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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,260 miles

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2007 Dodge Caliber transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 172006

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. During initial takeoff, the vehicle would lose power and stall. On other occasions, while driving 5 mph, the vehicle would completely shut off or hesitate for a long period of time. The failure was intermittent and could not be duplicated. The vehicle could almost be restarted immediately after the failures. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer over ten times, but they could never duplicate the issue. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The current mileage was approximately 53,000 and failure mileage was approximately 20. Updated 01/07/09. The consumer stated the vehicle would stall when the clutch was pushed in, or just running in neutral. The RPM's would fluctuate when idling. Updated 01/08/09.

- East Nassau, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 272007

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,500 miles
Dodge Caliber manual transmission with 1.8 L engine. I have had the vehicle stall while driving in slow moving traffic on secondary streets (3X now). The first 2 were within a couple weeks of getting the vehicle new and I thought they were driver related as I was getting used to the clutch. Both were situations where I wasn't coming to a full stop- just rolling slowly with the clutch in and then braking a little, letting out the clutch to continue the roll and repeating. But the 3rd was recently where I was making a left turn and slowly letting out the clutch, I was coasting to let a car go by (not coming to a full stop) before making the turn, and as I released the clutch gently to provide the power to turn onto the side street it just stalled and I was left cranking on the steering wheel to avoid hitting the car parked on the corner. I quickly pushed in the clutch and restarted the vehicle, regaining steering and braking power.

- Portland, OR, USA

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