recommend this as a good car to get to work and back.