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2008 Dodge Caliber Hatchback

4dr HB SE FWD

Starting at | Starting at 24 MPG City - 29 MPG Highway

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  • $14,965 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Dodge Caliber Hatchback

The 2008 Dodge Caliber SE comes standard with a slew of air bags and a smattering of gadgets. Its $14,000 price point places it squarely in the middle of the entry-level market it's targeting, but with more style and available options than many of its rivals. Buyers who opt for higher horsepower, more speakers, and all-wheel drive can still spend less than $23,000.

What's new for 2008?

Now in its second year of production, Dodge's 2008 Caliber retains its low price and high mpg reputation, but also adds the oomph of the company's performance division with a new $22,435 SRT4 model, which features a 285-horsepower turbocharged 2.4L inline four and aggressive styling. The base model becomes the SE, and the SXT and R/T models get some additional standard features for 2008.

Model Strengths

  • Economy pricing with personality
  • lots of gadgets for less money
  • AWD and CVT availability
  • potent performance with SRT4 version
  • excellent limited lifetime powertrain warranty.

Model Review

Dodge's Caliber crossover vehicle is available in several trims for 2008, all of which include standard front and side curtain air bags, plus an auxiliary input jack and flat-folding rear seats for extra cargo space.

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Flash Drive: Dodge Caliber SRT4

Source: MSN Autos

The Dodge Caliber certainly stands out in a crowd. This edgy-looking crossover is compact, yet tall like an SUV to provide good driver visibility. Somewhat sheeplike in standard form, the Caliber should turn into a wolf with the SRT treatment, which includes the addition of a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine, 19-inch rims and a race-inspired interior. While this idea might look good on paper, unfortunately it did not translate on the road. The engine is said to develop 285 horsepower through the front wheels, but certainly didn't feel like it. And when the car was pushed, the limitations were quickly exposed. This engine should be hooked up to the AWD Caliber to take full advantage of the power. Nevertheless, this car is useful because it can fit two adults or three kids comfortably in the back seat and gets decent gas mileage. By forgoing the SRT4 engine, this car makes a lot of sense as an affordable people mover. -Joe Chulick

The Dodge Caliber SRT4 is horrible. It's ugly, has an uncomfortable and upright interior, and doesn't feel like it has nearly the power it's rated for. The G-meter mounted near the A-pillar is a joke in a car that is so top-heavy and that has 19-inch wheels more for show than for performance. Even more style over substance can be found in the front seats, where somehow Dodge has managed to create "sport seats" with side bolsters so hard and large that they bang your elbows much more than they manage to hold you in place. Virtually everything about this car appears to have been created by someone on his very first day as a grown-up, and then left untested at every stage of development. Ugh! I wish Dodge would bring back the awesome Neon ACR instead. - Paul Hagger

For those looking for lots of horsepower for their dollar, the Caliber SRT4 may be just the ticket. It's got 285 horsepower — that's 140 more horses than a base model - and with a slick 6-speed manual transmission the least-expensive SRT model is plenty quick. And just so everyone around you knows it's something special, the SRT4 gets stylish sport seats, low profile tires, big 19-inch alloys, side skirting and air intakes in the hood. Our tester's Sunburst Orange color didn't hurt, either. The SRT may be a great performance value, but in the "you get what you pay for" department, the doors sound tinny and interior trim feels cheap: Resting my arm on the hard plastic armrest was actually painful. The ride is extremely stiff — my wife and daughter were complaining about the "bumpy ride" after just a few blocks — and with all those horses going through the front wheels, it can be tough to get the power to the ground smoothly. But with a base price around $25K and fuel economy in the mid 20s, the Caliber SRT4 will satisfy any boy (or girl) racer. -Perry Stern

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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