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Alright so, I've had my caliber for about 7 months now. I'm finally able to look at it without the rose colored glasses. LOL. Anyway, I noticed the fit and finish is way off on the passenger side door and in other areas. The door still closes correctly, it just looks terrible because the edge is not flush with the rest of the car. Has anyone taken theirs back to their dealer with similar issues??

I want to have the problems fixed, but I don't want to be without my car for longer than maybe a day or 2. Any input would be much appreciated. :)
 

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Can you post a pic of your cars door fit you speak of so we can compare and please give more detail on what the "in other areas" are :confused:
 

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A good bodyshop can fix door seams and such within hours no prob as long as its not the panels themselves that are irregular. I dunno about your average dealership though... they are by no means body specialists.
 

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u know mine are the same! when i look out the mirror on the driverside and can see down the side of the car the chrome trim sits lower on the drivers door than the rear. I would say about 1/4 of an in.
 

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maybe an early build date issue? Mine are damn near perfect
 

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Thanks for the responses. I will post photos when it quits looking like a blizzard around here. :)
The main issue is if you are looking down the side of the car, the front passenger door looks like it isn't closed, but it is. More later. I have to leave work and start home. There is about 2 inches of snow on the streets.
 

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Looks to me that you just need to adjust the door latch. 2-large torx screws(maybe a size 40 or larger) hold the latch in place, loosen them a little and move it slightly in towards the interior of the car and tighten them back when you think you've got it right! I did this on my last car and it worked fine....just dont go too far in or else the door will slam into the body!!! Let us know how you make out.
 

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I took mine back for that when I had the first oil change. The passenger door was misaligned which was fixed along with adjusting all the doors to reduce wind noise.
 

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JohnC said:
I took mine back for that when I had the first oil change. The passenger door was misaligned which was fixed along with adjusting all the doors to reduce wind noise.
Dealer should fix you up no problem.... use that new car warranty while you have it if you're not completely satisfied
 

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BethCaliber said:
...I want to have the problems fixed, but I don't want to be without my car for longer than maybe a day or 2...
Depending on any warranty options you may have got with the purchase/lease, a loaner vehicle may be provided IF it does need a stay of more than a few hours. I got the extended warranty with mine, which has covered a loaner vehicle 3 times already for me.

If the day-or-more repair/alignment is from a factory defect - especially for something that the dealership really SHOULD have detected and fixed BEFORE placing the vehicle on their lot for sale/lease - this information could be used to contend that a loaner vehicle be provided even if not specified under the warranty.

A lot may depend on whether the dealership has a body shop, and how extensive their capabilities are. The dealership I bought from and use has only limited capabilities; they had to send my Caliber to other dealerships 2 times for extended periods to fix my "smiley face" factory paint defect.
 
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