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Old 04-13-2007, 11:08 AM
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jeez. 300 HP. thats kinda fast for a subcompact....

fit is awesome fit is awesome fit is awesome (continually tells self)
Old 04-13-2007, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by matt7277 View Post
jeez. 300 HP. thats kinda fast for a subcompact....

fit is awesome fit is awesome fit is awesome (continually tells self)
I believe its to compete against the mazdaspeed 3 for fastest production fwd.
Old 04-13-2007, 02:05 PM
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Yeah I think evryone realized what I threat the original SRT4 was and tried to get a jumpstart on it, thats where the MS3 came from. We'll have to see how the SRT4 Caliber does once it comes out...Im sure itll be a monster once the aftermarket gets ahold of it.
Old 05-17-2007, 08:29 PM
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Caliber vs. Fit

This is actually an update of my 4/8/07 review of the Dodge Caliber. All my observations made in that review hold with 10,000miles now on the odometer. My average mileage after the cold winter(28.4MPG) is rising with the warming weather & return to summer mix gasoline, & is now 29.8 MPG. Hopefully, my MPG will continue to rise well into the 30 MPG range by the end of my first year's ownership(9/28/07). The CVT transmission performs well in hilly cities & especially in mountains. Altho my AVERAGE MPG is approaching the EPA highway MPG, I'm most pleased with my average MPG over 3000 to 4000 foot mountain passes rising from sea level. It is presently 32.5 MPG! Altho my Caliber seems to be very well tuned compared to other Calibers(many Caliber owners complain about poor MPG), this nearly 10% increase above EPA highway estimate going over mountains is just great!

Went over the mountains just yesterday & encountered strong steady winds with higher gusts through canyon cuts. The Caliber handled the wind excellently, except for MPG. I had hoped MPG on that particular day would be 33 to 34 MPG. But between the tail & headwinds, MPG got knocked down to 32MPG. The gas gauge really tumbled while plowing into the headwind.

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Old 06-06-2007, 02:58 PM
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june 7...With the warming spring & summer mix gas, my overall average MPG has risen to 30.0MPG. However, I finally broke down & figured my odometer error accurately. Most odometers of the past, at least, gained miles. That was to get your warranty to runout a bit quicker.

However, my odometer loses miles. Therefore, all my MPG that I've calculated are 2% too low. My present reported 30.0MPG is actually 30.6MPG. The truly elegant smoothness of the Caliber is pleasant beyond all other razzle dazzle. One of my wife's work commuter partners went to work despite a tiny paper cut on his eyeball. He rested carefully as my wife drove to work. He was very appreciative, saying the Caliber was very smooth & the CVT was very gentle driving to work.

Hope my MPG will continue to rise in the warm weather till the end of my first year of ownership(9/28/2007). The MPG one year after my first fillup in 2006 will be my official overall average MPG.
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