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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,179 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 012016


  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, an abnormal sound emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the sub frame had to be replaced due to corrosion. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Jefferson Hills, PA, USA

problem #9

Jun 152015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Engine cradle is completely rusted out on our 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT. I have never seen something like this on a car that's not too old. Looking at the engine cradle it has a hole about 12 inches round and along the engine cradle support or whatever its called that sticks up in the air welded to the cradle...updated 07/30/15 the consumer stated the part was replaced at not charge. Updated 08/13/14

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #8

May 012014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The car would not steer with any controllability. Upon 2 different independent mechanic inspections we discovered the lower ball joint was so worn/loose if I had continued to drive I could easily have lost a tire. The entire underframe is corroded and I was told it would have to be replaced soon or it would also become a safety hazard in the near future. Dodge has to be aware of this problem because after conducting some research on my own I have found hundreds of 2007 Caliber owners with almost identical issues to mine. Hoping no one gets hurt before they realize what a serious risk this type of low quality manufacturing is...

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #7

Feb 022011


  • 38,000 miles


My 2007 Dodge Caliber has a water leak that allows rain water to enter the vehicle. The used car dealer I bought it from (had it less than 1 year) said it was a gasket leak in the front fender. I don't know if this is right or not because the car's entire driver side floor board has yet to dry out. Vehicle constantly acts as though it is going to stall. This has happened in idle in traffic and when pushing on gas from stop. Sometimes the low pressure sensor oil light will flicker on and the car will start to jerk. Sometimes the vehicle just hesitates for a long time when switching gears. Dealer unable to duplicate this problem. Newest issue - when traveling at approx. 55 mph on the highway, all doors mysteriously unlocked themselves. Very frustrating and inconvenient... dealer does not offer rental or temporary car even though they have my brand new Caliber that im paying for even while its in their possession. The dealer could not duplicate stalling/oil light issue and I took it to an independent mechanic had an oil change done and still did it. Took it back and he couldn't find anything either. Computer not reporting anything and no recalls.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #6

Nov 252010

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber SXT leaks water into the front and rear floor boards on the passenger side whenever it rains. This seems to be a common problem with these vehicles and my dealer will not or cannot fix it.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 192009


  • miles
2007 Dodge Caliber, while driving today going to make a left hand turn with son in the back seat. The keychain holder you attach to any key got caught on the sterring wheel part and actually broke the key off while driving. It the gadgets shouldn't be positioned that way. Anyway the whole front end of the key is still in the steering wheel and it almost caused alot of cars to hit the car because after they key broke off and half stayed in the car it actually locked the wheel. We do not know what to do but I told my spouse not to touch it. We could have been seriously hurt or killed today. I no longer feel safe at all. I feel the wheel and the space they have from where the key is inserted and where they put other things is obviouslly unsafe. We are frustrated and afraid of getting back in the car when it is fixed. Also where do we go to get this fixed since this is not our fault? a steering wheel should never be designed where the parts are so close together that a simple string that is your key chain and short can get caught on the gadgets of the wheel. My son is only 4 please give us advice. When trying to get the wheel to move after it stopped our son was jerked and we are frustrated.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 022008

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


1. events leading up to the failure, accelerating from light making a left hand turn. 2. failure and its consequences, bushing of gas pedal fell out and caused the engine to serge to 5,000 RPM, applied brakes and rate of acceleration slowed, had to turn engine off to bring vehicle to a stop. 3. what was done to correct the failure; service done by dealer, replaced gas pedal assembly [ 04891623ar 06068B3B 24936F 43595418901 lhd ] (old part is available).

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 182007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,200 miles
My 2007 Dodge Caliber has an off idle hesitation when you start to pull a way from a stop light, the car also has a cracking/snapping sound coming from the lower right corner of the windshield when going over small bumps or cracks in the road this accrues at any speed the car also makes a rattling noise when it is first started and continues until the car warms up, this happens in warm or cool temperatures, also the rear door speakers are rattling and I do not listen to loud music the car has 7500 miles on it.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 132006

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,599 miles
My 2007 Dodge Caliber has a water leak that allows rain water to enter the vehicle and the January 8th appointment will be the 4th time at the dealership for this same issue. Water seems to be entering somewhere in the front of the vehicle and settles under the passenger seat. While "repairing the leak" the first time, the vehicle was returned to me smelling like cigarette smoke, the second time, the trim above the passenger side door was not properly replaced, the third time, a panel underneath the dash on the passenger side fell off (apparently was not replaced properly), they glued the rubber stripping on the passenger side door panel making it impossible to remove my satellite radio antenna and the trim above the passenger side door is still not in place correctly (seems to have been forced into place). Also, the person working on my vehicle said he guaranteed that it was fixed after the 3rd time, but it wasn't. vehicle constantly acts as though it is going to stall when idle and also when accelerating from a stop - when accelerating, vehicle hesitates. Dealer unable to duplicate this problem. Newest issue - when traveling at approx. 55 mph on the highway, all doors mysteriously unlocked themselves. Very frustrating and inconvenient... dealer does not offer rental or temporary car even though they have my brand new Caliber that I'm paying for even while it's in their possession. This is the second Dodge vehicle in a row that we've had problems with - 1st was a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 with stalling issues that the dealer could not duplicate.

- Annville, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 162006

Caliber 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,994 miles
: the contact stated while driving 60mph on the highway, the manufactured floor brackets that hold the floor mat became entangled on the contact's shoelace. This occurred because the vehicle did not come equipped with floor mats. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Evansville, WI, USA

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