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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,337 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 122016


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving 40-45 mph, the lower A-arm on the front passenger side separated from the subframe of the vehicle. The contact stated that the sub frame showed excessive corrosion. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 152015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Dodge Caliber. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle repair work necessary to pass state inspection. Consumer states repairs should have been covered under previous year model vehicle recall notice. According to the invoice, the front cradle was rusted.

- New Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 112015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph around a curve, there was a slight loss of steering control. In addition, the failure occurred when making turns. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The mechanic informed that the rear cross member assembly exhibited rust corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 022014


  • 87,607 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while having maintenance performed, the technician noticed that the engine cradle was corroded and holes had developed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,607.

- Norwich, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 122013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 99,555 miles
I bought this vehicle on 09/11/2013 and a day later I noticed the back drivers side floor & mat was sopping wet.(it was raining the day I purchased the vehicle) I felt under the drivers seat & that was wet as well but not as wet as the back. Feeling the front drivers side mat I noticed that was wet too as was the carpet underneath! I ran the shop vac to get all the water out. I was going away for three days so when I got to my destination I checked the floor again & it was sopping wet again!! there was no rain that day! I will be calling the dealership where I bought this "used" vehicle today. So far I cleared the water out twice & it just reappears. With cooler temperatures coming this could be a very hazardous condition due to the floor & mats freezing under your feet when your driving the vehicle!!

- Kulpmont, PA, USA

problem #2

May 192013


  • 93,913 miles
It is raining in my vehicle. Rain is pouring in through the sunroof and entering my car through the dome light, passenger and driver side support pillars, and onto the passenger and driver side floor and seats through a faulty drainage system. There is already a service bulletin out for the 2007 model for this issue. I went to Dodge today and they will not fix my car per their service bulletin: 23-043-06 subject: Water leak from headliner, because it is out for the 2007 model. They said the extended warranty I bought through Chrysler will not cover the parts or labor and they will not apply the service bulletin to my vehicle because I own a 2008 vehicle. The issue, not taken care of leads to electrical problems, as reported by other owners on various blogs that pertain to this same problem. This company has irresponsibly produced a 2008 model with the same problem as the 2007 model, however, they will not fix the problem. In addition, the particular dealership I went to at 9600 atlantic blvd, jacksonville, fl, wanted me to pay at $105 diagnostic fee in addition to the warranty deductible of $100 if the warranty was to cover the problem that Dodge created in their counterproductive manufacturing methods.

- St Augustine, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 232008


  • 283 miles
My complaint is not focused on the auto manufacturer. It is directed toward the auto insurance industry, and in particular nationwide insurance based in columbus, oh. I was recently involved in an auto accident, and a nationwide client rear-ended my new 2008 Dodge Caliber. It was less then 1 week old at the time of the accident, and had fewer then 300 miles on it. Nationwide promptly agreed to repair the vehicle by replacing the bumper. However, it has come to my attention that the company's policy is to replace the bumper with a refurbished part, or a part made by a company that may not be licensed or represent mopar, the parts company that supplies Dodge replacement parts. I am very concerned not only about losing value for my brand new car, but also that my safety and the safety of my passengers could be potentially compromised by the use of possibly inferior products. I understand that there is a governing body for these types of parts known as capa, but I also understand that not every part is certified by capa, nor could I find a certified part listed for the rear bumper of a 2008 Dodge Caliber. This is simply not acceptable, and nationwide must replace my bumper (and any unseen damaged parts) with genuine mopar-supplied parts to restore my vehicle to its original, safe, operating condition as it was prior to the accident. The vehicle's engine hasn't even been fully broken-in yet.

- Akron, OH, USA

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