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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,837 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Jun 142016


  • 79 miles


IżM writing this complaint about my 2007 Dodge Caliber. After nine years and only 79K miles of working very well for me, I suddenly had problems with the transmission on my way to work. At a stop light in the left turning lane off of a highway, about one minute from my job, the light turned green and I pressed the accelerator but my car didnżT move forward. The engine was on and I could hear revving sounds from the engine but my car just didnżT move. I was stuck. After getting it towed to several mechanics, one was actually able to check the problem. They told me I had a torque converter lockup. Of course, they couldnżT fix it and referred me to another shop. That shop couldnżT fix it either and my only choice was to go to the Dodge dealership! naturally, their price to fix it was huge at a whopping $4,500! I was furious with the cost and the fact that my car isnżT even ten years old and IżM having problems with the transmission! how can I pay almost five grand to fix it when my car is barely worth three? please be careful buying a Dodge Caliber. It might work well for awhile but you can bet at some point in the near future it will fall apart on you!

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #36

Dec 182015


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled and the electronic throttle control failed. The failure had occurred on several occasions with the electronic throttle control warning indicator blinking on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #35

Feb 042015


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving at low speeds and attempting to accelerate, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 71,000.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #34

Oct 222015


  • 89,000 miles


While driving on highway and street the oil light will flash and make a ding then engine shuts down with out any reason or warning. You can start the car again but is very unsafe. There are no other lights on like engine light of any other warning light.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #33

Nov 272015


  • miles
2007 Dodge Caliber stalls at a stoplight and when coming to a stop/ low speed. This stalling happens at all times during the day when operating the vehicle. It is extremely dangerous, and must be remedied immediately. I have taken my car to the dealership, to various mechanics/technicians, and still the problem persists. This is an ongoing issue with numerous Dodge Caliber owners, and has yet to be addressed by Dodge. Please act in good faith and provide a remedy.

- Windermere, FL, USA

problem #32

Oct 052015


  • 110,000 miles
Sub frame was so rusted it affected the steering, motor mount collapsed into the sub frame, lower control arm was almost separated from the frame. I was traveling at about 65 mph on the N.Y. thruway when I started having problems with the steering. When I arrived home I investigated and found the car was so unsafe I couldn't drive it again until sub frame was replaced. I saved the frame that was removed from the vehicle if needed.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

problem #31

Sep 012015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The starter was replaced, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #30

Oct 232015


  • 129,023 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 55 mph, the horn independently activated and the steering wheel seized. All the warning lights on the instrument cluster illuminated and the gauges and meters provided inaccurate readings. The vehicle stalled as it veered into a ditch. In addition, the contact noticed smoke underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,023.

- St Augustine, FL, USA

problem #29

Sep 112015


  • 81,249 miles
The front cross member is rusted through so bad you can put your hand in side we bought the car last year. Now as we take it to the mechanics to get allignment he gave us the bad news about this. What I don't understand is why this most important part is rusted so bad while the parts around it isn't. I've got to come up with 1250 dollars for parts and labor. Why no recall on this there is no warning of this part fails and while we're driving and it breaks well. Crash and die. So Dodge this is what you do to your customers. I'm so what I can to get the word out.

- Wytheville , VA, USA

problem #28

Jul 182015


  • 89,872 miles
My car was parked, upon trying to start the car, no luck. Had the car towed to the dealer. Fuel pump was the initial diagnosis, but then also the wiring harness was melted. $642.69 later my car was running. Not a happy camper.

- Clayton, DE, USA

problem #27

Dec 072011


  • 81,908 miles


Driving on the highway at 70 mph and car transmission temperature light came on and the power to the car declined to a coast and I had to try and pull to the shoulder in heavy traffic with snow on the road which almost caused me to get hit by other vehicles going the speed of 70 mph. This has happened numerous times I have taken it in to the dealer whom recommended that I have the transmission service done by the dealer which I paid for and complied to have performed. It continued to happen and still looses power going highway speed of 65. I have taken it to the dealer over and over and they deny any liability and say everything is ok. I have the lifetime powertrain warranty on the vehicle. I am going to end up dead thanks to a faulty transmission in the car. It has never towed anything so no stress is ever applied to the transmission. Now I am pissed because my wife was almost hit when she was driving it on the highway during rush hour and it reduced power on her. I have paperwork showing the dealer checking it and saying it is ok not to mention the numerous times I have gone in and they say they have heard nothing regarding problems with the Caliber. If you look on line there are plenty of us citizens that are plaqued with this same problem.......updated 12/03/15

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #26

Jun 152015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Engine cradle is completely rusted out on our 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT. I have never seen something like this on a car that's not too old. Looking at the engine cradle it has a hole about 12 inches round and along the engine cradle support or whatever its called that sticks up in the air welded to the cradle...updated 07/30/15 the consumer stated the part was replaced at not charge. Updated 08/13/14

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #25

Aug 012007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while approaching a stop at a low speed, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The oil pressure warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to multiple independent mechanics who diagnosed that the fuel pump, spark plugs, oil gasket, oil pan, vapor canister purge solenoid, engine management sensor and other parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Rodondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #24

Jan 122015


  • 134,000 miles
Since January of 2015, my car has been in the shop almost one dozen times for the same issue. While driving my car, a loud sound goes off in the engine and when the key is taken out of the ignition, the engine is still running. After a few minutes it bogs down and the car completely dies. I've had about six new starters because they have been fried. We've taken my car to multiple mechanics and they cannot figure out what the issue is. With a new starter in the car, it can last two days to a week to a month, but for four months straight it's been a recurring problem.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #23

Dec 032014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but no diagnosis was made. The contact was made aware of an unknown manufacturer's recall related to the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 252014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving at very low speeds and depressing the brake pedal, the ABS would erroneously activate causing the braking distance to be extended. The contact also indicated that the check engine sensor light illuminated. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failures. In addition, the contact experienced various electrical failures. The driver side window would open, but would not roll up to close allowing rain to enter into the vehicle. Also, the front passenger side headlight would not operate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the electrical failures. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 156,000. Updated 12/30/14 the consumer was involved in accident and the vehicle was totaled. Updated 01/27/15

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #21

Aug 032014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Dodge Caliber. Consumer writes in regards to crossmember recall and electrical wire damages. The consumer stated after the vehicle was taken to the dealer, 19 days later it was discovered the engine cover was missing. Which resulted in rodents accessing the electrical wires and chewing them.

- Fraser, MI, USA

problem #20

Jun 062014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 92,600 miles
The car will lose all power when driving, almost at a complete stop. The first 2 times it happened were at night (the second during a complete downpour) and since I lose all power, the hazard lights won't even work so I have to get out of the car to alert other drivers so that they won't hit me!! so dangerous!! the first "fix" was to do a full computer system re-flash ($300). The second "fix" was to replace the transmission control module ($600). The third time this happened was 3 days after the second "fix" as I'd driven not even 100 feet from a parking spot, I turned the volume up on my radio and the car died! the 3rd "fix" will be upwards of $1500!!! Dodge knows about this problem. In fact, it is the faulty placement of the tipm that has caused this!! it was placed in a spot where it constantly receives damage from water and dirt on the road, which causes corrosion and then bam! loss of power!!!! Dodge has not created any recalls for this which is unacceptable! this problem, if it happens on any highways or in major intersections, could kill someone!!! I've done a ton of research and this is happening to too many people with the same exact model year car!!! I've contacted Dodge corporation to request a recall and/or financial assistance in this matter and they won"T do anything! I've owned this car for less than 3 months and I've already had it in the shop 3 times for this problem. When will Dodge realize that they have to do something about this" when someone dies????" I'm going to reach out to as many people as I can who have had/are having the same problem so we can get a lawyer involved!!! someone needs to do something about this problem and that someone is Dodge!!!!!!!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #19

Jul 032014


  • 83,000 miles
I was driving and the car stalled out and a car almost hit me. I found out later that the throttle body messed up and shut may car down.. Dodge should really recall this.

- New Richmond, WI, USA

problem #18

Apr 072014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
While driving home from the airport on the highway, my car shut down unexpectedly. My electronic throttle light along with my check engine light came on. My power steering and power brakes seemed not to function as I had to muscle the car to the side of the road. Thank goodness it was late at night and traffic was at a minimum. The car sputtered so bad it shut down on the road after I pulled over. After about 15 minutes, I started the car and limped it home. Couldn't get the car to do more than 10mph. Used my flashers the entire way home.

- Pulaski, WI, USA

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