I was "forced" to drive a caliber when my charger was in for repairs. I can describe it in one word, terrible. It had poor handling, no power (despite loud engine noise) and looked/felt cheaply made.
As for common problems, its a dodge, so yes. Seriously though, dodge typically goes cheap with brakes and suspension components. I only got 30,000km on my OEM charger brakes.
If you are looking for a small hatchback, try a mazda 3 with the 2.3l.
2000 Ford f150 Scab 4x4 7700