Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2007 Dodge Caliber has all kinds of suspension problems at relatively low mileage: typically 40-50,000 miles.

The most commonly reported problems are with ball joints & control arms going bad. Tie rods & leaking struts are also reported failing in the same mileage range.

Unfortunately all the suspension problems means some owners only find out after they notice their tires are ruined.

We've given the 2007 Caliber our worst rating because these problems happen at such low mileage, & it involves a wide range of apparently defective parts. With most other cars, major suspension work is pretty rare under 50,000 miles.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,340 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 022007


  • 4,655 miles


A Dodge Caliber locked me out in the middle of nowhere with the vehicle running and the keys locked inside. This is an engineering defect. There is a computer which generates the "lock" signal and it should never do so without a driver as detected by the seat switch. This problem could be fixed with a line or two of code on the computer. It is possible for the car to lock out the driver who gets out to save his kids from a burning vehicle etc, so this is a safety hazard. A more common mishap would be the people with manual garage doors who get out to close the garage door, then the car locks itself with the keys in the car. No car should ever lock itself automatically without a driver as detected by the seat switch.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 032007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
Front passenger door lock will not stay locked. The locks flip up and down and the door sometimes opens by itself...been to dealer 5 times.....they replaced mechanisms twice. Once they never looked at it after having it all day and once they claimed nothing wrong with it...bought Dodge Caliber end June and had prob. Immediately; can lock doors and return to car and driver lock is open or door popped ajar.

- Lighthouse Pt, FL, USA

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