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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,783 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber transmission problems

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 072010

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


I am not sure if this is the correct category as far as the elec.sability control the manual refers to it as the electronic throttle control when the light comes on. I have noticed that there is a recall for 2007 Dodge Calibers with this problem, but for some reason my VIN/vehicle is not included in the recall as well as many many others with the same problem. I am thinking they do not know who to notify because if they did you would have several complaint at this time. My 2007 Dodge Caliber has caused me problems and unsafe moments for sometime now. The vehicle will sometimes start with the electronic throttle control light on right off the bat other times you could be cruising over a bridge and it will come on and decide to go 2 mph if even that. I had an incident with my grandbaby where we were turning left across a lane of traffic and the car decided to go 1-2 mph it was a good thing that the on coming traffic was out there far enough for us to get across. I have not and will not drive the car since. I still have a car payment and insurance payment but cannot use the vehicle. I have been keeping up with the people on line and there is quiet a few that has had several scary situation like myself. There has been ones who have taken the vehicle in and the repair shop said there was nothing wrong.......then back out on the road they go and the problem happens again. One of these times someone will be crossing a very busy highway and could get in a bad wreck and die" we need your help???"

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #11

Aug 022011


  • 82,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that there was a knocking noise coming from the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transfer unit was defective and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but recurred shortly thereafter. The dealer then diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The repair of the transmission did not remedy the failure. The manufacturer was notified but denied any assistance with repairs. The failure mileage was 82,500 and the current mileage was 83,000.

- North Hill, WV, USA

problem #10

Jun 142011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber 2.0 cvt transmission: Bought June 13/2007 brand new VIN [xxx] 5 mi on vehicle when purchased we are senior citizens on social security 31,000 miles scraping, grinding noise not brakes- has gotten worse -much worse. Grinding starts as soon as car put in gear, worse as speed increases. Talked with Dodge dealers service departments -in albany NY and baltimore md they know of the problem:turns out to be inside the transmission. Not repairable. We were blessed to make it home safe from trip to upstate NY from Maryland. Eras still ringing 24 hrs later. Told out of warranty and cost will be $6,000 to replace transmission!! this is now a well known problem for the 'word class powertrain. Daimler Chrysler, Nissan and Hyundai - all used this transmission they jointly developed. Is ntsb going to demand a recall?? [xxx] parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #9

Apr 042010


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximate 30 mph the vehicle stalled and the transmission light illuminated. She drove onto the emergency lane for 20 minutes and the vehicle began to function normally. The dealer replaced the computer chip. The failure happened a week later and was taken back to dealer who stated that they did not know how to fix the failure. She then took the vehicle to another dealer who replaced the transmission. Two weeks later the vehicle stalled again. The contact stated the dealership advised her that they would call her when special technicians came from Chrysler. The dealer never notified her. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 43,000.

- St Clair, MI, USA

problem #8

Sep 172009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the transmission was self-contained which made it impossible to maintain. While driving approximately 10 mph, she attempted to accelerate and the vehicle would not move forward. A year prior to the failure, she heard a noise in the transmission. When she called the dealer, she was told that the vehicle was fine. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer where it was at the time of the complaint. The dealer stated that the transmission needed to be replaced; however, the transmission was on backorder. The contact called the manufacturer and was offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 89,000. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 222010


  • 84,004 miles
The gas pedal messes up it can be at a slight hill or accelerating at a green light. I push the gas pedal down all the way to the floor board only getting slight movement; then the car just accelerates. Other times it acts normal. I took it into a repair shop they said my car was not part of the recall so I paid $504 they said it fine and fixed. The same day of getting my car back it does the same thing so I called Chrysler 800#. they to said my 2007 was not part of the recall and to take it back the repair shop and they would reimburse if recall was extended to other 2007 models. There is an issue with acceleration of these gas pedals. I'm 9 mths pregnant and do not have the confidence that my car will move like it is suppose to when pulling out into traffic.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 042009


  • 48,585 miles


4 sets of headlight have blown on the car in the last 6 months. Then my gears aren't shifting correctly because it's making a clicking noise which has been heard by several people. Also the steering wheel clicks when you turn it on occasions. On a 2007 Dodge Caliber sxt2.0.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 222008


  • 16,000 miles
My 2007 Caliber has leaking problems, it has been in the shop twice and still not fixed, also I just brought it in for a grinding noise, at 16,000 miles. The dealer 1st told me nothing is wrong come and get it, I did not get it I told them to keep it and drive it 1st thing in the morn. They did and heard the loud vibrating noise. They called me and told me it needed swaybar bushings and a new transmission. This Caliber is junk. With each supposed repair for leaking they had my car for 2 weeks total. Also this time with the transmission it has be 3 days. I have to pay for a rental car each time. The power door locks make a weird loud noise at times when unlocking the doors. I do not feel safe with my 4 kids in the car with me. I need a safe vehicle.

- Winslow, ME, USA

problem #4

Jun 082008


  • 32,000 miles
I recently had a transmission control module replaced in my 2007 Dodge Caliber (32,000 miles). Less than a week after getting my car back, I again had transmission problems. This time around they had my car for 4 days and replaced the gent power module, $800 computer part (under warranty).

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 022008


  • 31,966 miles
I purchased a 2007 Dodge Caliber in June 2006. I noticed this car's road noise increased over time, the brakes are horrible, the windows squeal putting them up or down, and the door hinges sound as if they have been rotting in a junk yard somewhere for years, and let's not forget the weird smell coming through the vents when the heat or ac is on. My complaint, however, is about the transmission. On my way to work, while I came to a brief stop and proceeded to turn onto another road when my car lurched and slowed right back down. I immediately pulled off the road. My check engine light was on. I called the service department from where I purchased my car and after speaking to them decided to drive my car there. As I pulled forward another light popped on. This time it was the transmission over temperature light. (I was barely going 10mph and it was 70 degrees out). From there the car was very sluggish taking forever to get up to speed and I went through this process every time I had to come to a stop. I brought it to the dealer who would not give me or cover a rental. I got my car back 3 days later after they replaced the transmission control module. (by the way there is no recall, but Chrysler has a bulletin out on this issue). Sunday June 8, 2008, I was driving for 2 minutes when it happened again. My car lurched, the engine and transmission lights came on and this time the park, reverse, neutral, and drive indicators all lit up as if I was in every gear at once. My appointment is tomorrow. I argued to get a rental, on them this time and will update as soon as I have any news. I will tell you one thing, after reading everyone else.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 172007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,342 miles
Bought 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT with 9,000 miles on it and now has 13,000. Love the car but they can keep their cvt2 transmission. When accelerating the car starts to go then suddenly loses power to pull itself. RPM's hit 5000+ yet not picking up speed. This has happened 4 times and have taken it to dealer where purchased and service department wasn't able to duplicate. The 4th time was on 8-17-2007 when I was making a left turn onto a 4 lane + center lane highway from a stop. The car started to go then suddenly in the middle of the first lane it lost power and would not pick up speed. RPM's hit 5500+ and still not picking up speed. 45 mph traffic had to brake as I was trying to get out of their way. Mashed gas pedal to the floor and still nothing but the revving of the engine and my family screaming for me to go go go!!! I just bought the car in May 2007!!!! dealer wants to trade me out of it at my cost and loss of money and at a higher interest rate!!!!!! the car in now parked in my garage and will not be driven anytime soon. I am paying for a "coffin" on wheels as I am sure that is what it will turn into before Dodge finds and corrects the problem.

- Fernley, NV, USA

problem #1

May 152007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
2007 Dodge Caliber. Overheating of transmission after about 3000 miles. Occurs after driving 20 miles on highway. Computer check at dealer showed no fault. No action taken by Dodge. Problem persists, and now we not only get the orange warning light but also the red one afraid transmission will fail.

- San Jose Los Cabos, 00, USA

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