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2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,859 miles

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2010 Dodge Caliber drivetrain problems

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2010 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 202016

Caliber

  • 88,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle restarted after the first attempt. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Sep 242015

Caliber

  • 80,000 miles
Whenever I drive my car it starts jerking and won't accelerate. I was driving about 50mph on the highway.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Aug 172015

Caliber

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, the transmission temperature light illuminated. In addition, there was a burning odor and the vehicle decreased in speed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 252015

Caliber

  • 67,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle lost power and jerked. In addition, the contact stated the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the hoses needed to be tightened. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,000. Updated 5/19/15

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jan 052015

Caliber

  • 82,000 miles
My vehicle has a manual transmission. In January 2015 the transmission failed and the powertrain was replaced. After that, when shifting, occasionally the engine would rev as if I hadn't taken my foot off the accelerator when depressing the clutch and it was impossible to shift. Sometimes the vehicle would speed up on its own and other times it took forever to get the car up to posted speeds. The occasional engine revving became more frequent as the winter wore on as well as the fast/slow acceleration making the car's performance unpredictable and unsafe to drive. I took it to the dealership a second time and they diagnosed "throttle body failure" and replaced it. This cost me $572.68. I have now had the car back only a couple of days, but am unsure if this will happen again. Online there are a lot of complaints about throttle body failure in the Dodge Caliber. This is a huge safety issue that needs to be addressed before someone is killed or injured by an uncontrollable vehicle.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 062014

Caliber

  • 94,763 miles
While driving our 2010 Dodge Caliber on the interstate for approximately 1 hour in heavy traffic at 75mph the car suddenly starts to lose speed. The coolant light came on and a high pitch, whining sound came from the engine. We immediately had to get off the interstate. There is no warning and the car starts to lose power. The RPM's go up. We pulled off to the side, the car is in limp mode. No power and will not start. Called Dodge 3-4 times and they only had record of 2. this has happened 10 different occasions on the interstate. The car is not safe to drive long distance. I took it into the dealership to be looked at and they said it was a service problem. It is a defective transmission and there needs to be a recall before there is a fatality. When you talk to Chrysler customer care case management or the dealership you get the run around as to what the problem is or what mileage the actual transmission service should be done. I do know that your life should not be in jeopardy if it is a service issue. Whereas this is a defective transmission there should be a recall. Chrysler initiated the call back after they knew I had made an appointment to get the car looked at. I have gotten different stories from both Chrysler customer care case management and the dealership as to just how many of the 2010 Dodge Calibers have this transmission problem. When I took it to the dealership they hadn't seen any that went into limp mode, but after they did their diagnostic they said they had seen 100's. that's a big discrepancy!!! I do not want anyone to become a statistic!!!

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #7

Jul 212014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles

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

Imagine cruising down the tollway at 75 mph when the entire panel lights up like a christmas tree and you have no power to the engine. I was able to safely pull of on the shoulder of the road. I turned off the ignition and waited. I tried to start the engine and nothing, not a moan, nothing. It is not the battery. In a time frame of about 15 minutes, I was able to start the car and the service engine light remained on. My mechanic could not diagnose this until it was actually acting up. It repeated this 4 - 5 times over a 4 week period. Finally, diagnosed as the computer module control. This is an $1100 repair. Has anyone else experienced this?

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #6

Jul 282014

Caliber

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, the transmission temperature light illuminated. In addition, there was a burning odor and the vehicle decreased in speed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Lancaster, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 282014

Caliber

  • 89,000 miles
We got on the freeway for 30mins and the transmission temp light came on. Then it started smelling like something was burning. The car stopped gaining speed and we took it back too the dealership. We feel this car is not safe for the family. There is tapping sounds coming from the dashboard and it happen all the time, even when the car is not running. They need recall this car-

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 252011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
Dates & mileage are approximate. I'm not a mechanic and I have no idea which part would be causing the problem. I guessed. This has happened at least 10 times over the past 3 years. My 16 yr old granddaughter recently told me her older Caliber did the same thing! this lead me to believe it is a safety/power issue with the model. Why would this just be happening to our 2 vehicles? her vehicle was purchased in ga and mine in mi. I do a lot of freeway driving. Each time this occurred, I was driving on freeways at 70 mph for extended periods of time. I take an exit. When I depress the accelerator to turn off the exit ramp, the engine completely "bogs down". there is very little power. Each time, I have calibrated time for safely pulling out into oncoming traffic, expecting to have normal power. Suddenly, I have little to no acceleration and it seems like it may stall out! you can imagine the fear of not being able to clear oncoming traffic in time. The low power continues for about a minute, then resumes normal operation. I have been fortunate enough that no accident has occurred, because it's impossible to get over to the shoulder. Actually, this is so dangerous, I can't explain why I haven't had it checked out, besides inconvenience and stupidity. When my granddaughter told me about her car, that really scared me and prompted me to act. I've also come to realize that I'm putting other drivers in danger of injury or death. Please let me know asap if there's been a recall or should be one on these vehicles. I have to believe there are many more out there experiencing the same dangerous malfunction and possibly injuries or death.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 142013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 60,406 miles

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

The car has begun to shift hard and not engage immediately when trying to accelerate. This occurs worse in stop and go traffic, when the car is cold, and when driving up hill. I took the car to the dealer, a technician drove it and was able to replicate. He checked the transmission fluid, which was fine and decided it must be the motor mounts, but upon further inspection could not find a problem with them. He drove the car again and checked the transmission fluid immediately after stopping. The transmission fluid was foaming and he suggested a transmission service although the car isn't due until 100,000 miles and my vehicle is at 60,000. I had the transmission service done and the car appeared to be working properly for awhile, but is now exhibiting the same shifting/acceleration issues as it was before the fluid was changed.

- Orting, WA, USA

problem #2

May 212011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
After driving on interstate for 3 hours, the car would hesitate to go from a stop. Over the next 2 years, the problem has worsened!! it is to the point where after a 2-3 hour trip, there is such hesitation that if I'm on an incline the car will actually roll backwards while pressing accelerator!! this has shown a stored code of P0730 (which dealership tells me they won't do anything about unless they can duplicate problem). I won't allow my children and grandchildren to travel with me in this car anymore because I fear for their safety!! I would greatly appreciate any help your Agency can provide for this dangerous problem!!!!!

- Bartonville, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 272011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
This standard transmission 2010 Dodge Caliber continually stalls out when the car is in neutral, such as at intersections, railroad crossings, toll booths, and parking lots. It usually takes five to ten minutes of attempts before the car will restart. This poses a serious safety problem because often trucks or other cars driving up behind me barely slow down in time, even though my flashers are blinking. Last weekend I was almost hit from behind by a large truck while I was attempting to get the car re-started at a traffic light. Dodge refuses to attempt to fix the problem unless their computer can tell them exactly what to do. In the words of the Dodge representative, "we don't want to just throw parts away." Dodge has a private message board accessibly only by registered Dodge owners. The section for Caliber owners contains many posts by other owners and former owners who have experienced this defect on their Dodge Calibers. The car is still under the manufacturer's warranty.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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