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Hey everyone I just wanted to say thanks for the time I had on the forums. The caliber is going today. I cant deal with this thing anymore. It didnt start again after they replaced the fuel pump and battery. They cant figure out the problem so its going.

I pick up the new ride tonight after work. If yall dont mind though can I stay on here...haha

Thanks Again
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Sorry to hear that you had so many problems with it. Enjoy your new ride though!
 

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Can you keep in touch with the dealership so when they do find the problem you can pass it on to us?
 

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IBUILDCALIBERSUAW1268 said:
Can you keep in touch with the dealership so when they do find the problem you can pass it on to us?
I think I found the problem. Its a typical Dodge POS.

What car are you getting?
 

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This is the #1 reason why I feel DCX should have a forum setup for it's customers. An ID & PW would be given after purchase so only people who really own one could reply.

lebowski1 - I looked at many of your posts and the ones I seen are anti-DCX. If I'm wrong, please direct me to some of your + posts. What brand of ski's do own so I can say that brand is a POS too. Thanks!
 

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please direct me to a + review. lol
if you actually look there are more positive than negitive especially in any long term test drives.
 

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I look. you show me. the ones I see dont like the car. The biggest universal complaint is the performance, then interior materials, then fit and finish. Show me a review that commends the performance and interior materials.
 

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lebowski1 said:
I look. you show me. the ones I see dont like the car. The biggest universal complaint is the performance, then interior materials, then fit and finish. Show me a review that commends the performance and interior materials.
Not the Caliber, but the Caliber is kind of new to the market still:

Roland Jones
Business editor

Japanese vehicle brands continue to rule the roost when it comes to car reliability, according to the latest annual survey from Consumer Reports.

Toyota and Honda’s brands scored top marks overall in the magazine’s “2007 Annual Car Reliability Survey,” which was compiled from survey responses from over 1.3 million magazine subscribers. The survey results will appear in the April issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which goes on sale March 6.

Toyota, Honda, Scion, Acura and Lexus took the top five places, in order, in the Consumer Reports list of the 36 most reliable car brands for 2007. Ford’s Mercury brand was the highest-placed U.S. nameplate, ranking 10th, while General Motors’ best-ranking brand was GMC, which came in at 14th on the list. Chrysler highest ranking was for its Dodge brand, which was placed 22nd on the list.
What’s more, for the second time in the 10-year history of the annual list, all of the magazine’s top car picks were Japanese brands. In addition, 55 of the 59 used car models recommended by the magazine were Japanese, again dominated by Toyota and Honda.

The snub by the closely watched consumer publication comes at a time of crisis for the Detroit-based automakers — GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group. All three U.S. automakers are shedding jobs and closing plants in an attempt to cope with a devastating loss of market share.

“Japanese models are still the most reliable — Toyota and Honda in particular,” said Rik Paul, automotive editor for Consumer Reports. “For years, their vehicles have consistently been the least problematic and the best in terms of reliability for years.”
NEWLY RECOMMENDED FOR 2007
Cars with improved reliability:
— Audi A6
— Audi S4
— Chevrolet Malibu
— Dodge Durango <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<There is one!
— Ford Freestyle
— Hyundai Tucson
— Kia Sorento
— Mazda6
Source: Consumer Reports

On average, the biggest increase in reported problems for cars comes when they are between 5 and 6 years old, which is when many owners think about selling their car. This is also the point where Toyota and Honda’s models excel in terms of reliability Paul said. The average 10-year-old Toyota or Honda has the same, or fewer, problems than a 4 or 5-year-old car from any of the U.S. automakers, or Volkswagen, he said.

“What we see is if a car starts out with problems in the first couple of years it will tend to stay problematic throughout its lifetime,” Paul said. “This is where Toyota and Honda really shine — they start out well and maintain their reliability, even through 10 years of use, and so a 9-year-old Lexus can have fewer problems than a 2006 Mercedes.”

When it comes to comparing new cars by nationality, one trend stood out: European automakers continue to lag Asian and North American manufacturers when it comes to reliability.

The big Japanese and the South Korean automakers have, on average, only 11 problems per 100 vehicles, the magazine said. U.S. automakers follow with 16 problems per 100, while European manufacturers have 19 problems per 100 cars.

NOT RECOMMENDED
Cars with declining reliability:
— BMW X3
— Cadillac STS
— Dodge Magnum
— Ford Mustang (V8)
— Mazda RX-8
— Volvo S40
Source: Consumer Reports


In fact, European automakers have consistently fared poorly in recent years in Consumer Reports’ reliability surveys. Mercedes-Benz, in particular, has seen its reliability ranking decline sharply — this year, the German luxury brand placed last in the reliability list of 36 automobile brands, its reliability level 123 percent below the average for the whole industry, said Paul.

“We have seen lows in recent years for European carmakers, but this was a particularly bad year for Mercedes-Benz — it surprised a lot of people,” said Paul.

Consumer Reports placed the Mercedes-Benz CLS, M-Class and R-Class on its “Not Recommended” list because of declining reliability. A third of survey respondents who owned the 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class V6 owners “griped about serious electrical problems,” the magazine report said.

Hyundai, by contrast, entered the top ten most reliable car brand list for the first time in 2007, rising to number seven. The ascent of the South Korean automaker is a good example of how an automaker can improve reliability, said Rick Paul.

“Hyundai was at the bottom of the list when it came to reliability five or six years ago, but now they’re number seven in a list of 36, so they’ve really been able to improve their reliability,” Paul said. “The fact that Hyundai can turn things around in just a few years proves that it can be done, and so despite Mercedes’ problems and everything we read about the reliability problems of the Big Three U.S. automakers, Hyundai is a good example of what can be achieved.”

Consumer Reports also releases its “Top Picks List for 2007” in its April issue, identifying the cars that it recommends to consumers because they have met its stringent requirements in test categories such as handling, braking, acceleration, fuel economy and comfort.
Top picks must also have a proven average or higher reliability, based on the Consumer Reports survey responses, and also perform adequately in government or insurance crash testing.

Consumer Reports named five new models to its 2007 Top Picks list — the Toyota RAV4, the Infiniti G35, Toyota Sienna, the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the new Honda Fit. The Toyota Prius remains the Top Pick in the “green car” category for the fourth year in a row, having demonstrated an excellent 44 miles per gallon overall fuel economy, showing the best fuel economy of any five passenger vehicle, Consumer Reports said.

2007 marks the second time since 1997, when the list was first introduced, that all the vehicles on Consumer Reports’ “Top Picks” list are Japanese nameplates. Historically, the Consumer Reports list is blend of Japanese, European and domestic models.

But Paul cautioned against what he called “the Japanese myth.” Few automakers score well in both Consumer Reports testing and readers’ responses to reliability surveys, the magazine found.

Toyota scores highly when it comes to reliability, but in the last year Consumer Reports tested Toyota models — the Yaris and the FJ Cruiser — that rated low in certain categories, Paul said. As a result, Toyota’s average test score was only ninth out of 17 carmakers.

The same is true for European automakers, he added.

Volkswagen, for example, earned the highest test score in Consumer Reports testing, but only an average rating for reliability. And Mercedes-Benz’s had the fourth highest average test score out of 17 automakers tested, but was at the bottom of the table when it comes to reliability he said.

The sole automaker that scored consistently in all categories was Honda, coming second in Consumer Reports tests and tying first with Toyota and Subaru for best average reliability rating. Honda had the highest average test score and was the only manufacturer other than Subaru to have its entire vehicle line-up endorsed by Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports is published by the nonprofit Consumers Union. The magazine anonymously buys test cars from dealers and spent $2.8 million last year on vehicles. It also accepts no paid advertising.

Reuters contributed to this report.
 

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Firstly, Caliberchik07, I am sorry to hear you had so many problems with the Caliber too and the dealer can't figure it out! What did you replace it with, just curious! Feel free to stop back at the forums and have a look-see every now and then, you will be always welcome!

Secondly, can we please keep this conversation civil and on topic rather than a "the Caliber sucks thread, show me a good review of the pos?" if that is the case USE the search function, there are plenty like it! Thanks:)
 

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And that report could be a perfect reason why it would be a good idea for Chrysler to return to the US and get rid of its German owner.
 
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Thanks :) I will definately stop by for sure...I would still like to meet the local Cali owners someday.

As for the cars replacement. Well I actually decided to get the car that Ive always wanted and one just happen to be around and I got a really good deal on it.

2005 Black SRT4 with low miles and completely stock.

I guess in a way Im always gonna love neons. Out of the cars that Ive owned my 2g neon I had never gave me any problems.
 

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Please see the light! Lets just say this thread got my attention along with some other darkened posts today.


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haha.......
My comments of course were not directed at you CaliberChik07! Seems to be a lot of negativity here today that is drawing attention lets just say. Stick around eh!!!

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Its ok...but thanks and yea I noticed the negative stuff...it comes with every forum though
 

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Noone wants to see totally unconstructive critisism in a place such as this. People find their way in here and just become trolls.
 
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