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Frame Rust Problems of Dodge Caliber



Dodge Caliber owners have reported 32 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 1
Failure Date: 10/21/2016

Driving and steering got lose. Pulled into work and was turning the wheel heard crunching nose. Got out at looked steering gear box was moving on frame and all kinds of rust was falling off. I have taken my car to Chrysler dealer ship and waiting on to see if the subframe being rusted out is covered in any way. This seems to be a consistent problem with this car. This car is driven about 24 miles a day and keeped in a garage and washed. This was a problem in 2007 model Dodge Calibers.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 2
Failure Date: 10/17/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the k frame prematurely rusted with extensive corrosion and there was a noise when turning coming from the lower front of the vehicle. The contact stated that there was rust on the wheel frame near the drivers side tire wheel framing as well. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,680.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 3
Failure Date: 10/14/2016

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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 4
Failure Date: 10/04/2016

My car started making a clunking noise from the front end. The noise happened when turning left and right, then happened just driving the car at all. Mechanic showed me that the subframe is completely rusted through prematurely. Very dangerous to drive! mileage is 114,000. I called Chrysler to see if the recall they had out for 2005-2007 Calibers on the same part would cover mine. They extended the warranty for 10 more years on those year cars. They refused to add the 2008 models even though there are plenty of complaints. This is going to cost me close to $1600. 00 and a week in the repair shop.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 5
Failure Date: 08/02/2016

Took in my 2008 Caliber for an inspection and it wouldn't pass due to a corroded, rusted subframe. The rust has occurred because the ac drips onto sub frame. Called dealership and Chrysler and they are refusing to do anything about this issue. I have 65,000 on this vehicle. It is well cared for also.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 6
Failure Date: 07/16/2016

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, wilfred rymar.


car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 7
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 8
Failure Date: 07/06/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle independently veered left and a loud clanking sound was heard. The failure occurred constantly. The contact inspected the vehicle and diagnosed that the front subframe was severely rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 9
Failure Date: 07/06/2016

I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber garage kept 49000 miles with a rusted busted frame. Didn't realize until knocking in front end. Always done repairs and recalls and this is dangerous. Called to request Chrysler to be accountable and they basically told me its my problem. Where do you go from here in liability.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 10
Failure Date: 06/20/2016

Subframe rusted in two. Garage said it was unsafe to drive. Engine could have fallen out.


 
car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 11
Failure Date: 06/04/2016

My 2007 Caliber is parked I will not drive it because the frame is rusted out so bad it is not safe for me and my kids. My mechanic told me to not drive. This car is not even 10 years old it definitely should not be rusted like that! very disappointing.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 12
Failure Date: 05/25/2016

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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 13
Failure Date: 04/26/2016

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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 14
Failure Date: 03/13/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While the vehicle was undergoing scheduled maintenance, the mechanic informed the contact that the frame was severely rusted and the struts could not be changed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 15
Failure Date: 02/13/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. When attempting to drive above approximately 20 mph, the transmission failed and the vehicle was not able to move from first gear. The check engine light illuminated. The contact stated that the k- frame was rusted. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who advised that the contact needed to locate a dealer to have the vehicle repaired. The certified mechanic cleared all the codes for the transmission; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 171,180.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 16
Failure Date: 01/10/2016

My car is 8 years old under 90,000 miles and has serious amount of rust on the subframe (k frame) and damage that is making the car deemed unsafe. This part should be recalled seeing how the 07 models are in the same defect and has a recall.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 17
Failure Date: 12/07/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact notice that the sub frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the sub frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000. Ak.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 18
Failure Date: 08/17/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While the vehicle was being serviced by an independent mechanic, it was discovered that the frame was severely rusted and the subframe needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 19
Failure Date: 08/03/2015

Tl- the contacts owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber . The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph. The frame of the vehicle fractured without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame was rusted and needed to replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000. Dt.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 20
Failure Date: 05/30/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph there was a loud noise that came from the front of the vehicle without warning. The contact parked the vehicle and discovered that the entire sub frame had excessive rust and fractures. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and was diagnosed that the sub frame had excessive rust and fractures and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Sw.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 21
Failure Date: 04/01/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle was rusted and detached from the vehicle while driving approximately 5 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the front end frame was replaced, but the failure occurred on the rear of the vehicle as it began to rust from the inside out. The rusted frame caused the vehicle's tires to lean outwards. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. No warning lights illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 22
Failure Date: 10/08/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while having an oil change performed, the technician notified the contact that the rear sub frame was rusted and deteriorating. The technician stated that the rear sub frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. Pam.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 23
Failure Date: 09/18/2014

I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber and the sub frame is so rusted through that it cracked while my son was driving it. Thankfully he was coming home and it happened couple minutes from home. I cannot believe a car, that is only 7 years old, can rust so severely in such a short period of time. I cannot believe Dodge has not issued a recall on this. What are they waiting for? are they waiting for enough people to get into accidents and possibly kill somebody, before the recall this manufacture defect? they must have some really good bean counters. When I started looking on the internet, I was shocked to see so many complaints from people with the exact same problem as I am having, and their cars were younger then mine. I was shocked to find out that there have not been any recalls issued for this.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 24
Failure Date: 08/16/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the cross member and sub frame were rusted and corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who discovered that there were holes and rust all over the frame and cross members. As a result, the cross members, the sub frame, and the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,701.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 25
Failure Date: 04/03/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the front and rear of the sub frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 26
Failure Date: 02/15/2014

Went to get car inspected and the mechanic found our crossmember frame was rusted out. It is only 5 yrs old and has 63000 miles, unheard of. Next step contact Dodge see what they can do to help us get this repaired, right now car is unsafe to drive.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 27
Failure Date: 02/13/2014

Noticed rusted subframe with big hole. We knew it needed to be replaced. No particular reason for the erosion other than the way the vehicle is designed. Vehicle is only 6-7 years old. This type of erosion is usually only seen on old vintage vehicles. A few days ago, we ran over a hidden pot hole and the subframe is completely broken apart. Now car is completely unsafe to drive. This car was poorly designed in this area. The company should recall the subframe to replace and install a rerouting piece for the ac to drip on and bypass dripping on the frame.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 28
Failure Date: 01/01/2014

My 2007 Dodge Caliber was taken to my mechanic where it was found that the main subframe had rusted through in multiple places. The car is only 6 years old and has approximately 76,150 miles. I called Chrysler and mentioned it. Customer service stated that they would only provide cost assistance if I had the work done at a Chrysler dealership. The car was taken apart and on the lift at my preferred mechanic. I had my mechanic provide the service. I did receive a quote from a local Chrysler dealership it would have cost me $ 850. 00. My mechanic did the service for $ 650. 00. Chrysler has refused payment. This subframe components is rusted through in three locations. After only 6 years, this doesn't seem acceptable on a major front end component.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 29
Failure Date: 10/29/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber rt. The contact stated that the rear and front sub frames were completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician diagnosed that the sub frames needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 61,000. Updated 01/14/lj the consumer stated the front and rear sub frame was severely rusted. The consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 01/16/14.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 30
Failure Date: 08/24/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that he was concerned that the rear lower sub frame could fail due to a failure that the previous owner experienced. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who confirmed that the sub frame was rusted and corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 31
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

Extreme rust on front subframe. Part is weakened and integrity is doubtful. Mounts lower control arm. Failure would affect suspension, drive train, brakes and result in loss of steering, brakes and power to drive wheels.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 32
Failure Date: 12/28/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair and it was discovered that the entire subframe was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic recommended the vehicle be driven only short distances due to a potential safety risk. In addition, the front passenger and driver side control arms were replaced on a separate occassion. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.


Other Common Structure related problems of Dodge Caliber

Problem Category Number of Problems
Body problems
75
Frame Rust problems
32
Structure problems
13
Frame And Members problems
9
Underbody Shield problems
8
Door problems
1
Door Hinge problems
1