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Dodge Caliber
« on: October 16, 2008, 09:54:00 am »
  Got this as a rental after a teenager in Mom's Expedition pulled out in front of me.  I didn't think I'd like it but the 30MPG (observed) and CVT transmission are growing on me.  Anyone here ever drive the turbo R/T version?  5.7 0-60 aint' too shabby in my book.

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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 11:40:42 am »
    CVT you say?  That would ruin it for me.
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    « Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008, 02:02:35 am »
    I personally think there kind of strange looking. There good little cars my buddie has one and Ive gotten to drive it home from the bar for him. Gotta love being the DD.

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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 11:55:32 pm »
    They look odd, but they are efficent little power houses.  It's like a Thug's version of an Econo Car.  No, I've not driven the beefier version... but the standard is actually fun enough.
    I don't know about the CVT system... that's just too George Jettson for me. Too alien.  Too strange.   And that frightens and angers me.  Give me a 6 speed manual and I'd be happier.
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    « Reply #4 on: October 18, 2008, 12:19:00 am »
    A CVT is great for an economy car or what have you, but a sports car or at the very least a sports car package should have a manual.
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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #5 on: October 18, 2008, 07:25:57 am »
    Lousy build quality, poor materials and you have to go to a Dodge Dealer to get one!

    Better to break a leg, at least that will heal.  Cryco materials are so bad, the cloth seats in my 01 Ford CVPI look better after 8 years than the seats in a two year old Dodge van.  Quality wise, Crycos make a Chevy look good.

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    « Reply #6 on: October 18, 2008, 07:08:04 pm »
    The Caliber has a CVT? I didn't know that. I can't say it would make or break a decision to buy one for me, but I've only ever owned manual transmission vehicles, and I'm not sure I want to give up the stick-shift.
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    « Reply #7 on: October 18, 2008, 10:57:00 pm »
    I personally only like Automatics in trucks and 4x4s, save for Jeeps.  Jeeps and performance cars need manual transmissions... because if they don't have that, then they are not.
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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #8 on: October 20, 2008, 04:29:07 pm »
      The CVT works very well actually.  You do have to get used to it but the car has some get up and go and also got over 300 miles on 11 gallons for me.

      As far as the Dodge hate....who could hate on a Cummins?

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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #9 on: October 25, 2008, 02:25:55 am »
    Some of the CVT trannies have a manual shift function that allows you to control the shift points. If you forget to shift it has a rev limiter that will upshift for you. Porsche calls it the tiptronic tranny. Really popular and it has been adopted by VW. Kinda adds a manual feel to an A/T. Pricey option, though.
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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #10 on: October 26, 2008, 12:21:51 am »
    Manual shift points on a Continuously Variable Transmission?  What the hell...
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    « Reply #11 on: October 26, 2008, 12:41:07 am »
    The Tiptronic is not CVT.
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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #12 on: October 26, 2008, 02:21:58 am »
      Got this as a rental after a teenager in Mom's Expedition pulled out in front of me.  I didn't think I'd like it but the 30MPG (observed) and CVT transmission are growing on me.  Anyone here ever drive the turbo R/T version?  5.7 0-60 aint' too shabby in my book.

    Wait...did you roll another car?!

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    Re: Dodge Caliber
    « Reply #13 on: October 26, 2008, 07:37:27 am »
      Nope, just front end damage.  16 year old in mom's SUV.

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    « Reply #14 on: October 26, 2008, 01:39:18 pm »
      Nope, just front end damage.  16 year old in mom's SUV.
    You are a magnet for accidents involving vehicles. 

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    « Reply #15 on: October 26, 2008, 01:52:16 pm »
    Or in them.
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