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Jun 08, 2011 (10:12 am)
bought a dodge caliber in 2008 three years later with 71,000 miles later and my transmission is slipping. Took it to a tansmission shop and they took one look at it and already new from other cleints that also own this kind of dodge crap that it was darn ol' cvt transmision. Now the shop that i took it to was a good friend who own a very reliable transmission shop called Golden Empire Transmission and he told me some interesting facts. (1) That no transmision shop wood deal with this transmission and warranty the work due to the fact that no one makes a rebuild kit and no one will rebuild it. (2) that i could buy a used one for $1200 to $3800 used with about roughly 70 to 80 thousand miles on them with no warranty and still be facing what i am facing now.(3) Was told that these cvt transmissions have a life expectly of 100k to 130k thats it and then you need to replace.(4) He also informed me on how this transmission was created,when,and on how it works. So here we go, This transmission was designed in the 70's in chevy vega's at wich time the economy hit a low and unexpected downfall in wichtime some idiot decided to disign a cheap and economical way to build a transmission thus this piece of crap the cvt was born. Now in 2002 don't know if you remeber but nissan came out with a shiftless transmision and so on that note the cvt was re-intraduced to the general public. Thanks alot nissan if it weren't for you we wouldn't have all bought a piece of crap... and last but not least how it works ,welll ... normal transmission have rails, and on these rails are clutch packs and gears well what the cvt tranny is that it still has rails with clutch packs but instead of gears that mesh when a shift arm move the gears to align well in stead there are bands or belts some may call them, that work together instead of the gears. Thus the big problem of the cvt tranny... Because Belts have a certain life till they slip or fail and that my people is why a hate my dodge caliber.. Ohh if your wandering a new transmission for these vehicles are around $6800 from dealer who in my town will only install new, My car only bluebooks at $6400 with bad tranny. Soooo i hate to say but im getting rid of this piece and building my Bmw 525I up because its already a better car eaven if it is 16yrs old. Thank you for reading and hope i could shed some light on the piece of crap DODGE calls CALIBER. tHANK YOU,,,,,,,,
#126 of 165 Re: Dodge calibers are crap [tommytwotone34]
Jul 12, 2011 (8:27 am)
Tommy: The CVT has nothing at all to do with the Vega. IIRC the CVT originated with the Dutch DAF in the 60s. Snowmobiles use this sort of transmission.
The Vega offered a 2 speed PowerGlide automatic and a semi automatic as well as a manual transmission when it first came out.
But I hear you: the point is the same. CVTs are not ready for prime time. Still.
Ever read any of the nightmare stories of CVTs in Vues and ION Quad Coupes ?
#127 of 165 Dodge CVT transmissions
Jul 22, 2011 (2:53 pm)
I am having similar experiences with my 2007 SXT Caliber and here is what I have found: the transmission is made by Jatco. Jatco is owned by Nissan and supplies both Nissan and Dodge with the CVT transmission. There are other makes Jatco supplies these to as well.
They now have plants in Japan, Mexico, and the US.
Nissan has extended the warranty on 2003-2010 CVT transmissions to 120K miles. Dodge has not (even though they just avoided a multibillion dollar loss on the taxpayer's backs)
I have had a conversation with the Chrysler Group Customer Recall Center and asked them about this anomaly and to their credit, the woman I spoke with was unaware of the extension by Nissan and thought I have a good question. She asked that I wait on them to look into it and promised their response by 8PM Monday 7/25/2011.
I will keep this forum updated as I learn more.
If you want me to contact you directly my email is mdberryquixnet.net - please put CVT in the subject line so I can sort them out.
#128 of 165 Re: Dodge CVT transmissions [mideberry]
Jul 22, 2011 (6:13 pm)
What kind of warranty do you have on your 2007? My 2008 Caliber has a lifetime warranty on it.
#129 of 165 Re: Dodge CVT transmissions [simplysusan]
Jul 23, 2011 (5:16 am)
The factory warranty on the 2007, which was the first year for caliber, was only 35,000 miles. I bought it second hand from a lease company. The transmission they used is a Jatco JF011E which was also used in 4 Nissan models, hence my interest in the Nissan extended warranty.
Are you telling me that you have a car with a transmission that is warranted for as long as you own the car and unlimited miles? I'm curious how you got that. The longest factory warranty I've seen on the '08 and beyond is 100,000 miles.
#130 of 165 Caliber Warranty
Jul 23, 2011 (2:06 pm)
Some, not many, 2008 models were sold with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser only. It is not transferable. I own one, am an employee in a Chrysler dealership. The car must be inspected every few years to maintain that warranty. The inspection is at no charge to the vehicle owner.
#131 of 165 Re: Caliber Warranty [arnien]
Jul 23, 2011 (3:23 pm)
After I had my tranny replaced a year ago, I developed a 2nd problem that my dealer has been unable to fix. There is an occasional flat spot in acceleration. Sometimes from a stop, the is a flat spot/hesitation/drop in power at about 2400-2500 rpm then power kicks in again. Dealer tried multiply flashing of the memory. Even went as far as getting a 2nd tranny, Ever hear of this?
#132 of 165 Re: Caliber Warranty [gizm0man]
Jul 26, 2011 (11:49 pm)
My Cali does the same thing too occasionally. Today was a rainy day and it's been hesitating more than it usually does even at slightly higher speeds (20-25mph). It really makes the whole car jerk. Im afraid that it will break soon. I have a '08 2.0 SE with only 47K miles.
#133 of 165 Re: Dodge CVT transmissions [mideberry]
Jul 27, 2011 (6:00 am)
I just got off the phone with the service department at the dealership where I bought my car. Yes, according to him, my car has a lifetime powertrain warranty. I questioned him because when I was going back through papers on the car, I noticed that the sales person had sold me an extended service policy that covered not only the bumper to bumper that I thought I was getting, but also the powertrain up to 100,000 miles. He could have just sold me one on the bumper to bumper components. Now I have to try to get some of that money back!
#134 of 165 Re: Caliber Warranty [ola_au]
Jul 27, 2011 (6:03 am)
You need to take your car to the dealership. I don't know what kind of warranty you have on yours, but it should still be under warranty with those few miles. I wouldn't put off taking it though; they may try to say you voided the warranty by continuing to drive it with those problems.