hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,615 miles

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2009 Dodge Caliber suspension problems

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2009 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Aug 162015


  • miles


Rotted out.corroded in 6 years car unsafe.

- Wingdale, NY, USA

problem #10

Jun 232015


  • 62,500 miles
While braking on the exit ramp from the highway I felt a pop under the front of the car. The drivers side lower control arm broke away from the cross member due to a failure of the cross member from excessive rust and corrosion.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #9

May 282015


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. While driving 35 mph, the contact noticed that an object fractured from underneath the vehicle. In addition, the contact heard a noise underneath the vehicle. The dealer stated that the subframe was corroded and contained holes. The technician diagnosed that the subframe and control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Cheswick, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 032015


  • 86,501 miles


I bought my car used in June of 2014 and thought it was in pretty decent shape at the time, little did I know. I was driving my car (2009 Dodge Caliber) and hit a small pothole and heard some rattling afterwards. I assumed it was maybe a clamp on my exhaust and so wasn't real worried about it and figured I would have my mechanic check it out in a week of so. I got concerned after a couple days because the rattling turned into clunking. I sent it to my mechanic and he said there was major rot on the engine cradle which was rotted and broken and both front control arms were no good and sway bar bushings also needed replacing, two days before this noise I was on the highway traveling at speed limit, had this all fallen apart I could have been killed. The cost to repair all the parts which were, as far as my mechanic is concerned, faulty and should be recalled, was $1920.13 !!! this car is 6 years old with 86,000 miles on it and should not have the rot in these places as severe as it is. I know on the Dodge Caliber forums many owners have similar problems with the major front end parts rotting. This is a major problem and I wouldn't even have noticed had my mechanic not put it on a lift and looked at it and even then once he took off the engine cradle to replace it he noticed the rotted parts that were covered by the cradle, thank god I didn't lose control and get killed as I travel a lot on the highway, this problem needs to be brought to light and Caliber owners need to have their mechanics check out their cars before someone's engine falls out and they get killed. When I purchased this car it was most likely rotted pretty bad and I didn't know that was a defect in them at the time. I see lots of these cars for sale still on lots, people need to have the front ends inspected thoroughly before they purchase one.

- Salisbury , MA, USA

problem #7

Jun 302014

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
Upon inspection of my vehicle, my mechanic noted that the frame crossmembers were rusted to the point of needing immediate replacement. He stated the car was unsafe and could have caused a major accident.

- Centerville, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012012


  • 48,000 miles
Car started falling apart at around 48K tie rods. Control arms. Struts. Bushings. Ball joints. Bearings. Sway bar links. Lateral arm bushings. Upper control arm bushings. Upper tow links. Front strut mounts. My latest repair bill (today) is $1500 and the car has only 60K on it. The catalytic converter is also slated for replacement as soon as the dealer gets it in. I am a very conservative driver and always keep my car serviced. I bought this car brand new. The suspension on this car is a menace. The blower motor also went at 48K (a safety issue in my northern mn winters) and the rear defroster only has two or three lines that work. The power steering unit is also losing fluid and I will have to have that repaired as well. I am more than happy to provide a print out from Firestone auto repair.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #5

Apr 022013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 44,950 miles


Lower driver side ball joint failed.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 062012


  • 28,822 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the passenger rear tire continued to go flat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the tires and noticed both front lower control arms needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified who stated there was no recall for the failure and offered no assistant. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 28,822.

- Burnsville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 012012

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Front lower ball joints totally worn and in danger of separating from control arm. This happened before 50,000 miles resulting in excessive inner tire tread wear. Other possible results: Loss of steering, suspension and brakes.

- Cape May, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 162010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. While driving 3 mph, the vehicle suddenly stopped. After inspecting, the contact noticed that there was a single bolt that attached to the bottom arm which had loosened and caused the front passenger wheel to move outward. The movement of the wheel pulled the driveshaft out of the transmission and stopped the vehicle. The vehicle was being towed to an authorized dealer. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.

- Denton, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 212010


  • 17,425 miles
2009 Dodge Caliber has no adjustments for rear camber and requires an after-market bolt installation for front. My 2009 Dodge Caliber [xxx], has eaten the inside edges off all 4 tires (scooped) this was written off as tire wear-ok on each Chrysler service. I noticed that the insides of the tires were scooped out when the wheels were turned out when I parked recently. Essentially, you as the owner get to replace four tires every 24,000 miles and there seems to be no solid repair. My car has 17,425 miles and I am disgusted that this is a problem that essentially has no repair. The bolt the installed in the R front allows for a + or - 1 degree adjustment. What happens if the owner doesn't find the problem? blowouts and crashes. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Keene, NH, USA

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