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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,792 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber suspension problems

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #100

May 012010


  • 80,000 miles


The first indication of the problem was as I was driving at higher speeds (above 50 mph). I noticed a definite shaking which I took to mean that the tires were not balanced properly. I had the vehicle checked and was told that the front ball joints, control arms and tie rods were worn out. I replaced these parts and the tires as they had begun to wear badly. I am now about to replace the same parts for the fourth time! there are also major problems with the rear suspension. I am replacing the rear control arms and lateral links for the third time! I drive a lot and at first put the problem down to the number of miles I drive. The vehicle is now at approximately 211,000 miles, but this is ridiculous! the last time the front suspension wore out, the right front wheel nearly fell off! the vehicle began to shake severely and as I was a mile or two to my destination, I slowed to a crawl and when I arrived I was nearly sick when I saw how bad it was. Now the front and the rear are bad at the same time. Help me out please! I'm at my wits end as I still owe someone money I had to borrow the last time I needed this fixed. I really don't want a car payment now as my wife lost her job recently.

- Howard, OH, USA

problem #99

Aug 192015


  • 99,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 20 mph, the front subframe fractured due to rust. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the subframe and sway bar needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 99,900.

- Florence, CT, USA

problem #98

Aug 042015


  • 121,600 miles
Brakes on this vehicle are no good, very hard to stop. Ball joints no good steering on this vehicle is not safe either I have noticed all the recalls and complaints.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #97

Mar 212012


  • 59,000 miles


I bought my car in February of 2013. Approximately 6 months later I had to replace the struts and ball joints on the car. Then had them replaced again. 09/29/14 and was told again by the repair shop last week when I brought the car in for a tuneup because it was hesitating when you started to accelerate that I'm going to need to have the struts replaced again. So now that's 3 times in a little more 3 yrs I have owned the car. This can't be normal. I looked online and there have been 100's of people complaining about front suspensions on their Calibers. So I think it's a design fault that needs to be corrected. The one time ( the 2nd repair) I was told that it was a good thing I brought the car in when I did or I could have been in a serious accident because the struts were so badly damaged.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #96

Jul 112015


  • 165,832 miles
We went to get a front end alignment done but was told the drivers side tierod had to be replaced then found out that the cross member is rusted out.we just bought this car in 2013 and its not even paid off yet.what can I do about this cuz it was like this when we bought it but got worse!

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #95

May 012009


  • miles
At 132000 miles, I am replacing both control arms for the fourth time on my 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0L, no to mention the numerous cv boots and ball joints. With the numerous complaints I have seen online, it is surprising that no recall efforts (at least seemingly) have been made for such a dangerous and costly defect. I implore your company, please investigate the concerns and having Chrysler-Dodge fix their errors!!! even my mechanic informed me that the length of the arm is just short enough to create continual issues. This isn't right. As a result of so many repairs on this vehicle, I will never own a Chrysler-Dodge product again. Thank you for your time and consideration.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #94

Jun 152015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Engine cradle is completely rusted out on our 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT. I have never seen something like this on a car that's not too old. Looking at the engine cradle it has a hole about 12 inches round and along the engine cradle support or whatever its called that sticks up in the air welded to the cradle...updated 07/30/15 the consumer stated the part was replaced at not charge. Updated 08/13/14

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #93

May 012015


  • 94,302 miles
Front of vehicle started to shake and drivers side front made creaking noise. Took vehicle to dealer and they stated front struts and components were bad as well as drivers side ball joint. Vehicle was repaired however there is vibration in the steering and the vehicle pulls hard right. Also front end makes a lot of noise. Dealer performed front wheel alignment and balanced tires but problem is still there and mechanics can't find the issue. Vehicle is unsafe to drive and am very afraid to drive it especially since I'm disabled with young children. There are numerous complaints about the suspension issues with these cars and the problems need to be fixed before someone gets seriously injured or killed. Can't understand why nothing is being done after all of these complaints have been made by so many. This is why people don't buy american cars anymore. Foreign manufacturers will actually recall vehicles and stand behind their products.

- Putnam, CT, USA

problem #92

May 192015


  • 79,000 miles
My wife was driving my car heard a squealing noise and could not control the car. The steering seemed very lose. She was by a garage and stopped and left the car there. Today they looked at the car and send the undercarriage was shot and could not be fixed.. can Chrysler be notified of this and should we get a second opinion? its a good thing this happened on a back road with no traffic or my wife could have been seriously injured.

- White Haven, PA, USA

problem #91

Feb 022015


  • miles
Upon driving home from work in February of 2015, I noticed a horrible nose coming from the front of my car. As the days progressed, the nose had become worse. I had assumed there was a problem with the struts and had them replaced right away. My father in law, a mechanic, saw that the front sub frame cross member is completely rusted out. I was then told by several mechanics that the car is unsafe to drive due to the amount rust on the sub frame and the high risk of the cross member breaking thus causing an accident. After much research, it has come to my knowledge that this is a manufacturers problem and nothing has ever been done about it. The A/C unit is located right above the cross member. This unit is leaking water onto the sub frame thus causing the part to rust.

- Olmsted Township, OH, USA

problem #90

May 132015


  • 138,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving at 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise that came from the undercarriage. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the subframe and sway bar needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Muskego , WI, USA

problem #89

Apr 222015


  • 92,000 miles
Driving normally on a town road and I heard a thud. Steering wheel jerked and came back to center. Car swerved into the oncoming traffic lane. Drove home at a steady crawl with front end shaking and feeling real loose. Checked my front end and could see my spring binding over the strut and strut mounts were squeaking and making noise while turning the steering wheel. Strut rods were stuck and would not compress. Ordered new struts and mounts. Will be replacing as soon as they come in. Glad this didn't happen on the highway and there were no cars coming in the oncoming lane or there would have been a serious crash.

- Putnam, CT, USA

problem #88

Mar 262015


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the cross members on the vehicle had rusted through. The contact stated that the steering wheel would shake while driving at 50 mph or over. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the cross members needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #87

Mar 242015


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the rear of the vehicle veered to the left and right uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the entire under carriage was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Tionesta, PA, USA

problem #86

Nov 032014


  • 55,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the cross member became fractured and there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear and front cradles were rusted and would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 55,500.

- Royal Oaks, MI, USA

problem #85

Nov 212014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from under the vehicle. The vehicle was driven home where an independent mechanic where it diagnosed that the front cross member, outer sway bar link, sway bar bushing, and the rear engine mount needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

problem #84

Oct 172014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
The sub-frame on my Caliber is rusted out. This is only 6 yrs old, and Dodge say there is no warranty.there will be fatalities if this is not corrected on these vehicles.

- Blanchard, PA, USA

problem #83

Oct 112014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
My partner and I were at Firestone to have a oil change for our car done. One of the repair guys came out to tell us our tie rods on our car were lose and would need to be replaced soon. Our car has only a little over 61,000 miles on it. Tie rods on a car are usually replaced at 120,000 to 170,000 miles. We bought this car used at a Toyota dealership with only one previous owner. The carfax were provided and the previous owner babied the car. There were no previous car wrecks and we have had no car wrecks either. We are at a disbelief, as this serious of an issue on a car should not have to be replaced until it is expected. We take very good care of our car. We change the oil before it is due and regularly schedule check ups to make sure there are no major issues. Now we are taking our car in this weekend to get the tie rods done and to see if also control arms and ball joints need to be replaced. For tie rods to go out while driving is a serious issue. We could lose control of the car and hurt ourselves or someone else. This is a serious safety issue and Dodge has a responsibility to replace malfunctioning parts of the cars this is happening to. A tie rod should not go out on a car at 61,000 miles when the car is taken care of. I do not understand why a recall has not been in place and why Dodge has not come forward to be accountable for the issues. The tie rods will be costing us $400 dollars alone to replace and if ball joints and control arms need to be replaced well over $1,000 dollars for parts that are wearing out prematurely. If our mechanic had not caught the faulty parts my new wife and I might be lying in a hospital somewhere hurt or worse. As responsible owners we are having the parts replaced as soon as possible. If Dodge would have taken responsibility to have the parts replaced we wouldn't have to worry about our safety and others safety.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #82

Jul 282014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Sway bar gaskets & endlinks along with front struts & plates had to get replaced 2007 Dodge Caliber 89K miles lightly used not an abused vehicle.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #81

Jun 012010

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
No accident the tech told me that the Caliber is notorious for having a horrible suspension system because the car is too heavy for the frame. Replaced lower control arm bars, struts should have been replaced at 36,000 miles, replaced inner and outer tie rod ends, twice within 1/1/2 year, struts still bad. The vehicle is a accident waiting to happen. Chrysler just keeps ignoring these issues. Said they are going to extended the warranty only on the crossmembers, however that part directly relates to the3 lower control arm bars and I already replace.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

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