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CarComplaints.com 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.

1.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,488 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

Sep 122015

Caliber

  • 170,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise under the front and rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the undercarriage was severely rusted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear suspension and the front under carriage needed replacement for rust damage. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000. The VIN was not available.

- Union City, TN, USA

problem #22

Aug 032015

Caliber

  • 150,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 45 mph, the frame of the vehicle fractured without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #21

Aug 192015

Caliber

  • 99,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 20 mph, the front subframe fractured due to rust. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the subframe and sway bar needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 99,900.

- Florence, CT, USA

problem #20

Jul 252015

Caliber

  • 170,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. After the vehicle was taken to have a front wheel alignment, the technician informed that the frame of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Shamoking, PA, USA

problem #19

May 112015

Caliber

  • 150,000 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 35 mph, cross member and the subframe fractured causing the front drive side tire to fracture and turn inward. Due to the failure, the vehicles steering and driveablity were comprisied. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic and commented the subframe and the cross member had rust through rendering the vehicle undriveable. I will be contacting doge requesting recall status. Local Dodge dealers - service departments contacted, the repair is covered under a "memo" until March, 2017 and unlimited mileage but is not listed as a recall.

- Weirton, WV, USA

problem #18

Mar 242015

Caliber

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the rear of the vehicle veered to the left and right uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the entire under carriage was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Tionesta, PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 182014

Caliber

  • 170,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber and the sub frame is so rusted through that it cracked while my son was driving it. Thankfully he was coming home and it happened couple minutes from home. I cannot believe a car, that is only 7 years old, can rust so severely in such a short period of time. I cannot believe Dodge has not issued a recall on this. What are they waiting for" are they waiting for enough people to get into accidents and possibly kill somebody, before the recall this manufacture defect" they must have some really good bean counters. When I started looking on the internet, I was shocked to see so many complaints from people with the exact same problem as I am having, and their cars were younger then mine. I was shocked to find out that there have not been any recalls issued for this.

- Macedonia, OH, USA

problem #16

May 292014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Just filing a complaint about substandard manufacturing of my vehicle cross member parts. Substandard material was used and severe corrosion is a result. Chrysler has a recall for repair. Could pose safety issues if parts rust completely through.

- Freeport, IL, USA

problem #15

Apr 092014

Caliber

  • 107,000 miles
When I was driving in town at speeds around 25-40 mph I kept hearing a clicking noise beneath the drivers seat, especially when I made turns. I took it to a shop and they lifted it up. Turns out the entire suspension carriage was rusting and rotting. The clicking noise I was hearing was rusty pieces of metal rubbing against one another. We took it to a dealership and they said that the ac condensate line was directed to the subframe/undercarriage of the Caliber. The water was pooling and causing it to rust. I'm grateful we found out about it when we did instead of having the whole bottom of the car fall out from under us when we were going at a high speed. This seems to be happening to many of the Dodge Calibers right around 7 years. We have photos of the damage. Unbelievable.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #14

May 062014

Caliber

  • 38,595 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair when he noticed that the entire sub frame was completely corroded. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 88,595.

- Pennellville, NY, USA

problem #13

Apr 232014

Caliber

  • 153,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while having maintenance performed, he was notified that the engine cradle was completely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 153,000.

- Egg Harbor City, NJ, USA

problem #12

Apr 032014

Caliber

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the front and rear of the sub frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Baldwin, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 172014

Caliber

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while having maintenance performed, he was notified that the engine cradle was completely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 85,000.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 132014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Noticed rusted subframe with big hole. We knew it needed to be replaced. No particular reason for the erosion other than the way the vehicle is designed. Vehicle is only 6-7 years old. This type of erosion is usually only seen on old vintage vehicles. A few days ago, we ran over a hidden pot hole and the subframe is completely broken apart. Now car is completely unsafe to drive. This car was poorly designed in this area. The company should recall the subframe to replace and install a rerouting piece for the ac to drip on and bypass dripping on the frame.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #9

Feb 152014

Caliber

  • 63,000 miles
Went to get car inspected and the mechanic found our crossmember frame was rusted out. It is only 5 yrs old and has 63000 miles, unheard of. Next step contact Dodge see what they can do to help us get this repaired, right now car is unsafe to drive.

- Naples, ME, USA

problem #8

Jan 012014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 76,150 miles
My 2007 Dodge Caliber was taken to my mechanic where it was found that the main subframe had rusted through in multiple places. The car is only 6 years old and has approximately 76,150 miles. I called Chrysler and mentioned it. Customer service stated that they would only provide cost assistance if I had the work done at a Chrysler dealership. The car was taken apart and on the lift at my preferred mechanic. I had my mechanic provide the service. I did receive a quote from a local Chrysler dealership it would have cost me $ $850. My mechanic did the service for $ $650. Chrysler has refused payment. This subframe components is rusted through in three locations. After only 6 years, this doesn't seem acceptable on a major front end component.

- Lebanon, ME, USA

problem #7

Nov 092013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 34,220 miles
When doing a brake job I noticed the front K member had a corrosion hole in the back of it, this is the front sub frame that holds the powertrain and front suspension.

- Duncansville, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 022013

Caliber

  • miles
While under my Dodge I noticed that there is a large amount of rust. After further inspection I saw that they designed the ac condensation to drip directly onto the frame. This baffles me since all they had too do is design a tube to direct the water onto the ground. I am not sure exactly how this has effected the strength of the frame but from the amount of rust on the spot where the water drips I don't have a warm and fuzzy that the frame will last the life of the car or that the frame won't just snap while driving and cause an accident. Very unsafe practice and with such an easy fix don't understand it at all.

- Willowick, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 012013

Caliber

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that vehicle made a loud noise while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to two independent mechanics for inspection. The failure was located at the sub frame, which was severely corroded and fractured. The contact was advised that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 124,000.

- Valley Forge, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 142011

Caliber

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that when it rained, water would leak inside the vehicle and build up on the front passenger and driver sides. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that they had to run water on top of the vehicle to determine the origin of the leak. The contact was concerned that the water build-up could possibly lead to an electrical problem or engine damage. The failure mileage was 69,000. The VIN was not available.

- Harrison , OH, USA

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