Anyone know much about this new vehicle? I'm thinking about selling one
of my trucks (don't need more than 1 anymore) and getting something just
to commute back and forth to work in.
The new Caliber uses almost entirely new technology (at least for Dodge)
from the 3 different World Engines to the CVT transmission. Anyone have
any comments as to the expected reliability of any of the 3 engine
choices or the new shiftless transmission?
Yep. They're selling alot of them. My dealership has quite a few. I
have to think the CVT transmission will be reliable. It is made by
Jatco who is the same company that makes the CVT for Nissan as well as
Are modern 4-banger all aluminum engines typically reliable? My
knowledge of aluminum engines is mostly from the 70's when reliability
was rather rare.
No, the problem was inadequate cooling. This caused problems with the
iron plated aluminyum pistons in the high silicon aluminum cyls. When
they overheated the cyls scuffed, and they turned into bug foggers.
The same technology was used by porsche, successfully - with adequate
Blown head gaskets were very common with the Vegas. I had always heard
its because of the use of the block and head being dissimilar metals
with an insufficient gasket to allow for expansion variations.
The problem you noted I believe was another bad issue with this engine.
The Vegas were just lousy all around!
The head gasket problem was also an artifact of the poor cooling
issue. Putting a 3 or 4 core rad in made the vega a MUCH better
(albeit still lousy) car. GM has NEVER figured out how to make a good
small car. Their captive imports tended to be somewhat better than
their American produced stuff. The Vauxhaul Viva HC (sold as Firenza
in Canada) was not a GREAT car, but in many ways was far superior to
both the Vega and the american built Chevette.
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