2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,850 miles

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problem #1

Jan 102013

Caliber 4-cyl

  • 58,850 miles
The car would fail to start using remote starter on occasion then progressed to starting w/remote start but when the key inserted the car would shut down. Progressed with extra problems such as not having power when it did stay running. Would only go 10 mph, sputtering, with electronic throttle control coming on. I turned car off and tried again and ran for awhile and regained speed and w/out missing/sputtering. Appear random and continued to work and in heavy traffic car begins to rapid decent in speed (50 mph to quick drop to 10 mph) with etc light on. With drop down in speed/momentum and not because of breaking the reason that left no indication to the person(s) behind me to have a warning. I put emergency flashers on and got to a safer place. Turned car off/on, repeated sometimes w/remote was the only way to start car but many times placing the key in the ignition actually shut the car down. Improved at times but with no warning the car would go into to rapid decrease in speed and even try to stall at times, especially if it was combined with braking at stop signs/signals/traffic. The dealership only focused on the electronic throttle control and said it was completely out. The actual day I left it at dealership it was running fine that particular morning. I have had it back 1 day but I am very concerned with a repeat history of this due to no real warning because the light appears as you are already shutting down/slowing down. By the time the light comes on someone behind me could already have hit me and I usually travel interstate and this is scary. The car also wanted increase on a couple of moments but this was not as much as the reverse. Car is just over a couple of years old & I have also just replaced the driver door mechanism for the window operation (dropped when it broke). Vent system repaired.

- Charlotte , NC, USA