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2009 Dodge Caliber Problems 

2009 Dodge Caliber Problems 

When was the Dodge Caliber Introduced to the World?

Auto Repairs Are EXPENSIVE


The Dodge Caliber was introduced to the world in late 2006 with the 2007 model. The 2007 Dodge Caliber offered 3 different engines (1.8L, 2.0L, and 2.4L) and 3 models. The engines featured both gas and diesel models depending upon when the automobile was released. 


How Many Models of Dodge Caliber were Available in 2009?


In 2009, there were 4 models. The SE and SXT both offer 23-24 miles per gallon in the city and 29-30 in the city. The R/T offers 23 mpg in the city and 29 for highway miles and the SRT4 offers 19 mpg for stop-and-go traffic and 27 for highway driving. The packages also offered drivers different size wheels and 2 different transmission packages. Up until 2008, there were 3 transmission choices. 


What does SXT mean on a Dodge Caliber?


SXT on a 2009 Dodge Caliber means Standard Xtra. In terms of the Dodge Caliber, it means that it is a higher level package than the SE which is the standard level. With the SXT you get larger tires and automatic transmission paired with a 2.0-liter engine. The transmission is 2.0 with a CVT. 


What Year Did They Stop Making the Dodge Caliber?


2012 was the final year for the Dodge Caliber. They stopped making it because although low cost, it was not competitive with other vehicles in its class. 


Do All 2009 Dodge Calibers have the CVT Transmission?


The 2009 Dodge Calibers have the option of having a manual transmission or a CVT transmission. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard in the SE model. If you prefer there is an option for a 2.0L, 158 horsepower engine with a CVT transmission. This engine choice is available in both the SE and SXT. The 1.8L engine is the 5-speed manual transmission; the 2.0L is only available as the CVT. The 2.4L is available with either a CVT or 5-speed. 


Dodge followed Mercedes and began using the continuous variable transmissions in some of their cars including the 2009 Dodge Caliber. 


What is the CVT Transmission?


The CVT transmission is the continuously variable transmission; it is one of 3 types of transmission. These types of transmission include manual, automatic, and CVT. Automatic and standard transmissions have a set number of gears. 


Is the Dodge Caliber the Only Car with the CVT Transmission?


The Dodge Caliber is not the only car with a continuous variable transmission. Some other cars with the CVT Transmission include Mercedes A and B series, Audi A4, Chevy Malibu 1.5L, Chevy Spark 1.4, Datsun Cross, Honda Accord, Honda HR-V, Lexus CT200H, Lexus 450h, Nissan Altima, Nissan Juke, and many others. 


How does the CVT Transmission work in the 2009 Dodge Caliber?


The continuous variable transmission adjusts itself based on the driving condition. It does not rely on information from the driver; it does this automatically. As it changes one pulley loop becomes smaller as the other is larger. It always functions to provide maximum fuel economy. When the engine revs up such as increasing in speed, the CVT adjusts itself accordingly. When you are coasting at a regular speed, the CVT slows down in harmony with the driving conditions. 


What’s Wrong with CVT Transmission on the 2009 Dodge Caliber?


The most common problem affecting the 2009 Dodge Caliber was with the CVT Automatic Transmission. Complaints include slipping and jerking of the transmission. In many cases, the Control Module was to blame. Many complaints were saying that the transmission was noisy although this is a common complaint of CVT Transmissions in general. 


Other complaints related to the 2009 Dodge Caliber CVT Transmission include total transmission failure and difficulty shifting from one gear to another. 


How do I Know if the CVT on my 2009 Dodge Caliber is Bad?


If your 2009 Dodge Caliber is not shifting gears at the appropriate time, then your CVT may be going. Another symptom of a bad CVT is brown, or cloudy transmission fluid. Sometimes there may even appear to be debris inside. These are all symptoms telling you that your CVT is bad or going. 


Is the 2009 Dodge Caliber a Good Car? 


The Dodge Caliber came out in late 2006 replacing the Neon. The Neon was a sporty car that many found fun to drive. It was replaced favoring smaller cars. They replaced it with a larger car with fewer options that are higher priced. 


The 2009 Dodge Caliber is made cheap inside and out. While they are making it with a high-cost CVT transmission, they being frugal on the inside. The engines lack the power that makes cars fun to drive. It does have some interesting finds such as front and rear seats that fold down allowing the moving of larger items easy. Acceleration lacks any power in all engine choices. 


There are 4 trim packages to choose from, with varying engine choices with each. 


What’s Wrong with the 2009 Dodge Caliber?


While this car is not flat-out bad it is not great because of all the potential problems. Customers have reported problems with the theft system wireless control module which makes the car unable to start or turnover. The sunroof has been known to leak if you have a problem with drain tubes. 


There have been numerous reports of blown struts in 2009 Dodge Calibers with low mileage. Problems with the car radio have drained the battery till it's dead. The gas pedal has been known to squeak. These are just some of the issues that customers have reported. 


How Many Miles on Average with the 2009 Dodge Caliber Last?


If you keep up with all recommended maintenance there is no reason why the 2009 Dodge Caliber should not be able to reach 200,000. 


How Many Miles Per Gallon does the 2009 Dodge Caliber Get?


  • The Dodge Caliber, 4 cylinders, 1.8L, Manual 5-speed, gets 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway. 
  • The Dodge Caliber 4 cylinder, 2.0L, Automatic, has 23 miles per gallon for city driving and 29 for driving on the highway. 
  • The Dodge Caliber 4 cylinder, 2.4L, Automatic, gets 21 in stop-and-go traffic and 25 miles per gallon for highway driving. 


How much is the 2009 Dodge Caliber Worth Today?


The 2009 Dodge Caliber SE with 5-speed manual transmission is worth on average $5,700 in good condition with 90,000 miles. The 2009 Dodge Caliber SXT with a 2.0L automatic CVT transmission is worth on average $5,900. The RT Sport Wagon with a 2.4L automatic CVT transmission with traction control is worth $6,100. 


Is a 2009 Dodge Caliber All-Wheel-Drive?


The Dodge Caliber was available with all-wheel-drive from 2006 to 2008. They stopped making the 4WD version in 2008. 


Are there any Recalls on the 2009 Dodge Caliber?


The 2009 Dodge Caliber has one recall to report. The recall is on the Powertrain, more specifically the Automatic Transmission Control Module. If you do not get it fixed, there is a chance that the bad automatic transmission control module can cause the engine to fail while on the highway can cause a crash. 


What Kind of Engine does the 2009 Dodge Caliber Have?


There are three engine choices for the 2009 Dodge Caliber. 

  • The first is a 4 cylinder, 1.8 liters, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. 
  • The second is a 4 cylinder, 2.0 liter paired to a continuous variable transmission. 
  • The third is the 4 cylinder, 2.4-liter engine paired to a continuous variable transmission. 


Is the 2009 Dodge Caliber an SUV?


Although the Dodge Caliber has a few attributes like an SUV it is not one. It is classified as a small car, more specifically a wagon. 


Is the 2009 Dodge Caliber a Safe Ride?


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2009 Dodge Caliber received a 5 star for both the driver and passenger in a simulated head-on collision at 35 miles per hour. It also fared a 5-star rating in a side collision where one car is still while being struck at 38 miles per hour. The roll-over test only received a four-star rating. 


While it has 4 and 5 stars for safety it neglected to include the torso airbag to protect your abdominal region from injuries that may be sustained during a crash. 


What’s Good About the 2009 Dodge Caliber?


The front and rear seats have a ton of legroom. The cabin features are modern and there's lots of cargo space. There are many vehicle color choices. The front seat folds down flat and the back seats recline making it easy to haul cargo or furniture. Europeans like the hatchback style.