hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,096 miles

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2008 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 192012


  • 57,000 miles


2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving at 60 mph the battery charging light came on. Next day took car to auto store to have battery tested and they replaced the battery. Next morning at 2:00 am while driving my husband to work, all lights on panel started coming on one at a time and car lost power and we coasted to the side of the freeway. The car is at the shop today and mechanics are trying to figure out what happened. They noted the battery was bad, but I just had a new battery put in and they stated the started was not bad. What is wrong so I can get it fixed. Also change oil light always comes on even when I have just had the oil changed; which I do every 3,000 miles. The current mileage on vehicle is 57,000 miles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 272012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While traveling 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed and no repairs were performed. The current and the failure mileages were 75,000.

- Humansville, MO, USA

problem #8

Jan 092012


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed that the etc warning indicator was illuminating on the instrument panel on an intermittentl basis. The engine began to exhibit a significantly reduced amount of power and the road performance was extremely poor. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the computerized system was reset. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure was 86,000.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #7

Sep 272011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Had come to a stop at an intersection for a red light. Green light making left hand turn, car stalled out in intersection, able to restart car. I am at 89K now ever since then the car has been randomly stalling out at stops. I keep up with my vehicle maintenance. By doing some research this problem is a cause for concern, multiple complaints about this problem around the internet. This a safety issue and I believe it should be looked into and corrected. These problems can be prevented.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 092011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 60,554 miles
While operating the 2008 Dodge Caliber 2.0L engine at approximately 45mph, the car instantly stopped without applying the brakes. Then the car would go from 7mph to 50mph in a rapid acceleration and then back down to 7mph. This was rather dangerous as I was almost rear ended numerous times despite having my emergency signal flashing lights on as well as driving in the far right lane. The car also experienced excessive back firing and one loud explosion sounded as if it occurred in the catalytic converter directly underneath the car. I was lucky enough to find an auto parts store last night and was able to have the tech there use the odbii reader and it indicated the error P0132 which is the oxygen sensor as the failing unit. The failure of the oxygen sensor nearly resulted in an accident as the Dodge Caliber was almost impacted by other cars in traffic as the other cars were not prepared for the Dodge Caliber to rapidly decelerate from 45mph to 7mph. The part was replaced asap the next day with Bosch part # 15124 and upon testing for 20 minutes the car operated without error. I called Dodge to inquire about a recall or warranty work and they declined both. In regard to public safety, I request that a case be opened to investigate this situation and others like it. The desired outcome is to have Dodge recall the O2 sensors as this type of failure can be catastrophic when traveling on the highway at higher speeds with traffic.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 282010

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles
I recently purchased this vehicle about three months ago with aircheck. Little did I know I was buying a more defective car than I originally had. About a week ago my A/C goes to crap I ask the dealership to fix it and all he says is I know a guy that can fix it for you for alittle charge. And to top it off the A/C goes out on the hottest freaking day of the month. Then my engine makes this rattling noise my freaking radio doesn't accept cd's what kind of whole did I get my self into. And for this car to be a 4 cylinder it drinks gas as if it where a V8.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 142011


  • 86,000 miles


I have replaced alternator, drive belt, ball joints, wheel bearings, tire rods on my 2008 Dodge. It is making a horrible noise now under the hood. I am one of many who have this same issue.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 192010


  • 56,000 miles
The car starts, drops rpms to 700 when put in reverse, then stalls while driving.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 192008


  • 5,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the O2 sensors continue to fail and causes the vehicle to drive roughly. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop at least ten times and they keep replacing the sensors each visit. There is no recall for this failure. The failure mileage was 5,500 and current mileage was 18,438.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012008


  • 4,908 miles
My engine ticks when idling and the gas gauge jumps. The engine did not sound like this when I purchased it. I have taken the car to the dealer twice and have been told that there is no problem, and that all cars sound like that.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

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