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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,500 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.

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 052015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 25 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck without warning. The contact also mentioned that the windshield wipers, defroster, and radio became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V234000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000. Updated 05/17/16

- Batesville, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 042014


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the accelerator pedal became stuck causing an unintended acceleration. The contact also stated that the front driver side door handle and locking mechanism fractured and the door could not be secured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the door hinge needed to be replaced. No further information was available on the conditions of the vehicle. The initial failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 042011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 to 50 mph, all of the lights on the instrumental panel illuminated and the engine began to lose power before there was an increase in the engine rpms to 8,000. The vehicle then began to suddenly accelerate and when the brakes were engaged, the smart braking system activated. As a result, the vehicle fish tailed. The contact lost control of the vehicle, but was able to maneuver to the side of the road. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance because the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V234000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) and the warranty expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 88,000. The consumer stated around 30,000 he began to experience major electrical problem. The lights, car alarm, power windows and power locks were all affected. The radio, horn and led panels were having minor issues. The vehicle was still under warranty, so therefore the dealer fixed the vehicle in a timely fashion. The vehicle performed as designed up until 50,000 miles when the problems returned. However, only the power locks and car alarm were affected. The vehicle was no longer warranty and since they were minor, the consumer learned to just live with. However, on August 4, 2011 as the consumer was driving, the vehicle suddenly went haywire. The instrument panel was blinking on and off, the dome lights were flashing, the radio shut off and the brakes stopped functioning. The vehicle the accelerated out of control and the consumer lost control of the vehicle. The ABS light illuminated and the vehicle started braking itself to compensate for the acceleration. The vehicle then fish tailed as the consumer was trying to make a left turn. Updated 09/29/11.

- River Side , CA, USA

problem #6

May 052010


  • 3,500 miles


I bought a 2007, Dodge Caliber. Drove it for a while. Then as I was driving in a school X-ing my accelerator stuck. I had a terrible accident with the woman stopped in front of me. My car was totaled. A week later I received a recall on the accelerator, after the damage was done. I have had no compensation, and am without a vehicle. I must work. Help me please!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 052010

(reported on)

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Dodge Caliber. Consumer expresses discontent regarding recall repairs regarding the accelerator pedal. The consumer stated his daughters vehicle is handicap equipped. The dealer removed the boot from the gas pedal, but they didn't do anything to the pedal.

- Old Town, ME, USA

problem #4

Jan 152009


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated when traveling at speeds of at least 60 mph and when the accelerator pedal is half depressed, there was an unusual click followed by a momentary sticking of the pedal. The contact would tap on the accelerator several times before it would release and return to the idle position. The failure had occurred several times but has not yet been taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000 and the current mileage was 45,700.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 082010


  • 82,000 miles


My 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT has a problem with the throttle. The pedal sticks, causing the accelerator to raise the rpms to about 5000 while driving. I noticed a copper bushing on my floor mat but had no idea that it came from the pedal assy. I will take my vehicle in tomorrow. This problem is occurring very frequent and I am afraid that this will cause some serious injury or death. Updated 05/20/10.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 022008

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
1. events leading up to the failure, accelerating from light making a left hand turn. 2. failure and its consequences, bushing of gas pedal fell out and caused the engine to serge to 5,000 RPM, applied brakes and rate of acceleration slowed, had to turn engine off to bring vehicle to a stop. 3. what was done to correct the failure; service done by dealer, replaced gas pedal assembly [ 04891623ar 06068B3B 24936F 43595418901 lhd ] (old part is available).

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 292008

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving 55 mph, the accelerator pedal snapped and went underneath the brake pedal when it was depressed. As a result, the brake pedal could not be depressed. The vehicle was pulled off the road and the emergency brake was applied in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they replaced the plastic pedal with another plastic pedal. The current and failure mileages were 36,000. Updated 02/15/08.

- Athens , GA, USA

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