Yeah, starting in the 2002 model year, they started taking these "cool little touches" away from the Neons. Its not like they saved any money, so I don't understand why they did it. It was the downfall of the Neon, making it "cheap" didn't help it any. Consumers notice these things and DCX screwed up IMO.tkyoshi said:Yes but they didn't think it's important because they cut it out for 2003 Neon along with Traction Control. My 2003 Neon SXT doesn't have them . Our Caravan does and it's great in the winter (though they removed the heating thing from the windshield wiper area which was a great feature too).
Therefore it's unlikely you might see heated mirrors for the Caliber.
My 2000 ES had the cup holder light, glove box light, and the 4wheel disc with antilock. Though these were options, they were taken away starting in the 2002 model year. My 2000 ES has every option on a Neon in 2000 except the engine block heater and the smokers package. Its a rear Neon in that it has everything on it and is still running and looks like new.tkyoshi said:Because apparently we don't "need" them or we're not good enough for them. Just like those lighted switches for the window. I think part of the reason is that it's way more competitive over there? Considering they are kind of the underdog they offer all the bells and whistles to compete with other models.
On the other hand something like Heated Mirrors isn't a super special item, It's something that can be useful in everyday driving. Things like a hood ajar sensor for the security alarm is different, a lot of people wouldn't care as much for that.
The Neon example applies here again too, the European (Export) Neon had so many more things than the Domestic model including:
- Rear Fog Lamp Switch
- Cup Holder Lamps
- Glove Box Lamp
- Engine Hood Ajar Switch
- Two intrusion sensors on dome light
- Vehicle Theft Siren
- Auto Levelling Headlamps
- Powered driver's seat height adjuster
- 4-Wheel Discs w/ABS Standard
- Side Repeater Lamp