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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,244 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Dodge Caliber brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 122010


  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving 30 mph the contact applied the brakes and heard a squeaking sound in the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the front brakes were deglazed; however, the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was not repaired and there were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 33000 and the current mileage was 39000.

- Glenville, MN, USA

problem #4

Jul 012008


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. After purchasing the vehicle the contact noticed occasionally that while driving at a speed of 45 mph the brake pedal would have to be depressed several times before bringing the vehicle to a stop, the contact also noticed that the front end of the vehicle would sway from left to right. The vehicle was taken to the dealership on several different occasions where the contact had the brake pads, front axle, struts, and shock absorbers replaced. However the contact is still experiencing the failures. The failure mileage was at 3000 and the current mileage is 35600.

- Juncos, PR, USA

problem #3

Jan 222010


  • 35,222 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While attempting to exit his driveway in snowy conditions at speeds of less than 3 mph, the brakes locked and caused the vehicle to slide in the snow and crash into a vehicle in the contact's driveway. There were no injuries. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer were contacted. The contact was awaiting repairs by his insurance company. The failure and current and failure mileages were under 35,222.

- Vernon, AZ, USA

problem #2

Oct 192008


  • 10,000 miles
I was traveling to a T intersection; I was the one who was required to make the left or right hand turn. My brakes stopped working and I went from ~55mph to 45mph over the course of a football field or so. I should have been able to stop completely but that wasn't the case. It was the 2008 Caliber srt4. The srt4 has a massive brake kit from the charger and magnum on it which should have made it stop relatively quickly. I mashed my vehicle into another vehicle at the intersection and my airbags did not deploy. I believe there is something wrong with the brakes and airbags on the 2008 Caliber srt4.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 092008


  • miles
On 08/09/08 I took my vehicle to get checked; I had already been having problems with my brake light coming on at different times. At that moment the light was not on and the service rep told me that the light had to be on in order to check the vehicle even after I showed him a recent video on my phone showing the light flashing. On 08/12/08 I took the vehicle as the light was one, they asked me to bring it in on 08/14/08. I dropped of my vehicle on 08/14/08 and they found that the brake sensor needs to changed; so they placed the order and asked me to come in on 08/19/08 to have it replaced. Due to tropical storm conditions on the 19th, I did not take my vehicle, we reschedule for 8/21/08. Dropping off my vehicle on 08/21/08 they called me in the early afternoon that my vehicle was ready. The next day 08/22/08 the light turned on again; on 08/25 or 08/26 I called Chrysler financial to complain; they told me I need to take my vehicle again when only the light is on. On 08/27 the light turned on and I went and spoke with the manager, he promised me a driver at 7:00am on 09/02 to bring me to work so I may leave me car; that promise was not fulfilled and my car finally went in on 09/05 as they now see it as a safety issue after I have been saying it in the beginning. I am waiting for the weekend to see if the light turns on again on my vehicle. I have had other instance about 3 months after purchase that the vehicle shut off 2 times! I took it to the service and their computer could not pick-up any codes and never found anything. I am very disappointed with maroone Dodge of pembroke pines service.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

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