Notes: Marginal side crash test ratings from the IIHS.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,229 miles

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2012 Dodge Caliber miscellaneous problems

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2012 Dodge Caliber Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 132023


  • miles


Due to the subframe rusting on the undercarriage of the car, the lower ball joint completely detached from the car, cause the driver side tire to fall off during operation.

- Zanesville , OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 152023


  • miles
Frame rotted out

- Gilberton, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 182018


  • 86,000 miles
The structure/frame in the front of our 2012 Dodge Caliber was so rusted that it broke while we were driving. The frame broke when we pulled off of the interstate and stopped at the end of an exit. This issue has not been addressed by a recall, B ut a bulletin has been released.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 012017


  • 50,000 miles
Caught fire while driving with my 2 nephews in the car ( ages 7 and 9) smelled electrical burning, pulled into parking lot away from other cars and people, grey smoke was coming from drivers side hood and wiring harness had dropped from engine compartment and was on fire. 2 mins later the entire engine compartment went up in flames.

- Woodbridge, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 012015


  • 30,147 miles
The left tail light fixture has accumulated approximately 7.25 inches of water/moisture in side of it. The right tail light fixture has accumulated approximately 2.75 inches of water/moisture in side of it. The left running, brake and turning signal lights are still functioning properly, but the reverse light (the only one completely covered with water/moisture) does not. The right running, brake, reverse and turning signal lights are still functioning properly (none are covered by water.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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