Chrysler had a real hit on its hands (at least initially) when it launched the Neon in 1994. And though it was plagued by early quality issues, it actually had a waiting list to buy one when it first came out. The Caliber, however, has been less of a market success.

In replacing the ubiquitous Neon in 2006, Dodge went with a pseudo-SUV shape to create a more rugged aesthetic on the Caliber. Quality, unfortunately, wasn't much better, and the slushy CVT and interior were widely panned – attributes which, as we found in our recent test drive, were enough to keep the Caliber from being a real success.

Now, five years after its launch, a new report from Allpar says that the Pentastar's econo-ute won't see another new year. The model, according to reports, will be phased out by the end of November. Its replacement is widely expected to come from Fiat underpinnings, but whether that will come in time for the Caliber's discontinuation – or for that matter, beat its nagging deficiencies – remains to be seen.


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      JB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great color choice to post! The idea of the Caliber is good - you can almost imagine the meeting - we want more cargo flexibility like a Golf for the Neon replacement. We want it to look less feminine, more SUV-like. There was potential there, but not the funding or the real willpower - it was more like "we need to replace the Neon, it will cost 1 billion - Ok, here's 200 million do what you can". It's Fast Cheap Good to be sure. I don't mind the exterior styling, but the interior looks like dollar store kids toys. Even the Omni had a better interior. From what I hear, Sergio is letting the boys have the funding they need, I hope that is true.
        gary
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JB
        -"There was potential there, but not the funding or the real willpower - it was more like 'we need to replace the Neon, it will cost 1 billion - Ok, here's 200 million do what you can' ". There was a decent idea at the core of this product, but the execution was horrible. They didn't just cut corners, they bypassed the entire NVH and refinement portions of the product development cycle. -"I don't mind the exterior styling, but the interior looks like dollar store kids toys." I recall on published review said the following 'It appears that Dodge has contracted a Chinese water pistol manufacturer to supply the interior.' I had one of these for a rental once. It was hugely disappointing. The size, shape, and configuration were quite handy. But the interior materials, fit, and finish were awful and the transmission even worse. I almost got T-boned twice trying to turn left across two lanes of fairly dense Disney-area traffic. The thing would start to move, then fall on its face while the pulleys cycled trying to find an agreeable gear ratio.
          T
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gary
          Transmission was supplied by Jatco, a spin-off company of Nissan. Bad choice! I wouldn't own a Nissan with one either.
      Imaginary lines
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always liked the look of the SRT-4 but oh that interior!!
      S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, what IS that color? Pea soup?
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Neon was one of the best showroom stock racers ever. Had a lot of of good times in them. There are still many very high mileage Neons bouncing around out there.
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      THANK GOD!
      massag guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2007 Caliber with 118,000 miles on it and it is the best car I have ever owned. I do hate the CVT but mechanically the car has been flawless. I replaced a wheel bearing and tires and that is all I have done to it. No brake work in 118,000 miles. I have had many new cars and have never had a car with so few issues.
      vlady1000
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always like the Neon better, And in today's market trend, it may be a better fit
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will not be missed by many.
      Kowell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad, the Caliber had potential. The exterior styling is good, the size is practical, the 2.0L and 2.4L had adequate power, everything looked good on paper. Then they decided to go the CVT way to save money and they gave it an interior that would make anybody roll their head in shame. This car really reflects the old mentality of "good enough" that almost killed Chrysler. 2.0L FWD and 2.4L AWD with a 5speed manual or 5speed auto and decent handling could have made this a worthy alternative to the subaru impreza 2.5i or the mitsubishi lancer.
      Arthur
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Chrysler keeps the engine of the Caliber SRT-4. Maybe they can improve it for use in a better replacement for the Caliber.
      emisuepickle
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 1st grown up car was a 07 caliber sxt. I was so excited to own my 1st brand new car! I had nothing but problems with it, tie rod end broke, there was problems with the paint, not to mention at the time no one where i lived sold 18inch tires so when i did find them they cost me an arm and a leg. Needless to say i got rid of it for a dodge ram 1500. Its really kinda sad they won't be making them anymore.
      bd189
      • 3 Years Ago
      this model sucked when i test drove one for my aunt, i tried this and the jeep patriot awd model which frame wise are basically like the charger and roadrunner were in 1970. the patriot is much more comfortable, capable and practical with the same milage performance as the caliber.
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