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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,512 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #15

Aug 192010


  • 76,850 miles


Dodge failed to notify me of a recall on my gas pedal. Due to this the pedal stuck as I was driving the vehicle reaching speeds of 80+ on a back road. I contacted a dealer which got me in the next day but it was going to take a day to get the part in. So in the mean time I was suppose to drive my car on the roads so this could stick again and hope that I was as lucky as the first time where no one was hurt. Also there is other damage to the brakes and front end from trying to stop this but they are not going to do anything it has to come out of my pocket. Also since I did not feel safe driving the car for a day till the part came in I was going to have to pay for a rental out of my pocket or drive my car. So Dodge did not see any problem with me driving my car again. Does anyone else feel this was not a smart thing to do that this was unsafe. It is like sending a death trap on the road to kill someone. Dodge could careless about the customers or anyone's life.

- Smithville, TN, USA

problem #14

Jul 102010


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while attempting to engage the brake pedal at 45 mph on an incline, the accelerator pedal became stuck in the open throttle position. The contact shifted the vehicle into park and was able to stop the vehicle by applying the brakes. He had to reposition the accelerator pedal in order to continue driving. The failure persisted four additional times on the same day. The dealer replaced the accelerator pedal and stated that the repair potentially would not prevent the failure from recurring. The contact stated that the failure persisted. The manufacturer stated that they were unable to provide any assistance until the failure had occurred at least three additional times. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 94,000.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jul 102010


  • 45,000 miles
Got a letter in the mail about a safety recall on an accelerator pedal. Went to the dealership to get it fixed but they didn't want to repair the safety recall.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #12

Jul 032010


  • 79,026 miles


When accelerating the pedal sticks on my '07 Dodge Caliber SXT. Causes the RPM's to jump and loose control of the speed of the vehicle. It has happened three times now. Just received a recall notice for the accelerator on a 2007 Dodge Caliber. They inspected it and said it was not with in the dates the manufacturers given for the recall. Told the dealership it has happened twice before and the last one was about four days before I got the notice. Now a few days after it was inspected it happened again. Reading other complaints on this matter, I have found copper bushings on the floor. If they were from under the pedal shouldn't the service man noticed that if he did check it? leaves me to wonder if they did indeed check it. Everything that happens matches the recall, so why it wasn't just fixed is beyond me.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #11

Mar 092010


  • 52,968 miles
I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While my husband was driving to work he had a problem with the gas pedal sticking and accelerating on its own. We brought it to our local Chrysler dealership and paid $282 to have them install a new gas pedal assembly. After hearing about this recall I wanted to make sure to file a report/complaint. I still have the receipt from when the gas pedal assembly was replaced. I'm hoping to find out some information on how to be reimbursed. Please contact me via phone. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #10

May 292010


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the throttle control indicator flashed on the instrument panel and the vehicle would slow in acceleration. The contact also stated that the brakes failed to slow the vehicle, increasing the risk for a crash. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the throttle control needed to be replaced. The repair was performed January 2010. The contact felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and could have caused an accident on the highway. The failure mileage was approximately 46,000. Updated 10/27/10.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #9

Oct 082008


  • 30,000 miles


I was driving my 2007 Dodge Caliber in the parking garage at work. I was turning into a parking spot and had just taken my foot off the accelerator and was applying the brake when the car surged forward suddenly, went over the tire stop and struck the wall causing damage to my vehicle.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

May 152009


  • miles
Accelerator stuck to the floor as I was pulling off. I noticed that there was finally an investigation being done and wanted to let it be known that this is happening to more people.

- Temple Hills , MD, USA

problem #7

Apr 162007


  • miles
I believe I had one of the 2007 Dodge Caliber's with the acceleration problem. We purchased the vehicle in March 2007 and in April I was on the highway and the car began to accelerate. I pressed the brake and it locked up, causing the vehicle to roll three times in the middle of the highway. At that time we contacted Chrysler who denied there were any problems with the vehicle. We contacted a lawyer but he said that since I didn't suffer any life-altering injuries, it would be too costly to litigate. Now that Chrysler is finally admitting there is a problem, what can I do"?"

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #6

Jan 072009


  • 35,000 miles
In Jan 2009 I purchased a 2007 Dodge Caliber. Immediately - I noticed the car surge forward (very slightly) even when my foot was off the gas pedal (coming to a stop). It was so slight that at first I thought it was my imagination. This problem has continued (to date). I am a confident driver, and this slight surge happening periodically (seems about every 100 miles or so) - did not feel like it posed a risk to me. I do warn people wanting to borrow my car to be careful and what to expect if it happens and how I handle it. I am reporting it now because I read in our local paper (in a very small ap story) that there is a probe and only 5 people reported have filed complaints. Although I feel, as an experience and confident driver I find the "problem" to be manageable too me. I would never let a "new" or "inexperienced" or "not skillful" or "elderly" driver behind the wheel of my car. I would be afraid that the surge may panic the driver and potentially cause them or others harm.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012009


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 50 mph, the accelerator pedal stuck to the floor. The vehicle surged forward until the contact applied pressure to the pedal in order to release it. The failure occurred three times. The contact took the vehicle to an authorized dealer where it was repaired for the failure. The failure had not occurred since the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The current mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Hannibal, MO, USA

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

Feb 042010


  • 56,000 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber over the winter the car idled rough and something came on about the electronic throttle control. I the last 3weeks the throttle pedal on the car got stuck 4 times. I just read on internet this year car had problems. I called local Dodge dealer and they said they only heard about problem on internet too. They heard nothing from Dodge. The stuck pedal did not cause an accident but could.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 032010


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at an approximate speed of 15 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated to speeds of 75 mph. The accelerator pedal was stuck in the open throttle position. The contact was able to reach over and manually lift the accelerator pedal. The vehicle began to decrease in speed and came to a stop without incident. The contact then noticed the bronze bushing ring lying on the floor board of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they advised replacing the entire throttle assembly. The current and failure mileages were 59,000.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 252009


  • 50,600 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber gas pedal. With 50,600 miles. While driving approx 65 mph on a 3 lane highway the gas pedal accelerated to over 90 mph when the brakes and emergency brakes could not stop the car only slowed it slightly when I reached the shoulder of the road across 3 lanes of traffic I put the car in neutral and turned off the car to fully stop the vehicle. The gas pedal was replaced and explained that it was the cause for the excessive speed.

- Millville, NJ, USA

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