hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,311 miles

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2008 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012016


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle shook and an unknown warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042016


  • 118,000 miles
My car is well maintained. I have it serviced every 3000 miles and have the records to prove it. I had the rusted frame replaced this passed August after my mechanic noticed the corroded frame. I have had almost all of the other problems listed and replaced on my car. I started hearing an odd noise while driving on the highway, and took the car in to my mechanic who replaced a pulley. The car continued to make the noise all the time while driving and I brought it back in for servicing. My mechanic could find nothing wrong. He told me to just drive it til something happened. The electronic throttle control light came on one night driving home on the highway from grocery shopping. The light came on flashing, the car started bucking, the car would not accelerate. I was able to pull the car off the road and had it towed to my mechanic. My mechanic put in a new alternator at a cost of $650. A week later my husband drove 6 miles and the light came on. He came back home and called our mechanic. He advised to let the car stall out and it would record on the log. Next day same thing, I let it stall out. Took car in. He cannot find anything wrong. Says it will be $500 at the Dodge dealer just for the etc part. This is a known documented defect with the electrical system. Why is Dodge not accountable for this problem" why hasn't there been a recall? why isn't anyone concerned about all of the safety issues with this defective Dodge Caliber" this car is a huge safety risk to all drivers on the road. Please do something before someone gets killed.

- Hunter River, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 172014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 71,245 miles
I was on my way to work and getting onto a freeway entrance, when right when I was merging, my car completely lost throttle control and bogged down. It was very foggy outside and a semi truck almost ran into the back of my car. I was able to get off the freeway and home with my car in what is known as limp mode. There was no check engine light, only a red lightning bolt light, and my esp (traction control) was on also. Upon doing some research I have found that the electronic throttle body goes out in these cars quite a bit. No body in my city had one and luckily I was able to source one from another state. Everyone that was out said they were on back order. This further confirmed my thoughts that this is a common problem along with reading about 10 other cases and a car forum where this has happened to many member there also. I understand things wear down and break and need to be replaced, but with my car only having 70,000 miles on it I find it a little ridiculous, and on that forum there are some where their throttle bodies have gone out at 30,000 miles. I'm just surprised that no body has been seriously injured or killed in accident because of this issue. One particular member on the forum I read he stated that the car had completely died on him in the middle of a busy intersection. I have a 4 year old son and it just bugs me to think that what if I had him in the car and that semi wasn't able to move out of the way in time? all I'm asking is that Dodge either makes a better quality throttle body and puts out a recall or at least replaces the throttle body under the recall for free. I have wrote to Dodge customer complaint department, but have not heard anything back so I figured maybe I would try here and see if anything can be done.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #1

Sep 172013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
This is the third time in less than a year I am having trouble with this. I look this up online and a lot. Hundreds of people are having this problem. My etc (electronic throttle control light) comes on. My car loses power and sometime stop running in the middle of the highway. I have the PCM replace in the car that cost about $600 and I am having the same problem again. Losing power in a vehicle is very dangerous. I started having the same problem in my 2011 Dodge Caravan the dealer saying the cylinders are misfiring. Something needs to done about this.

- West Portsmouth, OH, USA

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