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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,798 miles

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2009 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 012015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


My mechanic and multiple others have stated that the intake runner is stuck and the intake needs to be replaced making it impossible to receive emissions on my vehicle. When in drive waiting at red lights and also to turn on multiple occasions my vehicle lost complete power, shutting off almost causing accidents. Luckily accidents were avoided.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
In June of 2013 while driving down I-75 heading up North, my temp light came on, the temp gage never moved past the normal range (directly between cold and hot) after I noticed the light I was watching the temp gage and my car just shut down. I lost all power, speed, steering, everything. Thankfully I was already in the right hand lane and I was close to an exit so that I could exit the highway. I called the dealership where I got the car and they had no idea what happened. After sitting for an hour I was able to drive back downstate. I got the car April 1 2013. In December of 2013 the lightning bolt popped up on my dash, I have no clue what that means since my car did not come with an owners manual when I got it used. The rpms jerked up to 4, then dropped back down. This happened roughly 10 times over the past year. In August of 2014 the car began to jerk like it was having a hard time getting into gear. At first it only happened at stop signs and red lights, then it began to do it while I drove. Anywhere between 10 to 60 mph. Normally it would only do it a couple a times and then it began doing it every time the car was running. I took it to the local Dodge dealership, they checked it on the computer and even test drove it, according to them it didn't do anything while they were driving it and since the check engine light doesn't come it the computers didn't pick up any issues. Also have a hard time getting the key out of the ignition after I shut off the car.

- Corunna, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 022013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I had been driving approximately one hour when I began to climb the incline over sb 5 fwy (grapevine) and the engine began whining, rpms rose to 4 and remained there, the transmission overheat dashboard light illuminated, speed dropped to about 30 mph and I was unable to continue up the incline. Had to pull off and let the vehicle sit for 30 minutes at which time I continued up the incline making sure that the rpms did not go above 2.5 - so keeping the speed low - and had no further incident. This happened again on 8/21/04, same circumstances, at approximately 79,000 miles. There was a recall on this model and model year vehicle for this same issue (recall #08V528000) on November 10, 2008, but according to my dealer, my car's VIN was not included. I believe this warrants investigation into whether or not this was a more widespread issue than was originally thought and whether my vehicle should have been included in the recall.

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012012


  • 48,000 miles


Car started falling apart at around 48K tie rods. Control arms. Struts. Bushings. Ball joints. Bearings. Sway bar links. Lateral arm bushings. Upper control arm bushings. Upper tow links. Front strut mounts. My latest repair bill (today) is $1500 and the car has only 60K on it. The catalytic converter is also slated for replacement as soon as the dealer gets it in. I am a very conservative driver and always keep my car serviced. I bought this car brand new. The suspension on this car is a menace. The blower motor also went at 48K (a safety issue in my northern mn winters) and the rear defroster only has two or three lines that work. The power steering unit is also losing fluid and I will have to have that repaired as well. I am more than happy to provide a print out from Firestone auto repair.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #3

Mar 012008

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 8,587 miles
The car started having stalling problems less than a year after purchase. Stalling problems are more common during rainy periods but could happen at any time. Most incidents happen while car is on idle, no movement, in the highway or at a red light. The car will vibrate and immediately stall or try to. Car has been taken to dealer under warranty but no reason for the stalling has been found; car is still under warranty. No recall notice is available at the Dodge personalize website. This car was bought at the military exchange new car sales in puerto rico but apparently was relocate from oconus europe and I am no sure how possible recalls will apply to this car. There is a NHTSA campaign id number: 08V528000 but I do not now if it applies to this car.

- Ciales, PR, USA

problem #2

Apr 222011


  • 65,000 miles
I bought my 2009 Dodge Caliber brand new in July 2009. I made my decision based on the 5-yr powertrain warranty, assuming the car must be mechanically dependable. Well needless to say, I was wrong for making that assumption. I began to have serious mechanical problems within the first 2 years of owning the car. I replaced the battery 3 times, had a tune-up at 65,000 miles and replaced the alternator twice after the dealership informed me that my warranty would not cover any repairs since the car had over 36,000 miles on the engine and that I would have to pay $100 for a diagnostic check to see if the powertrain warranty would cover a repair for my car to run. Since this car was my only transportation to and from work and living paycheck to paycheck, I had no choice but to attempt repairs with the battery and alternator replacements just to make it to work and be able to pay my mortgage and car note. Those repairs seem to work at first until 2 weeks after the second alternator replacement, when I was driving home from work on the interstate when my car suddenly lost power and I managed to make my way to the shoulder. It was turning dark and my hazard lights were no longer visible due to the battery being drained. I was on side of the interstate in dark freezing weather for at least an hour before a co-worker could find me to help me to safety. I returned the car to the finance company.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 302010


  • miles
I rented a Dodge Caliber from dollar rent-A-car in hartford, cn on Friday. Jan 29, 2009. On the third trip in the car, on Jan 30, I parked it, removed the key, set the parking brake, and started to walk away from the car. To this point, all was normal. Then, the car started up on its own, and the motor continued to run. The car continued to run for 20-30 minutes regardless of what I did with the key. The key did not have a remote ignition switch. I eventually contacted dollar, and after about 20 minutes, while I was sitting in the car with the motor running and the keys in my hand, the car stopped running, without any intervention on my part. While nothing serious happened, it is easy to speculate that if the car had been parked in an enclosed garage, it could have filled with fumes. The car also might have kept running till it ran out of gas. I did not make careful note about the specific car, but the records should be held by dollar rent-A-car.

- Montara, CA, USA

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