Last post on Aug 02, 2006 at 12:52 PM
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Dodge Caliber, Car Buying, Wagon
#10 of 59 Re: Test drove today [trgbassguy]
Mar 21, 2006 (5:43 pm)
Ya never thought about cruise control and kickdown in a normal auto. So the rpm stayed the same, say 3000 rpm and the speed stayed the same, or the rpm went up and speed stayed the same??
I didn't think the power was too bad as well, I think even a bit better in the 2.4......
#11 of 59 Re: Test drove today [pacerman]
Mar 21, 2006 (9:29 pm)
The RPM still went up but not as much as normal. Also if I wasn't staring right at the Tach....I would have never known it. I didn't feel or hear any change. I would like to take a 2.4 as well but all I have around me is 2.0 SXT's. I didn't even see an SE until today and that was only because they were doing training on the Caliber and one of the Reps had a white SE.
#12 of 59 Re: Test drove today [trgbassguy]
Mar 21, 2006 (9:59 pm)
Ya , shes snowmobile drive alright , what really amazed me was how quiet the engine was, both in the cabin and from the outside, no ticking, no nothing!!!!!! I'm really torn between the caliber and the hhr.........I think more bang for the buck in the caliber, but more room in the hhr, from hhr forums I've read , looks like they have a fair bit of electrical problems.......
I think the caliber will get better mileage as well, even in the 2.4.
I saw a white sxt at the local dealer, it actually looks pretty good, orange is my fav.....thats the one I drove.
#13 of 59 Re: Test drove today [trgbassguy]
Mar 23, 2006 (8:51 am)
My dad just told me about this one. How roomy is it?
I have 3 kids so I need the room.
#14 of 59 Re: Test drove today [baby01]
Mar 23, 2006 (11:46 am)
It has pretty good rear seat leg room. I am 5'8" and adjusted the driver's seat to my preferred driver seat position. That left plenty of room for me, as an adult, behind the driver's seat. Assuming you are taller, there should be comfortable room for a kid behind you.
This is a small car, though, remember it is in the Corolla/Matrix/Cobalt class. Therefore if you are tall and your kids are pretty tall, it probably wouldn't be your best choice.
#15 of 59 Re: Test drove today [micweb]
Mar 23, 2006 (12:40 pm)
Actually, baby01 may be more concerned about WIDTH (hip/shoulder room) rather than leg room. With 3 kids (ages unknown; car/booster seats involved?), it may be a question of whether or not they can fit 3 abreast in the rear seat or not.
#16 of 59 Re: Test drove today [baby01]
Mar 23, 2006 (2:29 pm)
Well I don't have any children but I can try my best to help. I'm 6' tall. Back seat leg room is a hug issue for me (I've never had any leg room back there...been driving a 95 Neon Sport). So one of the first things I did was get in the driver's seat, adjust it to where I felt comfortable, then jumped right into the backseat and was amazed at how much room there was for being it's class of car. Now as far as width...I don't know the children's ages (or how well they get along, I know at a young age my sister and I couldn't be near eachother in a car) but the back is really for only 2 adults in my opinion.
In a really different subject. Has anyone heard the Caliber with the MusicGate system? I'm curious as to how it sounds before ordering one with it.
#17 of 59 music gate sound
Mar 24, 2006 (8:23 am)
I have it and it is awesome.as far as the boston acoustic s9 speakers and sub it is an outstanding value for the 400 bucs....the speakers in the rar pop down off of the hatchbakc and if you fae al the sound to them it can get pretty loud...dont know where i will use it though my neighbors willkill me...but i can attest to the sound while driving...one caveat....if you get the upgraded radio it currently does not come with an aux input jack ofr your ipod.this i found out is a quirk ...i had the dealer credit me for the updraded radio and put in the standrad which does have it....i would rather have the aux input then the 6 disc cd changer big time...anyway the small pricefor this upgrade is well worth it!
#18 of 59 Re: Test drove today [trgbassguy]
Mar 24, 2006 (8:42 am)
Buy the MusicGate system. You cannot purchase a comparable or better sounding speaker system for the vehicle for $400, much less have it installed cleanly or do it yourself. The value here is remarkable. I'm not even sure if you can find a 450+ watt amplifier and subwoofer alone for $400. It is one of the best values of all the options.
#19 of 59 Re: music gate sound [zugisland]
Mar 24, 2006 (12:25 pm)
I think it would come in handy at the drive in theater. You could park in a spot with the back of the car toward the screen and sit in lawn chairs outside.