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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,000 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 #2

Mar 012007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles


At 12,000 miles I started to have a severe vibration when braking. I contacted the auto dealer immediately and was charged $192 for service on the warped rotors. Dealer kept asking do you live on a hill. The answer is no, but never the less 12K miles and the brake rotors are warped? I asked about the warranty, "this is normal ware and tear not covered by your warranty." I complained on paper 4 months later still no word from dealer - go figure. They fixed my warped rotors by shimming them down, so now at 19K miles I'm starting to have the same problem. You would of thought that at 12K miles the dealer would of said I should replace these not shim down. Great car minus the cheap, cheap parts to put it together. Never by another Dodge again!!!

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #1

May 302007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
At 12,000 miles I started to have a severe vibration when braking. I contacted the auto dealer immediately and was told that the brakes needed a break in period and not to worry, so I didn't bring it in. At 18,000 miles I had it looked at and the auto dealer said it was cupped tires without even looking at it. I returned to the dealer again who then advised me that it was cupped tires at 24,000 miles. During a warranty repair I asked that they look and again they mentioned cupped tires. I had the tires replaced at 36,000 miles and took it back to the dealer who then informed me that the cause was bad rotors and the service manager refused to correct the problem without charge. Understand this was the fourth time I contacted the dealer about this same issue. I have now had the new tires installed for about 800 miles and this problem is starting to ruin these as well according to the tire technician. It is my contention that there is something seriously wrong with the car, and it is causing the tires to wear badly and unevenly but the dealer refuses to acknowledge it.

- Manchester, MD, USA

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