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Throttle Control Warning Light Problems of Dodge Caliber Vehicles

Dodge Caliber vehicle consumers have reported the following problems to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since 1995.

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Model: 2010 Caliber ,    Fail Date: Oct 18, 2013,     Location: Chicago, Illinois

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control light illuminated then the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

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Model: 2007 Caliber 4-cyl,     Miles: 35,600,     Speed: 15 mi,    Fail Date: Jun 26, 2013,     Location: Carson City, Nevada

Accelerated from red light to get on to the freeway, car lurched forward and stalled. Power was lost and had to limp to safely get to the side of the road. Electronic throttle light (bars with lightning bolt) came on. Shut the car completely off and restarted, drove 20 feet and the same thing happened again. Shut the car off again for 5-7 min and was able to safely get off the freeway. Took in to private mechanic the next day and was informed that the throttle body it self went bad and he as seen this a lot with different models of Dodge vehicles, yet no recall has been issued. Is going to cost me $500 to get it fixed. I bought the car brand new in 2006 so warranty is out due to age.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Miles: 68,000,     Speed: 40 mi,    Fail Date: Apr 01, 2013,     Location: West Palm Beach, Florida

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the electronic throttle control light illuminated as the vehicle erroneously decelerated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.


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Model: 2007 Caliber 4-cyl,     Miles: 100,000,     Speed: 70 mi,    Fail Date: Mar 31, 2013,     Location: Franklinton, North Carolina

While driving on i40 from wilmington, NC the car just shut off unexpectedly throttle control light(lightning bolt) came on, car was hard to control, was slowly able to get the car off the road and restarted, moments after restart while trying to pull back onto the highway it cut off again, after attempting to get going several times it finally started and did not cut off until we reached our destination. This has happened dozens of times now with no luck finding a fix or being able to properly diagnose the problem. This is a terribly scary situation to be in on the highway , I wish NHTSA would investigate this problem as I see this has been reported to them hundres of times for this model year the oldest report of this was in 9/2006 to a brand new 2007 Caliber this is crazy , something must be done. Dodge is consistently ripping people of with repair bills that dont seem to be repairing the problem as you can read in several of the complaints.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Miles: 100,000,    Fail Date: Feb 28, 2013,     Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the electronic throttle control light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The failure could not be duplicated. The failure recurred one hour later. The vehicle was returned to the dealer but again, the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

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Model: 2009 Caliber FWD 4-cyl,     Miles: 55,000,     Speed: 30 mi,    Fail Date: Sep 03, 2012,     Location: Columbus, Georgia

The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was idling very rough and would go up to 30 mph. The contact stated the electronic throttle control light would illuminate on the instrument panel when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told the electronic throttle control module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 68,143. The consumer also stated the vehicle presented an issue with the transmission with the authorized upgraded rims and tires. On long trips. The transmission would overheat causing the same result as in depleted performance. Updated 12/10/12.

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Model: 2009 Caliber ,     Miles: 45,000,     Speed: 15 mi,    Fail Date: Sep 02, 2012,     Location: Landover, Maryland

The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated the electric throttle control light continuously illuminated. Whenever the contact drove 15 mph the warning light would illuminate causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the pcm chip at least twice but the failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

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Model: 2007 Caliber 4-cyl,     Miles: 37,000,     Speed: 40 mi,    Fail Date: Mar 01, 2012,     Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

I had the gas pedal fixed with the 2010 recall of my particular car. I have 37,000 miles currently on my car. When I go to turn out of a gas station for example, the car loses acceleration and feels as if it going to stall. It does the same thing while going up a hill. The electronic throttle control warning light comes on. It goes off after the car regains normal speed. I feel that this should have been fixed with the gas pedal recall since they are related. I've gotten onto the Dodge Caliber forums and saw 100's of people with the same problem. Low miles and there etc light comes on as well. I feel this is a serious safety issue that should have be resolved along with the gas pedal recall. I took my car to auto zone and electronic throttle control was confirmed problem with uncertainty of how to fix the problem. All other diagnostics came back within normal limits.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Speed: 40 mi,    Fail Date: Dec 28, 2011,     Location: Lashmett, West Virginia

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and an electronic throttle light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was able to coast the vehicle to the side of the road before it stopped completely. The contact then attempted to restart the vehicle, but the engine would not restart and the electronic throttle light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where they were yet to diagnose or repair the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 56,192.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Miles: 80,500,     Speed: 15 mi,    Fail Date: Dec 09, 2011,     Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle began to experience difficulty accelerating. The contact also stated that the brake pedal became difficult to depress and the throttle control indicator light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign ID number 10v234000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal). The failure mileage was 80,500.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Miles: 91,000,     Speed: 35 mi,    Fail Date: Oct 11, 2011,     Location: Sellersville, Pennsylvania

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control light illuminated while driving 35 mph as the vehicle became resistant to acceleration. The contact applied the brakes and the vehicle began to function as normal. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis and the vehicle also stalled during a few occurrences. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and he was unable to diagnose the failure because the light was no longer illuminating. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 91,000.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Miles: 48,000,     Speed: 30 mi,    Fail Date: Oct 01, 2011,     Location: Mineola, New York

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the electronic throttle control warning light would illuminate and the vehicle would decelerate independently. The contact shut off the engine and when restarted, the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

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Model: 2008 Caliber ,     Miles: 67,000,     Speed: 40 mi,    Fail Date: Sep 06, 2011,     Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle suddenly decelerated. The electronic throttle control light began to flash on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

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Model: 2007 Caliber FWD 4-cyl,     Miles: 33,000,     Speed: 70 mi,    Fail Date: Aug 01, 2011,     Location: Myrtle Beach , South Carolina

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control failed and the throttle light illuminated intermittently. The contact also stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 45 mph and stalled. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The contact was not sure if the electronic throttle control failure caused the vehicle to stall. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 33,000 and the current mileage is 67,793. Updated 02/09/lj the consumer stated a couple of months after purchasing the vehicle, it stalled. Updated 02/24/12.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,    Fail Date: Jul 25, 2011,     Location: Caldwell, Ohio

I purchased this car used from a dealership due to the fact that I have an hour drive to and from work and it appeared to have great gas mileage. Within my first two weeks of ownership the starter was stuck engaged as I drove and caught fire. This I replaced knowing with age, starters and alternators die. A month after servicing the starter, I was driving on the interstate at a speed of 67mph in heavy traffic when a lightening bolt (electronic throttle control sensor light) flashed and the car jerked as if it were to stall. I contacted my local Dodge dealer who informed me that it probably was the throttle body and that I might as well drive the car for a bit because the light was not staying lit. Every since then the light has flashed on atleast once a month with the car violently jerking as to stall. I started the car last week and the idle was miserable so figured the throttle body had gone. Took the car to the local dealership to read codes on the pc. Code was for the throttle body. The throttle body was replaced by a certified dealership mechanic. Within 30 miles and 30mins after leaving the garage the car was jerking to stall as before but the light was not on. Seem to be a serious problem considering stall on interstate at those speeds and hit by a semi would cause instant death. The value of my car is no longer high but you can guarantee the loan and payments are. I am a preschool teacher and make a very small income. Took car instantly back to dealership but I know they will find nothing, charge to much, and send me on my way with a death sentence. Seems as though Dodge/Chrysler has decided that as long as no deaths it is OK to carry on with this refusal to admit that they made a bad product. How about robbing! all I want is my car fixed but of course they will not admit anything. Suppose I will have to call the news, fax the ceo's, and die .

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Model: 2008 Caliber ,     Miles: 50,000,     Speed: 55 mi,    Fail Date: May 11, 2011,     Location: Dexter, Michigan

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 55 mph the vehicle lost power and the electric throttle control warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the technicians informed the contact that the computer and the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Miles: 50,000,     Speed: 60 mi,    Fail Date: Jan 20, 2011,     Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the electronic throttle control warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle would decelerate independently. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised that the alternator needed to be replaced. The dealer was contacted and the part was ordered. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

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Model: 2007 Caliber ,     Miles: 60,000,    Fail Date: Jan 01, 2011,     Location: Calgary, unknown

The electronic throttle light comes on in the 2007 Dodge Caliber and then, within a few seconds, all power is lost in the vehicle. The driver has about 30 feet to get safe and stop. At this point, if you wait about 1 minute and restart the car, it is driveable. This happens completely randomly and with no warning, causing a real road hazard. Chrysler is unable, or unwilling, to acknowledge this known defect and the repairs suggested don't appear to fix the problem.

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Model: 2008 Caliber ,     Speed: 5 mi,    Fail Date: Jan 01, 2011,     Location: Portsmouth, Virginia

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the throttle control light illuminated on the instrument panel while driving at various speeds. When this occurred, the vehicle would either decelerate or stall. The contact stated that the vehicle would need to rest for a few moments before it would function as normal again. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the throttle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

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Model: 2007 Caliber FWD 4-cyl,     Miles: 35,000,     Speed: 35 mi,    Fail Date: Dec 07, 2010,     Location: East Wenatchee, Washington

I am not sure if this is the correct category as far as the elec. Sability control the manual refers to it as the electronic throttle control when the light comes on. I have noticed that there is a recall for 2007 Dodge Calibers with this problem, but for some reason my VIN/vehicle is not included in the recall as well as many many others with the same problem. I am thinking they do not know who to notify because if they did you would have several complaint at this time. My 2007 Dodge Caliber has caused me problems and unsafe moments for sometime now. The vehicle will sometimes start with the electronic throttle control light on right off the bat other times you could be cruising over a bridge and it will come on and decide to go 2 mph if even that. I had an incident with my grandbaby where we were turning left across a lane of traffic and the car decided to go 1-2 mph it was a good thing that the on coming traffic was out there far enough for us to get across. I have not and will not drive the car since. I still have a car payment and insurance payment but cannot use the vehicle. I have been keeping up with the people on line and there is quiet a few that has had several scary situation like myself. There has been ones who have taken the vehicle in and the repair shop said there was nothing wrong. . . . . . . Then back out on the road they go and the problem happens again. One of these times someone will be crossing a very busy highway and could get in a bad wreck and die? we need your help????.

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Model: 2009 Caliber 4-cyl,     Miles: 1,700,     Speed: 45 mi,    Fail Date: Sep 15, 2009,     Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada

09/2009 vehicle died while driving in middle of traffic towed to dealer, suggested car had an electrical problem and fixed. 08/16/2010 vehicle check engine light came on and vehicle was jerking before it died while driving in traffic, towed to dealer suggested transmission was bad and fixed. 09/14/2010 vehicle engine would not turn over to start, when started drove 5 miles and stalled in the middle of traffic, towed back to dealer suggested coolant was leaking on the radiator and battery was bad and fixed. 09/20/2010 engine, throttle and engine temp light on vehicle died while driving in traffic, towed back to dealer suggesting head gaskets failed and fixed. 10/21/2010 engine temp runs hot, overheats, makes tugging sounds and jerks while driving, drove back to dealer suggesting thermostats not opening fully replaced and states the car was sold with a bad engine. 11/04/2010 car returned to dealer due to jerking, engine light on, making tugging sounds as you accelerate, winding down sounds when you break and overheating.