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 3 of 8)

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problem #104

Mar 192012


  • 80,000 miles


I own a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0 liter. Over the past 4 + years I have had to deal with multiple problems with my car and they have all been very expensive. When I bring my Caliber to the dealership I am told that there is one serious problem after another " and there are no recalls !!" for these problem. The problem that has caused the biggest issue is the "integrated power module" it is causing multiple codes to appear and causing my car to run rough. It will cost $1000 dollars " and no recall". in the state I live in we have to pass emissions tests, it has failed multiple times. I was given an extension to try and resolve the issue. But I just spent $1000 fixing the heating problems in the car only to be told that the T.I.P.M is the root of all the remaining issues. I cant afford to spend the money to fix this issue " I shouldn't have to !!" plus I am unemployed. Chrysler/Dodge no longer makes the Caliber, and have left the current owners of these vehicles to deal with these issues themselves. I cant sell the car because if it wont pass the emissions test it is worthless and no one will buy it anyway. I don't want to trade it in I cant afford another car. Please seriously consider this problem and allow a recall I have read about the other serious problems related to the T.I.P.M and cant understand why one doesn't exist. What is Dodge waiting for??

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #103

Dec 312014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle made an abnormal noise and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 92,000...updated 02/11/15

- Bessie, OK, USA

problem #102

Jan 022015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
The cel was has been on continually for the last several days. At first the battery warning indicator lighted and then a few minutes later went off and then back on. This was followed very shortly by the ABS, brake, airbag indicators all going off and on intermittently. Wipers started to work intermittently. All of a sudden the car was in a wrong gear and the engine started revving too high - the speedometer was going from about 50 to zero intermittently. I was going to try to make it home (about 3.5 miles), but was only able to get it into a nearby parking lot safely. It was very hard to handle - I am just fortunate that the parking lot was nearby. The lack of handling could have caused a wreck as I was on a four-lane undivided highway. These problems are due to a faulty tipm - of which has cost me $810 to repair.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

problem #101

Dec 192014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


When returning home from the store it was near dusk. We turned on the headlights and headed home. Along the way cars were flashing their lights at us. I checked to confirm the headlights were switched on, which they were. Once we got home, we noticed both headlights were out even though they were switched on. Luckily we only had a mile from to travel to get home or this could have been a very dangerous situation that could have ended in a crash. Later I removed the headlight bulbs to see if they had burned out. (not likely since they both went out at the same time.) both bulbs appeared fine and I reinstalled them. I turned on the headlights and they both illuminated. A couple hours later, I went to leave again but after turning on the headlights neither of them illuminated. After some research I found that it's the tipm failing in the vehicle. I've also read that Chrysler installed the fuse box under the hood where it's exposed to the elements and this is possibly why so many Caliber owners are seeing this issue. I looked through the last 50 complaints on NHTSA and 20 of them are for this exact same problem. If 40% of the complaints on a vehicle are for the same issue, shouldn't Chrysler do the right thing and offer free replacement? we shouldn't have to wait until people die in a car crash before Chrysler does something. This creates a very hazardous situation if the driver of the vehicle doesn't realize the lights are not working and they're driving in rain or fog. Others drivers cannot see them as well and it's only a matter of time before somebody gets killed because of this issue.

- Baxter, MN, USA

problem #100

Sep 252014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving at very low speeds and depressing the brake pedal, the ABS would erroneously activate causing the braking distance to be extended. The contact also indicated that the check engine sensor light illuminated. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failures. In addition, the contact experienced various electrical failures. The driver side window would open, but would not roll up to close allowing rain to enter into the vehicle. Also, the front passenger side headlight would not operate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the electrical failures. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 156,000. Updated 12/30/14 the consumer was involved in accident and the vehicle was totaled. Updated 01/27/15

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #99

Nov 242014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 119,517 miles
The passenger's side low beam and the passenger side brake light have gone out. High beam, reverse, & turn signals are fine. I took the vehicle in and was told the totally integrated power module (tipm) must be replaced at a cost of over $1,000. This is a know issue to Dodge; a design flaw due to exposing the electronic equipment to the elements by placing it in the engine bay in a housing that not water tight. I've been told the with the Caliber it is not a question of if, but when the tipm will go out. This creates a safety hazard because any electrical system could go out while driving. Dodge should either fix this, recall the part, or reimburse owners that have already had to pay to fix the issue.

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #98

Oct 242014


  • 80,000 miles


My passenger side head light went off and on for about 2 weeks before failing to come on at all. Bulb was checked, then replaced. The battery cables were taken off over night to try to reset the computer but nothing worked. I should not have to pay $900 + to fix a headlight on a car 7 years old. Why are they not issuing a recall on a problem that so many people are having?

- West Lawn, PA, USA

problem #97

Aug 292008

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 42,560 miles
This has happened on several different occasions, there is no rhyme or reason to this problem. I will be driving down the road at between 45 and 65 miles per hour when all of a sudden the little lightning bolt will come on the dash panel and car will loose all power. Sometimes I'm able to pull off the road safely, however the steering also locks up when this happens. Other times I will be on a two lane highway with no shoulder, on these occasions I turn off the engine and coast and restart the vehicle. I would say this has happened to me at least a hundred times or more. It can happen several times in one trip and then not happen for several months. I have heard of several other vehicles being recalled for this same problem and I am wondering why hasn't this been done on this vehicle. I have seen that this has happened to other Dodge Caliber owners, does someone have to die for this to be fixed. I can't even sell this or give it away because I don't want someone to be killed. I have learned how to deal with this. God forbid someone is eventually killed.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #96

Oct 172014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Low beam headlight don't work. Dealer ask for tipm replacement (9fuse box). Noticed that this problem with too many. It is a design failure. Should recall and fix or reimburse to everyone. Additional information are at

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #95

Oct 212014


  • 124,000 miles
Noticed the driver's side headlight was out again while I was driving through a parking lot. I pulled into a parking spot and turned the lights off and back on again and then both headlights were working. Took it to the shop today since we've had the tipm and tipm connector replaced within the last 6 months. They could not duplicate the headlight not working, but said they'd replace the tipm since it's still under warranty. We're really starting to hate this car.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #94

Oct 072014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 123,429 miles


Driver's side headlight went out again. And then one day the car wouldn't start. Jumped the car and it started. We just had the tipm replaced a few months ago. This time they found a burnt tipm connector pin. They replaced the connector and could not duplicate the no-start condition.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #93

Apr 222014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
Driver's side headlight is out. Got the tipm replaced for $700+. that's way too expensive for a headlight.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #92

Mar 212014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 112,934 miles
Driver's side headlight went out. Took it to shop to get it replaced. It was not the lightbulb. They got it fixed, but said the tipm may be faulty and it will need replaced if headlight goes out again. A day later, the headlight went out again.

- Denver, PA, USA

problem #91

Jul 042014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My tipm went out on my car. It's been out for three months now and Dodge has not sent the part for my car yet. They originally sent me the wrong part and then I was told that I would receive the correct part in a week. Well, it's been three full months now and still no part. Every call to Dodge is saying that the part if on back order. No recall on this part at all. I have no vehicle to get around in and I'm lost as to what I should do now. If there's a class action lawsuit, I would love to receive information regarding it. This is an absolute nightmare.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #90

Jan 012013


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the front driver side headlight failed to illuminate. In addition, the air bag and brake warning indicators illuminated and the horn and windshield wipers would only operate intermittently. The dealer stated that the totally integrated module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000.

- Penscola , FL, USA

problem #89

Oct 102014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles
My total integrated power module (tipm) is out! my left head lights wont work, my horn goes off at random times, my airbag lights keep flashing, my wiper blades sometimes do not work. The car acts like its completely possessed! this is a definite safety issue and a known problem with this model! something needs to be done before someone dies!

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #88

Oct 022014


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the driver's side head light failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the total integrated power module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Cochranton , PA, USA

problem #87

Sep 032014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Driver side headlamp has gone out due to a total intergrated power module failure.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #86

Sep 012014


  • 149,000 miles
Had to replace the alternator.the charging light was coming the head lights are not working replaced bulbs still not working not getting power tipm issue.

- Evart, MI, USA

problem #85

Aug 152014


  • 151,000 miles
I have 2007 Dodge Caliber and was driving the electrical system was make the car shut down all my lights and signal lights was not working. I was on the expressway and my signal lights or nothing was working.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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