1.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,458 miles

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problem #29

May 082018

Caliber

  • 275,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle retained water and was leaking from the front driver's side onto the floorboard. The failure caused mold to develop. In addition, the rear passenger side floorboard retained water. The contact did not now the origin of the leak. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred the contact to NHTSA. The approximate failure mileage was 275,000.

- Edmonton, KY, USA

problem #28

Apr 082018

Caliber

  • 91,000 miles
Heard a clunking noise when turning and stopping, got home thinking the strut was broken and found that the sub-frame for engine, sway bar and tire assembly completely rotted and cracked on the drivers side ready to break in two. Car is unsafe to drive. Mileage 91K.

- Sunbury, OH, USA

problem #27

Apr 032018

Caliber

  • 135,000 miles
When driving the vehicle started to make unusual sounds coming from the front of the vehicle. Took the vehicle to a Dodge dealer for inspection. Told that the front cross-member was severely corroded and the vehicle is unsafe to drive. Customer was informed by the dealer that this was covered under an extended warranty from Chrysler. Was then told by the dealer that they could not work on the vehicle until the district service manager authorized it. The reason given was that there was additional rust found that would not be covered by the warranty. Informed that this decision could be expected in 2 to 3 weeks. Was then informed that the dealer could not offer and transportation while they waited for a decision. Still waiting.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #26

Sep 072017

Caliber

  • miles
Rusted through subframe

- Harbor Beach, MI, USA

problem #25

Jun 262017

Caliber

  • 0 miles
Subframe rotten/rusty!!!! I was driving today and my car start making weird cranking noise and it's pulling me to the right. Even though I had the wheel straight it's clearly showing it halfway to the right. It's dragging the front passenger tires and it's hard to control. Took it to an independent mechanic because there's no way I can make it home without endangering myself and others. The mechanic showed me that underneath the subframe is all rotten/rusty and falling apart. My car is 2009, it's only 8 yrs old. There's should have been a recall on this. I was surprised to see how bad it gotten. I have no choice but to have it fix.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #24

Apr 012017

Caliber

  • miles
The engine cradle is rusted through.

- Leesburg, IN, USA

problem #23

Mar 012017

Caliber

  • 119,000 miles
The K frame is completely rotted from rust.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #22

Apr 082016

Caliber

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that there was severe corrosion to the engine cradle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the engine cradle and the supporting sub-structure needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #21

Jan 162017

Caliber

  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic because the ball joints had to be replaced three times in the past two years. While the vehicle was on the lift, the mechanic noticed the subframe cradle was rotted severely, front and back. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

- North Branch, MI, USA

problem #20

Dec 242016

Caliber

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. While driving 15 mph and attempting to make a right turn, an abnormal sound emitted from the vehicle. The passenger side of the vehicle fractured and dropped to the ground. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the subframe was corroded, severely rusted, and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the VIN was not included in the extended warranty offer. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Peru, IN, USA

problem #19

Dec 192016

Caliber

  • 154,133 miles
Attempted to get a wheel alignment on 12/19/2016 and was informed that the frame/subframe is extremely rusted/corroded and needs repair.

- Fort Gratiot, MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 142016

Caliber

  • 66,150 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. While the vehicle was at the dealer for routine inspection, the technician noticed that the subframe was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,150.

- St. Ann, MO, USA

problem #17

Oct 202016

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 93,325 miles
My 2009 Dodge Caliber started emitting some terrible sounds while being driven in the city yesterday (10/20/2016). This occurred when turning and driving over anything but smooth road. Steering and braking were negatively affected. After stopping I lifted it up to determine the cause of this and found that the driver's side strut tower stabilizer bar had separated from the subframe. The bolts hadn't simply come loose; the section of the subframe to which the stabilizer bar attaches had torn away. There is very little rust on any other part of the car yet I can basically poke holes through the subframe with my finger.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #16

Jul 162016

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 116,024 miles
While making a left hand turn the vehicle right front collapsed forcing me off the road. Fortunately because I was traveling at a very low speed I was able to stop on the shoulder. Had I been traveling on a multiple lane highway, passing another car or at a higher rate of speed there would have been a serious accident. Upon inspection I found that the front frame had rusted completely through and collapsed the suspension. It is quite apparent that the frame is poorly designed or constructed. Possibly both. At any rate this is a very dangerous condition that should be addressed. I notified Chrysler in July and other than an acknowledgement have not heard from them. Kindly advise me if there is any action that your organization can take. Sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Millersburg, MI, USA

problem #15

Feb 022015

Caliber 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. A year ago, the lower control arms failed and were replaced by the dealer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a week ago and a mechanic diagnosed that the front cross member was prematurely rusted extensively and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure more than three times, but provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000...updated 11/21/16

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #14

Jul 152016

Caliber

  • 103,000 miles
Heard a loud noise that sounded like a broken spring on my car and took it to my mechanic, where I found out my engine cradle is completely rotted and broken in several places. I drive 30 miles to work on a major freeway, doing 70 - 80 mph 5-7 days a week. If this engine cradle had broke completely during my commute, I would have crashed or flipped my car!! this is beyond a safety concern. I recently got rid of a 1998 vehicle that didnt have even 1/10th this amound of rust on its frame. I undercarriage flush-carwash my car every week minimum during the winter months to avoid longterm salt exposure. And my car is garage parked all the time at home. I Transport my small children in this car, and am seriously considering finding a lawyer for a class action suit on this matter. There are a ton of complaints online regarding this issue. A 6 year old car should not be this rotted!!!! I

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #13

May 252016

Caliber

  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while parked and servicing the vehicle, there was severe corrosion noticed on the front and rear sub frame. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front and rear sub frame was rusted through and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 154,000.

- Austin, IN, USA

problem #12

Apr 262016

Caliber

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. When the vehicle was taken to a local dealer for service, the technician noticed that the entire frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. There was no warning indicator. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered to cover the cost of the part only. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Wellfleet, MA, USA

problem #11

Apr 262016

Caliber

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle made a creaking sound. A mechanic diagnosed that the main cross member was corroded. The contact notified the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 022016

Caliber

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. While driving 20 mph and making a turn, the front passenger wheel detached. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the knocker failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

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