really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,919 miles

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2010 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #15

Oct 012014


  • 75,000 miles


While driving my car my transaxle overheating light will illiminate. My car will slow down and not keep the speed up. I have to pull over until the light goes out then I can continue my driving but it will do it all again 10 miles down the road. This happens about an hour after driving it on the highway at 70 mph I was just on a trip 2 hours from home. In a 30 minute time frame I had to pull over 6 times because of this. I have not taken it to the dealership and it has not been fixed. I have noticed many people are having the same problem why has this not been recalled yet?

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

problem #14

Jun 262016


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 25 to 30 mph, the electronic throttle control light illuminated and the vehicle would not accelerate past 5 mph. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #13

Feb 262016


  • 90,650 miles
Several times while driving, my car will decide to slow down and when I press the accelerator pedal, there is no power or acceleration. This has happened twice while crossing several lanes of traffic which was very dangerous. I don't get any warning lights on the dashboard, just loss of power. Also, when starting the car, sometimes after I have stopped turning the key, it continues to "start" on its own.

- Forney, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 052015


  • 82,000 miles


My vehicle has a manual transmission. In January 2015 the transmission failed and the powertrain was replaced. After that, when shifting, occasionally the engine would rev as if I hadn't taken my foot off the accelerator when depressing the clutch and it was impossible to shift. Sometimes the vehicle would speed up on its own and other times it took forever to get the car up to posted speeds. The occasional engine revving became more frequent as the winter wore on as well as the fast/slow acceleration making the car's performance unpredictable and unsafe to drive. I took it to the dealership a second time and they diagnosed "throttle body failure" and replaced it. This cost me $572.68. I have now had the car back only a couple of days, but am unsure if this will happen again. Online there are a lot of complaints about throttle body failure in the Dodge Caliber. This is a huge safety issue that needs to be addressed before someone is killed or injured by an uncontrollable vehicle.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #11

Jan 052015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 77,700 miles
My car started to suddenly slow down on the highway. I have had 4 incidents where when the car is on accelerated speed suddenly slow down. Am still paying loan on the car and I have maintained service on it.I feel I maybe in danger as the car is now a safety hazard. I have researched online and saw that other people have had the same problems. I have contacted Dodge corporate twice and was given case number 26243890 on phone and case number 26233972 on email. They say they can't do anything as the car is not on recall. I do not want life lost for it to be recalled. If there is already other people with the same problems then Dodge should do something before anything bad happened. I have called local Dodge dealer and they told me to pay to diagnose my car. Please help so Dodge to correct this problem before car causes a crash. Thank you

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #10

Dec 272014


  • 83,000 miles
Started my car this morning and let it run for awhile(5 min) until rpms went down, its 12 degrees outside, I drove through my parking lot maybe 20 ft and throttle warning light came on, I didn't know what it was at first but I researched while letting my car idle it sort of pulsated. When I went to accelerate it would barely move, thank god I was not on the highway as I was about to go to work. I've had nothing but problems with this car since I bought it 2 yrs ago!! I asked the dealership for a safe reliable car, and this is what they found smh!!

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #9

Jul 032014


  • 79,000 miles


Purchased this car four months ago with 79,300 miles on it. Within a couple of days it started acting up, not wanting to start. I went to the advance and they checked the battery, starter, and alternator. Machine said replace battery so I did for $150 with 5 year warranty. Left and within an hour still did not want to start. Seemed like it was prone to doing this while sitting up or down hill and not flat on pavement. It was as if it wanted to start and was making starting noises and it had to catch and then start up. I called the dealership from which I purchased the car and they looked at it no charge and it just would not do it again. Guess what it still does it now and of course the freebies are over because it was no warranty. I did purchase an extended warranty just in case. About a month ago it started jerking I was describing it as over shifting. As I proceeded to come off an exit ramp to merge into traffic which was going 60 mph my car started jerking really bad and my etc light started flashing, very scary I could have gotten hit by oncoming traffic.I slowed to 55 mph and the light went off. Went to the Dodge dealership and they said throttle body was so dirty it needed cleaning. I got it cleaned this past Friday and guess what was happening by Saturday. Went back to the dealership today and told the service advisor to drive it with me in there and it showed out. He speed up on the freeway and the light came back on flashing and we were going so slow he turned on the hazards. Pulled over turned it off and back on and light was off we went back to the dealership and I have to drop it off tomorrow to see if anything can be figured out. I'm sure you guys know the drill. By the way my extended warranty does not cover throttle body assembly go figure. So yeah rough four months and only 83,000 miles on the car now. We need a recall on this model and a few more.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 252011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
Dates & mileage are approximate. I'm not a mechanic and I have no idea which part would be causing the problem. I guessed. This has happened at least 10 times over the past 3 years. My 16 yr old granddaughter recently told me her older Caliber did the same thing! this lead me to believe it is a safety/power issue with the model. Why would this just be happening to our 2 vehicles? her vehicle was purchased in ga and mine in mi. I do a lot of freeway driving. Each time this occurred, I was driving on freeways at 70 mph for extended periods of time. I take an exit. When I depress the accelerator to turn off the exit ramp, the engine completely "bogs down". there is very little power. Each time, I have calibrated time for safely pulling out into oncoming traffic, expecting to have normal power. Suddenly, I have little to no acceleration and it seems like it may stall out! you can imagine the fear of not being able to clear oncoming traffic in time. The low power continues for about a minute, then resumes normal operation. I have been fortunate enough that no accident has occurred, because it's impossible to get over to the shoulder. Actually, this is so dangerous, I can't explain why I haven't had it checked out, besides inconvenience and stupidity. When my granddaughter told me about her car, that really scared me and prompted me to act. I've also come to realize that I'm putting other drivers in danger of injury or death. Please let me know asap if there's been a recall or should be one on these vehicles. I have to believe there are many more out there experiencing the same dangerous malfunction and possibly injuries or death.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 102014


  • 29,020 miles
While driving on I-695 the etc light starts to flash and the car becomes crippled. After restarting, the car is fine for a few days until the light cuts on and off occasionally. Now the etc light stays lit even after restarts. Taking the car to the dealership to see if it is covered by the platinum warranty.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 022013


  • miles
My car's speed accelerate/jumps when struggling to get to second gear.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 202013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


While driving home from work the cars speed suddenly decreased and the electronic throttle control light came on. Pulled over safely and restarted the vehicle. Light remained on. Took it to a mechanic and was informed that the throttle body must be replaced. The whole thing must be replaced since it's completely sealed and you cannot access parts inside it. This is a safety issue because the vehicle suddenly lost speed and then it would not accelerate over 30mph. The vehicle only has 70000 miles on it. Did some checking online and this is a very common issue with Calibers.

- Krakow, WI, USA

problem #4

Dec 292011

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 21,421 miles
While at a stop and not during acceleration, the vehicle begins to sputter and chug as if it is going to stall; sometimes it stalls, but starts right back. Other times when accelerating, it jumps before catching and accelerating smoothly. Took car to the dealer and they were unable duplicate the complaint and no codes were found.

- Orting, WA, USA

problem #3

Oct 182013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control light illuminated then the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 182013


  • miles
When getting a jump from another car the computer went out had to pay a little under $900 dollars. The struts are also going out. The car is making a rowing noise. Sometimes the car did not have pick up or speed when stepping on accelerator.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 132011


  • 14,000 miles
While turning at low speed car accelerated uncontrollably. Air bags did not deploy in frontal crash. Car caught fire.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

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