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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,512 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Jul 032014


  • 83,000 miles


I was driving and the car stalled out and a car almost hit me. I found out later that the throttle body messed up and shut may car down.. Dodge should really recall this.

- New Richmond, WI, USA

problem #18

Apr 072014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
While driving home from the airport on the highway, my car shut down unexpectedly. My electronic throttle light along with my check engine light came on. My power steering and power brakes seemed not to function as I had to muscle the car to the side of the road. Thank goodness it was late at night and traffic was at a minimum. The car sputtered so bad it shut down on the road after I pulled over. After about 15 minutes, I started the car and limped it home. Couldn't get the car to do more than 10mph. Used my flashers the entire way home.

- Pulaski, WI, USA

problem #17

Mar 102014


  • 120,000 miles
I was told by meineke that my engine's subframe was so corroded that the car was unsafe to drive. The mechanic told me that it was very unusual for a car this young to have a corroded subframe. I learned from online research that corroded subframes are a frequent complaint with Dodge Calibers, possibly because of the placement of the air conditioning unit. There was no recall. I immediately replaced the subframe at a cost of approximately $1,000.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #16

Mar 222014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


Driving on interstate 55 back to peoria, il. Car interior and dash lights flashing and surging. Smelt something burning. Car died, lucky got to shoulder of freeway. Had it towed from Pontiac, il. To Firestone in peoria, il. Diagnosis, hole in A/C compressor (possible pistons blew through casing), shorted starter, fried battery

- Melrose Park, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 152011


  • 83,000 miles
This has happened many times before yesterday. While driving on the freeway, the check engine light comes on, and the car go into a "limp" mode (very little power), and even at full pedal, it slowly slows down. Having had it happen several times before, I learned to pull over, and shut off the car, and let it set for a few minutes. Sometimes times this is not easy, or safe to do. Then it is hard to restart, but will drive somewhat better. This allows me to get to a place that I can shut it off for an extended amount of time (1/2 hour), and then it runs more like normal, but the check engine light stay on for several days. After the check engine light goes out, it is running normal again until the next time. So far, this has not caused an accident, but I'm sure somebody will be hurt or killed before this gets recalled. Good luck follow drivers.

- Three Oaks, MI, USA

problem #14

Feb 012007


  • miles
I see that GM has finally issued a recall for their engines stalling and I'm wondering if Chrysler ever will be held accountable for the same thing? there 2007 Dodge Caliber stalls with a flashing left light, which has been reported to Chrysler, the NHTSA, and Transport Canada on numerous occasions but nothing is ever done about it. Consumers are just left to fend for themselves and it's completely unacceptable.

- Calgary, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 182014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 82,150 miles


Car will randomly start shaking like there is barely any power. I have had to replace the alternator twice. Numerous throttle issues that numerous auto service shops were not able to fully take care of. When the vehicle was at a stop and the accelerator was pressed, lightly and normally the car would accelerate inappropriately and kind of jerk forward. In addition, when turning and the accelerator is pressed normally the car would seem to lose power and seem to glide into the turn and then jerk forward. These throttle issues were never fully explained or fixed. After a while the car dash started flashing a red electrical bolt and the car would shutter and shake and lose all power. Initially, when this occurred I was able to just turn the car off and wait and then turn it back on and it would function for a while. Also, if the car was idling at a stoplight or parked the electrical bolt would flash and the car would start to shake. Now the air bag light in the cluster constantly turns off and on and beeps while the car is shaking.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #12

Mar 162012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Low beam headlight on passenger side will not turn on but the high beam works fine. Have checked wiring and fuses and it seems to be the tipm. Took into a shop and they said that it is the tipm telling the light not to turn on so in other words its a bad tipm. I was made aware that the part would be close to $1200. I've researched this issue online and I see that it is a very common issue. I am now starting to have issues with what I think is a bearing gone bad, still trying to determine this. Today as I was almost home, my charge system light came on. When I got home, so turned car off and let it sit a few minutes, turned the car back and no issues. The 2007 Dodge Caliber seems to have issues. I wrote to Dodge about the headlamp issues with no resolution or that they acknowledge there is an issue. From reading the forums today, it seems my lights or issues may get worse and possibly loose my life or cause a horrible wreck before all of this over. Dodge needs to take the responsibility for all of these issues and recall them so we are not out the huge sums of money that is required to fix this. I am currently unemployed and no unemployment compensation as of yet, I am afraid my once reliable car will just quit on me one day when I least expect or cause lose of life.

- Verolna, KY, USA

problem #11

Oct 012012


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated while driving 25, mph the vehicle lunged forward violently then stalled after the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was notified that the PCM would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred and was taken to the dealer several times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #10

May 142013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Car is hard to start cranks very slow and there is a tapping sound like a bad lifter upon starting but goes away when the car warms up. The wheel bearings had to be replaced. Alignment was way off and tires had to be replaced. Brakes have to be replaced. There is a hollow noise from the rear of the vehicle. After jacking the car up to check that sound out the rear passenger wheel would not come off the ground. After replacing the front wheel bearings and new tires the car now shakes and vibrates in the front end. The car has been at the repair center for 10 days on and off. This last time it has been there for 6 days and counting. These vehicles are unsafe for the road and should be recalled and taken off the road permanently. There are way too many problems with these vehicles and the manufacturer will not do anything about it. NHTSA needs to step up and hold the manufacturer accountable before someone gets seriously injured or killed. Do not wait until there is a fatality! action needs to be taken now!

- Putnam, CT, USA

problem #9

Apr 302013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 64,507 miles


While driving earlier this month, my car suddenly slowed down to 15 mph and went into limp mode. I could barely get the speed up to 35 mph and keep it at 35 to get the car home. After calling a local auto shop and two area dealerships (go Dodge arapahoe and christopher's Dodge world), I came to discover that the throttle body was worn. The representative from the shop said that this is something he has often seen. Indeed, after doing some research on Caliber forums, it seems that this happens very frequently to 2007 Calibers. This is an extremely dangerous problem that is happening very frequently in 2007 Dodge Calibers. Someone could get hurt or killed if their car suddenly slows to 15-35 mph with no warning. It is dangerous, irresponsible, and immoral for Chrysler to continue to allow people to drive the 2007 Calibers with the knowledge that these cars are equipped with a faulty piece of equipment that causes the car to rapidly decelerate.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #8

Feb 112013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
After two recent gas fill ups, two separate times while driving at a very low speed and once more from a stop, the car stalled out. The second time that it stalled from a slow speed it stalled two or three times within a five minute timeframe. Car was purchased and built in 2006, the same time that other Dodge and Chrysler vehicles have been known to do this.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #7

May 142013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 27,654 miles
My engine stalls when at stop light/signs. This happens after refueling the car. I heard of other Chrysler/Dodge models that have had the same problem that are being investigated though my car is not the same engine or years being looked at. Engine is 2.4 L. it does this for up to about 10 times and I can keep it running in neutral and revving the engine. Not sure of the date that I first notices this but has been happening for about a year or so. Mileage and date are from latest time.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 072013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 92,318 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated as soon as the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and an authorized dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed by both that the PCM module would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 92,318. Updated 05/10/13 the consumer stated the manifold was faulty as well. Updated 05/17/2013

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #5

Oct 062012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 71,600 miles
I was driving to work going up a hill when the car shook a little and started to decelerate. I noticed there was a blinking symbol on the dash of a lightning bolt between two lines. I was not able to accelerate fast enough to keep my speed going up the hill, and decelerated very quickly. Anytime I was at a stop light it took about 5 seconds before I was even able to move forward. During the 5 seconds, the car seemed like it was going to stall at the intersection. Once I reached work I looked up the light in the owners manual and found it to be an electronic control light. I tried turning off the car and turning it back on only to realize that nothing had changed. This could easily cause an accident and from what I understand there is no fix, only theories.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #4

Jan 062012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that when driving 50 mph and above, the vehicle would overheat and decelerate without any warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 150,000. The VIN was not available.

- Princess Anne, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 012012


  • 74,000 miles
While trying to accelerate on highway vehicle began to jerk and lose speed. Now when I press the gas pedal it hesitates and at high speeds jerks and loses power. Truck behind me had to slam on brakes and almost caused severe accident. Dodge needs to fix immediately. I don't have any money to even try to fix since I don't know where to start. Please help all of us Dodge Caliber owners.

- Gales Ferry, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 182012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 62,002 miles
Upon start up the service engine light came on. I checked the gas cap and that did not correct the problem. After 2 or 3 days the light was still on. I decided to take it in to the dealer to have it looked at. After running a diagnostic they determined that the problem was a faulty intake manifold. Which they told me wasn't covered under warranty.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

May 242012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
First my car started to sound like a dryer full of ball bearings the ball bearing the oem ones in the alternator went out. There is no replacement pulley so the whole alternator had to be replaced $600+ (found out this is a common problem in 2007 Dodge Calibers) then while pulling out of the parking lot my tire fell off due to faulty/worn-out I ball joints and upper and lower control arms.. had to replace the entire front end suspension $1400+! (this is a major complaint as I have found online. I have read over 200 different complaint statements) not to mention my ABS light was on and they had to change out my speed sensor 100 +. then my ck engine light came on 2 weeks after the entire front end suspension was replaced when I drove the car it would shake and acted like it was losing power & would not let me accelerate past 35 mph. I took it in it had several stored codes. One was then intake manifold was stuck and the other was the camshaft.. they cleared it out and only the manifold came back up so they said I had to replace that. We did $800 + I picked it up & a day later it was doing the same thing now saying multi. Cylinder misfire & camshaft they cleared it and test drove it but it did not come back on so the Dodge tech. Has no clue what to do to fix it & no clue on the cost ( this has also been a problem on 2007 Dodge Calibers) this has all happened within the last 3 months and my car has about 86000 to 87000 mi on it! I"M fed up this car is falling apart. As I have read Dodge knows of these issues & has done nothing about it I have also called and made my complaint no call back yet..any open lawsuits on this" I would even be happy if Dodge would reimburse me for these issues as obviously they are well documented known issues. I have spent way to much on this car in 3 months and @ 7 months pregnant with a 6 year old I need a safe reliable car!

- Conroe , TX, USA

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