CarMax: 285 HP Dodge Caliber SRT4 For $16,769, $10K Off MSRP

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Proving the Carpocalypse isn't all bad, CarMax is selling a new 285 HP car equipped with a six-speed manual transmission for $16,769, or about $10K off the MSRP. The catch? It's a Dodge Caliber.

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If you drive on down to the LAX CarMax in Inglewood, California you can pick yourself up a brand new 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 for the low price of $16,769 or about $10,000 off the MSRP of a comparably-equipped SRT4. For this low price, less than the MSRP of the base model Caliber, you get a turbocharged little monster capable of an electronically (and aerodynamically) limited 155 MPH top speed, a 0-60 jog in the low 6's and a quarter-mile time of 14.5 seconds.

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Although we weren't exceptionally fond of the car when we reviewed it, we came away impressed with the car's gobs of available power and crisp gearbox. We called the car a "decent value" when it was above $20,000. For less than $17,000 this is an incredible amount of horsepower for incredibly little money.

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CarMax currently offers new cars at five locations in the US, but this is the best deal we could find at any of the new vehicle locations. And before you ask, you can't get the cars transferred to your local CarMax. But at this price, grab a one-way ticket to LAX.

[CarMax via Motive Forums]

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DISCUSSION

I gotta say, i was DEEPLY unimpressed by the SRT-4 when i drove it. Waaaaay too much torque steer, the [e.diff] is insufficient for that much torque, unreasonably stiff clutch, notchy (but accurate!) gearchange, 80's style turbo lag... sure it was fast on boost. But it never was on boost, and when it was it was trying to attack parked cars.

HOWEVER, those are observations I made at the $24,000 list price of the one i drove. At $16,000 or change, this car would be AMAZING. That's about what I think it's worth. At that price, it's a very tempting car. At it's real MSRP, you'd have to be out of your damn mind to buy one - especially over the Cobalt SS, HHR SS, GTI 5 door, MS3, Cooper S, etc. But at $17k or so, it's like a new Omni GLHS - which promised tons of power for tiny cash. The problem is the new SRT4 is a lot of cash. It's got TONS of power (too much, dare I say) but no refinement. At 16k who cares if it's refined?

I'd buy one at that price, for sure.