Hello. This is my first post here and hope someone can help.
I recently inherited a low mileage 82k 2007 Dodge Caliber. I’m aware of the issues of that car, yet, the engine is good and it has lots of pep. What is not so good is the subframe. Despite there being a 10 year recall on the subframe from excessive rusting, my mother never took advantage of that, and now I own a car that drives ok albeit with bad suspension and rust under it. I’m wondering about the benefits of replacing the subframe and associated components – tie rods, struts, ball joints.
A look under the car reveals that indeed the front subframe has significant rust with some soft spots. And there is extensive rusting throughout the undercarriage although to my untrained eye most looks like surface rust (as an aside I had a sand-blaster tell me they could remove most of the rust with a sand blaster).
As used cars are very expensive these days and I don’t need a cream puff, just a safe and reliable vehicle, what is the consensus here of having the subframe replaced and any other nuggets of wisdom to pass along. What else should I have replaced under the car (since they are working there).
Everything else works fine in this car.
ps – I have photos of the underside of the vehicle but don’t see a way to post them here.
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