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I am going to be selling my truck soon because gas prices. I am looking at the Calibers as a cheaper alternative vehicle ( I really would like to have a manual transmission, but really either is fine). I am a Mopar guy and have been looking at the Calibers lately. What am I too avoid and what do I need to be on the look out for? Are the Caliber AWD's worth it too?

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AWD - only if you need it.
Avoid - CVT
Look for rust on sub-frames & slack in suspension bushings.
Cheaper ? - only if you do all maintenance at zero time value
 

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AWD - only if you need it.
Avoid - CVT
Look for rust on sub-frames & slack in suspension bushings.
Cheaper ? - only if you do all maintenance at zero time value
Thanks for you response! I'll keep an eye for all of that. I have only heard bad things about the CVT. Was there a regular automatic offered in them?
 

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I have only heard bad things about the CVT. Was there a regular automatic offered in them?
Afraid not. By the noughties Chrysler was buying in parts on cost. Fiat began the later move to better quality regular Auto boxes.
 
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IMHO buy a 2010-2012 Caliber with the restyled interior and get a 5-speed instead of a CVT. Like others have said, go over the suspension thorougly and check the subframes really well for corrosion...and check the rest of the car for it as well. FiatChrysler never put a regular torque-converted automatic in the Caliber but they DID in its cousins the Jeep Patriot/Compass (starting maybe in 2014 or so). Either of those wouldn't be bad choices but they'll cost you more than a Caliber simply because of the Jeep name.
 
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