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    That was a great write-up. Mine will be hitting the 20,000 mark this weekend. I feel about the same as you said so well, that I love driving this car every day just as much now as when I first got it. There are times I would like a little more space, but for the mileage and driveability, I'll live with it. The headrests do suck! Other than that, I love it too. No repairs or trips to the dealer. (Knock on wood!)
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    Mine is 2 years and 21,000 miles today!

    The positives:
    Fun to drive, reliable, enough passenger and cargo room for me, comfortable even on 200 mile trips, gas mileage is as advertised (23 MPG) city, 30+ MPG Highway. CVT is great once you know how to work it. No brake wear, the Firestone tires, for all their faults still have most of their tread left. "hard plastic interior" is very durable and easy to clean.

    The negatives:
    Fit and finish could be better (it's not 1980 anymore), paint seems very susceptible to dings, chips, and scuff marks. Has developed the "typical" American car rattles, creaks, and other assorted strange sounds. Some of the suspension parts seem just barely strong enough to do the job. A little concerned about the projected useful life of this car over the long term.

    Overall:
    The positives definitely outweigh the negatives, but the lower-end fit and finish will cause me to look at other compact crossovers (Ford Escape replacement in a couple of years) before taking another look at Chrysler.
    Yes - the little details do count.
    Dave K. '09 Caliber SXT, '14 Ford Escape 1.6 Turbo, both red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DKazoroski View Post
    the lower-end fit and finish will cause me to look at other compact crossovers (Ford Escape replacement in a couple of years) before taking another look at Chrysler.
    Yes - the little details do count.
    This gap has already been largely closed on the interiors, and they are already aiming higher with even better sound.
    replaced - hub bolts, warped rotors, 3 batteries, 2 screens, 12 alloy wheels, seat cover, armrest, Track-rod ends, clutch master cylinder, LH tail unit, LCAs, rear toe link,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleks View Post
    This gap has already been largely closed on the interiors, and they are already aiming higher with even better sound.
    Like they say "you only get one chance to make a first impression". Problem is even though the car is a really great vehicle, some of the little things are a turn-off.

    Case in point:

    My one neighbor has a Toyota Yaris, the other has a high end Lexus sedan. There is no difference in the build quality of these two cars, just the Lexus has more fancy features and gizmos. The Yaris, while "plain Jane" is just as solid as the Lexus.
    This is actually good marketing - build your base model car as well as your highest premium car - you could get a customer for life.

    A friend has a Chrysler 300 - comparing my Caliber to that car is like comparing things from two different worlds. If your base model is obviously a lower build quality than the flagship model - how many people will move up to the higher level car when they have a good but "ho-hum" experience with the entry level model?

    Sergio, Ralph, are you listening?
    Dave K. '09 Caliber SXT, '14 Ford Escape 1.6 Turbo, both red.

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    I hear ya on that Dave.

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    29/04/2011 yes i have 100.000 klm.
    I love driving this car every day,and like i say "Once Dodger,for ever Dodger".

    thomas

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    Great write-up! Thanks for the time that you put into his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jseth83 View Post
    Great write-up! Thanks for the time that you put into his.
    Too bad the second 20,000 caused him to dump his Caliber.
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