• Aug 20, 2009
Back in 2007, Chrysler sent something of a shockwave through the industry by announcing a new lifetime powertrain warranty program for nearly all of its cars and trucks. At the time, we wrote "the only fly in the ointment is that the new warranty applies to the original owner and is not transferable." Once the vehicle had been sold, the warranty reverted to a standard three-year/36,000 mile affair. According to the automaker, that minor nitpick caused a load of confusion amongst its buyers.

But there's new word from the Pentastar faithful over at Allpar that Chrysler is dropping its lifetime powertrain coverage in favor of a more conventional five-year/100,000 mile plan that's fully transferable from one owner to the next. The new warranty will reportedly cover all Chrysler, Dodge (minus the Sprinter van) and Jeep models and extends to the high-performance SRT models, fleet sales and police cruisers as well – vehicles the old lifetime program didn't cover.



[Source: Allpar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good idea.
      steve werner
      • 5 Years Ago
      can you say ford
      • 5 Years Ago
      So for people like me who drive a bit less than 10,000 miles a year, what they're saying is "We'll stand behind our car...half as long as Kia will stand behind a Rio."

      • 5 Years Ago
      Why?

      That is an incentive to buy a Chrysler product.

      Hyundai has a good warranty program, why not Chrysler.

      Not sure about that idea.

      Start over the 5 year, 50,000 program again.

      Bring them into your showroom or they will go to the other guy.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Chrysler is basically mimicking the Hyundai warranty. The new plan is much better than the old - did you read the article or just the headline?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "caused a load of confusion amongst its buyers"

      Really? I can't imagine how the lifetime plan could be confusing. I thought it was awesome, and it definitely was a major factor in my parent's decision to buy an 07 Caravan new. But I can understand if it creates too much exposure for the company. I wonder if the 5 years/100k is bumper-to bumper? If so, that's pretty darn good. If not, I'd say it comes up short.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I wonder if the 5 years/100k is bumper-to bumper?"

        confused???? its the new powertrain warranty..... POWERTRAIN

        I cant imagine how this article would be confusing
        • 5 Years Ago
        3-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good thing I bought a lifetime warranty from Chrysler that covers EVERYTHING for the time I live. It cost me $2699.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never understood while more brands haven't tried to trump, or at least fully match, Hyundai & Kia on their warranty. Hyundai stands behind the Accent longer then Lexus stands behind the LS 460. It did a lot to show Hyundai believed in the quality of their cars. The domestics should consider Hyundai's success and do the same or similar to show they stand behind their vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because Lexus doesn't have to. There was a time when Hyundai was in desperation mode and needed something like a 10yr warranty to get customers through their doors. Lexus/Toyota/Honda never had that kind of a problem, thus choosing to save costs instead. Chrysler on the other hand should go to at least a 7yr warranty, if not 10yrs. They are in fully desperation mode.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because Hyundai has the money, and everyone knows it. Just like they know that GM and Chrysler's promises for 5+ years down the road aren't worth the paper they are printed on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would have been the mature response to my intial comment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        STFU

        mature enough for you
      nomoredodge
      • 5 Years Ago
      if you own a 2007 1/2 6.7 diesel or newer you better hope you get a lifetime warranty. the cost of keeping the diesel partical filter operating is ureal. Took truck in for exhaust clean out and asked what they just did what it would cost me when i had to pay for it out of pocket.Said it would of cost $5500 so if the times this trucks been in for repair it would of cost me for the 4 trips for the same service $22,000 in repairs ( actully more than that if you added replacement on the turbo) in 76,000 miles of driving.It may be a green exhaust but the only green you'll see is the green you spend fixing it.Would trade it but truck lost $28,000 IN VALUE IN 21 MONTHS.So hope any future diesel buyers they keep lifetime warranty unless your kin to richie rich
      • 5 Years Ago
      The FIAT lawyers have probably determined that they may not be able to get out of those lifetime commitments when they dissolve what's left of Chrysler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually it's "Usain Bolt" not "Hussein Bolt". He's Jamaican, not Arab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does "New Chrysler" have to honor claims under the old warranty program?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes. Anyone who purchased a car with a Lifetime Powertrain Warranty will still receive that warranty for as long as they own the vehicle. Further this new warranty starts with the 2010MY vehicles, and any current 2009MY vehicle left on dealer lots still carries the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty.
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