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    Cool Canadian newbie

    Just thought I'd check in. I just picked up a 2007 Caliber SXT 198,000Km(123,000miles). So far it looks as though it has been pretty well cared for, needs the dash lights repaired, and some front door hinges and possibly a wheel bearing. Front cross member has been done under warranty, however I will need to look at the rear cross member on a hoist (wasn't done and now its 8 months past the 10 year warranty extension). Has a bit of damage on the front bumper cover and a little rust bubbling on the rear wheel lips. For a 10 year old car it's actually in pretty good condition! The reason I picked it up so cheap is that it has a "failing transmission". Once I spend a bit of time with it I will have to determine if the trans is toast or if it has bad solenoids or inputs etc. If it's the trans I'll dump in a use one from the wreckers, seem a couple with 110 to150K(70 to 90000Miles) for $450. Anything a newbie should look out for?
    This joins the family fleet of my sons 2007 Magnum SXT and my 2006 Magnum R/T AWD as well as my commuter 03 Pontiac Vibe GT

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    Good luck with it. At that mileage you should be changing every piece of suspension on it if they are original.

    I'm at 215k Km and my second set of shocks and struts are starting to wallow a bit. If the stockers are still on there it likely runs like a bag of crap.

    If you look at the back of the car and the rear wheels are tipping inwards then you whole rear suspension needs to be replaced.

    Trailing arm bushings
    Toe links
    Upper arms
    Lower arms
    Like sway bar bushings and end links

    If you don't you will be chewing thru tires like crazy.

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    Actually from the service records I got with it I would say just about everything was replaced around 20,000Km ago so there shouldn't be too much of the OEM stuff i there.

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    Welcome to the forum!
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    That's awesome should be good for another 75-100k km then!

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    Just a quick update on my 2007 Caliber. Trans was absolutely fine! No issues at all, turned out the battery was pooched and had enough capacity to start it once. if i had the ignition on for more than 5 min the battery would drop too low to crank it over (even after being charged for 24 hours) I believe this lack of capacity took the buffer out of the electrical system so when say the AC compressor kicked i the spike/noise in the system drove the trans ECM crazy. New battery smoothed the trans right out, once I was able to get it hot the failing crank sensor showed itself so I changed that also. the car had a new front cross member however the rear was rotted and was 8 months past the 10 year mark. Got one from a scrap yard up here that imports cross members from the southern US. got one from a 2012 for $225. installed that (actually a fairly easy job, didnt even take off brake lines or cables). didn't need it but i put fresh brakes all around and fixed a ground for the brake fluid level light.. two front door lower hinges and that internet kit for the dash lighting and she will be ready to go..

    So what would a normal person do? Well I bought another one to replace my older daughters rusty Mazda Protege. Got her a 2008 SXT with 240,000Km for $800. Really nice clean car. Very well cared for and maintained, sounds like it may need a sway bar mount. Still within the 10 year mark if it needs cross members. only issue so far is a code for cruise switch, probably a switch or the clock spring. I expect the girls will fight now ... the second car has heated seats! Wish me Luck!

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    Welcome to the forumZ. I'm happy to see that you're not afraid to get your hands dirty and can do your own diagnostics and repairs. I haven't had a Caliber in 7 years, but still look at them longingly when I see one on the road. Not that many around here, but PT Cruisers are abundant. I see them every day, everywhere I go.
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