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Dodge Caliber, Performance Mods, Wagon
#8 of 37 Re: Dodge Caliber: Changes You'd Like To See [pf_flyer]
Oct 03, 2006 (6:46 am)
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Traction Control!!!
Hopefully in the 2008 Model Year!
I'd also like to see an All Wheel Drive SRT Model.
#10 of 37 Re: Dodge Caliber: Changes You'd Like To See [pf_flyer]
Oct 03, 2006 (5:07 pm)
Let's get rid of the stupid air conditioned glove box and spend more money on a better flashlight and a more efficient engine. Change the ugly butt too.
#11 of 37 visibility & efficient length
Oct 06, 2006 (10:33 pm)
First, all car designers must have safety foremost in their minds. The Caliber has terrible blindspots front & back, windows that are too many(along with too many posts) & too small(both in width & height), & posts that are too wide.
The back roof should not be tapered down. Front headroom is almost too much(unless one is very long torsoed), while back headroom is quite a bit less. A non-tapered back roof would also allow more glass & rearward visibility.
More space efficiency is needed. There is far too much fore & aft space in the console between the firewall & the driver's instrument panel. Space is wasted also with the stepped hatchback above the rear bumper, plus the overly raked rear window. With a redesign of the rear, the rear window wiper could be enlarged to clean a much larger area of rear glass for greater visibility safety. With an extensive space efficiency campaign, the Caliber could be reduced in size & weight with a comparable decrease in engine size making for further decreases in weight & size with little space sacrificed to humans or cargo.
#12 of 37 Re: Dodge Caliber: Changes You'd Like To See [neely2005]
Oct 08, 2006 (3:36 pm)
Check with your local dealer, ESC should be available now.
#13 of 37 Re: visibility & efficient length [litesong1]
Oct 08, 2006 (8:30 pm)
Your absolutely right with all your points,I overcome the
rear blindspots with convex 1-1/2 inch mirrors on the side
mirrors and a large panoramic(slightly convex) on the inside
The styling is one of the major factors in my buying the
Caliber,if the size,mid range fuel economy and look at me
style were not present I could have a Ford Focus wagon or some other plain jane box.
Just my opinion as a biased extremely satisfied Caliber
#14 of 37 Press request
by KarenS HOST
Oct 12, 2006 (12:14 pm)
A reporter seeks longtime loyal Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep buyers who want the company to build a subcompact model or two. Please reply to jfallonedmunds.com no later than Friday, October 20, 2006 with a few relevant comments and your daytime contact info.
#15 of 37 Re: Dodge Caliber: Changes You'd Like To See
Oct 17, 2006 (8:20 am)
Being 6'5", i wouldn't mind seeing the steering wheel that telescopes in addition to the tilt function. When i sat in a Caliber at the dealer the other day, the steering wheel was too close to me.
#16 of 37 Re: Dodge Caliber: Changes You'd Like To See [pontiacgtp]
Oct 17, 2006 (9:01 am)
I am not being a smart*ss here but I am 6'2" and I have
found the tilt plus seat movement resolved this concern
when I was test driving the first few Calibers before
buying a SXT.
I would hazard a guess that someone who has out of"norm"
body proportions (heel to waist say) could have genuine
problem without telescopic steering column.
Oct 17, 2006 (9:08 am)
I'm only 6' even, but have those long legs and arms, so I can relate to this. Not only would additional leg room be nice, but my wish list might include the ability to move the steering wheel a bit closer to the dash for arm position too! (realizing that there's no doubt going to be a monetary cost for fulfilling my wishes )