• Sep 9, 2006
General Motors dropped a bomb this week when it announced that it was upping its powertrain warranty coverage to 5 years/100,000 miles. That gives the General the best warranty coverage of any full-line automaker, but which company has the best overall warranty coverage and which the worst? Where does your favorite brand fall in the mix? Cars!Cars!Cars! did some digging and compiled a complete list of every automaker's warranty coverage. It's great to see this information compiled in one place, and a little telling, as well. Below are some highlights we found interesting.
Best Overall Warranty Coverage
  • Hyundai (Basic - 5 yr. / 60,000 mi., Drivetrain - 10 yr. / 100,000 mi.)
  • Kia (Basic: 5 yr. / 60,000 mi., Drivetrain: 10 yr. / 100,000 mi.)
  • Mitsubishi (Basic: 5 yr. / 60,000 mi., Drivetrain: 10 yr. / 100,000 mi.)
Worst Overall Warranty Coverage
  • Chrysler (Basic: 3 yr. / 36,000 mi., Drivetrain: 3 yr. / 36,000 mi.)
  • Dodge (Basic: 3 yr. / 36,000 mi., Drivetrain: 3 yr. / 36,000 mi.)
  • Jeep (Basic: 3 yr. / 36,000 mi., Drivetrain: 3 yr. / 36,000 mi.)
Interesting Note: We noticed on a commercial for the Ford Focus that it was being offered with a 5-year / 100,000-mile warranty. Curious, we checked Ford's website and learned that the Focus has been offered with such extensive powertrain coverage since late 2003. It's identical to GM's new warranty save for a $100 deductible. We seem to remember other individual models being offered with extended warranties like this. Can anyone remember others?


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The 7/70 with $100 deductible applied to all Chrysler products from mid-2002 model year (not transferable the first few months they had it) through the end of the 2006 model year. It just went out of effect.

      I think it very likely they'll soon go to at least 5/60, which is where most manufacturers now are.

      GM had 5/60 on the Aveo, Cobalt, and Uplander based on a table in Consumer Guide.

      Hybrids tend to have 8/100 on hybrid components.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "1. Isn't the Hyundai Warranty not transferable?"

      -Hyundai's warranty is indeed not transferable to the general public, however you can tranfer it to a family member/husband/wife/domestic partner. And for a reasonable fee (when I purchased an elantra in 2002 it cost 500.00 to make it a bumper to bumper 10/100 and for 750.00 you could make it bumper to bumper 10/100 AND it would tranfer to anyone, plus it is a factory warranty not a "subcontracted" one, but that was 2002 so I'm not sure if Hyundai has increased in "ego" enough to raise those prices.)

      "4. The above are all powertrain warranties, by the way."

      In 2002 to the 10/100 part of the Hyundai warranty covered a "little bit" (not much) but a little bid more than powertrain for example the 10/100 actually covers:

      1.) Engine
      2.) Transmission
      3.) Exhaust
      4.) Cooling system
      5.) And of all things, the front ball/CV joints

      The cool thing about hyundai is the 5/60 does transfer AND the roadside assistance is 5 years UNLIMITED miles. It's like 5 years of free AAA when you think about it.

      Now the cool thing I like about my 2004 Mazda warranty is:

      It's a 4/50k (pretty run of the muck)
      BUT
      It includes rental car coverage, so if your Mazda has to go into the shop you will ALWAYS have a rental car. My local dealership actually issues a purchase order to enterprize rent a car (they use to work with hertz) then they pick you up in your car and your off!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "6. lack of decent warranty coverage has nothing to do with the manufacturer's quality or their "faith" in their vehical. It's just their way of doing busniess."

      Hopefully the maufactuerer's way of doing business is in line with the way the consumer does business.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lack of decent warranty coverage has nothing to do with the manufacturer's quality or their "faith" in their vehical. It's just their way of doing busniess.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Chrysler reduced their powertrain warranty from 7/70 (they always had 3/36 bumper to bumper) because their internal studies showed that it made little or no difference to persuade customers to buy their product.

      Are their studies correct? Only time will tell. If they do lose sales they will quickly reinstate the extended powertrain warranty. This will be intersting to see what happens."


      Finally, someone smart enough to post fact, not stupid shit out of their ass.

      When buying the car you also have the option to add on a service contract, I did when I bought my Chrysler CPO (which BTW has a better CPO program than GM or Ford), and my new one which the dealer paid most of the cost of it and the entire thing covers everything except tires, brake pads, hoses, belts, wiperblades and fluids for 7 years or 85K miles, plus roadside assistance and rental car allowance for that same amount of time too.

      Consumers before were not phased by the basic 3/36 that was being offered across the board not too long ago so now it's a huge deal? Employee pricing, and wads of cash on top of the hood doesn't sell cars anymore and the "big 3" have (hopefully) figured that out.


      • 8 Years Ago
      The ballsiest warranty ever offered in the auto industry was the American Motors Buyer Protection Plan. It was a FULL warranty, not a LIMITED warranty. Every other vehicle warranty ever offered by any company has been a limited warranty. When it was introduced it made headlines and nearly instantly increased AMC's market penetration. Since the Buyer Protection Plan is now part of Chrysler's CLAIMED history, why don't they bring it back? (Answer - No Balls.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Rust-through coverage on all body sheet metal is for 3 years.
      "

      It's 5 years or 100K miles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The real issue with warranties is how well the manufacturer honors it. My experience with GM is there is usually some sort of weasel out. They seem to come up with reasons to deny coverage requiring a battle to get them to finaly cover it. Soemetimes they will deny it and it requires you to hire legal help to pressur them to honor it. The cost of legal help is of course paid by you.

      I would rather have a good car with no warranty than a problematic car with a great warranty
      • 8 Years Ago
      "It has an awful lot to do with the level of faith in the vehicle"

      Nope, the manfucatures will do whatever it takes to boost their bottom line. If the add traffic and sales to their showroom can offset the cost of offering better warranties, then they up the coverage regardless of the quality of the vehicle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The above are all powertrain warranties, by the way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a question--
      I just bought a 2006 Saturn Vue, program car with 28k mi on it. I comes with 3/36 bumper/bumper. Now that GM has lengthened its warranty, will that be passed down to new but previously titled cars.(ie. my Saturn Vue)?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ron -

      Nope, you don't get it. New warranty is for 2007 model year vehicles only.
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