really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,693 miles

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2009 Dodge Caliber drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Sep 142012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Driving the car with A/C on for about an hour and half down the interstate when the illumination light turned on in dash panel. The car started to lose acceleration and would not go over 50mph, by the time I pulled off at next exit the car would go not faster than 20mph, and was accompanied by a loud whinning noise coming from engine. Car sat for 30 minutes cooling off. Turned on car and light was off. Started down highway again 30 minutes later light came back on pulled over again, turned car off, waited 30 minutes. Turned on car and light was off. This happened in September 2009, April 2013, and again July 1st, 2013. $1,600 later of trying to fix different things because Dodge didn't know what was the matter with it and 3 trips to Dodge dealership, "they can't duplicate the problem". I am a woman and can not be stuck on the side of a highway so the car I haven't paid Dodge off for yet will cool down to drive. I found 219 similar complaints on edmonds.com, and carcomplaints.com. Everyone knows there is something wrong with the transmission. Please issue a recall. Im sure Dodge would not let their daughters drive this car out of town on the highway. Better yet, lets not wait until someone is injured in a crash because their car decelerates on the interstate.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #6

Sep 012011


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the transmission warning light was illuminated. The contact made a stop at the shoulder of the road and turned off vehicle for a few minutes. After the vehicle was restarted the warning light turned off. The dealer performed a diagnostic and the computer was replaced. The failure recurred frequently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 98,000. The current mileage was 199,820.

- Atoka , OK, USA

problem #5

Sep 032012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was idling very rough and would go up to 30 mph. The contact stated the electronic throttle control light would illuminate on the instrument panel when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told the electronic throttle control module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 68,143. The consumer also stated the vehicle presented an issue with the transmission with the authorized upgraded rims and tires. On long trips. The transmission would overheat causing the same result as in depleted performance. Updated 12/10/12

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 042012


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving, the battery was drained. The battery warning light and the air bag warning light were illuminated. The vehicle was turned off and the contact was unable to restart vehicle. On another occasion, the contact was parked and attempted to drive, but was unable to change the gear from park to drive. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or repair shop for inspection or repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 83,000.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 012010


  • 9,908 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact was traveling between 50-60 mph when the engine rpms increased abnormally. The vehicle also failed to shift gears and accelerate properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer eighteen times. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 9,908 and the current mileage was 30,653.

- Waterville, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 152011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I was driving down the interstate when the car decelerate and turned off with no warning. When I tried to turn it back on the power train light was on and indicated that it was over heating. It would not restart. Towed to dealer. Called Dodge and they told me to have diagnostics run (my cost). Dealer said there was a recall on the transmission on this model but did not include my VIN #. diagnostic said nothing wrong. Called Dodge again they told me to take it to another dealer 50 miles away. It will cost me another +100 to get it checked out. My grandchildren were in backseat car seats. I was on I-95 going towards Washington DC in rush hour. If I was in the center lane, I would have been hit by a semi and my grandkids killed. Dodge does not care. I am disappointed as I also own a neon and Ram truck. I would not recommend it at all.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 59,300 miles
I own a 2009 Dodge Caliber rt with odo reading 59,300 & my transmission line burst causing $450 in needed repair that is not covered under warranty.

- Snellville, GA, USA

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