Notes: The 2007 Dodge Caliber has all kinds of suspension problems at relatively low mileage: typically 40-50,000 miles.

The most commonly reported problems are with ball joints & control arms going bad. Tie rods & leaking struts are also reported failing in the same mileage range.

Unfortunately all the suspension problems means some owners only find out after they notice their tires are ruined.

We've given the 2007 Caliber our worst rating because these problems happen at such low mileage, & it involves a wide range of apparently defective parts. With most other cars, major suspension work is pretty rare under 50,000 miles.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,489 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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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 052015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 25 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck without warning. The contact also mentioned that the windshield wipers, defroster, and radio became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V234000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000. Updated 05/17/16

- Batesville, IN, USA

problem #7

Feb 202009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle made an abnormal noise in the front end. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver and passenger side ball joints and control arms failed and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. While driving at various speeds, the windshield wipers would independently activate. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. While attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control warning indicator would illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Talbotton, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 122014


  • 80,000 miles
I was driving down the interstate during a heavy rain storm and my windshield wipers stopped working. I turned them off and back on but they would not turn back on. Based on research conducted, and similar issues found during the research, all signs point to the totally integrated power module. This is completely unsafe and I can't believe this part isn't weather proof when it controls so many vital parts of the vehicle. With all the issues I'm also shocked to know there hasn't been a recall on this product. This same style product is used in multiple Dodge vehicles and other Chrysler / Jeep vehicles. Those vehicles also exhibit the same issue.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #5

May 262014


  • 90,000 miles


A couple of weeks ago I was on my way to work and turned on my signal light to make a turn. When I turned my signal light on I noticed that the interior overhead light went on. I found it strange and thought my door may have been opened. A few days later on my way to work the signal lights were no longer working. This is where my serious concerns began. I have a 30 minute commute to work and switch lanes or make turns quite often en route. It gets worse. After a long day at work I ran out to my vehicle to avoid gettin soaked in the rain and when I attempted to turn on my wipers I was infuriated to find out they were no longer working either. Needless to say the vehicle is parked in my driveway. Fog lights don't work, turn signals, wipers and highbeams are no longer working.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #4

Mar 282014


  • 107,400 miles
Ir conditioning compressor failed and was replaced under extended warranty in January 2013. New A/C compressor installed, but A/C clutch fell off fourteen months later as I was turning a corner. I was told that because of the compressor failure, (which one was not referenced) there are metal shavings in the A/C coolant lines and the entire system needs replacement. Service adviser stated that he has received multiple complaints of this and that I will be unable to use vehicle defrost due to this and it is the snowiest time of the year. Dodge will not replace, as vehicle and part are now both out of warranty. Replacement part only under warranty for 12 months, but have not had to engage either defrost or A/C in the past 8 months until two weeks ago, when the replacement failed and the clutch broke off. Using the defrost could result in the unit overheating, causing an engine fire or other failure.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 192013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber rt. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph in heavy rain when the windshield wipers were activated but failed to operate. The contact had to move off the roadway until the raining ceased. The windshield wipers were then reactivated but failed within seconds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the mechanic diagnosed that the total integrated power module (tipm) had to be replaced and the vehicle would be repaired once the part became available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Bonneau, SC, USA

problem #2

Aug 312013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 127,510 miles
I own a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT. Back in March of this year, the driver's side headlight went out. After replacing the bulb, it still did not work. I looked online for some potential enlightenment as to why and found a multitude of message boards and consumer websites stating this is a common problem with the 2007 Dodge Calibers. It starts with losing a headlight and then escalates to loss of power to the headlights, blinkers, hazard lights, windshield wipers, and sometimes the heating/cooling system and/or radio. Initially, in March, I hadn't experienced that yet. Today, I was driving through a city at approximately 30mph when I went to take a turn and noticed my right blinker wasn't working, so I tried the blinker for the left. That too was not working. Neither were my hazard lights or windshield wipers. I was far from home and afraid to shut the car off, for fear it would not restart so I kept driving home cautiously, trying not to change lanes. It began pouring rain and I was on the highway. I had no headlights, no wipers, and no blinkers or hazards to signal I was going over into the breakdown lane. Once in the breakdown lane, I was not easily visible to the other cars speeding by because of the amount of rain and the fact that I had no hazard lights to rely on. I could easily have been hit or hit someone else while trying to navigate through the rain to safety with no working blinkers, hazards, headlights, or wipers! the worst part is, this is a startlingly common issue with the year, make, and model and Dodge is not offering a recall for this issue with the tipm (totally integrated power module), where the problem is stemming from. The dealership wants to charge me $99 for diagnostics and then over $1,000 for a new tipm. I want to start a class action lawsuit to get Dodge to recall all of the vehicles having these safety issues caused by the tipm failure!!!!

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #1

Jan 022012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber - totally integrated power module (tipm) unit issue low beam headlights stopped working while operating vehicle. Only high beam lights work. Local garage diagnosed problem as faulty totally integrated power module, with a repair cost of $1225. Headlights are a necessary component to the safe operation of a vehicle. Dodge ought to look into the issue of faulty tipm units and the safety implications inherent in failure of the component. The safety of the families traveling in vehicles manufactured by Dodge ought to be of the greatest concern.

- Portland, OR, USA

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