really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,821 miles

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2008 Dodge Caliber suspension problems

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2008 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #65

Dec 202016


  • miles


Replaced ball joints 2X since purchased

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #64

Nov 172016

Caliber 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Dodge Caliber. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle sub-frame corrosion repair issues, requests for financial assistance was denied and extended warranty for same premature corrosion was issued for 2007 Dodge Caliber. The consumer stated the vehicle failed inspection.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #63

Dec 132016


  • 122,010 miles
I had a dangerous situation. I first noticed a vibration in the wheel at 55 mph. I then started hearing clunking sounds while steering or going over bumps. I took it in thinking that it's a ball joint, because I had the lower control arms replaced at around 75,000 mile, while they were still under warranty.. the motor cradle was completely rusted out. I had to have that replaced plus 2 lower control arms. It cost me 1458. There's already been a recall of the 2007 model. Mine was manufactured in August of 2007, and the cutoff date was July 2007. I have photos and invoices attached.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #62

Oct 102016


  • 60,920 miles


I took my 2008 Dodge Caliber in for a routine oil change. I was informed by the tech that the front cross member was rusting away and needed immediate attention. This vehicle has a little under 61,000 miles. This appears to be the same issue covered under the service bulletin #23-012-14/X58 extended warranty, but doesn't include my 2008. I've owned many Dodge over my lifetime, including my first car, as well as three current vehicles. It's very disappointing that Dodge isn't taking this seriously and covering the 2008's or any other model year effected. The repairs cost me $1145.43 out of pocket. I've read about this issue and it sounds like calling Dodge to complain gets you no where. Has anyone been able to get restitution at all" if so, how" I have my repair invoices and photos to back this up. My hope is that Dodge will decide to do something about this in the near future, but I won't hold my breath.

- Geneseo, IL, USA

problem #61

Oct 212016


  • 87,000 miles
Driving and steering got lose.pulled into work and was turning the wheel heard crunching nose.got out at looked steering gear box was moving on frame and all kinds of rust was falling off.I have taken my car to Chrysler dealer ship and waiting on to see if the subframe being rusted out is covered in any way.this seems to be a consistent problem with this car. This car is driven about 24 miles a day and keeped in a garage and washed.this was a problem in 2007 model Dodge Calibers.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #60

Oct 292016


  • 76,800 miles
Car started making popping and creaking sounds when making a right hand turn. We have replaced everything there is as far as tie rods even to the point of motor mounts. Last night I get a call and the car had done something I had never heard of. The harmonic balance pulley had flown off and the car had to be towed home. I also have the same problem as it seems cazillion other people have posted online. This car leaks. It has leaked since day one and the dealership in conroe, tx said if you get a car with a sunroof, its gonna leak. They are full of crap. This car's headliner looks as if it has been trodden on with muddy boots. It leaked so bad that carpeting would get wet then it was leaking down into the dash which caused the lights to do weird things. I can't even get rid of it because I would feel guilty for endangering someone else's life.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #59

Oct 272016


  • 120,000 miles


So dangerous cross member sub frame as the mechanic drove out of the shop the front axle fell out and the wheel became disconnected. The sub frame is completely rusted through. If I was on the highway surely would have been in an accident possible death. They need to recall this before people are killed

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #58

Oct 042016


  • 114,000 miles
My car started making a clunking noise from the front end. The noise happened when turning left and right, then happened just driving the car at all. Mechanic showed me that the subframe is completely rusted through prematurely. Very dangerous to drive! mileage is 114,000. I called Chrysler to see if the recall they had out for 2005-2007 Calibers on the same part would cover mine. They extended the warranty for 10 more years on those year cars.they refused to add the 2008 models even though there are plenty of complaints.this is going to cost me close to $1600 and a week in the repair shop.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #57

Sep 012016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. After the vehicle underwent a routine oil change and tune up, the vehicle made an abnormal noise when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer was notified of the failure more than once and provided no solution. In addition, when driving over un-leveled land, the vehicle continued to make an abnormal noise and the suspension was unstable from the front to the rear. The contact was unable to determine if the dealer would provide a remedy. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was not available.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #56

Aug 122016


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving 40-45 mph, the lower A-arm on the front passenger side separated from the subframe of the vehicle. The contact stated that the sub frame showed excessive corrosion. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #55

Sep 062016


  • 114,000 miles


I did some work on the front end, I replaced tierod end and ball joints, also put new tires on the car. I was scheduling an alignment when the front would make a pop sound and a slight snap when going over bumps and when the steering wheel is turned to the left. I looked to see what the matter was and the sub frame was cracked and rusted...I wash the car 2 a month especially in winter. The sub frame also connects the swaybar, struts and it cant get aligned due to the broken frame.. all too prematurely.

- Cornish, ME, USA

problem #54

Sep 042016


  • miles
Just took my 2008 Dodge Caliber to mylocal Firestone. The car was making noises under the car when going over bumbs, so I thought I needed shocks. When they put the car up to look at it they had tio call me in to look at a rusted out lower carriage that was starting to fall apart. They said it should not even be driven. Since there is only a five year warranty on this model, and only the 2007's were covered under a recall, I will have to get repaired on my own. The tow truck is coming today to take to a local repair shop. Cannot believe with the complaints on this web page, that Dodge will not cover this replacement.

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

problem #53

Aug 272016


  • 96,000 miles
I just took my 2008 Dodge Caliber to get inspected and it will not pass due to a rusted out subframe. I was told it is extremely expensive to get repaired and is very time consuming. This is a big safety hazard and I was told not to drive it much longer. Is there any way this is covered under recalls as the 2007 is. If not, is there some sort of warranty that takes care of this?

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #52

Aug 082016


  • 121,000 miles
Car started making clunking noise when turning left. Schedule car for inspection at a dealership. 3 days before inspection loss of (drive) power light went on. Took it in early. Informed that I had a rusted out engine cradle and repairs would cost $1400 (this does include a deductible and front end alignment due to suspension repairs). Had max care warranty and was informed that Chrysler would not cover the engin cradle. That part has to be replaced to do any other repairs. Looking at site, this is a big issue and some other model years have been recalled for similar issue.car at dealership now waiting on parts. From other comments, this issue makes the vehicle unsafe to drive.

- Walled Lake, MI, USA

problem #51

Aug 022016


  • miles
Took in my 2008 Caliber for an inspection and it wouldn't pass due to a corroded, rusted subframe. The rust has occurred because the ac drips onto sub frame. Called dealership and Chrysler and they are refusing to do anything about this issue. I have 65,000 on this vehicle. It is well cared for also

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #50

Jun 212016


  • 92,400 miles
My 2008 Dodge Caliber is garage kept and has 92,000 miles. It is well maintained and taken care of. I took it for an oil change and the service man told me that the subframe is rotted through and it is dangerous to drive. I was totally surprised and took it to tyson Dodge in shorewood Illinois. They informed me that this is not covered. They told me to call Chrysler. I called them and they said that even though it's unusual for that part to rust quickly, there was a recall on that part for the 2007 Caliber and not 2008. They could not help me. Tyson Dodge also said I need a right control arm. Total to fix it-$1700. Unbelievable! saw many complaints on line!

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #49

May 312016


  • 103,000 miles
Front subframe of my 2008 Dodge Caliber was rusted through at the horizontal factory self causing the vehicle to fail the annual state inspection. Issue was found by an independent mechanic during routine state inspection. Vehicle has 103,000 miles. Lower subframe failure also has been accompanied by excess noise coming from the front of the vehicle.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #48

May 062016


  • 13,250 miles
While having car inspected for front end noise the mechanic found a large hole in the front sub-frame and that the entire front suspension needed to be replaced. He told us that he believed there was a recall on the sub-frame so we decide we would use the recall to replace it and just pay for the repairs on the suspension. Found out that only the 2007 Calibers have the sub-frame/crossmember recalled! it seems that the same part was used in both years and the 2008's should be recalled as well. Dodge needs to do something about this before someone is seriously hurt and they become liable.

- Barrie, OK, USA

problem #47

Apr 262016


  • 46,200 miles
Vehicle was at dealership for state inspection. I was informed that the subframe would have to be replaced because of corrosion and fractures.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #46

Apr 212016


  • miles
The crossmember/sub floor in my 2008 Dodge Caliber is so abnormally rusted that it is literally a deathtrap. The car has 120K miles on it. I took it to get new tires on it and the mechanic recommended that I junk the car as the entire subfloor is severely rotted away. I searched to see if there is a recall and found out that only the 2007 model has a recall for this issue. I would argue that they used the same defective parts in my 2008 model. This is very disturbing.

- Alpha, NJ, USA

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