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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,840 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


Having electrical issues with the low beams on the headlights. It started as one light not working, then went to both lights not working. We have to use the high beams at night. The car is due a safety inspection and will not pass due to the lighting problem. There's also issues with the electric windows not operating and the check engine light comes on. I have spoken with Chrysler about the problem and they will not do anything because our warranty has run out. They did say that if a recall were to happen I could get reimbursed. We do not have the funds to fix it. Updated 11/29/12

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 072011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle started to make a loud noise and it stalled. The contact also stated that she tried to restart the vehicle a total of three times and the vehicle caught fire on the last attempt. The fire department was notified and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was declared destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 80,000.

- Lynwood, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 062011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Engine has constant 'rattle'; sounds just like a diesel engine now. Started as a ticking sound while car idled, ticking grew into a growl after starting the car, now roars upon acceleration and grinds/knocks loudly when stopped while in gear--quite embarrassing at red lights. Forum has indicated same problem as an alternator pulley. Visual inspection detects source of noise on left side of engine (looking in under the hood) where the 7 belts are spinning--hard to tell which one is the culprit but the alternator post makes sense. Please visit that particular comment at; and that was page 20! many owners are experiencing this problem, and now I'm afraid to drive on the highway in fear of a breakdown or power loss (I've lived through one of those before by the grace of god). That site recommended that I post the complaint to you, to do something about it for not only myself (I.e., just take it to the shop and spend money I don't have for workaround fixes that won't solve the problem), but for others who loved the car they purchased but are now regretting their decision (*therefore please issue a recall to encourage daimler Chrysler to review their engineering recruitment and performance). Thank you for your service and purpose in this economy. :)

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 202009


  • 44,000 miles
Dodge Caliber 2007 with 44,000 miles shows a intake manifold runner stuck open code. Will this effect my federal emissions clause and will I be in violation?

- Wautoma, WI, USA

problem #1

May 102006

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
At 200 miles, my car's engine started to rattle and my power lock had a short. I called and called the dealership until 1000 miles later they checked the problem. They gave me an excuse for the motor rattling was that there was such thing as winter and summer fuel and that I should change gasoline stations and brands to see if that would correct the problem. I followed their instructions and went practically all over town gashing up. I just had it checked again at 1527 miles, the noise got worst. The motor rattles when I accelerate and when it also reaches the regular temperature. In the morning when my engine is still cold it doesn't rattle but as soon as it reaches the regular temperature it starts rattling. My motor rattles a lot worst. Yesterday at 1430 miles as I was waiting for the light to turn green, my car was going to stall. My RPM gauge went down and then went back up. I got the same excuse once again that it was the type of fuel and that there existed no repair for this problem. The service manager said "the car is working the way it was designed" and "it is all through computers now, Dodge fixes the problems and sends us the software and we hook up to your car. In the mean time, there is no repair available and it will eventually get repaired". the only thing they did was add a mopar fuel additive but I still hear the noise. I have used regular, mid-grade, and premium and used different stations and fuel companies and the problem still exists. The rattling is so bad that not even with the ac full blast can you tune it out. As far as the power lock is concerned it was repaired, they said it had a short. The bad thing is that there are no other power locks but the only one on the driver side. As far as safety is concerned, you are unable to open the rear passenger doors or the rear door, as they have no power locks you have to do this manually. I had to teach my child to pull on the lock in order to open the door in the mean time this got fixed.

- Laredo, TX, USA

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