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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,731 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Jun 182015


  • 180,214 miles


Takata recall, the headlight doesn't work properly. One headlight works and when switching to high beam the opposite side or the headlight does not work. It maybe, because of the fuel box getting water in it. But when on highway in motion the state patrol feels its unsafe to drive the car being in this condition

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #61

Mar 092016


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the contact noticed that the high and low beam headlights on the passenger's side of the vehicle failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the bulb needed to be replaced. The bulb was replaced. However, the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the totally integrated power module (tipm) needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #60

Jan 012016


  • 70,000 miles
Totally integrated power module problems. Having all kinds of cascading electrical problems with this car with only 70K miles. Driver's side low beam will no longer work. Engine intermittently stops/starts. Acceleration issues, etc. Chrysler wants over a $1,000 to address this issue, and the replacement tipm would likely fail in similar manner shortly thereafter. Extremely unsafe car day or night.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #59

Jan 252010


  • miles


The brake lights come on at will. The car can be parked for hours then suddenly the brake light comes on, draining the battery. I have replaced the brake light switch but the problem still exists.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #58

Sep 012015


  • miles
Headlight bulb replacement should be easy for the consumer and company should be liable for the low beam problem that causing lot of owners to repairs cost of 100 of 900 dollars. This is a economy safety issue that increase pressure of the owners who do not affords such a costly repairs and drive in pressure -- also a issue for the safety of others. One small problem can cause many other problems. Do not let company get out of easy excuse that under not a safety problem.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #57

Jul 252013


  • 95,000 miles
On my way home from work I stopped at a light and my car jerked and acted as though it was about to shut off and my check engine light came on and then the car would not accelerate very well. I went back to my work and had the mechanic check it (I work at a school transportation) and the light said it was the crankshaft position sensor so I got it replaced and it did nothing so we went ahead and replaced thr camshaft as well and it worked for a week or so then started off and on. My headlight also stopped working and I replaced it 3 times before wondering what the heck! I just recently was cited a ticket due to the light and since I was not able to fix it I had my license suspended and was driving without knowing and ended up getting pulled over again but instead of explaining that my car sucks I was arrested and put in jail for a couple hours so now I have two court dates coming up one for my fix it ticket not getting fixed and another for driving on suspended because of not getting the part fixed so it is starting to become a major issue for my whole life in general. My car dies at almost every stop light and if I go over 2rpm it will not acclerate. I had to replace major parts such as; motor mounts, struts, pistons, calipers, brakes, batteries, etc in just the short time ive owned the vehicle which was very hard for me since I dont make much money. The car is wired very odd and my father is my go to mechanic but he couldnt figure out some of the parts. I dont have the finances for the tpim and figured it would be recalled by now since its a major problem with most Calibers so I stuck it out but now I dont know whats going to happen. As of today, August 24, 2015, my car is not running since it lost all power last night, first the radio stopped, then the ac stopped blowing, then the lights that work started to dim, and then it just died. Please help!!!

- Wichita , KS, USA

problem #56

Nov 192014


  • 120,000 miles


I bought my Caliber last October and not even a month after having it I realized my left tail light and my middle break light didnt work so I bought bulbs and replaced them and they still didnt work and then my left headlight quit working so I had it looked at and they said that I need a whole new tipm computer and it would cost 1200 dollars that in which I dont have so I am not happy at all with this vehicle... this is very dangerous and can cause me to be ticketed for something that could have been prevented or Dodge can fix for me the tipm computer needs to be recalled asap.!

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #55

Jun 102015


  • 93,067 miles
One day was driving on the highway and notice when I was switching into the left lane that my front left turning light was out but the the signal on the dashboard was blinking. I got home put the car in park then chabge the bulb then tested the bulb to see would it work it didn't work so I took the car to the mechanic to have it checked out he couldn't find out what was the issue. He thought it was the bulb too but he found out it wasn't the bulb because when we turn the headlights on the turning signal light would be on but when you engage the signal it would not blink or when you engage the hazard lights too it would not blink.

- Newark , NJ, USA

problem #54

Dec 022014


  • 95,000 miles
Was pulled over for drivers side headlight out. Was given a "warning". drove to nearest parts store, replaced drivers side headlight bulb. Still did not work. Upon further research and diagnostics found no power coming from totally integrated power module (tipm) which can be replaced at the tune of $800. I find a headlight to be important safety device for driving on our highways here in ak as headlights on at all times is the law on most roads. After research there have been several similar complaints. Even replacing the tipm for $800 does not insure the problem stays away. The tipm failed a second time this April 2015 with drivers side lowbeam and passenger side highbeam. Complaint to Chrysler has shown no results.

- Sterling, AK, USA

problem #53

Oct 082009


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the low beam headlights failed without warning. The contact also stated that she drove with the high beams while driving at night, however, eventually over a period of 3 years all of the exterior lights including the brake lights had failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the tipm module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #52

Dec 192014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


When returning home from the store it was near dusk. We turned on the headlights and headed home. Along the way cars were flashing their lights at us. I checked to confirm the headlights were switched on, which they were. Once we got home, we noticed both headlights were out even though they were switched on. Luckily we only had a mile from to travel to get home or this could have been a very dangerous situation that could have ended in a crash. Later I removed the headlight bulbs to see if they had burned out. (not likely since they both went out at the same time.) both bulbs appeared fine and I reinstalled them. I turned on the headlights and they both illuminated. A couple hours later, I went to leave again but after turning on the headlights neither of them illuminated. After some research I found that it's the tipm failing in the vehicle. I've also read that Chrysler installed the fuse box under the hood where it's exposed to the elements and this is possibly why so many Caliber owners are seeing this issue. I looked through the last 50 complaints on NHTSA and 20 of them are for this exact same problem. If 40% of the complaints on a vehicle are for the same issue, shouldn't Chrysler do the right thing and offer free replacement? we shouldn't have to wait until people die in a car crash before Chrysler does something. This creates a very hazardous situation if the driver of the vehicle doesn't realize the lights are not working and they're driving in rain or fog. Others drivers cannot see them as well and it's only a matter of time before somebody gets killed because of this issue.

- Baxter, MN, USA

problem #51

Nov 242014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 119,517 miles
The passenger's side low beam and the passenger side brake light have gone out. High beam, reverse, & turn signals are fine. I took the vehicle in and was told the totally integrated power module (tipm) must be replaced at a cost of over $1,000. This is a know issue to Dodge; a design flaw due to exposing the electronic equipment to the elements by placing it in the engine bay in a housing that not water tight. I've been told the with the Caliber it is not a question of if, but when the tipm will go out. This creates a safety hazard because any electrical system could go out while driving. Dodge should either fix this, recall the part, or reimburse owners that have already had to pay to fix the issue.

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #50

Oct 242014


  • 80,000 miles
My passenger side head light went off and on for about 2 weeks before failing to come on at all. Bulb was checked, then replaced. The battery cables were taken off over night to try to reset the computer but nothing worked. I should not have to pay $900 + to fix a headlight on a car 7 years old. Why are they not issuing a recall on a problem that so many people are having?

- West Lawn, PA, USA

problem #49

Oct 202014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Drivers side low beam only will not work. High beam works low beam does not.

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #48

Oct 172014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Low beam headlight don't work. Dealer ask for tipm replacement (9fuse box). Noticed that this problem with too many. It is a design failure. Should recall and fix or reimburse to everyone. Additional information are at

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #47

Oct 212014


  • 124,000 miles
Noticed the driver's side headlight was out again while I was driving through a parking lot. I pulled into a parking spot and turned the lights off and back on again and then both headlights were working. Took it to the shop today since we've had the tipm and tipm connector replaced within the last 6 months. They could not duplicate the headlight not working, but said they'd replace the tipm since it's still under warranty. We're really starting to hate this car.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #46

Oct 072014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 123,429 miles
Driver's side headlight went out again. And then one day the car wouldn't start. Jumped the car and it started. We just had the tipm replaced a few months ago. This time they found a burnt tipm connector pin. They replaced the connector and could not duplicate the no-start condition.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #45

Apr 222014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
Driver's side headlight is out. Got the tipm replaced for $700+. that's way too expensive for a headlight.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #44

Mar 212014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 112,934 miles
Driver's side headlight went out. Took it to shop to get it replaced. It was not the lightbulb. They got it fixed, but said the tipm may be faulty and it will need replaced if headlight goes out again. A day later, the headlight went out again.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #43

Oct 022014


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the driver's side head light failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the total integrated power module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Cochranton , PA, USA

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