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Chrysler Dodge Caliber is a Piece of Junk!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Last August, my wife and I purchased a new 2007 Dodge Caliber here in Kelowna at Okanagan Dodge SuperStore. Within seven months we have issues with the car. You know it's no wonder that car salespeople get somewhat of a bad wrap. They tend to be selfish and pushy. The at first appear to be knowledgeable but refuse to answer the tough questions. They are there, not for the consumer, but for the sale. Well it's no wonder that Chrysler sales and other auto sales are down in recent years.

So in August when we were making the deal for our new Caliber, we wanted to trade my wife's existing car in. What a joke that process was. The Okanagan Dodge Superstore (Super-ripoff maybe) gave my wife less than half of what we expected on trade in (knowing that dealerships often give lower than expected trade-ins", we were prepared for a low offer, but not that low...). Regardless we (at this time) liked the Caliber. Fast forward to today and the point of this post.

2007 Chrysler Dodge Caliber is a Piece of Junk

Two weeks ago the 2007 Caliber failed to start. Imagine that, a new automobile that won;t start. Into the shop it went. Fixed (or so we thought) in a couple of hours. Then this morning as my wife was, driving our daughter to school, on her way to work, the 2007 Caliber stalled not once but five times. Are you serious? This is a brand new car. Stalling like this in busy traffic is a safety issue. They could have easily been rear-ended or worse as one of the stalls happened in a busy intersection. This is where I have issues. When the safety of my family is involved, I believe that the dealership and Chrysler is to be held responsible. So I did a little research. Here's what I came up with:

There were a number of forums about the Dodge Caliber and the fact that there are well known issues with this stalling. Yet no t a recall from Chrysler. Here is what some of the folks on the forums had to say:
  • "I was curious if any of the problems with the knocking, thermostat, and stalling were
    associated with the 2008 model Caliber SE or SXT? "

  • "finally another Caliber driver with stalling issues, I was told by dealer after they put a
    new tramsmission in that I was nuts there is nothing wrong, I drove 12 hours from Fl. to SC and stalled on highway, brought car to sc dodge dealer, I paid for a rental car cause they wanted to test drive car all day, picked up car next am was told they drove it ofr several hours and found nothing that I was crazry, the drop off miles were on invoice and the mileage out 7 miles is all they test drove it for, 2 hrs. later I stalled called them and
    reported it to damion chrs. next day i was at a stop sign, when I went to go I stalled and was rear ended by a huge gas truck, called dealer and corp. and a lawyer, the car has not been towed and I had to rent a car to come back to fl.I am happy to see I am not crazy and was almost killed. I am taking action on 2 dealers and corporate. Brand new cars do not need tramissions at 3ooo miles and should not stall out my lawyer says it is a lemon keep in touch I may have lawyer call you for poof it is not only me I will keep you posted"

  • from another, "Our service found a very DANGEROUSLY LEAKING FUEL LINE that could have caught my car on fire. Get them to check for this."

  • and yet another:
    "My Caliber will stall often when sitting in neutral, no reason I can see for it. It's probably done it about 20 times in the last 6 months. One day it stalled 5 times sitting in the Taco Bell drive through."

  • "I am so glad I found this! What you've described is EXACTLY what's been happening to me. It's a bit of a relief to hear it from someone else as I've told my story to anyone who will listen and I think they think I'm crazy. My car stalls in neutral every so often. What it does more often than stalls is go down to 400 rpms quickly and pops back up to normal (700). I've been stopped at lights and it shudders like it's going to stall and then the rpms pop back up. I've even been parked, in neutral with the e-brake on and the the oil light went on and it the bells went off like it was going to stall and then the rpms went up over 1,000 and leveled off at 700. It's been so weird. Stalling in neutral is just strange and shouldn't be. I've stalled pulling in to parking spots...typically happens at low speeds/rpms."

  • "we are having the same problems with our new dodge caliber 1.8 se unleaded we bought it in september 06 and have had nothing but problems with the stalling when we pull away the revs drop and it stalls nearly every time unless we rev excessively also in reverse it judders before stalling. and we are currently trying to send it back as its been in for repair and still has the same problems is there any one who can help us with who we can contact next other than the dealer."

    There may be a fix, here are some more comments:

    • I'm stationed in Germany and I have the 1.8 Liter 5 speed. I had the same stall problem that everyone seems to have the garage here wasn't able to duplicate it but they did down load the latest computer flash for the caliber. This Flash is the one that the 1.8 5 speed Calibers that are being built now come with. All they did was hook up my car to the diagnostic machine and down load and reflash everything with the latest and greatest. Apparently this is standard procedure overhere in Germany. My car was fixed in 1 hour. It hasn't stalled since they flashed it a month ago. The RPMs are more stable and I can feel a little more power and my gas mileage hasn't changed. Just have your service center give you the most current flash, it will fix the stall problem. I don't have the flash number with me but if you need it just let me know.

    But will the dealerships even fix it? From yet another Caliber owner:

    • "My dealership does not want to acknlowledge that there is a stalling issue. When I asked for them to put it in writing to me they won't. I have sent the certified letter to DaimlerChrysler and will give an update if they respond. I also filed a complaint at: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ and if they do not comply then will follow up with: http://www.800helpfla.com/lemonlaw.html "

    and another:

    • "Customer Service is at 1-800-853-1403 how long have you been waiting? I waited 9 weeks and I hear that some waited up to 16 weeks." Ooh that's great customer service.

    and yet another one:

    "I brought the car in 3 weeks ago for the stalling. The dealer contacted Chrysler and they said there wasn't an 'exact' fix for it yet but suggested the dealer reflash the computer and do a 'few other things'. The dealer told me Chyrsler said they should have more info by the end of the year. The rpm's still drop down and pop back up, but the car has only stalled once in the past 3 weeks. "
Only once? the fact that a brand new vehicle is stalling period is an issues. My faith in Chrysler products has dropped. It's no wonder why people are moving towards imports. The Kelowna Chrysler dealership is just another Chrysler dealership that is selling these stalling Dodge calibers. You pay good money for a brand new car for it to stall? Not acceptable. I would advise ANYONE considering to purchase a Dodge Caliber not to. You would be better off with a Toyota or Mazda, GM, or even Ford product. The fact that there are well known issues with the Caliber is disheartening. Take for instance:
  • the "Caliber Ping"
  • the "Caliber Stall"
  • the "Caliber Transmisson Issue"
In terms of the stalling problem,one owner commented:
  • "After reading some of the past forum discussions it looks like most people got the TSB 18-033-06 flash update (the recall that came out last year), I also had that done. This time the mechanics reflashed my PCM with TSB 18-020-06 and my car is fine now. So I'd recommend both of those TSB's to anyone with the stalling issue." We'll see what the dealership suggests."
In this day and age, the fact that a new car has so many problems is ridiculous. I have a real problem when safety becomes an issue. There are numerous reports of injuries being suffered as a result of the stalling. That is unacceptable. The Caliber that we owned was purchased in August of 2007. We had in in the ship two weeks ago because it wouldn't start. Now this morning it stalled 5 times for my wife as she was taking our daughter to school. In busy traffic we are fortunate that they were not rear-ended by another motorist. Chrysler via a known problem with their Dodge Caliber products has put my family at risk. This is unacceptable.

How the sales team and management at Okanagan Dodge Superstore (http://www.okanagandodge.com) can continue to sell these defective automobiles is beyond me.

For any media persons that read this post I would be willing to conduct interviews to discuss my dissatisfaction with our experience with Dodge products. For people looking to purchase a Chrysler product, you might want to think again. For you die-hard "Dodge" folks out there, you've been lucky.

What's Next?

You know what would be ideal is if this post went viral and prevented people from purchasing a Dodge Caliber or prevented them from going to Okanagan Dodge SuperStore here in Kelowna that would be satisfaction, for you see, Chrysler does not care about the consumer. The team at Okanagan Dodge SuperStore do not care about the consumer (in fact when my wife took the car in to the shop at the dealership this morning, they were fairly rude in typical dealership style.). The fact is, that we will most likely never purchase a Chrysler product again. If we can use our experience and warn others of the issues with Dodge Calibers then maybe we can save other some grief as well.

For users that read this post, all I ask is that you pass it on. Link to it, forward it to news aggregators, social bookmarking sites etc.

For my money the 2007 Dodge Caliber is a piece of junk!


posted by Jody @ Monday, March 10, 2008  
  • At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for posting this...

    This whole stalling issue (in my opinion) is due to the fact that the transmissions are made in Mexico. I used to have a Neon (1998 model year). It too was made in Mexico and in the 3 1/2 years I owned it, I spent well over a thousand in repairs. The next year, a family member bought a Neon and had the same issues. My whole family drives Chrysler products and this is only the model that we've had bad experiences with.

    After that, I traded it for a new Stratus (2001). It has been a dream and I've had only two repairs in seven years (alternator and a water pump). The transmission for the Stratus is made in the good ole USA.

  • At 8:11 AM, Blogger taz said…

    Our 2007 Caliber has been nothing but problems.
    It had the no start problem that has been mentioned. this has happened twice.
    Then at 45,000 miles the check engine light came on and the vehicle started knocking.
    Brought it to the dealer ship and at first they told us it was the spark plugs then after they changed those they said the engine had to be resurfaced because the heads were not sealing properly. It has been in the shop for 3 weeks now. yesterday they told me it would be done today and today they are saying it needs a new engine and I will need to bring all of my oil change receipts to them. I said fine I'll bring my receipts but I brought you a running car three weeks ago and your mechanic can't get it running he's been trying this and trying that because he can't figure it out, and now he messed up the car more then it was and you should pay for it not my warranty and I'll be happy to call your corporate office and let them know that.

  • At 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are you people nuts buying Chrysler products?

    I owned a Laser a few years back, timing belt broke twice in less than 15,000 miles.
    Then traded in for Jeep Cherokee, had electrical problems off show room floor.
    Then last car, PT Cruiser, 2 weeks after purchase transmission goes out.
    Chrysler products are a joke.
    I buy Toyota now. I have two cars , a Camry and a Solara and both have over 100,000 miles on them and not a single problem.
    Detroit needs to stop making junk then whine they are losing jobs.
    Make a product we can trust and beleive in.
    I would like to buy an American vehicle but not if its junk. I just cant afford to have the car always in the shop.

  • At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've been having some problems with screaching brakes. I keep taking it to the service department, but they seem to try to be convincing me that this is just "normal"
    . I would not have bought this if I had known that this was "normal". I was wondering if anyone else was having this problem. I love everything about my car, but can't live with this horrible noise!!!

  • At 9:38 AM, Blogger rick said…

    My 2008 Caliber SXT 1.8 ltr 5 spd has not had stalling problems but has been cutting out at 50 and 65 mph as if getting ready to stall. At 5000 miles, the syncros in 4th gear had to be replaced which was causing the car to pop out of 4th gear or not go in at all. It has been in the shop twice now for water leaking into the spare tire compartment and behind the rear seat on the floor board (this is a lot of water). This is also my last "American built" vehicle.

  • At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i have had the water problem with my Caliber rt 2008 in the same spot! I thought it was just me! I am starting to have hesitation problems as well.

  • At 10:06 PM, Blogger rick said…

    yep, turned my 2008 caliber in under the california lemon law because of water intrusion that could not be fixed. also had engine hesitation. we are not the only ones who have had or are having these problems with dodge. look into your state lemon laws. if, in the future, you want to sell your caliber, by law you will have to disclose the issues your car has had. turn it in under the lemon law!

  • At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I bought a 2007 Caliber. I have also had the same stalling problems. The dealer, Bob Baker, suggested that I let them figure out what is wrong with the car. Seems to me the answer is clear. It is made by Dodge. To think that we would bail out any of these auto makers that have ripped us off and put our safety at risk is just too much. Don't buy there cars no matter how much they tell you they have improved.

  • At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T AWD. I purchased it new and quickly realized that I made a monumental mistake. The suspension system has been replaced,I mean almost every part.The Gas mileage is a myth in itself.The car is much like being inside a wheelbarrel,when you go over bumps.Also upon acceleration, the rpm's go up and down radically, and almost stalls out.I have had this car back at the Dealership, three times.I was told that it was normal, and the re-coded the computer. The car constantly loses power upon acceleration.Unfortunately,I'm stuck with this nightmare.I paid $22,000 for this piece of garbage,and now it's worth $7,500.I have told several potential buyers not to even look at the Caliber,even if it was free.

  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I had my car "die" as i turned out of my street..I'm in the UK..and I pulled out to turn right..and my car lost power I floored it and the revves went up and then it kicked back in..I had it parked up on my drive which is on a slope..I usually reverse it in...I have to say that my warning light for fuel was on..so prehaps I was just low on gas??? I did own a 2006(56) reg SXT 2Lauto but had the engine "die" on me at least 8 times and I didnt need fuel..my newest Caliber is the same moodel 2l SXT 2008(58) reg.This stall is the first time it has happened with my new caliber and I have owened this one since June 10th(2009) my car has 11,006 miles on the clock..I like the Dodge brand and I'm not giving up on my Caliber this time around..

  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Caliber is a good car.
    Why is it that Chrysler Corp. has increased the production ( 10,000 unit more)due to the popularity of this car?
    Yes people that bought this car may have had some problems, but all other car companies have the same complains from the buyers.
    I sympatise with the owners that experienced problems, but the car is not as bad as some pretend.

  • At 2:52 PM, Blogger Jody said…

    Would you like to buy our Caliber?

  • At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have one of toughs 2007 calibers and i must say boy the dealer sure knows how to pass the royal buck i had my brakes redone for the first time and when i got it back i started to have problems of a load scrapping noise in the front i touch it back to the people i got them done from they said it looks like there is a warp in the front rotors and one rear drum they said i would have to replace them so i called the dodge dealer and they said brakes only have one year warranty on them no in my past experience with my other vehicles i was able to at least turn the routers and drums at least twice before replacing them mind you never owned a Chrysler product our i never will again they sure like passing that old buck back to the consumer talk about a shabby outfit.

  • At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I thought i would just look what problems other people have had with their dodge caliber,

    I have a 08 2.0 CRD (diesel) in the UK.

    i have only just had problems and problems with it including the stalling one, after talking to my dealership they say if i was paying for all the repairs they have done it will be over £6000...yes thats right over £6000, and i have spend so much time in my DS and they are not even that help full they look at it and say can't find any faults until i take it to them about 3> times.

  • At 5:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a 2008 caliber that I purchased with only 700 miles on it and I have had this same stalling issue the entire time I have had this car. Every dealership I take it to tells me we drove it for a few hours and there is nothing wrong. They make me feel like I am crazy. Little do they know that every time I drop it off I write down my mileage. Out of the 5 times I have had my car at a dealership and they have supposedly drove it for hours, they never put more than 5 miles on. Please explain to me how u drive a car "for two-three hours" and only put five miles on it. Now with less than 30,000 miles I was told my outer tie rod was shot, so I took my car in and of course this was not cover by my warranty. After the outer tie rod was fixed and I picked up my car I was told the inner tie rod and the lower ball joint were also shot and needed replaced. I thought it was some kind of a scam. I am a very cautious driver and there is no way I had hit anything so all of these thing can't be wrong. Well i have had my car looked at by several mechanics the most recent that I was at yesterday told me he fixed two of the 08 calibers with the same problem last week and he had one sitting in the parking lot waiting to have this same problem fixed! Dodge Calibers are terrible cars, they are a safety hazard, they are terrible in winter weather. I think there should be a recall on all caliber and we should all get the original price back that we paid for these hunk of junk cars!

  • At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber which I purchased 4 months ago. When it stalled out on me one day I thought it was something that I had done because it is a 5 speed. After it started doing it to me more often and having my husband ride with me, than I knew it wasn't me. I had taken it to my dealer 4 times now and they can not find anything wrong with it, they have even driven it and have found nothing. I am getting very angree because I have 3 children and as I go down the road and it stalls out on me I have to look in my rear view mirror to see if I'm going to get hit in the rear end. If anyone knows of anything that I can do with this, please let me know. I live in Pennsylvania and I also know friends who are having the same trouble with there Calibers. Thanks.

  • At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Jody said…

    Hi All, if you are still having the stalling problem, consider taking it to the dealership and have the mechanics reflash the PCM with TSB 18-020-06. This seems to be a fix.

    Update, we traded our Caliber in a few weeks ago for a Pontiac Montana... great trade.

  • At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a 2007 dodge caliber that i bought 1 year old..it currently has 19k miles on it...but just recently my car just wouldnt start all the lights and radio were on so not the battery...i let it sit over night still wouldnt start until i found a fuse box under the hood pulled all the fuses out and the number 11 fuse seemed to work..it was like it reset my car and so far so good...

  • At 4:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I will never buy another Chrysler product, they are overpriced junk. I had a Charger that was a garage queen ... constantly in for timing issues, power steering issues, and transmission issues. I also had a Dakota that was nothing but a hassle from the day I drove it home (shifter indicator on the dash would show it as being in some gear that it was not, rear defroster wouldn't work, and brakes brakes and more brakes problems. It completely wore out its front brake pads and routers before it had 30K on it, and then I was charged $500 to have them redone. Still they stuck after that and even caught fire one day. It failed safety inspection before it was 4 years old and I was forced to rent a car to get to work for 5 days while they ordered in a new brake caliper from a region depot ... OMG no we don't keep something as common as a brake caliper in STOCK!! Finally got the brakes fixed for the third time and safety inspected and then I ran straight to our local Toyota dealer and traded it in on a Matrix. We have owned 5 Toyotas (corolla, tercel wagon, 4runner, paseo, matrix) and they have ALL been wonderful trouble free vehicles. I'm done with Chrysler FOREVER!!!

  • At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a dodge caliber that I have owned for 11 months now. It has been in the shop 10 times now for the same issue. My vehicle is taking in water and I have been driving in puddles inside my car for the last few months. Has anyone had this issue with the water inside the car? I am contacting an attorney tomorrow, 10 times is enough. I am tired of wasting time, energy, and money on something that should not be happening in a brand new car, and I did have the stalling issue once when I first bought it, but hasnt done it again. It stalled on me in the middle of a turn with on coming traffic.

  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger Frank said…

    Hey guys, I had my Caliber for a year and 9 mos. Had a minor problem but it went away with just a change of brand of gasoline.I went with a more notable brand and VOILA!the abrupt stalls you guys speak of went away and I mean gone. Now ,after 25925 miles I'm enjoying my ride. 2.0 SXT Caliber is a beaut. Sorry that all y'all are having problems. Today, the ugly PTCruiser met its demise (Thank God) It was really an ugly hatchback.HHR's AAHHH!! Looks like an "old meat wagon", Cali's are the Shihizzy !!!!

  • At 4:32 PM, Blogger Shelly said…

    I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber and I have had it in shop 4x's for the squeeling breaks that they keep telling me is normal. I had to have the struts replaced last month. This month the ball joints are bad and the mechanic said he is surprised the tires havent fallen off the car.. What a piece of crap car. The mechanic told me that he has lots of 08 calibers coming in with the same problems.

  • At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have an 08 RT and it took in TONS of water. Turns out they found the leak in the roof where the roof meets the long black seal on the LH side of the car. Resealed it and put a new strip in and it was fine. Ball joints are this weekend and the tie rod was 2 mos ago. Had it 2 years and its been in for repairs 7 times.Dodge didnt want to fix any of it especially the water until i told them about a site where many people had the issue.LH side driver and pass floor boards. Soon as I told them my son has horrible allergies and I didnt appreciate a moldy floor board, they replaced it with $100 dollar deposit from me. All new carpet and complete cleanse of air system. This car has been nothing but a nightmare and i owe to much to trade it in.

  • At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i wonder why the car price is so cheap .!!!!!!!

  • At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber sxt. I bought it new and have replaced the entire suspension system in the rear. Today my transmission wont shift in high gears. When I took it to the dealer he said that it would cost like $2000 if it was the wiring harness and alot more if it wasn't. He also told me I need to replace the suspension system in the front of the car. This car is a money pitt on wheels. I will never buy another Dodge for the rest of my life!!! With all the minor repairs and now the major ones I will have paid more then half the original value of the car in repairs! What a piece!!

  • At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just purchased a 2008 caliber 2.0 SXT, I was blown away upon test drive at the smooth transition and quiet ride...i fell in love. $13K and now im kicking myself in the pants. My Caliber has 20,000 miles on it. I am experiencing issues with hesitstion and jerking. When hesitating on the gas the car jerks as if its going to stall rpm down and pop back up. Dealer says this is normal! WHAT??? Now when any lights are on interior or exterior, they dim with the beat of the music, hitting the door locks dims the light, even rolling down the window. Upon start it sounds like it wont turn over and almost doesnt start. Back to the dealer. I have had my caliber for 2 weeks and this is its second time to the dealer, they say there is nothing wrong...im sure they will change their tune as soon as the warranty expires and list all the issues, sadly no lemon law in north dakota...i should have known better! DONT BUY A CALIBER!!!!

  • At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I own a 2007 dodge caliber 2.0l automatic and I have 100k on the car now and have had an issue with a sqeeking belt, and the a/c compressor blew up causing me to have to tow it but thats it. My car has also been hit 2 times once in the front and one time in the rear the damages totaled over 4000 dollars and my car is still running and driving. I havent fix the rear bumper yet but as soon as I get my settlement check I am going to get it fixed and get new rims and tires. Also I am getting a new double din dvd setup. My car has been throgh hell and it gets me everywhere I need to go. I guess I'm very lucky to not have the problems others have talked about. I am pleased with my car and have been changing the oil and replaced the spark plugs and put a K&N filter in it. I do hate the fact that there is no Transmission dip stick to check the fluid. I have never replaced and it still runs stong. I did ask the dealer about servicing it and they told me that it doesnt get serviced untill I have problems with the transmission ??????? I dont get that but ok.. I am going to see if I can pull 200k miles out of my car.

  • At 4:18 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT. Boy what a lemon. I bought the car new and at less than 30000 kms the suspension of this car began its first of many constant repairs. I've replaced struts, strut mounts, 3 sets of brake rotors (including pads), brake shoes, wheel bearings, both toe links 3 times, both lateral links 3 times, front control arms, rear wheel bearings, front wheel bearings, 3 sets of tie rod ends. The entire AC system was replaced at less than 60000 kms. As of today (at 165000 kms) it has been in the shop twice in the past month for alignment issues. Worn tires and the back end of the car kicking out when it travels over an icy patch or the slightest bump on the road surface makes this car very "unpredictable" when I drive it. Same as if it has a mind of its own. I would never recommend to anyone to purchase one of these vehicles. Purchase a car at $32000 and in one year its value depreciated to about half that. I now call my lemon a Dodge Crapiler because to me, that's exactly what it is, a big heap of CRAP.

  • At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a 2008 caliber and I am NOT impressed. First with the car itself. I have not stalled but there were days when I had difficutly starting. I have also had the problem with the RPMs. it feels like I am driving a manual. I also recently experienced a flood of water in the back passenger side floor. It has been raining and there is a big pool of water in my car. When I called another dealer to try to sell it, they said I had been taken for the biggest ride. I am so unimpressed I am looking into going to the media with this. This is unacceptable. The car is worth nothing and no one will take it. I trusted the dealership and they are just in it for themsleves. I am so angry!

  • At 6:32 AM, Blogger Edwin said…

    Well, let me start saying that I believe that the problem is, mostly, the inept people that work in this "Five Star" Dodge dealers. Every time you go for an oil change, they always find something extra to add on your just oil change, even though you car is only 10,000 miles. And God forbid you have a stalling problem or humidity in your headlights or tail lights, or your check engine comes on... It is your fault because you didn't take care of the car, your negligence lead to bad things happened to the car.
    So my story continues when, at 63,000 miles, my 2007 Caliber check engine light comes on for the first time. I took it to a Dodge dealer to look at the infamous code P2004 (I did my homework, of course)"intake manifold runner stuck open". The service advisor comes back with the standard solution, "we need to replace the intake manifold in the engine". I pop the question that many struggling working families would ask: "how much will it cost? Knowing that I had to pay someone's salary... "$689.40" he said. "But if a $159.99 induction service was performed, it might solve the problem". I asked how often the intake manifold is needed to be replaced on the Calibers; he could not give me an answer! I paid the induction, the check engine was off, and the car was OK!
    Almost 3,000 miles after, the check engine comes on again. I took it in for a check. Now the bill is, as written in my estimate, $1068.00. I almost fainted, dumbfounded, completely aghast with the new and improved estimate. My response was “give me the car back; I don’t have that amount available at the moment”.
    My car is not failing at all. It runs very smooth with no problem. But I know there's many of us who have experience this P2004 code situation, know how people try to get advantage of you, and how you have second thoughts about buying a Chrysler product ever!

  • At 6:08 AM, Blogger Mary Coughlan said…

    I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber and just now has 65K miles on it. In the time I have had this car I had to do a Head Gasket replacement at 34K miles because the Water pump went bad and the car overheated causing misfires. I had to replace the Alternator at 50K miles, Throttle body at 64K miles and oh yeah the famous stalling issue happens constantly, hense why they told me to replace the throttle body and that didnt help. Not to mention because its a 2 speed transmission it constantly jerks when moving from low to high gear. OMG I really really hate this car and I am stuck in it because I still owe too much to my finance company on it. Do yourself a favor dont by this piece of CRAP.

  • At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i HATE my 08 dodge caliber rt i got it for a gradutation present from my parents decked out with 22s and all and NOW i'm terified to drive it! it always stalls out and shut off at red lights i can feel it comming the rpms get low and the car runbles if i dont rev the engine RIGHT AWAY it shuts off. im always complaining and telling my parents theres somthing wrong but every time we take it in they say the same thing we drove it and nothing happened untill a check engine light comes on we dont know what to tell you. the car drives like CRAP! u feel every bump in the road and it throws you off you always have to drive w two hands cause the wheel has a mind of its OWN. every time i get in my car to go somewhere i find my self praying that we get where ever were going safley!

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger Dee said…

    I as well have a dodge caliber, I bought it with only 55000kms. I now have major suspension problems!! Grinds and bounces all over the place! NOT very impressed It has only 100 000kms. I have done NO rough driving either! I also find the gas milage is not what they say....Deint won't buy another one!

  • At 5:01 PM, Blogger Dee said…

    I also own an 08 Dodge Caliber. I have had no problems till I hit 100000kms. I now have major suspension issues! Mostly in the front end. I hit a bump it grinds and bounces all over the place. The stalling has been an issue a few times. But now that it has been said.....Murphys Law.
    I don't think I will ever buy one again....
    Anyone know if there are any recalls on the 200 Dodge Caliber???
    Thanks Soo much!

  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger steve said…

    Purchased my 2008 SXT Caliber three years ago and have had nothing but problems. Three ball joints, control arm shaft, not starting many times and now no horn. Cannot even find fuse for horn. Brand new breaks all around and they still squeek. Horrible gas mileage and terrible acceleration. not to mention suspension issues. However no stalling or water issues. Anyone interested in a 2008 Caliber???

  • At 6:37 PM, Blogger srj said…

    I also have a problem with my 2009 Dodge Caliber stalling out while driving. I've taken it to the dealership and of course they haven't been able to replicate the problem. It is scary not knowing when it's going to happen and worrying about being hurt or killed in an accident because out of nowhere the car just stalls. I am amazed to hear that this does seem to be an issue with Caliber's. No one at the dealership told me about that!! I'm guessing that they must be aware of the stalling problem with Calibers. All they told me was bring it back if it happens again and we'll see if we can replicate the problem. Lots of time spent taking it back and forth to the shop, not to mention the inconvience of waiting and being without a car. But, the biggest thing is how dangerous that is when you are driving and it just happens suddenly with no warning. So very dangerous as previously mentioned and even more so b/c so many people are riding on your bumper and impatient on the road. It's easy to see how people are getting hurt needlessly/car's damaged etc. b/c of the stalling out issues. Chrylser needs to take care of this issue. My life is valuable.

  • At 2:21 PM, Blogger AmyLou said…

    Have had a 2007 Caliber for exactly 1 year now. It has worked perfectly until Dec. 17th 2011 when the Starter went as I was driving. It did catch fire once stopped but was put out quickly and did not cause more damage. it was fixed (so we thought) & picked up on Dec. 24th, 2011. It worked fine until on our way home from Quebec City it did it again on a very busy stretch of the 540 heading west from Montreal. That was Jan. 1st, 2012. After that insanity of getting it fixed again, the starter went on it once again on Jan. 18th, 2012! Had it towed...again...and picked it up on the 20th. Not even 2 hoursa later....You guessed it...That damn Starter went AGAIN! The most wonderful part pof this story is the Warranty JUST expired AND they keep "passing the buck" with responsibility of who's to pay! Frankly, 4 times of the exact same issue in 1 month...IT DOESNT TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO FIGURE OUT THAT IT IS NOT THE STARTER! Something else is causing the starter to "burn out"! I strongly suspect it is the computer. Chrysler, as far as I am concerned, can take this car and shove it!

    ***Has anyone else had an issue with a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT and the Starter Motor? This car is a Lemon, Yes...AND I cannot be the only one with this problem!***

  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger grassdancer3 said…

    we have a 2007 Caliber the bushings were replaced under warranty and after an argument with the dealer!!Now not only are they gone again but apparently they did not do an alignment so the rear end needs repair arms and bushings rear tires worn out on the inside (put on this spring)and the trany is whining

  • At 5:43 AM, Blogger mld fairbanks said…

    Myself and my two young children were left stranded 20 miles from the North Carolina border on our way to Florida. My 2007 Dodge Caliber with 86,0000km, died on the side of the road when the overheated engine light went on, followed by the chimes. There was no warning prior to that as we had stopped not 10 min. earlier at the NC Welcome rest stop. All fluids had been topped off and oil changed prior to our road trip. Although I have only owned this vehicle since Sept. 2011, never in all my years of driving have I had a break down and this much trouble with a company. Once I pulled over let it cool down, I added a few litres of water to get me to the exit within site, hoping to top off with coolant at the service station, the state trooper told me was just up the off ramp. It was not to be as another light came on, the electronic throttle, which indicated it was drivable but if power loss then to pull over. I slowly proceeded along the highway shoulder where within 500 feet it died on it's own. Had it towed by some locals. They indicated to me that the motor was fried. Wanting to get a Chrysler's service station 2nd opinion, had it towed the 40 miles (after being told I owed the Exxon gas mechanic owner $300US before they would release my vehicle to the tow company), it arrived with Farris Motors in Rocky Mount, NC stating the same thing and that it was my fault and not under warrantee! So here I am in Florida having had rented a car at $54/day and a drop off fee here of $150 with Enterprise rental cars (it was the closest airport rental agency in Releigh, NC still open). It is now in Chrysler Canada's hands if they will honour their warrantee, but even then supposedly there is no engine to be found for these cars, only parts. So much for a fun filled Disney Holiday. Would never purchase another Chrysler product again, unless of course this has a happy ending.

  • At 9:12 AM, Blogger Jessica Lynn said…

    I have a 2007 caliber sxt. 145,xxx and I have not have any problems out of it. I do however take my car to the FORD house every 3,000 for rountine maintenance. Even though I own a dodge, I don't trust anyone else with my car.

  • At 6:12 AM, Blogger Les Hartwell said…

    My wife's has a 2007 Dodge Caliber and it has been stalling at red lights or when we slow down. I took it to the shop and they checked it out and could not find the problem. As we don't want her to keep stalling out she is taking my Honda to go to work. We will never buy another Dodge product again.

  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger Aaron Barton said…

    I bought a used 2007 Dodge Caliber SE and have had it for over 6 months now. I had one problem at first. hesitation while accelerating. They recoded the computer and i have not had a problem sense. i love my caliber. I think when it all comes down to it if you research any car there is always problems. but for me my caliber is the best. good luck to the rest of you :)

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