Frame Rust Problems of Dodge Caliber - part 1

Dodge Caliber owners have reported 46 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Caliber based on all problems reported for the Caliber.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 1
Failure Date: 05/04/2018

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the contact noticed vehicle was making a abnormal noise, in addition the steering shifted pulling vehicle to the left hand side of the lane. No warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was driven to a independent mechanic where it was diagnosed and inform that the sub frame was rusted and about to detach. The contact called Chevrolet ( 1800 853-1403) and was inform the problem was not part of a recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. As.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 2
Failure Date: 04/17/2018

I bought a used Dodge Caliber off of a friend in 2016. I recently started hearing a weird metal clanking in the front driver's side wheel area. I had been advised a year prior that I would be needing tire rods, struts, and ball joints in the near future. So I took it in the be repaired. After spending over $1000 to get it all repaired. I drove off and the noise was still there. Went back to the shop and after 35-40 minutes of rocking the vehicle we were able to recreate the noise and located the noise was coming from the area of the control arm and sub-frame. After further inspection we found the the sub-frame to be rusted through which was causing the metal to pop and crack as it was flexing. I contacted the local Dodge service center and they advised there were no recalls in reference to the sub-frame. After checking on line I found that there had in fact been a extended warranty for the sub-frame for my year make and model, but it had expired in 2016. I called Chrysler and they were aware of the issue, but would not honor the original "warranty" that they had placed on the same part. Subsequently I also found that they had the same "warranty" issued for the same part for the same make and models from 2008-20012. After research through the internet I found hundreds of vehicle owners like me that have had the same issue with the same results. I was not the original owner and would have not received any notification from Chrysler about the issue with the part.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 3
Failure Date: 03/19/2018

Took my car in for an alignment and was notified about my k frame rotting. The mechanic told me he worked on a Jeep compass with same problems and Chrysler had a extended warranty covering it. Called Dodge they told me to bring it into a dealership so they can verify and when they did verify it they told Chrysler about the issue. Chrysler called and told me they will not fix my front k frame because I had recently put in after market parts in the rear of my car which caused my front k frame to rust and I've only had those parts installed a week before taking it to Dodge. So I told the customer service rep. There's no need to make excuses or lies if they don't want to fix and that I've talked to my main mechanic, the alignment mechanic, and the Dodge service rep. , all 3 said it needs to be replace and is dangerous to continue driving as the front k frame holds mostly everything under the hood. Sad as it is Chrysler gave no care.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 4
Failure Date: 03/16/2018

Was on my way to work came up to the light at pontiac trail and 10 mile I put on the brakes and there was what sounded like metal scrapping against metal and a loud thump. Later I made it to work on novi road between 10 mile and grand river I looked behind the driver wheel and saw that the k frame is completely rusted through and what I think is a stability bar is being pulled away from the frame. I haven't drove my vehicle in two days because I feel it is unsafe.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 5
Failure Date: 02/05/2018

My Caliber only has 56271 miles on it. Was in for an oil change to day and was advised "front sib-frame very rusty and has several holes in frame ". Was told it will cost about $800. 00. I think I should have been advised of a issue on this. Lot of the reports I have read about this, the cars had a lot more miles on this issue.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 6
Failure Date: 01/20/2018

In 2016 it was discovered my sub-frame was rusted thru. Discovered Dodge had a service bullentin not a recall service bulletin # 23-012-14, body issue date: may 19, 2014. This bulletin is supplied as technical information only and is not an authorization for repair. Note: this only applies to vehicles in the canadian market and in salt belt states which include connecticut, delaware, illinois, indiana, iowa, maine, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, missouri, new hampshire, new jersey, new york, ohio, pennsylvania, rhode island, vermont, washington, d. C. , west virginia and wisconsin. Dodge only replaced front sub-frame, now rear sub-frames and all along rocker panels is completely rotted, enough that it won't pass pennsylvania state inspection. I've owned vehicles in the past that were older than this Caliber & never had the rust & rot issue I do with this vehicle. It is just 10 yrs old!.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 7
Failure Date: 09/07/2017

Rusted through subframe.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 8
Failure Date: 08/24/2017

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while the vehicle was inspected, the mechanic noticed that the rear driver's side sub frame was rusted with a hole. The dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufactured was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 136,256.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 9
Failure Date: 05/26/2017

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle was rusted and repaired per an unknown recall at shapiro Chrysler Jeep in oswego, NY. Six months later, while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle shook and vibrated uncontrollably. The contact replaced all four tires, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent garage, joe brown auto king in zachary, la where it was diagnosed that the rear driver side frame was rusted and fractured. The technician advised not to drive the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the recall expired. The contact stated that the dealer should have repaired the entire frame during the initial repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 10
Failure Date: 05/08/2017

Front sub frame rusted out,found during inspection Dodge claims x-58 extended warranty is expired.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 11
Failure Date: 01/16/2017

Crossmembers front and rear subframe are rusted through and perforated. Damaging front end parts by instability. . . Car unsafe to drive. Car just purchased from unsavory car dealer. . .

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 12
Failure Date: 01/01/2017

A frame rusted out and everything else under the car has no rust and now it's a saggy issue.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 13
Failure Date: 12/19/2016

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

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 14
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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Dodge Caliber 15
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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Dodge Caliber 16
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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 2007 Dodge Caliber 23
Failure Date: 07/06/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While at an independent mechanic for routine service, the technician noticed that the entire subframe was rusted through. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 186,624.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Dodge Caliber 24
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 25
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.


Other Common Structure related problems of Dodge Caliber

Problem Category Number of Problems
Body problems
109
Frame Rust problems
46
Structure problems
15
Frame And Members problems
11
Underbody Shield problems
10
Door problems
1
Door Hinge problems
1

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