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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2023
I purchased my Caliber 3 years old with 40k miles on it. It was a good car to start. But Dodge's inability to do anything but rust away really made this car a headache. They had an extended warranty for the front sub frame and back suspension there were never communicated to the me, owner of the car. The front lower control arms have been replaced 3 times die to them rusting away and becoming loose.
In less than a 2 year span the the whole front suspension and sub frame has needed replacement from rotting though (you could literally put your fist thought the rust holes). And the whole rear cross member and sway bar needed replacement. Both expensive repairs needed basically every part replaced. I would never recommend this car to anyone. Getting replacement parts for it, you're only going to find dodge parts that will just rust again and dodge does not care.
Reviewed July 4, 2020
2010 Dodge Caliber. These cars are very unsafe. I myself am getting a different car. Two cvt transmission sub frame problems ball joints wheel bearing. Dodge really sucks and I hope they get shut down. Should replace cvt and go help us into better vehicles. I'm sure thousands have died because of these cheap ** cars.
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Reviewed May 19, 2019
Wish I could give it 0 stars. Steering wheel locks up, sometimes brakes/gas don't work. Many times I would step on the gas pedal expecting to go and it staggers, almost causing accidents multiple times. Not only that but then it jerks and goes flying, which also almost caused accidents. Clock in car doesn't work no matter what, car shut down one time as I was driving (no warning), a few times already can't go past 30 mph. Many times the car won't go past 50mph, car constantly jerks, overheated and shut down after 2 hours of driving. The only reason why I'm still putting up with this car is because I'm not the person paying for it. Can't imagine spending my hard earned money on something as terrible as this.
Reviewed May 6, 2019
Have owned a 2008 Dodge Caliber since 2012. Bought from Dodge dealer and was never told about problems with frame rusting out or an extended warranty that was only good until car is 10 years old. What a joke. Only have 126,000 miles on and now told frame is starting to rust out. Called Chrysler and said they can't help me with it. Seen on Web numerous people with same problem. Should be a recall on this! Will never buy a Chrysler product again! Wait until there is a lawsuit because somebody got killed because rotted frame broke while driving. Sad to say but that's the only time something gets done. When a company won't back their product tells you what they are making. JUNK!!
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2018
I own a 2008 Dodge Caliber that keeps breaking. This car is very dangerous to drive and it is out of warranty now. I have had nothing but problems since day 1! I am now having to pay to have the sway bar link, alternator, alignment, ball joints, abs and so much more replace every single month! No I'm not kidding. Every single month this needs done or the car is unsafe to drive and after I replace all the parts they break again. I have called the dealership and to many other places. This car along with so many other people are having the same issue. The dealership will not even look at the problem with $200.00, that's just for an estimate. So far there are no recalls but there should be. I have found thousands of people with the same problems as I am having. I am now looking into law/ lawyer options because this car is unsafe regardless of how many times I fix it.
Reviewed May 2, 2018
Dodge Caliber was driving great until transmission started to go out and transmission is a CVT. Too expensive to repair this Dodge Caliber transmission. I really loved my car and hate to rid of it.
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2018
Bought a 2009 Chev Caliber brand new- yeah what was I thinking! Had to replace parts constantly over the years, did maintenance and oil changes faithfully. Just got the final straw to call an end to my suffering. Endless expensive repair bills- a 4,000 repair. Good riddance, goodbye now. Selling as a mechanics special for next to nothing. Never buying a Dodge again!! Not impressed at all!!!
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2018
My husband purchased a used 2007 Dodge Caliber. Admittedly, it was an as-is sale. Our gripe is just as much with the shady dealer who most likely knew about many of these issues and failed to disclose them for the sake of the almighty dollar. Forget the fact that we have children that are taken to and from school every day in this vehicle. I simply do not understand how someone can sell a man an unsafe vehicle, then have the nerve to offer to help install the car seat. But, I digress. This car has been nothing but problematic since the 3rd day after driving it off the lot. First, it was sold with a large crack in the reservoir for antifreeze (not a mechanic, not sure of the technical term, sorry) and the dealer sold it with absolutely no antifreeze. He even told my husband "oh, that's normal for this car, my wife's car does that too. It's not overheating, it's just heating up," when the engine showed it was overheating and the check light came on.
You know those cheap RC cars that feel like they're made of plastic? That's what this car feels like when driving it. It creaks at low speeds, and maybe it's a personal preference, but we very much dislike the fact that it is so easy to slip it into manual from automatic, even by barely nudging it. The power windows do not work, and the doors creak and moan so badly when trying to open them you'd think they were ready to fall off. The dashboard is extremely large. You could sleep on it, it's so wide. It really takes away from any leg room, and this car has very little of that to begin with. It feels like driving in a big plastic bubble, but one that could be easily popped. I am embarrassed to admit my husband paid nearly $9000 after financing fees and we're stuck with this car until we can pay it off. Any ideas to reduce our losses and salvage this situation are greatly appreciated.
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2018
I bought this car in 2013. Worst car is not enough to start... I bought with 98,000 miles. Got extended warranty... 3 months after the transmission went out... so now it's 2017 on its 5 transmission all under warranty I can't get anywhere. I paid 10,000 for the car and have yet to drive a full year. So last transmission they put in August of 17 and on Christmas I was driving with my kid and it would not move out of middle of road with pedal all the way to floor. So guess what? Back in shop... I just hate it all. I have nothing to drive to get me back and forth to work and have no money considering the place I took my car to said to be covered for transmission. They had to clear codes and charged me 2000 dollars... I should have had them keep it and put it toward a new car.
Reviewed Sept. 14, 2017
Well where do I begin… Bought the car (2007 Dodge Caliber) in 2011. Had it paid off 2016. Shortly after that in March 2016 I had to get new oil pan installed, lower ball joint, right outer tie rod and to have oil filled plus 2 hrs labor which totaled 100.00. In April 2016 I had to replace the rear subframe - so it costs me to get a 2nd hand one 300.00 plus pay for the gas to go get it. Then I had to have some put on the subframe for me which then I had to replace 2 link rods and have him cut and remove muffler and pipe off of my car plus labor which totaled 250.00. In September 2016 I then had to get 2 rotors. Replaced brake pads plus labor which totaled 163.00. In October 2016 I had to get upper control arm, outer tie rod plus labor totaling 158.00. April of 2017 The trail link bushings had to be replaced plus labor totaling 202.00.
June of 2017 I had replace 2 rear lower control arms, 1 rear upper control arm, left assessment link (rear) and 1 front link rod in front replaced again. With labor totaled 386.00. Now today Wednesday September 13, 2017 I was leaving work and the front driver's side control arm rusted right through and broke in half making my car lock up and wouldn't move. There was oil pouring everywhere. I'm sorry to say that DODGE CALIBERS are JUNK and I will not be purchasing anything Dodge again. The company should be ashamed of themselves of making this type of car. A VERY DISCOURAGED AND UPSET OWNER.
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