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Dodge Caliber



  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    I have about 600 miles on mine too! I have such a LACK of engine noise that I stall the darn thing in first because you can't hear the motor! :blush: I learned to drive on a stick and have owned MANY so I know it's not my driving skills. LOL
  • canoenutcanoenut Posts: 12
    I have also driven manuals for 35 years and I have never stalled a car more often than with my Caliber!!!

    I'm not sure what the problem is (aside from myself)?
  • moonhunt18moonhunt18 Posts: 33
    Does anyone know if the lights can be made to go on aotomatically when either engine is started or sun is dimming, and off when the engine is stopped or sun is bright? :shades:
    I couldnt find info in the manual about it.
    or do i have to do it manually all the time. Boy do i sound :P

  • Well at 2146 miles and at the dealership for repairs 5 times, Dodge has finally agreed that my Caliber is not good and are going to buy it back from me! Thank God!!! Hope everyone else enjoys there Caliber and doesnt experience the nightmares i went through. :)
  • Caliberchic is right again, the quietness of this engine makes you stall it if you don't rev up until you hear it and I am not happy for my clutch. Had my Caliber gassed up and washed for the first time today and after that the engine "malfunction" light came on. The manual says this can be caused by the gas cap but there seems to be no problem there. Now have to make my first visit to the service department. Went to a Mopar show today and a guy took some pics of my car. Gave him 10 bucks to send me copies. Hope he's a straight shooter, seemed to be.
  • gljvdgljvd Posts: 129
    My buddy has the pinging on his , it has a little over 1200 miles on it . We drove down the shore in Jersey . IT was a two and a half hour drive down to alantic city. When we were done with the drive the pinging was gone and hasn't come back yet.

    ITs a cool car all things considered . I might pick one up , depending on if your problems get solved
  • calibreathcalibreath Posts: 22
    Great! Hope you get a good one! :blush:
  • kjguy43kjguy43 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know how and or where you can find out what date your car was mfg'ed. I have the SE model, I do have the noise from the exhaust. I haven't heard any knocking in the engine. Does the knocking happen all the time or it is just when you start the car. I know Chrysler is famous for their hydraulic lifters tapping like there is no tomorrow. I checked my vin and that doesn't tell me the date. When I took my bezel off to upgrade radio, it looked like a bunch of stuff had April 06 stickers.
  • Hey all, new poster here, but I've been reading your comments for a few days now, and I'm looking for some advice.

    I'm looking at the Cali, and the Mitsu Lancer, both in the base model. I've driven several Lancers, and I'm off to drive a Cali tomorrow. Any opinions on the two vehicles and how they compare?

    Also, my local dealer only has 5spd vehicles in stock, which is ok, but I haven't decided if I want a 5 or a CVT model. How would owners rate the CVT tranny?

    Any other factors to consider that I might not be thinking of? I admit, I LOVE the look of the Caliber... I'm leaning that way. Should I just wait and buy an off-demo model in 10 months? I've never purchased brand new before... little help? :)
    (sorry for all the questions...)
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    Help a Caliberchic out, please vote contest-poll-180103.php

    Mine is the Caliber peeing on the tree. And if you vote for any one else shame on you! j/k!
  • abbm0607abbm0607 Posts: 1
    Hey there, I purchased my caliber on may 12, i love it, but i after a few days, we started hearing a LOUD pinging noise coming from what sounded like the muffler, took it to dealer, could not find anything wrong with it, but the service manager did not like the noise either, so he called chrysler and they said just go ahead and replace entire exhaust system ( muffler, exhaust pipes, and catalytic converter). i have had no problems since then!! it is great on gas, very roomy, sirius radio is a BIG plus!! :blush:
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    My input is that the only ones here that don't have engine/muffler noise are the ones with 5 speeds. Food for thought?
  • Do you have any personal complaints about yours? You seem to love yours...
  • It does appear that none of the 5 speeds have the exhaust tick or engine noise. However, this may simply be a function of the build date. All of the the early production (January - April) cars were CVTs since the manual trannys were not available to Dodge early on.

    It does appear that Dodge is aware of the exhaust noise and the engine pinging. We will see what they are going to do about it on a large-scale basis. From what I've read with other posts, there was a problem with a joint being too tight on the exhaust causing the excessive cooldown noise. I'm not surprised that the replacing the exhaust solved the problem. All of the current production cars (May or June) should have the "fix" already done at the factory.

    As for the engine pinging, mine does ping, but it is not noticeable with the windows rolled up. The 5 speeds all have the 1.8 liter engine and the CVTs all have the 2.0 liter engine. The computer programming for these two ehgines is most likely different, so the pinging is likely due to the programming, not the tranny.

    As far as 5 speed versus CVT goes... The CVT is $1100 US more, but it is a nice tranny, the larger engine has dual balance shafts (the smaller engine does not), and ABS is included with the CVT package. A 5 speed with ABS is $700 US cheaper than a CVT with ABS. US MPG is only about 2 mpg higher with the smaller engine and 5 speed, but some folks have been reporting higher than rated MPG with the 5-speed but the CVT appears to be right on the ratings.

    I thought the CVT with ABS was worth the extra money, especially considering the typically lower resale of 5 speeds.

    As for the SE model, you can't get cruise control on it, so that's what made me buy an SXT model. The reclining rear seats and folding front seat on the SXT are very nice also. I think an SE with A/C and power package is only about $500 cheaper than the SXT, which has these items as standard.

    Despite the two noises mentioned before, I'm happy with the car. Hopefully Dodge will spread teh word to dealers abotu how to fix both of these issues.
  • :shades: I was a first time buyer myself and one of the most exciting things about buying my Caliber was that I was able to have it built just like I wanted it and after you get it you really bond with it and consider it "your" car. When you buy used or even "demo" off the lot, you have to search like crazy to get what you want, and even after that you often have to compromise on something. Custom orders are a long wait but once you get your car it seems to be worth it. I even kept the window sticker for a souvenir. It says "this car was built for" (your name)! Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. BTW some may say that the 5 speed has less resale value, when I picked mine up the sales manager told me three other dealers had phoned inquiring whether I was going to take the car ie. they had customers for it. Also, I think it will always be rare, a stick SXT Sport with most of the options. Here in Canada, if you forego the cvt and ABS brakes you save $1200.00, a lot of money that can go into some other goodies.The bottom line is before you lay out your hard earned money, make sure that it is the car you want.
  • neely2005neely2005 Posts: 70
    I've posted this Twice Before in this Forum but here it is again...

    "All-round, I love this transmission. Its among the best CVTs Ive ever tried. Interestingly, what might be the best CVT Ive driven overall is fitted to Nissans Murano crossover, a transmission that just happens to be made by the same supplier that builds the Calibers CVT, Jatco; a Japanese company thats partially owned by Nissan. The Caliber CVT is a more sophisticated gearbox than that in the Murano, however, being a newer, more updated CVT2 example, and is probably only bested by the Nissan due to the larger vehicles torque-laden V6 engine - kind of an apples to oranges comparison." /2
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    It could be faster. ;)

    It's difficult to see out the rear windows sometimes, but the again my other car has an entire glass hatch.
  • daveydodgedaveydodge Posts: 23
    I have owned a 1985 Daytona, a 1989 Daytona, a 1993 Dakota, a 1998 Dakota, a 2003 Dakota, and soon a 2007 Caliber. Am I progressing or digressing ?? Spending $350 a month for gas and the house is done...not much need for the truck..the Caliber looks fun and tough plus MPG's is a major draw with ample space. Hope I won't regret this purchase....I am 5 for 5 in my previous vehicle buys....Keep it rolling Dodge !!
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    I won the Caliber Photo contest and I am getting a free IPod out of it. Now how does the Ipod/MP3 player thing work with the radio? I don't see any kind of jack or outlet for it? I am being dense?

    Oh, and the car is averaging 29.5 miles per gallon now that we driven it a bit.
  • The base radio/cd player has an input on the lower left. After plugging in the mp3 player you press the mode button on the radio so that it shows "AUX" and your ready to go. I did read a post or two a while back that said some of the upgraded in-dash 6-cd changers did not have the aux jack on them... If you don't have it, check with your dealer if you are supposed to ... perhaps the wrong radio was supplied or installed.

    BTW, I saw the picture of your Caliber - it was okay, but I could not get a large enough image to see the effects, if any.
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    I have the 6 disc cd changer upgrade, I don't have any kind of plug in on the front of the stereo what so ever. How dumb is that? The base model has it but not the upgraded one!

    Yeah, the picture had to be enlarged at the top of the page to see the effect. The rear tire was off the ground and water was position like it was "peeing".
  • moonhunt18moonhunt18 Posts: 33
    hey..congratulations, cc! I'd like to see your winning pic! is there a link to it ?

  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
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    Here it is. I was hoping to tip the wheel out a bit but ran out of time to edit. I am glad I won just because I seem to be the only person that did something with a REAL Caliber. :shades: ">
  • Just heard a rumor (from the dealership that I bought "X" from), that the yellow edition RT is no longer going to be made. Those currently in production are it. The dealer said that the yellow RTs are already commanding up to $6000 over list now on eBay motors, although I haven't been able to verify that. We'll wait and see!

    PS caliberchic, congrats and great photo!
  • :blush: Got in tonight to have engine malfunction light turned off on my Caliber (picked a dealer with extended service department hours). I was told it was an intermittant fault, nothing to do with the car wash and nothing wrong with the car
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    Hey do u like the rain guards on your Caliber? Did u get them from the dealer (mopar parts)? I just don't like the idea of sticking them on my car. Let me know.
  • habalanchehabalanche Posts: 57
    Hi Maybe I can address this isue for you.I have had the rain guards on my 94 Dakota,my 2000 Dakota,and my wifes 2003 Caravan.I have already bought them for the Caliber I ordered (but not yet received) :cry: .I quite simply can't do without them.They are great in hot weather when you want to leave the windows down an inch or two and you don't have to worry about rain or break-ins because no one can see that they are open.The adhesive is really good but if you want to reove them they don't harm the paint.
    Hope this helps.
  • :shades: Caliberchic I have a suggestion for starting the the 1.8 l. 5 speed off smoothly without stalling or over revving, just glance at your tach to see what the engine is doing, don't worry about listening to the engine as you said you can only hear it if there is high exhaust noise. This seems to be working for me.
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    I too didn't really care to stick them directly on the car BUT I wouldn't do with out them so even if they fall off I will replace them and any paint damage they may cause will never show.

    Actually though the 3MM tape IS super adhesive but it doesn't stick to paint in a manner that would harm it. As a matter of fact we removed the factory molding on the doors and it was applied with tape just like the rain guards and it rolled off by our finger when pressure was applied.

    Oh, we did get them from the Dodge but off of Ebay because they were cheaper. They have a sharp white Dodge logo on them.
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    I'll have to try that. Thanks!
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