Chrysler Cutting Powertrain Warranty

Aug 24, 2009
CNN Money has reported that Chrysler Group LLC will discontinue its lifetime powertrain warranty starting with the automaker’s 2010 models.

Instead of the lifetime warranty, Chrysler will instead provide a 5-year or 100,000 miles warranty for all of its products, according to Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson. Tinson explained that the lifetime warranty was scrapped because consumers were confused by the terms and unhappy with the inability to transfer the warranty to the new owner if the car was sold second-hand.

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has offered the lifetime powertrain warranty since 2007, which covered the costs of repairs to the engine, transmission, and drive system.  The lifetime warranty replaced Chrysler’s existing 3-year or 36,000-mile coverage.

The new warranty covers all Chrysler models except for diesel-powered trucks, the Sprinter truck, and Sterling trucks.  The Chrysler-built Mitsubishi Raider and VW Routan are also excluded.

Fleet vehicles, including limousines and police cruisers, which were not covered under the lifetime warranty are covered by the new 5-year deal.