What do you get when you combine the elegant styling elements of a hatchback, the cargo space of station wagon, and the driving characteristics of a performance coupe? The Dodge Caliber, that's what. Most of the time "combinations" like this never work. Inevitably, the attempt to get the "best" qualities of different vehicles tends to produce a hybrid that is lacking in more ways than one. Since its release in 2007, though, the Caliber has proven and continues to prove itself very capable in all regards. Its latest iteration is an astounding success with the sales figures that came out.
One of the things that set the Dodge Caliber is the affordable price tag that seemed disproportionate to the features offered by the vehicle as a whole. So, in a word, what you got with the Caliber is value-performance and price in a perfect balance. Now, the Caliber has since been succeeded by the Dart, but in no way is it going to be consigned to history and second-hand car lots just yet. If you are fortunate enough to own or are considering getting oneyou're in luck! Backing up your decision is a market of quality Dodge Caliber spare partsand original partsthat will help refurbish, upgrade, and customize this beauty as you might need or want.
Do you fancy a Dodge Caliber that reflects your tastes and your personality? Get a custom headlight or mirror kit, and maybe even throw in a body kit for good measure! Maybe your suspension system doesn't feel all that comfortable and cushioningget a new set of struts and upgrade those rubber bushings. You can rest easy knowing that your engine, windows, locks, carburetoreverythingcan be changed out if you need to. That is a very strong statement about the staying power of the Dodge Calibertruly of a higher "caliber" than many others.
How to Make Your Dodge Caliber Stand Out
When you have a car, you take pride on its performance and looks. Besides, who wants a dirty and clunky ride? There are simple ways on how to keep your car running well and looking good all at the same time. Just follow these tips and watch how your Dodge catches everyone's attention:
It is a common mistake to overlook the interior of the car when it comes to check-ups and maintenance. It may need less work compared to the engine system, but it doesn't mean that it should be neglected. It's hard to focus on driving when your car is stinky and filthy. Aside from comfort issues, just think about the danger in which you could be in if you are unable to focus on driving properly. So, vacuum the floor carpets regularly and immediately wipe away any spilled drink or food to avoid stains. When it comes to your leather seat, you can use a mixture of vinegar and olive oil as a cleaning agent. Just put a small amount on a clean piece of cloth and apply on the surface—you can also use Q-tips for those hard-to-reach areas and crevices.
- Keep your air conditioning system in check.
Simple ways such as maintaining cleanliness inside the cabin, not smoking inside the car, always parking under a shade, and cleaning the condenser regularly will help your car air conditioner work flawlessly. Having a clean cabin helps avoid sediment build-up in the evaporator, that may cause trouble in the future. Have your air conditioning system checked at least once a year to make sure that nothing needs replacing like freon, compressor, or fan. It's also a good way to check for accumulation of sediments and possible leaks. Meanwhile, the Dodge Caliber has an innovative cabin feature, the Chill Zone, which lets you keep bottled or canned drinks chilled in the glove compartment. It uses re-routed air from the AC system, so that's another reason to keep your air conditioning system always in check.
- Keep an eye on your sunroof.
A sunroof allows for a refreshing drive in good weather and gives your air conditioning system some time off. But make no mistake, as insignificant as it may seem to your car's overall performance, it could still pose a threat when not properly cleaned and maintained. As your sunroof allows air inside your car, debris and sediments may come through it as well. Always check for minute particles that may have gotten stuck after popping your sunroof open. Accumulation of those particles may cause your sunroof to malfunction and instead of getting fresh air, you might end up getting soaked in rain if it suddenly malfunctions in the middle of a storm. Water mixed with mild detergent could do the trick. You can use a cloth for the surrounding areas and a small brush for the tiny spaces in between. And if you're starting to hear some noises whenever you pop the sunroof open, have it checked immediately before it breaks down on you completely.
The Dodge Caliber through the Years
The Dodge Caliber was first introduced as a concept car at the Geneva Auto Show in 2005. In January 10, 2006, the pre-production version of the Dodge Caliber, which showed more improvements from the concept model, debuted at the North American International Auto Show. Although it has generated a lot mixed reactions, being offered at an affordable, budget-friendly price was able to earn the Dodge Caliber a wide fanbase from almost all ages and income levels.
2007: The first Caliber
The first Dodge Caliber debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2007. Developed to be a replacement for the Dodge Neon, 2007 Caliber was a five-passenger four-door combination of a hatchback wagon and a crossover. The first Caliber hit an estimated 32 mpg on the highway and was available in FWD and AWD. Since then, the Caliber has become one of Dodge’s bestsellers because of its affordability that attracted young families and singles on a budget.
2008: New trinkets
In 2008, all Dodge Calibers got new chrome accents in the cabins. Aside from some additional standard equipment to the Caliber SXT and R/T models, the rest of the 2008 line-up remained unchanged.
2009: The makeover
The Dodge Caliber went through another set of minor changes in 2009. The base models were given new door handles that were previously available on R/T models only. The trunk lid was also lighter and easier to open. Even the “Dodge” and “Caliber” badges were moved to different positions and for the interior, the panels were changed from grey to black. However, the most significant changes for the 2009 Dodge Caliber are the new hard-drive-based music and navigation system. To reduce noise, it was also equipped with added sound insulation.
2010: New trims on the block
In 2010, the Dodge Caliber came out in five new trim levels ranging from the value-oriented to the sporty top-of-the-line models. The upgraded interiors included a padded center armrest, padded door trim panels, and active front head restraints. For this year, the SRT4 model was dropped from the line-up.
2011: Color galore
The 2011 Dodge Caliber came in six new paint schemes and an improved steering feel. Most trim levels also gained additional functions for the navigation system and standard stability control. Other improvements for this model year include 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, new shocks, and a thicker rear anti-roll bar.
2012: Here to stay
For 2012, the Dodge Caliber has returned with a completely revised and simplified model line-up. For better performance and a quieter operation, it was equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine was also dropped for this model year.