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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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,481 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. repair fixed the problem (1 reports)
  3. update computer module and replace throttle body (1 reports)
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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 022013

Caliber SXT 2.0L

  • CVT transmission
  • 121,000 miles


Car stalled all the time, lost power, and hard to accelerate. Dodge charged me $600 to update 7 versions of computer module when that should be their problem since the car wouldn't even run properly! Apparently the RPMs were initially set too low at idle and that was fixed by one of the updates. Then they replaced the throttle body by suspicion. Dodge screwed me over major with this car and the mechanics there even agreed it is a bad model they shouldn't have made! Stay away from it!

- , Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #3

Jul 082012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

First my car started to sound like a dryer full of ball bearings & the ball bearing The OEM ones in the alternator went out. There is no replacement pulley so the whole alternator had to be replaced $600+ (found out this is a common problem in 2007 dodge calibers glad I caught that before it caught fire)…

then while pulling out of the parking lot my tire fell off due to faulty/worn-out I ball joints and upper and lower control arms.. HAD TO REPLACE BOTH BALL JOINTS AND UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARMS ON THE CAR AND PRETTY MUCH THE ENTIRE FRONT END SUSPENSION $1400+! (This is a major complaint with these cars as I have found online. I have read over 200 different complaint statements it makes me sick)not to mention my ABS light was on and they had to change out my speed sensor 100 +..

Now what has been happening is my ck engine light came on 2 weeks after the entire front end suspension was replaced when I drove the car it would shake and acted like it was losing power and would not let me accelerate past 35 mph. I took it in it had several stored codes. one was then intake manifold was stuck and the other was the camshaft.. they cleared it out and only the manifold came back up so they said I had to replace that. we did (another $800 + down the drain) I picked it up and a day later it was doing the same thing now saying mult. Cylinder misfire and camshaft they cleared it and test drove it but it did not come back on so the Dodge tech. has no clue what to do to fix it and no clue on the cost (crazy thing.. this has also been a problem on 2007 Dodge Calibers) This has all happened with in the last 3 months and my car has about 86000 to 87000 mi on it (cant tell you the exact amount as its in the shop)! I’m fed up this car is falling apart and no car with this mi and age should. As I have read Dodge knows of these issues and has done nothing about it I have also called and made my complaint no call back yet..

if you know of any open lawsuits on this let me know as I’m in! I would even be happy if Dodge would reimburse me for these issues as obviously they are well documented known issues.. I have spent way to much on this car in 3 months and @ 7 months pregnant with a 6 year old I need a safe reliable car!

- , Conroe, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 052010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I brought my 2007 Caliber to our local Firestone to have them check out why my car kept stalling. The stalling would happen within 15 minutes of driving and the car would start right back up after I drifted over to park at the nearest safe spot. The 'electronic throttle control' warning light shows up on my dashboard so I explained to the Firestone mechanic that I'd like him to check it...I spent $100 to have the mechanic explain to me it would cost $500 to fix it. I decided to get a second opinion.

I called up the Dodge complaint/recall number and got a 'case manager' on the phone to explain the car's problems to. She told me to take the car to our local Dodge Dealer and have THEM run a diagnostic on it. So tomorrow I will drive this car (hopefully it won't stall on the way) to the dealer and see what they have to say. The case manager told me this was not a recall item. The car is not under warranty. I will find out tomorrow how much this problem is going to cost me. If I end up spending $500 I will be looking for another vehicle in 2012.

Update from Feb 5, 2011: Followup: Unfortunately, I was unable to drive my car safely to our Chrysler Dodge dealership so I had to shell out $50 for a tow truck. I ended up paying $791.05 for repairs on 12/17/10.. It was the Throttle Body replacement plus a tie rod replacement and a high beam bulb for my headlights that added up to that amount. I had been in touch with Chrysler and had complained about this situation so they refunded me $395.52 for the repair bill. I was pleased to get a remittance check on 12/22/10. As of today, 2/05/11, I have had no other mechanical issues with the Caliber.

- , Janesville, WI, USA

problem #1

May 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,923 miles

My Caliber lost power one day while driving on a normal flat road surface. I'd put the gas peddle down completely but still no power, idled at 2000RPM, speed approx 20km. I took my car to MacIver Dodge but as usual they were totally useless so I took it to my regular garage but they couldn't get a reading on the diagnostic. I knew that it was a throttle issue as I had looked up the code in my manual and had a similar problem with another Dodge vehicle years prior. I asked to have service done on the throttle body and they discovered that it had completely carboned up. Problem solved? not yet. Had it cleaned again about 3 days later. Still not fixed. Took it to another shop (Chevalier in Aurora). We had to replace the throttle body and wiring twice. I am just afraid that this is going to happen again and then what's next? Perhaps the transmission will start slipping. I have spent almost $4000.00 in the past year on a car that is probably worth maybe $6000.00 (traded in) if I'm lucky.LOL The Caliber is a piece of junk.

- , Bradford, Ontario, Canada

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