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Like everyone has said, definately looks better in person.

I liked everything about it, I fit better in it than I did the Scion tC the Toyota salesman got us to drive around ;) (Infact my head was touching the roof... and I'm only 6'2). But I fit much better in the caliber, everything about it I liked... Even had a navigation system that I haven't seen on many. Got a little brochure with all the info on the caliber. With a costco discount and a $500 rebate we could get it decently priced...

Didn't get a chance to test-drive it, but I will in the future. See if I like the CVT or not. :)

We looked at the Matrix... Pontiac Vibe (Matrix... made by toyota... different shell)... Scion tC... Ford Escape... and then the Caliber, we only had a couple hours (1/2 hour commute back and forth).

I didn't like the matrix/vibe feel... just something about it was weird, felt like a squished mini-van or something. Although I do like my minivan, it was weird.

And oddly enough I liked the caliber the most ;) I fit and everything seemed to be nicely placed, I'll see how it drives probably next week.

Yay -_-
 

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Once you choose that you like the Caliber, you'll be set for the secondary choice...SXT or R/T? If the opportunity presents itself, give them both a try.

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Ya the only thing the Dodge dealers around here have are SXT's and SE's...

Quick question... is the sliding arm-rest always so... slidey?

Is it an issue everyone has, or just the show-room model we sat in? It seemed to not lock at all, just slide back and forth... We asked the sales-rep and he was like "uhh... it doesn't lock"

But I think I'll be doing the SXT unless I get lucky ;)
 

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is there a topic on this issue? why the heck doesn't it lock in postion?

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find it annoying?
did you find a solution?
The sliding arm-rest is anoying but it's tolerable. It's simply something that needs to be corrected in next years model. I think the reason it slides is because if it remains too far back then it doesn't serve the purpose of being an arm rest very well. If It's too far forward then it gets in the way of the hand-brake handel. The thing just needs some sort of system to prevents it from sliding so easily.
This thread talks about the arm rest:What problems with the caliber have ya'll had
 

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tom_vilsack said:
is there a topic on this issue? why the heck doesn't it lock in postion?

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did you find a solution?
It's mentioned in many discussions - including ones about problems/concerns encountered in general. I don't believe there is a specific thread devoted just to it.

You can enter some keywords (slide, sliding, armrest - and variations of those words/terms) - in the "search feature" located on the menu bar near the top of each page in order to find the previous discussions.

Annoying - absolutely. It appears worse for some folks than others.

I also don't recall anyone having a good solution; it's mostly referred to as something that may be improved in the future production runs.
 

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Ah well... It turns out I may be going with a Ford Escape...

A Caliber with all of the features I wanted would have came out to $20,000ish ... not even an R/T ;)

But we found a 2005 Ford Escape at our Toyota Dealer, Leather, 3.0L, V6, XLT, AWD, Sunroof, "No-limits Package" (Side-steps, roof rack and other stuff), 40k miles, and it had a tag of $19,000 but he mentioned it's been on the lot for a while and said somewhere in the $15,000 range for us... Which is like $5,000 under blue-book. My dad said it would be pretty stupid to pass it up

If I went with the Caliber I would be getting the most bone stock SXT we could find unfortunately. Maybe one is for me in the future... who knows ;)

Only thing I'm really worried about on the Escape is the gas efficiency, but I think I talked my dad into getting a Gas Card w/ shell or another big company in place of an allowance + whatever other work he wants me to do around the house.

Haha, sorry to disappoint with the not getting a caliber...
 

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No worries! You gotta do what ya gotta do! The Escape is a fine SUV and you'll be quite happy with it. At least you had taste enough to consider the Caliber... :cool: I hope a Caliber is in your future at some point and I hope you enjoy your purchase!
 

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Ah well... It turns out I may be going with a Ford Escape...

A Caliber with all of the features I wanted would have came out to $20,000ish ... not even an R/T ;)

But we found a 2005 Ford Escape at our Toyota Dealer, Leather, 3.0L, V6, XLT, AWD, Sunroof, "No-limits Package" (Side-steps, roof rack and other stuff), 40k miles, and it had a tag of $19,000 but he mentioned it's been on the lot for a while and said somewhere in the $15,000 range for us... Which is like $5,000 under blue-book. My dad said it would be pretty stupid to pass it up

If I went with the Caliber I would be getting the most bone stock SXT we could find unfortunately. Maybe one is for me in the future... who knows ;)

Only thing I'm really worried about on the Escape is the gas efficiency, but I think I talked my dad into getting a Gas Card w/ shell or another big company in place of an allowance + whatever other work he wants me to do around the house.

Haha, sorry to disappoint with the not getting a caliber...
Before you buy get a compression test!! i highly recommend you do that...
 
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