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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,849 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 #15

Sep 142012


  • miles


Had just replaced the brakes on the vehicle after it had been down for the 4th time in 3 years when I was driving down the highway and the tires started screeching when I applied the brakes. Began to accelerate to pull into a public parking lot when pieces of the front right tire fell off and I had to coast into the parking lot with no brakes. Is my only means of transportation and has been down for almost a year now. This vehicle has been down a total of 5 times out of the 4 years I've owned it and it has truly been an inconvenience.

- Browns Mills, NJ, USA

problem #14

Aug 262007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Dodge Caliber. Consumer requests reimbursement for defective door recall. The consumer stated on August 15, 2007, she took her vehicle to the dealer to have the regular maintenance performed and at that time, the dealer had the opportunity to check for recalls, but they didn't. on August 26, 2007, the consumer was involved in an accident, which resulted in the left rear passenger door being damaged, when the vehicle failed to stop after applying the brake. The consumer stated when she attempted to apply the brake, it kicked back and delayed her stopping. Also, the vehicle was displaying a pull and the tires were wearing quickly.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 242012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,167 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for routine maintenance when the technician detected that the front brake rotors exhibited severe rust and corrosion. The shims, front brakes and rotors were replaced. In addition, the inner tie rods loosened from the steering rack and the front control arm bushing separated. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 23,167. Updated 06/05/12 the consumer stated that Chrysler has since repaired the vehicle. Updated 06/06/12

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 022012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles


My sisters 2007 Dodge Caliber only has only 32236 miles on it and the ball joints need replaced already, it cost 800 dollars to replace them, I looked on line and everybody that has a 2007 Caliber is having the same problem there should be a recall on the ball joints, just look on line and U will see how many people are having trouble with the ball joints, how many complaints does it take to have a recall done, thank you for your time, please just E mail me back thank you.

- Harmony, PA, USA

problem #11

Sep 052011


  • 75,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, a howling noise would be heard from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle needed new brakes, tie rods and a transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,500.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #10

Sep 222008


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 30 mph she applied pressure to the brake pedal and heard a squeaking noise. The failure recurred intermittently so the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the tie rod was replaced. Approximately 6 months later the failure began to recur and the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the brakes were repaired. The failure continued to recur. Approximately 1 year later the vehicle was taken back to an independent repair shop where the brakes, tires, tie rod and ball joints were repaired. The failure continues. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 58,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #9

Jul 262010


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when she applied the brakes and the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle proceeded to crash into the rear of a preceding vehicle. There were no injuries. The contact's insurance company was investigating the failure but had not reached a diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 58,016.

- Mission , TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 062006


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While the contact was driving approximately 55 mph the oil warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel, followed by a sudden engine stall. The engine restarted after waiting a period of ten minutes. The failure occurred intermittently. Also, on a separate occasion the brakes failed to respond with excessive force engaged and then the engine stalled. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician was unable to locate a problem. The vehicle had been taken to authorized on several separate occasions for the identical failures in which both tie rods and an unknown sensor were replaced. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact to take the vehicle back to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and repair. The failure mileage was 1,000.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 282010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. When the brakes were applied, the brake pedal extended to the floorboard and became stuck. When the pedal failed to release it caused the vehicle to crash into a another vehicle. There were no injuries; however, a police report was filed. The contact called an authorized dealer and stated that there were no recalls for his VIN. When the vehicle was taken to the dealer, they could not duplicate the failure. The failure occurred twice. The failure mileage was approximately 76,000. The current mileage was approximately 80,000.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #6

Apr 162010


  • 126,000 miles
Took my car into safford Dodge in fredericksburg, va because when I hit brakes my car would shudder. I stated that I felt my front brakes were going bad. After they looked at my vehicle they stated I needed my rear brakes replaced and that my front ones were fine. Upon them working on my rear brakes, they informed me that cylinder wheel was locked up on the rear left side. Preventing the wheel from being placed back on the car. When I picked my vehicle up, my brake pedal made a popping sound. I thought that was because I just had new brakes put on. Four days later my brakes went out on me as I was pulling out of my driveway. Thankfully no one was hurt and I was able to use my emergency brake to stop. I took my car back to safford Dodge and the front desk guy paul stated he felt that my power brake booster was bad. I told him that there was nothing wrong with my car before I brought my vehicle in except that it shuddered. Which it still does.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 272009


  • 45,000 miles


I was driving on a dirt road with slight washboard condition at a little above 30 mph downhill. When I stepped on the brake slightly, the car immediately lost control and went off shoulder. After the incident, the ABS light stayed on for a while but later it went off.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012008


  • 10,000 miles
We've had this '07 Dodge Caliber since 9 of '07 and have had several problems to occur at about 2 months after purchase. The car stalls at low speed, we've had brake problems which when we first took it in to our dealer was told nothing was wrong with the brakes. Upon several visits about noise coming from the front tires and while pressing the brakes they would putter after about 40mph, was told the wheel bearings needed to be replaced. Since then we would still experience the noise till it got so bad, Chrysler finally said - your rotors need changing. Since we were over 20,000 miles we weren't covered by warranty. Was told this was normal wear and tear. I could understand if these problems had just started, but they didn't. Chrysler has said they cannot assist me with a refund nor would the senior staff agent give me his bosses name to complain further. I am very dissatisfied with Chrysler. My mom is about 80 years old and purchased this car believing that the company was reliable and would stand behind any problems. We would like our money back or trade this vehicle in for a comparable amount.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012006

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 30 mph, the brake pedal went down to the floorboard when it was depressed. The contact stated that the electrical system was not working properly, however, she was unable to provide any details. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The current mileage is 3,029 and failure mileage was 64.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Jul 312006

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
My 2007 Dodge Caliber has experience a pulling in the front end that started after 3,000 miles. The car has been at the shop 3 times in a time period expanding approx. 6-12 weeks. The dealer working on the car could not achieve success after three attempts. The car is now at another dealer who has had the car over 48 hrs with no response to the front end issue. The car now at 7400 miles as a front brake "jatter" and is at the dealer for this as well. Also, the car's rear washer fluid nozzle leaks at highway speed and the stereo's sound will distort suddenly without warning. I am beyond upset with how much problems I have had on a 19,000.00$ brand new automobile. I do not want to believe that all Chrysler vehicles have this kind of issues. I also wanted to believe that my problem was minor and would be just fine once it was fixed. However, the problems just keep coming. I purchased a new car in good faith that I received dependable transportation. I don't think I have gotten the fair end of the deal. I would be a happy customer if daimler Chrysler refunded my money on this car. In trade I will purchase a new Dodge 1500 pickup. I feel like if daimler Chrysler will take care of me, I will be a happy customer who will continue to purchase their products. I don't want to take my business elsewhere but I will do what is needed.

- Gilmer, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 302006

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
: the contact stated the brakes failed to respond as the front right wheel began to shake and pulled to the right resulting in an impact to the curb of the bridge. This occurred while driving at an unknown speed, in a light rain. The police arrived at the scene and filed an accident report. The vehicle was towed to impound. The insurance company was notified, however a service mechanic did not inspect the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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