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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,460 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.

2007 Dodge Caliber brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 092011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the brakes failed to engage when attempting to stop. The contact avoided a crash by driving the vehicle into a curb. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,500 and the current mileage was 44,000. Updated 01/12/12 the consumer stated a recall was issued. However, her VIN was not included/ 01/12/12

- Whitesboro, NY, USA

problem #3

May 142010


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the ABS and brake lights suddenly illuminated and the speedometer stopped functioning. The failure occurred at all times whether vehicle was in motion or parked. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in recall 06V493000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock: Control unit/module) and she would be responsible for all repair expenses. The current and failure mileages were approximately 44,000.

- Columbus , OK, USA

problem #2

Nov 032007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,838 miles
My daughter complained to her step father that she was losing control of the vehicle. He told her to drive carefully and bring it to his house so he could check it out. Before she was able to do this she was involved in a crash. She said she was driving in a light rain and driving slowly when she lost control. She refrained from hitting the brakes and tried to steer out of it. When she saw an oncoming car headed for her she hit the brakes. The car slid to the side of the road and rolled. She was not hurt but the car was totaled. The dealer says there are no recalls but NHTSA says there is. 06V493000 I understand that the cause of the loss of control is that the anti-lock brakes need to be reprogrammed. I made my complaint to Chrysler they had the vehicle taken to a dealer and checked out. Then they sent me a letter signed by a committee telling me that it had been checked out and they found no fault in the brakes. Upon hearing this I went to the dealer and was told that there was no recall when I showed him the recall as listed by NHTSA he said that since I down loaded it from the internet it may not be authentic. Just as I suspected since they had no knowledge of a recall they did not check to see if the program that was not right for the anti-lock brakes was the program that this vehicle had for the anti lock brakes. I think if Chrysler continues to deny responsibility it may be time for a class action suit. This accident should not be on my daughter's driving record. Chrysler should make it right. The sad thing is I have been employed at Chrysler for 31 years.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 282007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to pull to the left when the contact depressed the brake pedal. She attempted to correct the failure, but lost control of the vehicle and it began to swerve. The vehicle rolled over six times. Three passengers sustained cuts and bruises and the driver was airlifted to the hospital due to back injuries. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was under recall # 06V493000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module). A police report was filed. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 8,000. Updated 09/26/07.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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