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#168 of 177 Re: 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0 Automatic [sfs4451]
Sep 06, 2009 (4:07 pm)
There is no owner availiable dipstick on the CVT although
tube can be seen down low and left of the battery once
you remove air intake/battery cover.It can only be checked by
the dealer with a special dipstick temperature probe.The first
scheduled service is at abt 90,000 miles.The fluid is again
specialized for the CVT so don't add regular ATF as it will
destroy the tranny.
The owners manuals can be downloaded from Chrysler/Dodge
#169 of 177 Re: 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0 Automatic [bigtsr]
Sep 06, 2009 (7:27 pm)
Thx 4 most helpful info.
#170 of 177 2009 SXT 2.0L CVT
Sep 07, 2009 (4:37 am)
My wife and I just purchased our first car (with the help of Obama!). We traded in my old truck at the time of the cash for clunkers deal. Originally we were going to go after a Honda or Toyota like most other people taking advantage of the rebate, however, no dealer would budge on their prices. We started looking around, and I had started to notice more people driving the Caliber. We went to test drive one the following day and really like it. What I liked best was Dodge also offering a $5,000.00 rebate from the factory! Seeing how this deal was too sweet to pass, we drove a new blaze orange caliber home for $11,500.00 after tags, taxes, ect...
I'm very impressed with the car so far. We were going to buy a Honda Fit Sport, but the Caliber has much more room, the same or more power, and the car seems a bit bulkier (read safer). I'm 6' tall and have plenty of room. There are a lot of nice features that aren't advertised by Dodge very well. I'm happy we went this route, for the price and quality of car. I doubt I will ever score this good of a deal again!
The fuel mileage has also been surprising. I use this car as my daily commuter (90 mile round trip) and never drive above 60 mph. I usually set the cruise on 55, turn on the stereo, and relax before work. New, the car was getting around 28-29 mpg. I thought this was fantastic given the size of the car, automatic transmission, ect... The car now has 3,500 miles on it. I've just changed the oil for the first time and over the last few tanks I have gotten 31.1 mpg and 32 mpg! I'm not sure what the Fit gets but surely it could not be much more. Besides that, the difference in say 4 mpg would take years upon years for me to finally recover the cost saved in gasoline to justify buying a $17,000 Fit vs the $11,500 Caliber.
Overall, I highly recommend this vehicle. However, I'm not sure I would pay the sticker price of ~$19,000. If I were going to pay that much I probably would buy a matrix or some other import of a hatchback.
#173 of 177 runaway Dodge
Sep 28, 2010 (9:00 am)
My daughter just purchased a Dodge Caliber 2009 with 31,000 kilometers on it. On the way home the engine ran up to 6000 RPM and she could not hold the car back with the brakes. Does anyone have any experience with type of problem?
#174 of 177 Re: runaway Dodge [cthelite]
Sep 29, 2010 (7:19 am)
I've had similar situations, not to 6000, but sometimes it seems like it wants to jump, mine is a 2008 though. The brakes do pull it to a stop, but the CVT jumps a little.
#175 of 177 Re: runaway Dodge [snake6283]
Sep 29, 2010 (9:58 am)
Thank you for your response. I am new to this web site so could you tell me what the CVT is.
Aug 28, 2013 (7:12 pm)
I have a 2012 Caliber and I am having all kinds of problems!! Noises in the front and rear such as clunking, rattling, squeaking like metal on metal all while going over bumps and dips in the road. They replaced the front struts and that didn't work, They did something with the front calipers and that didn't work. I am taking it in for a 4th time next Monday. The whole thing sounds like it is falling apart. I regret buying this car. It has been a nightmare so far!
#177 of 177 Re: !!!! [tesilou]
Aug 31, 2013 (2:12 pm)
I have had some rotten problems with mine. Fuel/coolant line fell off at 14k miles. Since about 25k miles, for the past 125k, it has occasionally had electrical problems where if it rains, and if the car is at the correct angle, all the engine lights light up and it won't go over 30mph. Took it to a dealer, they had no idea what the problem was. I noticed that they have a really bad problem with ball joints, that might be your problem. Mine would go over the slightest bump in the road and sound like someone hit the car with a baseball bat.