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Dodge Caliber (2006-2010)

  By Richard Dredge
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The Dodge Caliber was never highly regarded by the UK's motoring press, and while it was never especially competitive in the new car market, this Focus rival can make a lot more sense as a used buy. Well equipped and spacious, the Caliber is good value but not that refined or competitive dynamically. The big question mark is over its durability; many owners have found that mechanical parts need to be replaced way before they'd expect, so if you're a high-mileage driver, you might find investing in a cheap Caliber is a false economy.
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Key Dates
4/06: The Caliber reaches UK showrooms with 1.8 petrol or 2.0 Volkswagen turbodiesel engines. There are S, SE, SXT and SXT Sport trim levels for each powerplant, with even the entry-level cars coming with decent equipment levels.
9/09: A facelifted Caliber is unveiled in the US, with a 2.2 diesel engine and upgraded interior. It's meant to come to the UK, but the car is canned before the revised car gets here.

Dodge Caliber (2006-2010) Checklist

  • Check there's no slip in the clutch, as premature wear isn't unusual.
  • The front suspension can also wear quickly, so make sure the dampers aren't shot.
  • Brake discs don't last long either, while pads can also wear quickly.
  • The windows can squeak as they go up and down; permanent fixes tend to prove elusive.
  • The electrics and electronics can be temperamental, with dealers seemingly unable to fix some faults.
  • If replacement parts are needed, they can take a while to arrive now Dodge is defunct in the UK.
We Like
Economy of diesel
We Don't Like
Lack of durability
Cheap interior
Mediocre dynamics
Poor visibility
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