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So I have reached 2.500 miles In my first brand new car. I never thought it would happen so fast but, since it was bought as a company-owned car, it has to be used as such; thus the 2,5 k have come like unexpected mother-in-law. I had liked the car ever since I saw it for the first time in a TV commercial. Then, there was one standing in a market, as the Chrysler dealer showcar. I remember my wife said “it’s a big Skoda Fabia”. We didn’t speak to each other for the following week. But when my old Ford Escort Bolero reached 170.000 km it was time to change the car. First, I put the Caliber as a wallpaper in our computer. Then, I drove more often to the market with the show car. When she finally agreed (it’s her company, and formally her car, but she doesn’t have driver’s licence…) on Caliber, I had hard times talking her into Inferno Red. She preferred Silver, but I said: “Honey, whe you see a Caliber, it says LOOK AT ME but when you see the Red Caliber, it shouts F***ING LOOK AT ME!!!
And so we leased our Caliber and lived happily ever after… No no no, there’s more to the story. Let’s elaborate a bit on some features of owning and driving Dodge Caliber SXT 1.8 manual transmission. STEERING/WHEELS: Compared to the cars I have driven Caliber’s steering wheel flows smoothly just with one finger. Traction is perfect but if you haven’t driven on alu rims, it takes time to get used to it. I also used to drive cars with 13’ max, so going for 17” was a great adventure. Some people here say the tires are loud, but I never noticed. Maybe because of Toby Keith in loudspeakers. ENGINE/FUEL/TRANSMISSION Everybody said “Buy a 2.0 diesel CVT”. Yes, but it weren’t them to pay for it. So I chose 1.8 manual and never regretted. I like shifting gears, especially when they move so smoothly. I had problems with the first and rear gear at the beginning, but now I know where they are and the just seem to find their way by themselves. As to the fuel consumption, I managed to get down to 32 MPH which, I guess, isn’t that bad. No featherfooting, Litesong, but just normal day-to-day driving. In Poland yoy don’t have places where you can practice feather footing as we get so many speed limits, crossroads, towns, villages etc. Poland is 1/50 of the USA, bear it in mind. ELECTRICS I love the console, especially the lights and wipers switch. They are so logical. Rear lamp is ingenious. I had some problems with alarm lights/adjust front lights switch panel (sorry for that innovative slang), but they fixed it within an hour. There was also a strange noise coming from the rear right door. It turned out that when they were installing central key lock they forgot to put some “sponge”, as they said, around the door knob and it was rattling. Fixed within an hour. INTERIOR/COMFORT Starting with positives: Spacious car, seems bigger then it really is, lots of space in the trunk, I even managed to carry a whole bunch of 2.5 meter sticks in it. I love the seats – the Yes Essentials. I had an option to have leather seats for extra money. I decided to stay with standard and don’t regret it. My bro-in-law has Jeep Patriot with leather seats and I must admit mine are more comfy. He also says so, but very quietly. There is lots of space on the back seats and the idea of an adjustable back seat is brilliant. Also, the cover of the cargo area is a good idea, especially when you have to take it out, but its thinness is tricky – my dachshund, being used to travel on the back floor above the rear seats jumped onto the one in the Caliber and almost had a heart attack. She’ll never do that again. Only one negative: I am 6 feet tall and have long legs, so my knees often touch the bottom of the front panel. I also adjust the seat somewhere in the middle, so the problem is minor, really. MODS Here’s the problem. Here in Europe there are little possibilities of obtaining original mods for Caliber, and if so, they are extremely expensive. But, as my relatives call me ‘MCGYVER’ I managed to personalize my Cali for less than 20 $. And now there is no passer-by who wouldn’t just take a glimpse of jealous look at my car.
SUMMARY If I had a chance to come back in time to the moment just before signing the lease, I would gladly do the same. I expect some faults, as in any thing you buy, use, sometimes misuse or overuse, but I am prepared psychically for it. I personalized my Caliber so it’s even closer to my heart. To all those considering buying a Caliber: give it a good thought, go and buy one. Or two…
 

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Very nice review :rep: I just rolled past 19,000 miles this week hard to believe almost 5,000 in just 4 months, I drive a lot more than I thought! No issues yet and very pleased with Pixie!
 

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Very nice review :rep: I just rolled past 19,000 miles this week hard to believe almost 5,000 in just 4 months, I drive a lot more than I thought! No issues yet and very pleased with Pixie![/quote

bought my cali in january 25 2008 and my last odo reading was 23500 kilometers
 

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I just rolled 5,000 today. Bought in July of 08 Car has performed flawless. Thrilled with car and sure like 22mpg in town compared to the 12 I was getting with a Jeep. Just added the vent visors and the cargo area carpet this week. Now saving the $$ for cat back exhaust. Car is incredible for an entry level vehicle.
 

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5000 miles on

We have just gone over the 5000 mile mark and all is well...
A great car with so much style compared to the opposition...
The best stereo ever(9 speaker with music gate and sub)
If only Dodge would advertise these cars properly they might sell better here in the UK...
Still we love ours and treat it like one of the family!!!!:smileup:
 

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Callie O'Malley just rolled over 16,000 miles today. The passenger seat started squeaking about a month ago. I'll have them check it out Saturday when I go for an oil change.
 

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What was the cause of squeaking, Flyinghigh?
 

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You're preaching to the converted teachair but I am glad to hear that your time with the Caliber has been so positive. You've also created a well written review.

I've had mine since the late fall of '06 and now have 27,000 miles on the odometer and I'm still thrilled every time I get in and drive. Mileage seems to improve has you get more miles on it and I'm one of those who find the factory tires to be a little noise. I switched to my winter tires a week ago and they are quieter then the factory Firestones.

I hope you continue to find your Cali a fun and practical car to drive.

Rob W
 

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Well, I got the could not duplicate answer from them. The next time I go in for service, I'm going to take them the TSB number provided by Jojo. Thanks, Jojo. Maybe I can get some satisfaction now. They suggested that I might try moving the seat belt buckle to a different position from where my wife usually has it. Bunch of idiots.
 
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i just went over the 3,000 mark and i must say i love sxt caliber. hey guys just wondering if anyone changes there oil at 3,000 miles the book says 6,000 but for some reason i don't trust that. what should i do ? change it or just wait
 

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i just went over the 3,000 mark and i must say i love sxt caliber. hey guys just wondering if anyone changes there oil at 3,000 miles the book says 6,000 but for some reason i don't trust that. what should i do ? change it or just wait
I would go ahead and change it. If this is the factory fill it will have more contamination in it from the new engine.
 

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Well, The best thing I can tell you to do is what I do! Change the oil at 3000 miles or 3 months which ever comes first! I do this in my dodge dakota because I drive a short distance to work (about 3 miles one way). So my engine does not always have time to get to it's proper operating temp, this means possible condensation build up which could cause problems for me as miles add up. So by changing at the 3 or 3 and using a high quality oil (in my case Havoline 10w-30) I prevent this from becoming a problem. I change my own oil for a lot of reasons that I will not bore you with, if you are like me and change your own oil here are some suggestions based on my own research: do not use Fram or STP oil filters as they are poorly made! Use the MOPAR filter or Purolator because they are one in the same! I recomend Havoline 5w-20 oil because it is a high quality oil that has consistantly received high scores in Independent tests. If you want to spend the big bucks and use a synthetic or a synblend that is your choice! But even if you use a conventional oil like havoline and change it at 3 or 3 you will never have a sludge build up or lubrication problem (providing your oil pump does not die on you). Now I am sure my answer to you might have opened a big can of worms because everyone has an opinion about oil & filters and favorite brands of oil, these are my opinions based on my own experience with the products I have used. I hope this helps you.
 

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My Cali...

I just found this site today (really glad I did!) while contemplating what new tires to get on my 07 R/T. I got my 2007 R/T AWD in April of '06, straight out of the auto show in NY. I didn't see another for months, but they're everywhere now! I have to say, I have NO complaints about this car, except maybe for the stock tires....a little loud at first, but noisey as all hell as they get older. BUT, I turned 81,000 miles yesterday, I am on the ORIGINAL tires, and the tread is good. Worn evenly.... I really shouldn't complain. The tire store actually told me I have alot of life left in them. I drive 99% highway, rotate every 3 - 5k miles, check them often. No one could believe they were my original set. I'm also on my original brakes! The pads are being replaced next week, just because I want to. I can't figure out why the most commonly replaced items are lasting as long as they are....but they are! My dealer laughed at me. Nothing has needed to be done other than the normal oil changes, fluids etc.

I've been lucky (knocking wood). I love this car, and my 17yr old son loves it too. He's hoping I break down and get the Challenger I want so he can 'take' this one off my hands :)

I'm looking for suggestions of tires....... I really don't want the same stock Firestones.............

any ideas???
 

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I just found this site today (really glad I did!) while contemplating what new tires to get on my 07 R/T. I got my 2007 R/T AWD in April of '06, straight out of the auto show in NY. I didn't see another for months, but they're everywhere now! I have to say, I have NO complaints about this car, except maybe for the stock tires....a little loud at first, but noisey as all hell as they get older. BUT, I turned 81,000 miles yesterday, I am on the ORIGINAL tires, and the tread is good. Worn evenly.... I really shouldn't complain. The tire store actually told me I have alot of life left in them. I drive 99% highway, rotate every 3 - 5k miles, check them often. No one could believe they were my original set. I'm also on my original brakes! The pads are being replaced next week, just because I want to. I can't figure out why the most commonly replaced items are lasting as long as they are....but they are! My dealer laughed at me. Nothing has needed to be done other than the normal oil changes, fluids etc.

I've been lucky (knocking wood). I love this car, and my 17yr old son loves it too. He's hoping I break down and get the Challenger I want so he can 'take' this one off my hands :)

I'm looking for suggestions of tires....... I really don't want the same stock Firestones.............

any ideas???

Welcome to the ForumZ ! :wavey: Glad you joined us and to hear you love your Caliber :smileup:
But you'd better to post your specific question on tires on the proper forum
Custom Chassis - Suspension - Wheels and Tires

And please take a minute also to go on Newbie Checkin and introduce yourself, so we can all welcome you.
 

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I'm looking for suggestions of tires....... I really don't want the same stock Firestones.............

any ideas???
I just got goodyear triple treads, they are AH-MAY-ZING! It was a stretch for me to go back to goodyear, the wranglers I had on my Cherokee lasted all but 40 000km. Terrible!!

It was a choice between the Triple Treads or the Michelin HydroEdge. Reviews had both tires exactly the same - except for snow traction. TTreads rated an 8 where the Hydro's rated a 4. So I took a chance on them, and the reviews were right. Now that it has been drier the past couple of days I can really feel them gripping the road and there's less lag when I turn the wheel, much more sensitive.

Snow traction is really good too for an all season, even on the ice. Got a chance to try them out a few weeks ago on a -25C morning after an ice storm that left the sidestreets covered in about 5mm of ice. I slipped a little, but at no time i was out of control. Pretty nice!
 
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