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:
35,521 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.

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 192007


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the front wheels became unstable as the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed the front tie rods and ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 012010

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Bought 2007 Caliber brand new at about 30,000 miles heard grinding and thunk noise when making a right hand turn went to dealership they stated the right tie rod was bad and needed to be replaced. (of course warranty was expired.). I called Chrysler and of course they did nothing and I filed a complaint with them at that time but had to pay out of pocket. Now it's three years later and my vehicle did not pass inspection due to the tie rod & wheel being loose. Why is there no recall for this problem? never again Chrysler!!

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #6

Apr 242012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,167 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for routine maintenance when the technician detected that the front brake rotors exhibited severe rust and corrosion. The shims, front brakes and rotors were replaced. In addition, the inner tie rods loosened from the steering rack and the front control arm bushing separated. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 23,167. Updated 06/05/12 the consumer stated that Chrysler has since repaired the vehicle. Updated 06/06/12

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 102012


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, she was advised that the tie rod, bolts and joints were fractured. The mechanic stated that the failure occurred as a result of not having enough lubrication on the components. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Ranier, MN, USA

problem #4

Aug 292011


  • 46,000 miles
Both outer tire rods failed at 46,000 miles, car sounded like to front end was going to fall off. Replaced and took for alignment. Repair clinic could not do alignment because both lower control arm assemblies with ball joint were unrepairable.factory defect, joints sealed so unable to lubricate, forces owner to replace at $800 for both or possibly lose control and have a fatal accident.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 222011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed the front driver side wheel was detached from the vehicle. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was told the ball joint detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated the same ball joint was replaced two months prior to the incident by the authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 43,000. Updated 6/8/11 the consumer stated two months later, the tie rods had to be replaced. Updated 06/23/11

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Feb 142009


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT (na). The contact stated that after having routine service done, the dealer noticed that the tires were worn and the front outer tie rods needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Now 20,000 miles later after having the tires replaced again, the dealer noticed the front inner tie rods and ball joints needed to be replaced again, which were causing the tires to wear faster. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 23,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #1

Jun 262008


  • 40,000 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber SXT-35K miles. Purchased brand new. No accidents. Tierod is in need of being replaced already. Failed inspection for NY state 2nd year of owning it.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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