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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
199,142 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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2009 Dodge Caliber engine problems

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2009 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012015


  • 86,000 miles


Started out when I drive more than 23 miles, trans. Overheat light comes on, loose power. Going up hills, very little power. RPM wraps between 3 & 4, normal driving, when stopping car jumps ahead if I hit a bump. Breaks squeak after replacing brand new, now engine overheat light, electronic throttle control light & malfunction indication light on. Had transmission filter and fluid replaced. Lasted 2 weeks. Worse now..

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 072015


  • 808,012 miles
I was driving on a highway going about 60-65 mph when my car began to resist ( pull back) as I was trying to cut over a few lanes the speed dropped dramatic to 5pmh and soon as I was able to veer off the highway it completely shut off in the middle of driving. Good thing I was able to get off the road. And I had to get it towed home. Get home the car would start but there was no driving power no speed. Tried to back the car up would not push past 10rpm. I had to get it towed to a macanic said the throttle body was the issue. I read many complaints on google about Dodge Calibers having this issue as soon as it hits 80+thousand miles on it. I see that many cars have been on recall except the Calibers?

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 032012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was idling very rough and would go up to 30 mph. The contact stated the electronic throttle control light would illuminate on the instrument panel when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told the electronic throttle control module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 68,143. The consumer also stated the vehicle presented an issue with the transmission with the authorized upgraded rims and tires. On long trips. The transmission would overheat causing the same result as in depleted performance. Updated 12/10/12

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 022012


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated the electric throttle control light continuously illuminated. Whenever the contact drove 15 mph the warning light would illuminate causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the PCM chip at least twice but the failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Landover, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 152009

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 1,700 miles
09/2009 vehicle died while driving in middle of traffic towed to dealer, suggested car had an electrical problem and fixed. 08/16/2010 vehicle check engine light came on and vehicle was jerking before it died while driving in traffic, towed to dealer suggested transmission was bad and fixed. 09/14/2010 vehicle engine would not turn over to start, when started drove 5 miles and stalled in the middle of traffic, towed back to dealer suggested coolant was leaking on the radiator and battery was bad and fixed. 09/20/2010 engine, throttle and engine temp light on vehicle died while driving in traffic, towed back to dealer suggesting head gaskets failed and fixed. 10/21/2010 engine temp runs hot, overheats, makes tugging sounds and jerks while driving, drove back to dealer suggesting thermostats not opening fully replaced and states the car was sold with a bad engine. 11/04/2010 car returned to dealer due to jerking, engine light on, making tugging sounds as you accelerate, winding down sounds when you break and overheating.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

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