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#127 of 166 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 166 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 166 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 166 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 166 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 166 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 166 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 166 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.
#135 of 166 BELT CVT vs TOROIDAL CVT
Aug 29, 2011 (1:16 am)
Let me make it clear: Nothing is wrong with Jatco CVT's. I had Nissan Murano 2003, 2004, (both over 100k miles, towing, snow, hills, off-road etc) and now have 2009. ALL OF THEM WITH JATCO JF010E TOROIDAL CVT, NO BELT THERE.
AWD (!) SUV's like JEEP, Caliber, SATURN VUE are all junk because they use budget light duty BELT-driven CVT, even if it is the same JATCO.
How in the world would you explain why SUV comes with light duty belt driven transmissiln??? TO CUT THE COST.
Most SATURN VUE 2002-2004 with their belt CVT had tranny down before 100k miles. GM dropped CVT in 2004. I am afraid the same will be with JEEP and Caliber. It is a question of time, IMHO.
#136 of 166 Thank You for your help, im not the only one!!
Sep 26, 2011 (7:52 am)
I have had my car into the dealer several times over the past year for my eletric throttle light coming on, hesitation at acceleration, failing alernator tests etc. So this last time I took it in, they cleaned my battery and said the hesitation was caused by corrosion. Ha!! Last weekend I hit the acceleration and I got nothing but puttering, spped wouldn't top over 10MPH but RPMs were flying. Shut off car, wouldn't start, wouldn't turn over...I had power elsewhere BUT not at start. Three times I tried and finally it kicked in and started, drove for a bit and then again...same problem. Took it to a local shop, he was "lost" had NO idea what was wrong but said transmission...hahhaa the kicker, I flipped it 102K miles right now which means no warranty...thanks Dodge I will NEVER BUY ANOTHER DODGE EVER!! See what happens with governmental bailouts, quality takes a backseat!!