Looking at the Caliber as a replacement for my 8 year old Chevy S-10. I
need a car that can carry a set of drums and possibly tow a motorcycle
trailer (around 1000lbs). I'm also 6'1" so I'm wondering if there are
any tall drivers out there that can give an opinion on interior room.
Anyone driving one that would care to share experiences?
Not an owner but it sure seems a whole lot smaller (towing capacity and
carrying capacity) of a car than a S-10 PU. I'd consider a Trailblzer (or
simillar sized vehicle)...my father in-law is in a band (Cajun so not huge
speakers) and he transports all the speakers and amps for his band.
I own a Caliber and love it. However, it is a small car and not an SUV
or truck. It has quite a bit of headroom for tall drivers. The rear
seats as well as the passenger front seat fold down flat creating quite
a bit of room. I have no idea how much room a set of drums takes so no
It's max tow rating is 1000lbs. It's a small 4cyl economy car so not a
speed demon. It drives very nicely, handles well and is a lot of fun.
Mines pretty well loaded with every option. Hopefully after summer I
can start using the moon/sun roof!
Hey thanks! What I found out with the S-10 is that I don't really need
a truck. I need seats more often than the bed, and what I do haul
around is light stuff. I've even squeezed the drums into my wife's
Mitsubishi Eclipse, although I'd hate to have to do that again!
I think the Calibur wouild be a good fit as long as I could tow the
bike with it and it has enough room for me. That little 4 banger might
not do it, even though it's rated for 1000 pounds. My only alternative
(meaning the only other car I like) is the Dodge Magnum and that's a
whole step up in power, size, and cost.
Well, I guess it's time for a test drive. Thanks for the input!
Whats that got to do with anything? go to europe, see all the mini
sized cars rated at 1000lb or more. I had a little car, with a 1.4
engine and it was rated at 2500lb tow capaicity. Of course, the brakes
on it were bigger than those on my town and country (as standard)
Friend of my fathers used to tow a 6-berth camper with a fiat punto,
and they're not exactly huge.
US towing capacities are very conservative, maybe to encourage the
sale of big vehicles to tow the stuff. A big factor seems to be this
continual reliance on slushboxes.
It's more of a safety issue. The exact same vehicle sold in the UK has
a higher tow rating than in the USA. Manufactures aren't as afraid of
liability issues in the UK. I assume thats because there are fewer
lawyers and/or the courts have not held manufacture as liable in tow
related accidents as has happened in the USA.
None the less, I would not want to tow higher amounts than the current
US ratings. Too dangerous. Furthermore it is my understanding that the
UK and much of Europe is well behind in towing technologies. I have
been told that WD hitches are rare in the UK for instance. Also I've
heard thatin-vehicle brake controllers are rare resulting in surge
brakes being popular. Added all up, I think the US's more conservative
ratings are a good thing for safety.
Slushboxes? You mean large SUV's? For towing they do their job well.
In the UK larger trailers are pretty much unheard of. Small lightweight
travel trailers are the norm there. High taxes on gas has alot to do
with that I'm sure!
WD hitches? i've been out of the Uk for 3 years now, but when I was
last there, removable hitches were rare - thats one weak point. and
instead of the chain backups, you have a deadman cable.
As with anything though, its the quality of the driver, not the
equipment that makes the difference.
Caliber replaces the Neon. Sounds like what you want is a Magnum SXT
with towing package. The tow bar is hidden and swings out for use. The
bed will carry a lot more than a Caliber and people on the Dodge forum
6'5" and 300lb do not have to put the seat all the way back. Plus you
have room in the back seat for real passengers. Lastly, you'll be hard
pressed to even find a Caliber. It will go for top dollar and I don't
even think they are allowing the dealers to take orders for them.
Meanwhile, there are rebates (BIG) on leftover Magnums. As long as you
don't want a Magnum RT or either AWD models, you could get an amazing
deal on a Magnum.
I've actually been looking at the Magnums recently. I'm seeing used
SXT's with under 20k miles on them for real cheap. Nice looking cars
too. I'll definitely be test driving one of those as well. Thanks!
Tony D. wrote:
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