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#105 of 183 Transmission Control Module Issues
Dec 22, 2010 (7:40 am)
After what seems like a continuous stream of visits to the Dodge dealership with my 2007 Dodge Caliber with the CVT (biggest joke ever), they think they have it fixed. I purchased the car new in March 2006 when they first came out. The car has had a noise in the front end like a squeaking/screaching noise when you hit bumps. After 6 visits of the dealership "could not duplicate problems" I convinced the service manager to test ride the car with me. We didn't make it off the lot before he heard the noise. They replaced the rack and various other steering parts. Had the car 8 days but could not provide a rental. Go figure. During the same time frame, the transmission would just quit, causing the car to slow to a crawl. They reporgrammed the Transmission Control Module twice in a three year period. Now that the car is out of warranty, the Transmission Control Module went out. So, a car that has 41,367 miles on it just cost me $1000.00 to be able to drive it. The service attendant told me i'd be back within the next six months for a new transmission as every Caliber they have seen with the CVT that the module goes out in, the transmission dies shortly thereafter. Chrysler of course says they have no knowledge of these problems, yet the transmission is on national back order and will take up to 4 weeks to get. The time has come for me to trade the first brand new car I have had. My roommate tried to convince me that a Scion was a better choice. Now his has more than twice the miles on it, and we take it everywhere we go as we never know if the Caliber is going to just crap out for no reason again. The transmission issue has been popping up every so often with the car. I agree, time to look at anything but Dodge for a replacement.
#106 of 183 Re: CVT Problems? [gizm0man]
Dec 27, 2010 (6:01 pm)
I have the same exact problem. I have 65,000 miles on my 2008 dodge caliber r/t. I took it to the dealer today and they told me to contact chrysler because i don't have a warranty on it anymore. So i contacted chrysler and worked something out with them because apparently this is a very common problem with them. Well they agreed to pay all but 1,000 of the transmission which i agreed to because hey the new trans is 4grand! But mine was making the whining noise and it gets louder the faster i drive. So i reccomend calling chrysler and filing a complaint with them and seeing what they can do for you. But after you file a complaint you will have to take it to a dodge dealer and pay them to look at the trans and talk with chrysler and work something out. Good luck
#107 of 183 Re: 2007 dodge tranny problem [jlmjodi]
Jan 16, 2011 (9:58 pm)
I have this same issue with my 2007 caliber. I have had the transmission replaced (it was a rebuilt transmission). It worked for a month and then my car wouldnt drive over 10 mph. I had a well established mechanic take a look and he said the transmission lost communication with the computer. He reprogramed the computer and had me test drive it for a week. Six days later I am still experiencing the same problem. The mechanic told me it must be an internal issue and wants to try to replace the transmission again. I was curious if you had any luck in finding out what fixed your car or if your car is still having problems.
#108 of 183 Re: CVT Problems? [holly88]
Jan 17, 2011 (12:29 pm)
Got mine back on Dec 31. It's a lot better, but still some occasional hesitation at just on 2000 rpm. We'll see how it goes. Since I'm retired, I don't drive it very much.
#109 of 183 Re: CVT Problems? [gizm0man]
Feb 07, 2011 (6:47 pm)
my wife bought a dodge caliver 07 , new zero miles on it , A MONTH later battery light comes on ! fine took it to dealer problem fixed , a week later air bag light comes on , another trip to the dealer , two months later abs light , at this point im like WTF !!!! not again , the same day anti theft light comes on . took it to the f$% dealer again !! so months later im driving on the high way with 2 day old baby , car goes off ! while driving it .
next day back to dealer , problem was alternator with only 15k on it . next battery , wheel hub , spindle , wheel bearing , all of those parts were repleaced when tha car was ONLY one year old !!!
current problems with car , bad ignition , keypad does not work what a pain in the ^%$ i have to get in to opend the gate ! and be the last person to leave the car with the driver side door close to lock all of the other doors . oh two rear shocks making noise , the engine vibrates alot ! sometimes it even goes off , and it also is very loud , i hate it . transmission has a loud noice ....
DO NOT EVER BUY ONE OF THIS CARS EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#111 of 183 2009 caliber transmission grinding
Feb 16, 2011 (6:04 pm)
purchased new July 31, 2009. Transmission noises began in 2010. Makes grinding noise when first starting it until speed of 20 - 25 MPH reached. Sounds like a whine, and a metal-on-metal grinding noise. Recently on one short jaunt, of about 1 mile stop and go city driving, the sound was like that of a roaring elephant, would last 4 or 5 seconds, stop for about 4 or 5 seconds, and repeat, continuously for the entire 1 mile trip. The grinding noise was severe. The car then sat for about an hour while I was on my errand, and the return trip was fine. This does not happen every day. Perhaps once a week. Some weeks three times. I cannot "make" the car do this. Nor can the mechanics at two different Dodge dealers. They can't find anything wrong. It is a CVT transmission. Yes, the shift is firmly in gear. The car is garaged, and we live in a mild climate area. If something is wrong, why can't a mechanic diagnose it? If something is grinding, whining, would there not be tell-tale symptoms in the system? There are other problems like the cabin filling with gas fumes but that may well be the subject of another post.
Feb 17, 2011 (4:47 pm)
During the past summer my 2007 dodge caliber done the same thing as everybody else, the transmission messed up at 54,000 miles. Thinkfully we bought the warranty. Well low and behold, its been about 8 months, and we are at 68,015 miles and the transmission is gone AGAIN!!!!! What a bunch of bull, doesnt help the matter that the dealership that worked on it during the summer left a VERY IMPORTANT bolt out and so now we are waiting to see what else has been screwed up. HELP!!!! Check the value of the dodge caliber it is pathetic. DODGE owes us all!! They screwed up and left the customers paying, I will NEVER buy another dodge chrysler jeep product EVER in my life. Im gonna end up taking a $5,000.00 loss just on the car value alone much less what they screwed up when they didnt bolt transmission back together with the car. Im just gonna eat it and get the POS out of my life ASAP.
FOR SALE 2007 POS Dodge Caliber, will not get u anywhere for longer than about 15,000, and dont forget that Dodge will just IGNORE all the issues with it.
#113 of 183 2007 Caliber transmission
Feb 24, 2011 (7:59 am)
My car has 54,000 miles on it. I have the rxt awd model. At 33,000 i had my transmission replaced. This was in Nov 2008. 2 years later, i am having the same problems again. Currently at dealership waiting for a transmission control module.
I love the car, but after this, i may have to trade in for something else.
#114 of 183 solution to post 111 above on 2-16-11
Feb 24, 2011 (5:13 pm)
Yes, this is me again. Problem solved. Traded my car.
The end. Thanks for reading.