hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
164,902 miles

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2009 Dodge Caliber miscellaneous problems

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2009 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #7

May 242016


  • 89,000 miles


My son was driving this car to work noticed a severe change to the steering. It cause him to veer into the other lane and luckily there was no other oncoming traffic. He was able to drive it onto work and called me to let me know of the problem. After driving just 10 feet it was obvious that it was un-drivable and unsafe. After calling the towing service they suggested that I call Dodge to see if there was a recall since they had already towed other Dodge of similar years with a rusted/ broken sub frames. Call local dealer with the VIN and ask to if there was any recalls for a broken sub frame. They stated that there was not a recall and did not offer to make a repair even at my cost. I took it to a local service center who had seen the same problem before on other Dodge and was familiar with the repair. After $600 for the part and $600 for labor the repair was made on a car with 89,000 miles. While the car was getting repaired I was able to tell a co-worker about the recall for the exact same issue on her 2007 Caliber which I discovered while researching. She was able to get hers repaired with no charge. Contacted Dodge and since there is no recall they are not willing to pay for the repair at this point. They know that there is problem so I guess that means Dodge stands for Dodge responsibility at the cost of the consumer. I not be purchasing any mopar products in the future.

- Sidney, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 222009


  • 118,000 miles
My name is jeff hummel & my wife was driving down the road at about 55 miles per hour & the steering wheel lost control pulling the vehicle to on coming traffic! she nearly miss the vehicle and got control of the vehicle. She was near the place where we take our vehicles to get repaired, so she had it towed there. ) the mechanic checked it out and said the engine cradle rusted out on the driver side and broke thru. The tires were chopped up on both sides from cutting in to the front end also. The vehicle is only a 2009.I called Chrysler complaint dept.and she said that they couldn't do any thing about it because there was no recall for the Dodge Caliber 2009 models(only on the 2005 Caliber models) she also said that she bought the same type of (used )cabiler and her dad looked at it and said the engine cradle was rusting out. So she sold it.! my wife could of gotten in a head on accident because of this! we take a lot of pride in our vehicles & keep up on the regular maintenance.we also have all the records on everything that we had done with the vehicle. A person called to ask us about the complaint and we could talk to her at that time because my wife was working at that time so the person said they would call back but we haven't herd for them in about a week. Please call us about this at. 989-785-4174 the car is repaired and we have the bill and the rusted out engine cradle if you need a picture of it.

- Atlanta, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 022015


  • 90,000 miles
After suspecting some front end suspension issues I took my 2009 Dodge Caliber to my regular mechanic. Upon inspection he reported that, along with control arms needing to be replaced, the subframe was unusually rusted and corroded to a point that was unsafe to drive. I investigated the matter and found that Chrysler issued an extension on the factory warranty to cover the same issue on the 2007 Calibers but when I contacted Chrysler customer service they informed my that there has been no recall or warranty extension for the 2009 Caliber. The car is at the garage and will be getting fixed tomorrow. I have taken pictures and will pursue the issue further.

- Fairview Park, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 202015


  • 48,500 miles


Engine cradle is rusted out when the rest of the vehicle has no rust at all resulting in approx. $800 to $1000 in repairs.

- Natrona Heights, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 162015


  • miles
Rotted out.corroded in 6 years car unsafe.

- Wingdale, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 072015


  • 808,012 miles
I was driving on a highway going about 60-65 mph when my car began to resist ( pull back) as I was trying to cut over a few lanes the speed dropped dramatic to 5pmh and soon as I was able to veer off the highway it completely shut off in the middle of driving. Good thing I was able to get off the road. And I had to get it towed home. Get home the car would start but there was no driving power no speed. Tried to back the car up would not push past 10rpm. I had to get it towed to a macanic said the throttle body was the issue. I read many complaints on google about Dodge Calibers having this issue as soon as it hits 80+thousand miles on it. I see that many cars have been on recall except the Calibers?

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 182009


  • 800 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. When the contact activates the air conditioning or heater, his hand will touch and activate the four way flasher. He stated that the flasher was in a bad location. The dealer stated that they received other complaints regarding the poor design of the flasher and air conditioner knobs. The failure mileage was 800. Updated 08/20/09.

- Lebanon, CT, USA

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