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I am looking into the Caliber, I saw one sitting on the lot yesterday and absolutly love it. I wasn't even in the market for a new car, but I am currently driving a 1998 Ford Mustang GT manual and the gas mileage is killing me.

One question...how well does the manual perform. I know its not going to be anything like the Mustang, but I don't want it to feel anemic either. I consider a 1996 Ford Escort anemic, its what I drove before and I will not deal with that again. I would like to order the manual but it only comes with the 1.8lr engine. I can't find one to test drive anywhere. Any opinions out there!!!???
 

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I would actually wait to test drive one as someones opinion maybe different than what you think...

1.8L 5-Speed is becoming more available and if you wait you may get to test drive a 2.4L 5-Speed as it is considered late availability in the brochure.
 

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They are coming out with a 5-speed 2.4L? That is not the SRT correct, because that is a 6-speed.

That is the first I have heard of a manual 2.4L (not counting the SRT). I would love to own that. I think that a 2.4L AWD Manual would be an excellent modding car. Talk about some potential there!
 

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Sorry, i should have added it is only for the 2.4L R/T FWD coming in both 5-Speed and CVT2 w/ Autostick all according to my 30 Page booklet on the Caliber!
 

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I just picked up my SXT 1.8L 5 spd manual on Saturday. I've put about 275 miles on it so far (less than 3/4 tank of gas). It's been about 4 years since I owned another manual tranny (1989 Honda Accord). Obviously I'm still getting used to it, but I'm really happy with the decision I made. Clutch seems to be a little long, but the shifter positions are compact. The shifter knob is basically the same knob as the auto tranny. I test drove a 2.0L CVT a couple of times, and definitely think the 1.8L manual has more pep off the line.
 

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OH I will definatly test drive one if I decide to buy one, I am just looking for peoples opinions on here to see if its worth the effort to find a manual. I will probably be getting the SXT, as I don't think I will be able to afford the R/T. So I believe the 2.4 Manual is out. Anyone else care to comment on the Manual 1.8?

Also, has anyone got the tow package yet? I pretty much need that also.
 

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Good morning. I test drove both the CVT and 5 speed equipped Calibers and liked the 5 speed much better. I am giving up my 99 Sebring convertible with a very nice 2.5 engine, so, I wanted something that would respond when I wanted to go! I looked around alot and decided to order to get exactly what I wanted. On May 4, I ordered an inferno red SXT sport, 5 speed, drivers convenience, sunroof,....can't wait to get it!
 

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Well I test drove both the manual and the CVT, and I can't agree with the last post. I felt that the 1.8 manual is way underpowered. It could be that I am used to driving a 4.6 Mustang, but with the hilly area I live in, I couldn't imagine having to do all the downshifting the manual would require. The CVT seemed to handle hills and acceleration MUCH better.

However, I have been informed that ordering has been stopped for all dodges (except Sprinter Vans). Can anyone confirm this? I couldn't find the vehicle I wanted exactly so I was told I would have to wait about a month for ordering to start again, plus another 2 months after I ordered it to get it. Dealer trying to make a quick sale, or is their any truth to this? Someone let me know!!!
 

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Sorry, i should have added it is only for the 2.4L R/T FWD coming in both 5-Speed and CVT2 w/ Autostick all according to my 30 Page booklet on the Caliber!
Don't forget the Compass, on the same platform and drivetrain, comes with a 5 sp, 4x4, selectible FWD as well.......
 
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