Dodge Caliber - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Dodge Caliber owners have reported a total of 2,281 problems for their cars built in the 7 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Dodge Caliber. The 2007 Dodge Caliber cars have the most problems reported (1,162 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Dodge Caliber

Model Year Number of Problems
  2012 Caliber
57
  2011 Caliber
171
  2010 Caliber
174
  2009 Caliber
252
  2008 Caliber
462
  2007 Caliber
1,162
  2006 Caliber
3

  Common problems of Dodge Caliber

The following chart shows the 23 most common problems for Dodge Caliber cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (355 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (288 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Dodge Caliber

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Suspension
355
  Electrical System
288
  Engine And Engine Cooling
217
  Structure
216
  Power Train
160
  Vehicle Speed Control
144
  Equipment
137
  Steering
136
  Air Bag
129
  Exterior Lighting
102
   
  Other Fuel System
70
  Seat Belt
66
  Service Brakes
63
  Wheel
41
  Electronic Stability Control
40
  Tire
30
  Visibility
28
  Unknown Or Other
26
  Gasoline Fuel System
17
  Seats
9
  Latches/locks/linkage
5
  Air Brake
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Dodge Caliber of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Caliber model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Dodge Caliber model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Caliber Model Years

Caliber
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2012 5710,9587    
0.74
  2011 17137,0278    
0.58
  2010 17446,9479    
0.41
  2009 25244,67010    
0.56
  2008 46288,30211    
0.48
  2007 1,162160,94112    
0.60

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Dodge Caliber is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2012 Caliber
1
  2011 Caliber
31
  2010 Caliber
2
  2009 Caliber
13
  2008 Caliber
20
  2007 Caliber
62


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