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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,512 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #35

Mar 012012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles

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

I had the gas pedal fixed with the 2010 recall of my particular car. I have 37,000 miles currently on my car. When I go to turn out of a gas station for example, the car loses acceleration and feels as if it going to stall. It does the same thing while going up a hill. The electronic throttle control warning light comes on. It goes off after the car regains normal speed. I feel that this should have been fixed with the gas pedal recall since they are related. I've gotten onto the Dodge Caliber forums and saw 100's of people with the same problem. Low miles and there etc light comes on as well. I feel this is a serious safety issue that should have be resolved along with the gas pedal recall. I took my car to auto zone and electronic throttle control was confirmed problem with uncertainty of how to fix the problem. All other diagnostics came back within normal limits.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #34

Feb 212012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
While driving over the whitestone bridge in NY, at the crest of the bridge the vehicles electronic throttle control failure reducing the speed of vehicle from 50 mph to 5 mph in the course of less then a minute. I was nearly killed by a tractor trailer truck who was able to swerve around my car. The cart rolled down the bridge with limited power. From all the complaints I am reading on various Caliber websites this seems to be a serious dangerous condition that should be reviewed before someone gets killed.

- Rockville Centre, NY, USA

problem #33

Dec 282011

Caliber

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and an electronic throttle light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was able to coast the vehicle to the side of the road before it stopped completely. The contact then attempted to restart the vehicle, but the engine would not restart and the electronic throttle light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where they were yet to diagnose or repair the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 56,192.

- Lashmett, WV, USA

problem #32

Jan 162012

Caliber

  • 64,000 miles

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

The lights behind the dash went out without warning. There is no way to see speed in the dark. There are many existing cases online. Dodge immediately recognized the issue when called and was not concerned about safety issue.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #31

Aug 012011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control failed and the throttle light illuminated intermittently. The contact also stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 45 mph and stalled. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The contact was not sure if the electronic throttle control failure caused the vehicle to stall. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 33,000 and the current mileage is 67,793. Updated 02/09/12 the consumer stated a couple of months after purchasing the vehicle, it stalled. Updated 02/24/12

- Myrtle Beach , SC, USA

problem #30

Nov 012011

Caliber

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the engine rpms increased as soon as the vehicle was started. In addition, the throttle control sensor warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 81,000.

- Dalton , GA, USA

problem #29

Dec 092011

Caliber

  • 80,500 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle began to experience difficulty accelerating. The contact also stated that the brake pedal became difficult to depress and the throttle control indicator light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V234000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal). The failure mileage was 80,500.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #28

Oct 112011

Caliber

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control light illuminated while driving 35 mph as the vehicle became resistant to acceleration. The contact applied the brakes and the vehicle began to function as normal. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis and the vehicle also stalled during a few occurrences. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and he was unable to diagnose the failure because the light was no longer illuminating. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Sellersville, PA, USA

problem #27

Oct 012011

Caliber

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the electronic throttle control warning light would illuminate and the vehicle would decelerate independently. The contact shut off the engine and when restarted, the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Mineola, NY, USA

problem #26

Oct 192011

Caliber

  • 74,067 miles
Gas pedal stuck on two occasion in same trip. The "smart pedal" feature failed to work as both gas and brake were applied to no result. Had to pull gas pedal up from bottom to correct. Have an appointment for service scheduled.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #25

Oct 182007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles

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

While driving on Suburban roads car would lose all power and almost stall, a red lighting bolt would appear on instrument panel. Vehicle taken to dealership throttle body replaced and PCM flashed. Second incident occurred about one year later, this time on the freeway at approx 65mph loss of all power almost stall. Car taken to dealer, throttle body was not replaced however PCM was again flashed. Third occurrence happened 09/18/11 issue was present in both city driving and freeway driving again taken to dealership and throttle body needs to be replaced and PCM flashed. This failure is highly dangerous due to the fact that is happens without warning on both city and highway driving.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #24

Dec 072010

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I am not sure if this is the correct category as far as the elec.sability control the manual refers to it as the electronic throttle control when the light comes on. I have noticed that there is a recall for 2007 Dodge Calibers with this problem, but for some reason my VIN/vehicle is not included in the recall as well as many many others with the same problem. I am thinking they do not know who to notify because if they did you would have several complaint at this time. My 2007 Dodge Caliber has caused me problems and unsafe moments for sometime now. The vehicle will sometimes start with the electronic throttle control light on right off the bat other times you could be cruising over a bridge and it will come on and decide to go 2 mph if even that. I had an incident with my grandbaby where we were turning left across a lane of traffic and the car decided to go 1-2 mph it was a good thing that the on coming traffic was out there far enough for us to get across. I have not and will not drive the car since. I still have a car payment and insurance payment but cannot use the vehicle. I have been keeping up with the people on line and there is quiet a few that has had several scary situation like myself. There has been ones who have taken the vehicle in and the repair shop said there was nothing wrong.......then back out on the road they go and the problem happens again. One of these times someone will be crossing a very busy highway and could get in a bad wreck and die" we need your help???"

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #23

Jan 202011

Caliber

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the electronic throttle control warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle would decelerate independently. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised that the alternator needed to be replaced. The dealer was contacted and the part was ordered. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #22

Apr 102011

Caliber

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact was driving 5 mph and engaged the brakes when the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact was unable to stop the acceleration and crashed through the glass front of a gas station. The contact and two passengers were injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle was then towed to an independent mechanic where they were awaiting a pending investigation. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Ashland, VA, USA

problem #21

Feb 272011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 5-10 mph and attempting a turn, the vehicle rapidly accelerated. When the brakes were engaged the vehicle failed to slow down and crashed into an unoccupied parked vehicle which caused a chain reaction involving another unoccupied parked vehicle. The air bags did not deploy with the impact. The contact sustained several bruises to the body and a neck injury. A police report was filed. The vehicle sustained substantial body damages and was towed to a collision center. An independent investigator, who was referred by the manufacturer, inspected the vehicle and was unable detect an acceleration failure. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V234000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) however, the contacts VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 12,000. Updated 4/11/2011 updated 1/13/2012

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #20

Aug 262008

Caliber

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that when he depressed the accelerator pedal, there would be a slight delay in acceleration and then it would suddenly accelerate quickly. The brakes only slowed the vehicle down slightly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that there was an issue with the accelerator pedal but was unsure of exactly what was wrong. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Berlin, NM, USA

problem #19

Aug 042010

Caliber

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT manual transmission. The vehicle has a cruise control problem which neither the dealership nor Chrysler will fix. The problem with the cruise control is it will turn off and not set if at or above 75 mph nor will it stay on if over 70 mph and the vehicle is experiencing a load like a hill. I was told that the vehicle was operating as designed however they checked my vehicle against one on the lot and could not get the one from the lot to produce the same action. When I purchased the vehicle the cruise control would not turn off for this reason. I am now afraid if I do use the cruise control that since it will turn off by it's self there is a possibility that it won't turn off which could cause an accident.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #18

Nov 302010

Caliber

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated while traveling 50 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck in the open throttle position and the vehicle independently accelerated to 80 mph. The contact was unable to stop the unintended acceleration by applying the brakes. The contact repeatedly tapped on the accelerator pedal until it released. The contact had not experienced the failure before incident. The dealer advised that the failure was caused by a fractured piece of the accelerator pedal assembly. The contact believed that failure to be the same as NHTSA campaign id number: 10V234000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) which the vehicle was included in the recall but not yet repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage and current mileages was 67,000.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #17

Jun 152007

Caliber

  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 35 mph, both front axles failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired under warranty. The contact also experienced problems with the radio and the problem was repaired by the dealer. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle suddenly downshifted. The contact believed the failure within recall 10V234000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) was the cause of the problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 27,000 and the current mileage was 36,400.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #16

Sep 192010

Caliber

  • 62,000 miles
I have 2007 Caliber. I received recall letter about accelerator. I immediately took it in to local dealer the paperwork stated they reprogrammed something with the temp. It is now a month later. Car started running hot a couple weeks ago. A few days ago I go to start my car up and the rpms ran up to 4 and stayed there without going down. It seemed like the gas pedal was stuck down. It stayed like this until I had to shut car off. Called dealer and they advised me to not try to drive and have car towed to them. Spoke with head of service and he stated that this in no way is related to the recall but this is exactly what the recall was for. They have had the car for a day now and still no verdict. I have approx. 62,000 miles.

- Hayward, CA, USA

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