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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,099 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 082012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 24,500 miles

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

I was in georgetown Ontario on the weekend and got in my car to drive back to windsor on Monday Oct 8th. The tire pressure light came on but we had frost overnight and knew this was a normal change in tire pressures. I stopped at the gas station and put air in tires and made sure they were all the same pressure. The tire pressure warning light immediately went out. We drove for about an hour and the tire pressure light went on again. I stopped at the next service center on the 401 and checked the tires. I could see the right front valve stem was cracked. When I turned it, the air started to quickly exit the tire. I had my wife put her thumb on it while I got the jack out and installed the spare tire. I had to have the tpm sensor and valve stem replaced @ $150. Reading on the internet, this seems to be a common problem. The service manager told me its due to corrosion and has had to replace some. He said Chrysler has not come up with a solution to the problem on my model vehicle. This car only has 38,000 km and is just over three years old! the valve stem should not be cracking! this is a big safety hazard, if that stem had let loose when I was passing someone on the 401 in the left lane, I could have lost control of the vehicle. I am now worried about the other three valve stems.

- Palm Springs, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 042011

Caliber

  • miles
I have 2 2008 vehicles the first one is a Dodge avenger and the 2nd one is a Caliber. I bought both of these cars from the same dealership new. I have issues with the tire pressure sensors in all the tires. They are corroding causing the tire pressure to drop, are they any current issues or recalls on these type of devices.

- Brimfield, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 082011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 43,095 miles
2008 Dodge Caliber SXT: Bought the car from dealer in morehead city, nc. After 24K miles had to replace tires because they were already worn. When tires were replaced out of my pocket the service dept failed to do an alignment. Now 19K miles later my tires Bridgestone turanza's P215/60R17 are already worn out again. Upon inspection by the dealership, they determined that it was air pressure problem that caused it to wear and also my inner tire rods were already worn. I told them I had seen complaints on the internet that the 2008 Caliber was having premature wearing of tire rods and they claimed they never heard of this. Of course now that my car is at 43K miles and out of warranty they don't want to take care of it, I have to. Also, the fact they missed doing an alignment the first time they did not find the tie rod wearing premature before my warranty was up or either they did know it and they didn't tell me. I don't trust the dealer or their service team now because they missed doing an alignment, they missed a rotation when they were supposed to, they missed finding the premature wearing of tie rods. These are dangerous issues when you are out driving on the road now I wonder every time I get out there are my tires going to blow or are my tie rods going to break. Shame on the dealership and shame on Bridgestone for not wanting to stand behind their products. What will it take, loss of life. The only thing the dealership will offer to do is pay for 2 tires and I have to pay for everything else.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 102010

Caliber

  • 37,000 miles

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

TL. the contact owns 2008 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated the vehicle does not come with a spare tire and a jack. The manufacturer informed the contact they do not provide a spare and jack for the vehicle. The vehicle suffered a flat tire and the contact was stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. The contact stated if a spare tire was provided the tire could have been changed. In the event of a flat tire the manufacturer provided a pump to inflate the tire but the contact stated the it's very dangerous to be on the side of the road without a spare tire with vehicle passing by at high speeds. The contact stated the manufacturer should provide a spare tire for the vehicle. The failure mileage was 37,000.

- Bradford, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 032009

Caliber

  • 35,000 miles
I took my Caliber in for some warranty work. They found the left strut was bad. They ordered the part. I went back in the next week for the strut and alignment. While they were driving back from the alignment place, they had an accident in my car. They fixed it. I have since then brought it back to a roar in the car. They told me my tires were bad. I asked if it could be because of the alignment was out and they said no. I asked if it could be because of the accident, again no. Who in their right mind would align a car with bad tires. They have made no deal for me in this matter. The tires did not go bad in a matter of a week.

- Council Grove, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 232008

Caliber

  • 14,100 miles
I bought a used 2008 Dodge Caliber with 14,100 miles on it. The tires weren't right from the night I brought it home. I called and complained, the dealership said that they put new brakes on it and to give it a few days to see if it would get better. It did not, I still had a pulsing or thumping noise in the front end. I took it back, they said nothing was wrong with it. I asked about the tires and I was told "the tires passed inspection". I took my car to a friend who rotated and balanced the tires, and was told I had a bad tire, it wasn't round or something like that. The bad tire then went on the back passenger side. I then called the dealership and told them what I did, they were angry and said nothing was mechanically wrong with the car and again the tires had passed inspection. After much arguing they agreed to either put on 4 new tires at half the cost to me or put on another used tire. I chose to have another used tire put on. The car now pulses or thumps on the front passenger side. I didn't get 5 miles up the road and it started all over again. The service manager told me that Calibers are known for "chopping tires" and if I got new tires to make sure they are rotated without fail every 6K miles. I didn't even call the dealership back about the noise. I sent in a form complaining that the noise was not resolved. They were horrible to even talk to, they said tires were not under warranty and the 1/2 off the tires was a one time offer. I like my car but I can't stand the thumping noise the tires make. If the car is known to do this why isn't something being done to correct it?? because I bought this car at a rock bottom price I can't expect to have new tires on the car and I have to basically live with it I was told so that is why I am complaining. I paid a little over $10000. For this car and it is new to me, I still have the balance of the factory warranty left on the car. It's a nice car to me and it is a lot of money to me. I just wanted someone to know.

- Canastota, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 192008

Caliber

  • 8,000 miles
On 09/19/2008, my very first state inspection on my brand new vehicle, I was denied a window sticker, and was told that it was because three of my tires had a slight bubble on the sidewall of each. These are the original tires that came with the vehicle that I purchased on 02/29/2008. So I called good year and they told me to take it to a service dealer for inspection of them. I did. The tire company told me that the tires are radial tires, and they normally do have that slight little bulge on them. My position is " what do I really know" I am being pushed back and forth between the two. Maybe the tire company do not want to give new tires, and maybe the inspection station wants to defraud me as he has so many other customers. How do I really know if the tires are defective. Take it to a independent tire company? if I could afford the cost I would because safety is more important. But I don't have the cash to do that. I've searched your data base, and found a recall very close to the type as mine but it is not the exact number tire. So is it really true that radial tires have a natural slight bubble on the sidewall.

- Phila, PA, USA

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