The experience with the first one purchased two months ago prompted my wife and I to buy another. No car is absolutely perfect but the Caliber has become my most favorite car I've ever owned. Finally, something beat out my previous favorite; a 1967 VW Beetle. The look, I think, is incredible. After buying the Cali I suddenly noticed all the other five-door-hatchback-with-a-little-spoiler designs out there and none of the others get that concept looking so right as the Caliber does. The driving feel, the personal size of it, the 17-inch tires and so many other features are, for me, just right. I drive it with a sense of pride.
I can't say I've had a bad experience. But after the first three weeks I would say, that if I had to do it all over again, I would consider a different vehicle. Its an okay car. I just can't seem to get use to this odd feeling transmission.