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:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,062 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber electrical problems

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #124

Sep 112015


  • 140,000 miles


Our car was purchased used two years ago and always had an issue with hesitation with both acceleration and idling after completely filling the gas tank. Last week it started having the same hesitation/sputtering issue but without having recently filled up the gas tank. It sputters/hesitates to accelerate while going anywhere between 20-30 mph (we did not take it on the freeway out of fearing it would die going faster so we are unsure how it does at higher speeds). It also started to stall while idling at a stop light. It started up again fine both times it died but continued to hesitate while accelerating. Our radio hasn't come on a few times when we start the car (this has happened approximately ten times since we've had the car) and the fuse is fine. We pop the fuse out and put it back in and the radio starts up fine again. We are taking it to a mechanic on Saturday to have the system "updated" because we saw there was a bulletin about our model of car needing an update, but I'm fairly sure this has to do with the tipm after reading other people's stories online.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #123

Jul 182015


  • 89,872 miles
My car was parked, upon trying to start the car, no luck. Had the car towed to the dealer. Fuel pump was the initial diagnosis, but then also the wiring harness was melted. $642.69 later my car was running. Not a happy camper.

- Clayton, DE, USA

problem #122

Sep 062015


  • 183,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While in park, the vehicle failed to start. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the fuel pump was melted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 183,000.

- Jeffersonville, KY, USA

problem #121

Jul 252013


  • 95,000 miles


On my way home from work I stopped at a light and my car jerked and acted as though it was about to shut off and my check engine light came on and then the car would not accelerate very well. I went back to my work and had the mechanic check it (I work at a school transportation) and the light said it was the crankshaft position sensor so I got it replaced and it did nothing so we went ahead and replaced thr camshaft as well and it worked for a week or so then started off and on. My headlight also stopped working and I replaced it 3 times before wondering what the heck! I just recently was cited a ticket due to the light and since I was not able to fix it I had my license suspended and was driving without knowing and ended up getting pulled over again but instead of explaining that my car sucks I was arrested and put in jail for a couple hours so now I have two court dates coming up one for my fix it ticket not getting fixed and another for driving on suspended because of not getting the part fixed so it is starting to become a major issue for my whole life in general. My car dies at almost every stop light and if I go over 2rpm it will not acclerate. I had to replace major parts such as; motor mounts, struts, pistons, calipers, brakes, batteries, etc in just the short time ive owned the vehicle which was very hard for me since I dont make much money. The car is wired very odd and my father is my go to mechanic but he couldnt figure out some of the parts. I dont have the finances for the tpim and figured it would be recalled by now since its a major problem with most Calibers so I stuck it out but now I dont know whats going to happen. As of today, August 24, 2015, my car is not running since it lost all power last night, first the radio stopped, then the ac stopped blowing, then the lights that work started to dim, and then it just died. Please help!!!

- Wichita , KS, USA

problem #120

Nov 192014


  • 120,000 miles
I bought my Caliber last October and not even a month after having it I realized my left tail light and my middle break light didnt work so I bought bulbs and replaced them and they still didnt work and then my left headlight quit working so I had it looked at and they said that I need a whole new tipm computer and it would cost 1200 dollars that in which I dont have so I am not happy at all with this vehicle... this is very dangerous and can cause me to be ticketed for something that could have been prevented or Dodge can fix for me the tipm computer needs to be recalled asap.!

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #119

Jul 222015


  • 89,000 miles
The total integrated power control module (tipm) is the latest diagnosis made (7/31/15) for my 2007 Dodge Caliber. History: Beginning in 2010 I began to notice an intermittent terrible whining noises and loss of power, which I attributed to (incorrectly) to the Dodge cvt automatic transmission. The "events would occur then O go away only to return again. Then beginning in 2011 the "events" were followed shortly thereafter by electrical component failures all of which caused me to make emergency shoulder pull offs due to significant power loss and the acrid odor and smoke of smoldering plumes of smoke. The acrid smell and smoke would stop when I shut down the vehicle; however the vehicle would not restart and had to be towed to a mechanic in each of the following documented incidents: 1/3/11 (mileage 67,877) tow and replace starter - $429 1/7/12 (mileage 73,943) tow and replace warranted starter - $179 2/14/13 (mileage 85,490) tow and replace warranted starter- $189 3/7/14 (mileage 97,383) tow and replacement starter - $324.03 2/15/15 (mileage unknown) replace alternator $406 5/20/15 (mileage 102,660) replacement starter $491.27 7/17/15 (mileage 103, 320) replacement starter $ (no charge) 7/17/15 (mileage 103, 325) unable to diagnose electrical problem 7/31/15 (mileage 103, 325) replacement (tipm) $ $1242 (estimate) come on Dodge/daimler Chrysler/Fiat make this right or forever forego future product purchase

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #118

Jul 142015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 138,129 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while attempting to power off the vehicle, the key would not disengage from the ignition. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 138,129.....updated 08/29/15 updated 08/26/15.

- Cusseta, GA, USA

problem #117

Nov 202014


  • 93,000 miles
Was driving home one night and my car stared losing power at lower speeds. After getting off the interstate and turning left from a complete stop my car died. This stop, go, die cycle continued all the way home next morning get ready to go to work and nothing. Turned out the flue pump and wire harness had melted and burnt up. Luky we didn't burn up too. With I could upload pictures here.

- Greenville , AL, USA

problem #116

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 #115

Mar 222015


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the electrical warning light illuminated and the ability to accelerate failed. The vehicle was restarted and resumed to normal. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. The VIN was not available.

- Glastonbury, MA, USA

problem #114

Oct 082009


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the low beam headlights failed without warning. The contact also stated that she drove with the high beams while driving at night, however, eventually over a period of 3 years all of the exterior lights including the brake lights had failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the tipm module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #113

Feb 162015


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While in park, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and then to a dealer who were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. In addition, three weeks later while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The oil pressure warning light illuminated as the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #112

Mar 102015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Horn and airbag both failed making the vehicle unsafe. Dodge refuses to fix the problem.

- La Canada, CA, USA

problem #111

Mar 052015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
While accelerating from driveway the radio stopped working. Then the next day while pulling from driveway notification beep went off and lights on display flashed. About 3 weeks ago I had to replace battery. The left drivers side light has been going on and off intermittently. It also starts hard frequently. I have read online that all of these are indicators that the tipm is beginning to have issues, which is a common problem for 2007 Dodge Calibers and will cost up to $1500 to repair.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #110

Sep 042014


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The failure occurred three times and failed to start on each occasion. As a result, the vehicle was towed each time to an independent mechanic where the link wire and the alternator were both replaced. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who updated the computerized system but the failure persisted. The vehicle had not been repaired for most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #109

Nov 222014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 174,000 miles
In November the low beam on my driver's side went out. I had the bulb changed, disconnected/reconnected the battery and works fine. Earlier this month the passenger's low beam went out. I have changed the bulb, disconnected/reconnected the battery (just like last time) but this time still no low beam. I took it to a local mechanic that said it was the tipm (totally integrated power module) that sells for $467 but no one has them available (I've contacted the local dealerships & on line). Now here's the problem - I've gotten a ticket for lights out and for driving with high beams on. So what do I do? Chrysler's inferior quality equipment (based on the hundreds of complaints of the same problem) is now costing me money and I can't get it fixed because they don't have the part available.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #108

Apr 152014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the instrument panel failed to illuminate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the led lights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 04/03/15

- Manton, MI, USA

problem #107

Feb 022015


  • 59,000 miles
My mechanic has told me that the ticm total integrated control module needs replaced that it will cost $900 plus tax to do this. I have searched on line and seen that several other people have this same issue with their 2007 Dodge Caliber. This needs to be a recall matter if so many people are having the same problem. I had to replace the eac electronic accelerator control less than a year ago that may have been due to the issue with the ticm as well.

- Afton, WY, USA

problem #106

Jan 272015


  • 65,000 miles
Integrated power module needs replaced at 65000 miles. Dashboard cluster flickers and car only accelerates to 15 mph. Cost of repair is $1000. Dealership advised they are selling power modules at 30 a month. How is this not a problem to be a recall?

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #105

Jul 022014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The dashboard lights all come on and ding. Car will not go fast than 15-20 mph.

- Centerville, OH, USA

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