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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.

9.8

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$490.00
Average Mileage:
59,469 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replaced crank sensor (2 reports)
  3. replace starter (1 reports)
  4. reprogram the main cpu (1 reports)
  5. throttle body replaced (1 reports)
2007 Dodge Caliber engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 242013

Caliber LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

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lost power while driving lost power while driving lost power while driving lost power while driving lost power while driving

This car was towed home with no throttle response where a machanic first tried a new accelerator pedal since it was a known issue and cost was about $120, this did not resolve the issue. He then went for the more expensive second half of the possible issue of a new throttle body which cost about $600, this fixed the car.

I was a quality engineer at GM, Oshawa and previously did quality, part design, testing & manufacture at Magna so I an fully qualified to perform failure analysis and wanted to see what failed. I removed the crimped cover on the TPS / electronic throttle control. I removed the main reduction gear and the failure was obvious, the 4 - 5 teeth on the gear that open the butterfly were gone. Now the tricky part, why did it fail? I do not have drawings, specifications, DVP&R, etc. so I am going to have to rely on my knowledge of plastics, Chrysler testing, gears and automotive knowledge. My biggest concern was the spring used to close the butterfly. I have worked on lots of carburetors and this spring was strong enough to pop the hood open, not the typical little coil return spring I have seen hundreds of times. I believe the gears were subjected to way more stress than typical for this application and I am going to hazard a guess of 10Lbs vs. 1Lb to actuate the butterfly. If I get a force gauge I can provide more accurate data. This would be my best guess as to the root cause of the failure.

The gears were not sheared or fractured, the high temperature nylon had gone mushy. I have worked on a dozen door lock actuators using these high tech nylons (many for Chrysler) and I have never seen gears fail with this melted appearance so I sent it over to one of my engineer associates.

The reduction gear that survived was PA66 PPS GF 40, the sector gear that failed was PPA GF30 + PTFE 15. The sector gear that failed was PPA GF30 + PTFE 15

An engineer replied with this comment

The sector gear that failed was PPA GF30 + PTFE 15

> I'm bewildered. I never heard of such a polymer. PPA is good, glass-filled makes it strong - but wtf is adding 15% Teflon. Teflon might be slippery but it is soft and it has a characteristic to cold-flow over time when pressed upon.


When you squeeze two PTFE insulated wires together with a cable tie you end up with an eventual short circuit. Not surprised the teeth disappeared off the gear eventually.

My final thought was how did this get past testing and onto vehicles so I kicked it around with my former Lab tech who favors Chrysler. We figure Chrysler or the throttle OEM tested this device over full travel over a million cycles, What they probably missed was 90% percent of the operation is done on those first few teeth, very rarely does anyone have their foot to the floor and use the top teeth. they probably should modify the test to place a higher number of cycles on the first few teeth? The DVP&R should be modified to capture this failure mode during testing?

This is my opinion with input from some smart associates. Collectively we have about 100 years automotive experience designing, testing, manufacturing and failure analysis, any other comments are welcome.

I know we had to test all our door lock actuators with similar technology for 3 times the expected life of the vehicle. We really think Chrysler should come to the party on this failure, these throttle bodies are not even performing for a half life.

Electromek

- , Oshawa, ON, canada

problem #8

Dec 182013

Caliber Not A Trim 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,014 miles

I HAVE TAKEN MY CAR TO THE DEALER SEVERAL TIMES THEY CAN'T FIND ANYTHING. AS THEY SAY SOMETHING GOT TO BE WRONG FOR A CAR TO JUST LOOSE POWER AND FOR THE BRAKE LIGHT TO JUST COME ON AND OFF. I GET MY OIL CHANGE EVERY 3 MONTHS THE DEALER HAS CHECKED MY CAR THEY SAID IT'S NOTHING BUT THATS NOT TRUE WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE

- , Moberly, MO, USA

problem #7

Oct 062012

Caliber SX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,056 miles

Car not only lost power but shook and rattled to make me and my wife think it was going to fall apart.

Reprogramed it twice before the change stuck, it seems that the electrical charge going to the engine from the battery also has an effect on the CPU and a weak battery makes it worse, so we replaced the battery also. Not a cheap fix

- , Fairhope, AL, USA

problem #6

Feb 072014

Caliber SX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,059 miles

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

This is the second time I have had an engine loss of power with this car, the first time required reprogramming of the main CPU for the vehicle, this required me to have the PCN for the Crankshaft replaced. Not a nice experience or bill to receive.

- , Fairhope, AL, USA

problem #5

Feb 042011

Caliber SXT 2.0L

  • CVT transmission
  • 79,000 miles

This experience haunts me to this very day. Every time I take a road trip I am terrified that this may happen again... I was driving an 8 hour trip and was halfway through. Unfortunately the time was after 12am. While driving through the middle of no where in the pitch black darkness at a speed of 70MPH, my car completely shuts off. I have no power, no lights to see the road, nor do I know where the shoulder of the road is on this small highway. I panic and pull over to what I think is the side of the road and call family. As I come to a stop by pulling the emergency brake since nothing else works, I begin to put the car in park. When I do this, the car immediately starts up and the engine is in acceleration without me putting my foot on the gas. I was excited with joy just to be able to possibly try and drive the car the rest of the trip (4 more hours) that I ignored the acceleration and put it and drive and made it the 4 hours. It was the most nerve wrecking drive I have ever experienced while the engine was sputtering and threatening to shut off at any moment and occasionally accelerating excessively without control. Once home, I had it towed to Dodge and they replaced the starter and recalled acceleration pedal..... REALLY??? This is truly insane and unacceptable for a company to build cars that TRY and kill you. Please, I beg you... Stay AWAY from this car.

- , Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #4

Oct 062012

Caliber SXT 1.8L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,600 miles

The Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) light is flashing and it makes it so I can't accelerate. I got this car 2 weeks ago and have so many problems that I will never buy a Dodge car again unless it gets recalled.

- , Layton, UT, USA

problem #3

May 162011

Caliber

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,714 miles

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

Said they test drove for 20 miles I am totally in doubt. By now this car has proved to be the biggest mistake.

- , Temple, TX, USA

problem #2

May 192011

Caliber

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,774 miles

This the second time I have had the same problem in two days. Great service NOT!

- , Temple, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 112010

Caliber ES 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

I was driving down the highway at approximately 70 MPH when about 30 miles from my destination, my car lost power and the car speed when down from 70 MPH to 35 MPH, the car would not gain speed, we had to drive on the should for a bit, until I pulled into a service station in the middle of the night, there was no service available, this was a nightmare, not knowing what happen to the vehicle. This car has problems directly from the manfacture. I will never consider buying another Dodge.

- , Clovis, NM, USA

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