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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,014 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Dodge Caliber electrical problems

electrical problem

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012010


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 25-30 mph, the contact stated that the accelerator pedal became stuck when it was depressed and the vehicle accelerated up to 80 mph. When the contact applied the brakes, the vehicle did not slow down. The steering wheel would not move and the gear shift lever would not shift into park. When she applied the emergency brake, the vehicle spun over a sidewalk into a parking lot. The identical failure occurred when she attempted to restart the vehicle; therefore, she towed the vehicle to an authorized dealer. Two months prior to the failure, the keys became stuck in the ignition for thirty minutes. The dealer had not informed the contact what caused the failure to occur. The contact stated that she experienced headaches and neck pain after the failure occurred. The current and failure mileages were approximately 60,000.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 102008

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,558 miles
The dealer has had my vehicle a total of 27 days not including the days it is currently at the dealership in 6 occurrences. All occurrences have been electrical problems. Because of the severity of the problems my wife does not any longer feel safe driving the car with my children fearing it will either leave her stranded or even worse catch on fire while driving it.

- Kingsburg, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Dodge Caliber have had this car since June 2006. In the 14 months I have had it on average it seems at least once a month I have to take time out of my schedule/work to go to the dealership drop it off and explain the same repeat problems. This not only takes time but I also have to make other arrangements for transportaion. The car has had a grinding type noise upon ignition since I bought it along with the engine constantly wanting to stall upon slow down or complete stops and then trying to accelorate again. This has caused me to nearly be rearended and or hit numerous times. Each time I have had it in the service center I am told the grinding noise can not be detected. I pick the car up and no sooner than I get home and leave again it happens. As for the stalling I was told it was the power controll module and it was replaced and they considered it repaired. This was in January, it is September and still this is happening more and more often. I have had it back numerous times. There are many other problems with this vehicle that the service center has told me was'nt a problem or they have corrected and it continues.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 052006

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber 1.8 liter 5 speed stalls at idle in traffic or when coasting to a stop. When this happens power steering and brakes no longer work. I took it to the dealer and they found nothing. I almost ran into a wall the last time it stalled there is no warning, like you shut of the key. It will restart no problem but there is a potential for a rear end crash at stop lights.

- Kingsville, 00, USA

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