2008 Dodge Caliber Consumer Reviews

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2008 Dodge Caliber
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Dodge Caliber SRT-4 6-speed manual

by from Atlanta, GA on September 7, 2011

I traded my '05 Mercedes CLK500 for this used SRT-4 because I needed more space for travelling but also wanted a car that I could still have some fun in. This car is a blast to drive. Especially throu...
I traded my '05 Mercedes CLK500 for this used SRT-4 because I needed more space for travelling but also wanted a car that I could still have some fun in. This car is a blast to drive. Especially through the mountains with the turbo engine. It will effortlessly climb hills, and accelerate like a madman on the highway. The turbo has a nice linear spool without being delayed and violent like the Lancer Ralliart Sportback I test drove. The interior is bleh but the seats are like sitting in a lazyboy; extremely comfortable for sport seats. A lot of sqeaks and creaks from the body though. I can't see how this car could not be an extremely reliable machine. Here's why: no power seats, no complicated/ expensive differential, no stupid moonroof, it's just a turbo engine with a 6speed tranny and big wheels. Sure, the professional reviews of this car suck but, it's actually a very easy car to live with and a blast to drive. I've gotten up to 29mpgs on the highway and averaged about 22mpgs with spirited driving. A fully synthetic oil change is a whopping $60(not much). At speed it will out accelerate the majority of cars. Tires are hard to find because of the odd 225/45R19 size, and when you do find them locally people are asking an arm-and-leg for them so do yourself a favor and go to an online source for tires. It's cheaper and there's a bigger selection. It's an extremely rare car so if one could be found, I would recommend this car to anyone that loves turbo manual driving fun in a FWD package. It's an excellent car.
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SRT-4 is a Hotrod

by from MD on November 4, 2009

The SRT4 model is a terrific car. I love the turbo, combined with the practicality of a hatchback. The handling is true-sports car. The brakes are the best you can get. The seats are racing seats that...
The SRT4 model is a terrific car. I love the turbo, combined with the practicality of a hatchback. The handling is true-sports car. The brakes are the best you can get. The seats are racing seats that are very comfortable. This car is highly misunderstood and under-rated. It is a well-kept secret. Now that they don't make them any more, if I were you I would go get one quick.
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Great bang for the buck

by from Chicago, IL on August 26, 2010

I love this car. The styling is crisp and emphatic, it's comfortable, practical, and versatile - does everything I need it to do, and with pretty good fuel economy. Not as much pep as my last car - a ...
I love this car. The styling is crisp and emphatic, it's comfortable, practical, and versatile - does everything I need it to do, and with pretty good fuel economy. Not as much pep as my last car - a Saab - but all things considered a great value.
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Love my Dodge Caliber

by from Arkansas on April 14, 2008

I just bought my Dodge Caliber on 4-3-08. I really love it. I had a Dodge Stratus which was totaled & while shopping online for the different types of cars available, I came across the caliber & fell ...
I just bought my Dodge Caliber on 4-3-08. I really love it. I had a Dodge Stratus which was totaled & while shopping online for the different types of cars available, I came across the caliber & fell in love with it. There's plenty of room for 5 people. It handles great & I just love the "icebox" in the glove compartment.
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Soo much power for so little cash!!!

by from Oregon on January 30, 2013

Bought my 08 Caliber SRT-4 off the showroom floor in 2009 with 212 miles on it. The seats are the most comfortable I have ever had. I'm 6'0, 245 lbs and the lumbar support and side bolsters are awesom...
Bought my 08 Caliber SRT-4 off the showroom floor in 2009 with 212 miles on it. The seats are the most comfortable I have ever had. I'm 6'0, 245 lbs and the lumbar support and side bolsters are awesome. The hard plastic interior leaves a bit to be desired, but this is easily overcome by the driving experience. Dodge put 98% of their resources in this car to the power-train, handling and seats. I wasn't expecting a super luxurious interior. What is there is functional and stylish for what it is. This car comes from the factory rated at 285HP and 260 Ft lbs of torque at the wheels and it shows. This is a performance machine and it let's you know it. As with most FWD performance cars, the torque steer must be respected which is what makes this car a drivers car. You must pay attention when you get on it. This is not a car for the lazy driver. The handling is fantastic, especially in the mountains. The oversize front brakes are actually from the police package Charger and just as the acceleration is phenomenal, you also need to bring this bad boy to a stop so the extra large rotors are there for a reason. The sound system is awesome with 12 speakers. Yes the road noise is a bit loud, but that's to be expected with the low profile tires. People seem to complain about the rough ride but this is what you get with a stiff sport suspension that allows you to take corners like you're on rails. One look at the low profile tires will tell you that the ride is gonna be stiff. In closing, you will have a performance vehicle that will out perform most V8's, is a blast to drive and all for under $25K. You must understand that this is a performance car, not just a grocery getter, though as a grocery getter, you will get there pretty doggone fast.
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Best car So far

by from Greensburg, PA on July 2, 2009

Great car gor the Price!!!! I got this car at a bargin price 11900 for a 08 sxt with only 10,000 miles on it. Nice ride Great features Great styling
Great car gor the Price!!!! I got this car at a bargin price 11900 for a 08 sxt with only 10,000 miles on it. Nice ride Great features Great styling
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So far.. so good..

by from Allentown, PA on July 21, 2011

Purchased my used 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT w/ 27,000 miles on it in April 2011.. I have not had any issues thus far.. It's my little mini SUV for half the price and works well for my family.. My husband...
Purchased my used 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT w/ 27,000 miles on it in April 2011.. I have not had any issues thus far.. It's my little mini SUV for half the price and works well for my family.. My husband thought that based on the outside view of the vehicle that it would not be roomy enough but, to his surprise, the vehicle is extremely roomy and he had plenty of head and leg room.. In my opinion, the ride is smooth and I get wonderful gas mileage as well.. This is my first ever hatchback and I absolutely love it..
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Great car, great on gas.

by from PA on April 18, 2011

Bought the car to have as a second vehicle for running errands and we have enjoyed it so much that it is becoming our vehicle of choice when we go anywhere. We especially enjoy driving it to the gas s...
Bought the car to have as a second vehicle for running errands and we have enjoyed it so much that it is becoming our vehicle of choice when we go anywhere. We especially enjoy driving it to the gas station, knowing that we may actually have some money left over after getting gas.
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cool

by from st.louis,mo on November 26, 2010

a great buy,good value,the family loves the new car,the color is is what the family loves the best ,thanks dodge !
a great buy,good value,the family loves the new car,the color is is what the family loves the best ,thanks dodge !
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Small car for a big person

by from Wheeling,il on August 1, 2008

I am 5'11" and 270+lbs. I fit easily into this car and drive 40 miles daily to work. The automatic transmission is slow unless you use the transmission in the automanual mode, then it has a nice "pick...
I am 5'11" and 270+lbs. I fit easily into this car and drive 40 miles daily to work. The automatic transmission is slow unless you use the transmission in the automanual mode, then it has a nice "pick up and go" feeling. I am getting >27mpg in this car on a mixed highway/local streets driving and with the gas prices hovering around 4.00/gal I love it.
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