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 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #80

Sep 182014


  • 170,000 miles


I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber and the sub frame is so rusted through that it cracked while my son was driving it. Thankfully he was coming home and it happened couple minutes from home. I cannot believe a car, that is only 7 years old, can rust so severely in such a short period of time. I cannot believe Dodge has not issued a recall on this. What are they waiting for" are they waiting for enough people to get into accidents and possibly kill somebody, before the recall this manufacture defect" they must have some really good bean counters. When I started looking on the internet, I was shocked to see so many complaints from people with the exact same problem as I am having, and their cars were younger then mine. I was shocked to find out that there have not been any recalls issued for this.

- Macedonia, OH, USA

problem #79

May 242007

Caliber 4WD 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
I've had numerous issues with the vehicle suspension since I purchased this vehicle brand new (a 2007( around thanksgiving 2006. The first issue involved the steering and was told that both front struts, control arms and outer tie rod ends would require replacement - at 6K miles! this repair also involved replacing the rear brake shoes. The steering was making a grinding noise when parking or parallel parking at very low speeds. I had this repair performed using parts I purchased myself and a local mechanic I found on craigslist who was willing to do the labor for about $300 including the necessary 4 wheel alignment. The parts cost about $500 or so. Another issue that has been present since I brought the car home has been this rattle and clunk in the rear suspension. It seems that nobody has been able to pinpoint what the exact problem may be. I replaced the rear shocks myself thinking that might be the problem, but it still makes this annoying noise. The car has no rear sway bar. I was told it's not a control issue and have "lived with it" as annoying as it is all these years. It seems it has not affected the vehicle control, but it's a nuissance. I'm getting ready to fix this problem myself as it must be the rear control arms or toe links. This always occurs while driving over an uneven surface like a gravel driveway or a very bumpy road. It also seems that the front tie rods appear to be in need of replacement yet again as I inpsected these myself and noted theres no boot on them and getting some steering noises again, including a clunk while steering or braking at very low speeds. Might need another set of control arms (not sure yet) really feel as if Dodge should address and acknowledge this as a defect and pay for these repairs - as I've been reading here and on plenty of Caliber forums I'm definitely not the only one who's had these exact problems.

- Hopatcong, NJ, USA

problem #78

Jun 262013


  • 85,000 miles
Every time I go over a bump it make a horrible squeaking/ jerking motion I've looked on there and it seems everyone is having the same issues, I replaced the struts thinking that was it and it seemed the sound got worse. I shouldn't be replacing all this that early, this car has nothing by highway miles. It literally sounds like my tires are gonna fly off. This really worries me because I have small children.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #77

Jul 152014


  • 146,100 miles


The car would not start (lights worked, but engine would not turn over). After replacing the throttle cable and box, as well as some broken wiring, the car still would not start. The mechanic then towed the vehicle to a Dodge dealership, where the computer was reset. The car ran for another week after it was first "fixed, " and then again did not start (same problem as before). Additionally, the light to indicate that the air bags were not functioning turned on prior to the vehicle not starting. This is more frustrating because we have had extensive issues with this car (replaced all tie rods, bushings, control arms, have a broken door from the hinge breaking, and had multiple tires wearing unevenly due to the car's suspension problems) already, and have sunk well over $6000 in repairs this year alone.

- Stony Creek, NY, USA

problem #76

Sep 262013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Every time when I would be going over any kind of bump, driveways at speed bumps or just driving the car. I would always here shaking or rumbling noises in my front suspension. Recently I had to get a clutch installed in my Caliber. And my mechanic informing me that my control arms were coming loose. Which means that if it persists the wheels can come off so that's the sound I am hearing the wheels shaking when it goes over bumps!. and then he followed by saying with Dodge Calibers control arms always seems to go bad early in the life of the car no matter how you drive. I only have about 91,000 miles on my car which are about 90% highway miles. I used to drive for ups drove trucks for living when he comes to changing gears and driving the car I am extremely capable. So for a clutch to go back in just seven years is absolutely ridiculous. My parents had a 1987 Volvo station wagon with manual transmission. And we never had transmission problems!!! hey Dodge this is how a car is supposed to work!! you buy it works till you sell it. With a few maintenance fixes down the line. (not control arms transmission and electrical and gas pedals.) so for control arms going bad at this time is absolutely ridiculous. I went on other forums of people who has the same car as mine in about 600 people or thousand people were saying exactly the same thing but they had to spend a lot of money to get these things fixed. I understand that things go bad cars over time but this is extremely too early. I have went to 3 to 4 other mechanics and all say the same thing about the Dodge Calibers. Control arms are a major important thing is safety of a car extremely basic an extremely simple to understand that conforms do not go back and just seven years. Note my control arms aren't as bad as some others.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #75

Jul 102014


  • 125,000 miles
While turning left, I started to notice an occasional clunk which seemed to be coming from the front driver's side. Within a day, it turned into a constant clunking as I was driving, even while going straight. It was obviously not safe and we took it to the shop. As others have discovered, my entire under carriage is rusting away. I also had to replace ball joints and lower control arms at around 50,000 miles. They say this needs to be done again. The fuel pump had to be replaced a couple months ago. The tires need more frequent replacement as well due to the control arm issues. Serious problems with this vehicle and there should be more recalls than just the recent one. Specifically, with the control arms, the mechanic said he's seen them fail at under 25,000 miles. Absolutely ridiculous!

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #74

May 012014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


The car would not steer with any controllability. Upon 2 different independent mechanic inspections we discovered the lower ball joint was so worn/loose if I had continued to drive I could easily have lost a tire. The entire underframe is corroded and I was told it would have to be replaced soon or it would also become a safety hazard in the near future. Dodge has to be aware of this problem because after conducting some research on my own I have found hundreds of 2007 Caliber owners with almost identical issues to mine. Hoping no one gets hurt before they realize what a serious risk this type of low quality manufacturing is...

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #73

Jun 042008


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact indicated that while having maintenance performed, the contact was informed that both tie rods and ball joints were defective and needed to be replaced. The contact indicated that the vehicle was repaired for the same defect on multiple occasions but the problem recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #72

May 292014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Just filing a complaint about substandard manufacturing of my vehicle cross member parts. Substandard material was used and severe corrosion is a result. Chrysler has a recall for repair. Could pose safety issues if parts rust completely through.

- Freeport, IL, USA

problem #71

May 212014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 126,112 miles
Turned the wheel and heard a bump by the tire. Stopped and seen that the shocks was touching the tire on the left side.

- Garrett, IN, USA

problem #70

May 012014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber rt. This car has 52000 miles at 7 years old. My car sits in a garage and is well maintained. I recently replaced the tires on the car and found that both ball joints were in need of replacing to the point that the tires couldn't get balanced. I don't think that this is supposed to happen on a car with 52000 miles.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #69

May 142014


  • miles
My son was driving my 2007 Dodge Caliber on May 14, 2014 and the strut broke in half. He said that he was on the expressway which is a 65 mph zone, heard a rattle noise and then a thump. He was not sure if he hit a pot hole or something else in the road that would cause the strut to break. When I had the car towed to my mechanic he stated that he contacted Chrysler/Dodge for the replacement strut and was told the part was on back ordered for 1-2 weeks and there was about 35 of them waiting already. I would like to know if this is a part that is an issue for this car because there are so many on back order at this time. My mechanic was able to find one though a junk yard and it was replaced at a cost of $125 for the part. Thank you.

- Avon, NY, USA

problem #68

Apr 092014


  • 107,000 miles
When I was driving in town at speeds around 25-40 mph I kept hearing a clicking noise beneath the drivers seat, especially when I made turns. I took it to a shop and they lifted it up. Turns out the entire suspension carriage was rusting and rotting. The clicking noise I was hearing was rusty pieces of metal rubbing against one another. We took it to a dealership and they said that the ac condensate line was directed to the subframe/undercarriage of the Caliber. The water was pooling and causing it to rust. I'm grateful we found out about it when we did instead of having the whole bottom of the car fall out from under us when we were going at a high speed. This seems to be happening to many of the Dodge Calibers right around 7 years. We have photos of the damage. Unbelievable.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #67

May 062014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I noticed a periodic clunking sound coming from underneath. Upon inspection by the dealer, the K-bar or K-frame, which is the part that holds the front suspension together, was found to have completely rusted through. It is completely rotten. Chrysler was contacted and will not help with thus $1400 repair. The vehicle has only 64000 miles on it. I have never had to replace this part in any vehicle I have ever owned. This is a serious safety issue.

- Wayland, MI, USA

problem #66

Mar 122014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
March 12, 2014 my mileage was 56700 miles I had to have my lower ball joints replaced because they had both failed. The last issue I had with steering & suspension was in March 2012. My mileage at the time of the diagnosis by the Dodge dealership was 34,898 and I needed to have the passenger side tie rod replaced. There have been numerous reports to the NHTSA/ federal government regarding both the tie rods and ball joints of the 2007 Dodge Caliber. I have done research and have found that the tie rods and ball joints are known to Dodge to be common failing parts on the 2007 Dodge Caliber. When I replaced the tie rod on 2012 I did notify Dodge directly, my vehicle warranty had expired at that time and Dodge closed my case and I was brushed off. Dodge stopped replying to my emails and would not return my voicemails. I have found no fatalities in my research so far, but it is only a matter of time with this vehicle design. How many reports are required before an investigation is launched. Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #65

Feb 282014


  • 110,000 miles
Upon hitting a small pothole, the subframe broke causing a loss of steering into oncoming traffic. Luckily there were no accidents. The tires now go two separate directions. After getting the vehicle towed to a repair shop, they discovered the subframe had rusted through due to the air compressor leaking directly onto the subframe. When having our insurance adjuster from state farm out to assess the damage it was determined it was manufacturer's defect and would not be covered. I then contacted Dodge who stated that the perforation for rusting was 100,000 miles. Although the incident on the vehicle we are still paying for through an authorized Dodge dealer happened on a vehicle that has exceeding the 100,000 miles by only 10,000 miles - we are now stuck with a car that's going to cost over $1,100 to fix due to a manufacturer's defect. This incident could've resulted in a fatality. Dodge needs to be held liable for this issue.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #64

Dec 232013


  • 47,000 miles
At 47,000 miles had a $800 repair to the lower control arm both sides. Also replaced the outer tie rods and new tires, front end alignment. Just under 2 years since this was done another unsuspecting incident with the suspension, wheels shimming at 40mph. Called Chrysler, and they stated no recall on my vehicle, however the mechanic that checked the tires said his wife had her vehicle recalled for similar breakdowns. My point all of this started at 47,000 miles. If my tire rods break or some other incident with the suspension I could have a major or fatal accident if I lose control on the freeway. -suspension on these vehicles is very unsafe as is the Chrysler neon. Need verification also if there was a silent recall on this, meaning they only paid when asked. They admitted the problem on the first incident and paid $400 as a good will gesture. The vehicle's suspension is just plain sloppy any way you look at it.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #63

Feb 132014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Noticed rusted subframe with big hole. We knew it needed to be replaced. No particular reason for the erosion other than the way the vehicle is designed. Vehicle is only 6-7 years old. This type of erosion is usually only seen on old vintage vehicles. A few days ago, we ran over a hidden pot hole and the subframe is completely broken apart. Now car is completely unsafe to drive. This car was poorly designed in this area. The company should recall the subframe to replace and install a rerouting piece for the ac to drip on and bypass dripping on the frame.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #62

Feb 132014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I took my car to get my alignment done. While on the rack the mechanic brought me in to show me the massive hole in my subframe. The car is a 2007 with only 97,000 miles on it.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #61

Jan 172014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 75,825 miles
My 2007 Dodge Caliber was diagnosed by an authorized service center to have a corroded engine cradle and a broken sway bar bracket. The car was deemed unsafe to drive by the servicing center, and I was given an estimate of $731 to repair it. At the time of the diagnosis, the car was only 7 years old with 75,825 miles on it. I contacted Dodge to see if they would offer any assistance, and I explained that I found it completely unacceptable that the frame of my vehicle had rusted through to the point that it was unsafe to drive the vehicle. Dodge customer service contacted the service center to verify the diagnosis and confirmed that they had told me the car was unsafe to drive. However, customer service offered no assistance and told me that they were unable to do anything because the car was outside of it's 3 year warranty and I "didn't fit the parameters" for them to be able to help me. An engine cradle that has completely corroded after just 75,000 miles is a serious safety hazard and, in my opinion, also indicative of a serious manufacturing defect, yet both the dealership and Dodge refused to do anything to rectify the situation.

- Greenville, PA, USA

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