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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 1 of 3)

problem #43

Oct 252016

Caliber

  • 162,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 40 mph, the subframe fractured on the vehicle. In addition, the contact replaced the tires on three occasions and the rear wheel bearings were replaced three times. Furthermore, the ignition switch caught fire. The contact extinguished the fire. The vehicle was towed and repaired by a dealer and an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 162,000.

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #42

Oct 172016

Caliber

  • 124,680 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the K frame prematurely rusted with extensive corrosion and there was a noise when turning coming from the lower front of the vehicle. The contact stated that there was rust on the wheel frame near the drivers side tire wheel framing as well. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,680.

- Elizabeth, WV, USA

problem #41

Jun 172016

Caliber

  • miles
Extensive corrosion front and rear cross frame membrane. Making vehicle dangerous to drive. Dodge knew of the problem and extended the warranty but did not inform all owners.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #40

Aug 192016

Caliber

  • 90,000 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 driving 40 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the sub frame had corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #39

Aug 122016

Caliber

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 35 mph, there was an abnormal clicking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The contact observed that the subframe was severely corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 117,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #38

Jun 262016

Caliber

  • 140,000 miles
Crossmember detached from vehicle while driving causing loss of steering due to front drivers wheel and axle becoming detached. Took out control arm, cv joints, transmission cooling lines. It left skid marks in pavement where the tire dug in. Actually ripped the tread on new tire. Come to find out this is an extended warranty through Dodge. However if your not the original owner of the vehicle you may not be notified because it is not a recall.

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #37

Jun 152016

Caliber

  • miles

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

Yesterday I had my car checked for a leak. This was fixed and the mechanic told me that my engine cradle is rusted through. They had me look at the undercarriage and I could not believe what I saw. I take good care of this car, it has always been garage kept with suggested maintenance checks taken. This is also very frustrating to me as I just had my car fixed (new manifold along with valves, gaskets, O-rings, oil change, radiator cap and radiator flushed and re-filled) by a Dodge mechanic and was not informed about this. The car was seen at Dodge in February (re-checked in March and April) then taken to another mechanic in June. Thankfully I took the car somewhere else or I might have had an accident, malfunction or other issue. How do I get this issue taken care of...it should not have rusted out like it did. Not with the kind of care I give to my cars.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #36

Jun 042016

Caliber

  • 147,829 miles
My 2007 Caliber is parked I will not drive it because the frame is rusted out so bad it is not safe for me and my kids. My mechanic told me to not drive. This car is not even 10 years old it definitely should not be rusted like that! very disappointing.

- Drybranch, WV, USA

problem #35

May 082016

Caliber

  • 87,476 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving at an unknown speed, the frame of the vehicle fractured. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 87,476.

- Carrie, KY, USA

problem #34

Feb 022016

Caliber

  • miles
Rear subframe is rotting and unsafe to drive. License mechanic inspected the vehicle.

- Blakeslee, PA, USA

problem #33

Apr 202016

Caliber

  • 92,000 miles

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

The front cross member on this car has significant corrosion causing a large hole and loss of integrity based on a dealer inspection. It has not actually failed at this time. The estimated repair cost from the dealer is $1209 including $665 for a replacement cross member. The manufacturer has stated to me that this is not covered under warranty because the vehicle was originally sold in Canada. I own another 2007 Caliber and this same problem was acknowledged to be a defective part. A letter was sent requesting that I take it to the dealer for inspection and possible repair. The dealer recently completed the repair on that vehicle at no cost to me.

- Dunkerton, IA, USA

problem #32

Apr 132016

Caliber

  • 0 miles
I noticed that my car was making crunching and popping noises when I turned so I took it to my mechanic, who told me that my crossmember underneath the vehicle was severely corroded and needed replaced. And to not drive it unless absolutely necessary.

- Commerce, OK, USA

problem #31

Mar 132016

Caliber

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While the vehicle was undergoing scheduled maintenance, the mechanic informed the contact that the frame was severely rusted and the struts could not be changed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Columbis, OH, USA

problem #30

Dec 282010

Caliber

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair and it was discovered that the entire subframe was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic recommended the vehicle be driven only short distances due to a potential safety risk. In addition, the front passenger and driver side control arms were replaced on a separate occassion. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Chillicothe, IL, USA

problem #29

Oct 272015

Caliber

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 45 mph, the contact noticed that the anti skid and ABS warning lights illuminated without warning. All of the instrument panel lights also illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front and rear ends of the vehicle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact spoke with the manufacturer who approved the repairs performed by another dealer. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 02/12/16

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

problem #28

Dec 072015

Caliber

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact noticed that the subframe was rusted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Kennebunkport, ME, USA

problem #27

Nov 102015

Caliber

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 35 mph, a loud abnormal noise emitted underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the front frame was completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- Dorwood, MD, USA

problem #26

Nov 092015

Caliber

  • 118,000 miles
Had the car inspected by local mechanic and found the front subframe was rotted.

- Larksville, PA, USA

problem #25

Nov 052015

Caliber

  • 76,092 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle by an independent mechanic, it was brought to the attention of the contact that the vehicle's cross member had rust holes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front lower control arms, inner and outer tie rods, and cross member failed and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,092.

- Stockbridge, MI, USA

problem #24

Sep 262015

Caliber

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while at an independent mechanic for a routine service, the mechanic diagnosed that the subframe corroded and both front ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

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