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You won't need it. Anything that crops up will do so before the regualr warrenty expires. Extended warrneties are more ways for dealers to make money.

In case you're wondering, no I didn't get one. :)
 

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Depends if it is 7/70,000 or 3/36,000 if the latter it will be a maybe, depending on price and that amount that I have to fork over, thats something I would NOT want to finance.
 

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Depends if it is 7/70,000 or 3/36,000 if the latter it will be a maybe, depending on price and that amount that I have to fork over, thats something I would NOT want to finance.
FYI: The 7/70,000 warranty term ended with 2005 models. All 2006+ vehicles will feature the 3/36,000 warranty alone.

Here is a snippet from the information we received when this change occured:

As the overall quality of Chrysler Group's products continues to improve, an extended powertrain warranty has become less important to our customers -- they are more focused today on new products and vehicle features. Extended service contracts will continue to be available to customers who want to cover their vehicles beyond the 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
The goal of the Chrysler Group is to continue to make positive strides in quality, while focusing on the customer benefits offered by our wide range of products.

Since 2002, despite the company's heavy promotion of the 7-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty, less than 10 percent of consumers know that the Chrysler Group offers an extended powertrain warranty. It has not become the traffic driving tool we thought it would. As a result, DaimlerChrysler will no longer offer 7-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty coverage beginning with 2006 model year vehicles.

To Summarize:
  • 14 consecutive years of quality improvements at the Chrysler group.
  • Warranty costs have been dramatically reduced over last five years.
  • Average length of new car ownership is 3 ½ years.
  • Less then 10% of consumers were aware of the extended powertrain warranty.
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NOT a traffic-driving tool? I wonder what kind of population sample they surveyed to learn that. For me, that IS an important factor, even though my last 3 DCX vehicles were leases. The way I interpret it, a warranty communicates that a company is willing to stand by their product -- so isn't longer better??

If quality really has improved, there should fewer repairs and therefore fewer warranty payouts. So keeping the longer term shouldn't be costing DCX anything.

Just my 2 cents.

And nope, I've never been one to buy an extended warranty for ANYthing. Especially on a lease vehicle!! (But I plan an outright buy for my Caliber. I'm done with leasing.)

(hmm, that would be an interesting thread/poll to start, lease vs buy...!)
 

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I would never lease anyway, I would rather finance and pay principle only payments, like I did with my Neon; 5yr loan got done in 3yrs!
 

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NOT a traffic-driving tool? I wonder what kind of population sample they surveyed to learn that. For me, that IS an important factor, even though my last 3 DCX vehicles were leases. The way I interpret it, a warranty communicates that a company is willing to stand by their product -- so isn't longer better??

If quality really has improved, there should fewer repairs and therefore fewer warranty payouts. So keeping the longer term shouldn't be costing DCX anything.

Just my 2 cents.

And nope, I've never been one to buy an extended warranty for ANYthing. Especially on a lease vehicle!! (But I plan an outright buy for my Caliber. I'm done with leasing.)

(hmm, that would be an interesting thread/poll to start, lease vs buy...!)
They felt the 3/36 alone was a competitive warranty offering, I have to agree that the 7/70 caused allot of confusion with consumers.

A long term coverage can go either way, either that a manufacturer provides a long warranty because they know nothing will go wrong, or they provide a long warranty because they know something will go wrong.

It’s a matter of perception, by dropping the 7/70 they were able to reduce the overall cost. A service contract for the additional 7/70 powertrain costs about the same as the vehicle would have if they never made the change.

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DodgeInfoCenter said:
.....A long term coverage can go either way, either that a manufacturer provides a long warranty because they know nothing will go wrong, or they provide a long warranty because they know something will go wrong......
Dan
I always thought that with any car offering a long warranty, it can be viewed either way, I wonder which it really is?
 

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I always thought that with any car offering a long warranty, it can be viewed either way, I wonder which it really is?
It’s all a matter of perspective IMO.

I don’t think it’s fair to really make a blanket statement either way. There are many factors that attribute to vehicle failure that can be introduced at any time. Example: supplier, manufacturer, owner etc.

To err is human I suppose. There will always be mistakes; the only thing we can do is try to catch as many as we can.

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sr4tuner said:
I dont think that i would need the extrqa warranty. I would mod!
There is the correct answer!!!
 

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NOT a traffic-driving tool? I wonder what kind of population sample they surveyed to learn that. For me, that IS an important factor, even though my last 3 DCX vehicles were leases. The way I interpret it, a warranty communicates that a company is willing to stand by their product -- so isn't longer better??

If quality really has improved, there should fewer repairs and therefore fewer warranty payouts. So keeping the longer term shouldn't be costing DCX anything.

Just my 2 cents.

And nope, I've never been one to buy an extended warranty for ANYthing. Especially on a lease vehicle!! (But I plan an outright buy for my Caliber. I'm done with leasing.)

(hmm, that would be an interesting thread/poll to start, lease vs buy...!)
I am in total agreement with this post. If DCX has such good cars, they should stand behind them 100%. Thats a BIG buying tool for me. Offer way more than the next guy and get way more sales.
 

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My dad had a 96 Intrepid that he later sold to me, and that extended warranty (7/70 I believe) saved us QUITE a bit of money over the cars life, I wouldn't buy a new car without it. One of the posts mentioned they still have a 7/70 powertrain warranty tho?
 

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If you want to buy an extended warranty, you can most likely find the Chrysler supplied extended warranty at a discount after you have purchased your new car. Do an internet search on this topic.

Dealers make a substantial markup on this product. In the past, I've had to practically walk out the door to avoid it.:(

(just expensive insurance)

As for me, I wouldn't buy it.
 

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...One of the posts mentioned they still have a 7/70 powertrain warranty tho?
They were mistaken, all 2006-2007 models do not include the 7/70 powertrain warranty coverage from the factory.

If you are looking for additional warranty coverage information, you can contact Service Contacts Department. 1-800-521-9922 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm EST

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I have had it twice and gotten my money back in repairs both times. Also, you can transfer it (for 100 bucks)if you sell the car so that is a big selling point.

Just like anything else you can negotiate the price with them. I also bought one from allstate before. Some people think they are a ripoff. But after it pays for itself once you will be hooked.

I work on the line by the way (for Chrysler) and I buy it every time so that should tell you something.

I do my job 110% every day when I build cars. But, guys come to work drunk everyday and then they go to lunch and drink again. Some drink right on the line. This is just a fact of life. Some people come to work depressed or are to sore to do the job properly. I am not trying to be negative about autoworkers because I am one. But think of it like this. Has there ever been a day at your job (whatever you do) that you just felt like crap and were not 100%? Well what happened? the job suffered.

This happens in every auto plant every make. Thats right even Toyota.(I know someone that works for toyota)

You can take a chance if you want to. I think the warranty adds like 20 bucks or less a month to your payment.
 

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I have had it twice and gotten my money back in repairs both times. Also, you can transfer it (for 100 bucks)if you sell the car so that is a big selling point.

Just like anything else you can negotiate the price with them. I also bought one from allstate before. Some people think they are a ripoff. But after it pays for itself once you will be hooked.

I work on the line by the way (for Chrysler) and I buy it every time so that should tell you something.

I do my job 110% every day when I build cars. But, guys come to work drunk everyday and then they go to lunch and drink again. Some drink right on the line. This is just a fact of life. Some people come to work depressed or are to sore to do the job properly. I am not trying to be negative about autoworkers because I am one. But think of it like this. Has there ever been a day at your job (whatever you do) that you just felt like crap and were not 100%? Well what happened? the job suffered.

This happens in every auto plant every make. Thats right even Toyota.(I know someone that works for toyota)

You can take a chance if you want to. I think the warranty adds like 20 bucks or less a month to your payment.
wow, i work for dc as well making ip's for the lx line, but we've never had anyone come in drunk... high yes, drunk no... ;) but you're 100% right. a car built on a friday is worse than a car built on a tuesday.
 

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I DID buy the extended warranty, but feel it is a decision that must be made based on the individual situation ands being informed about what the extended warranty actually covers.

I tend to keep my main-drive vehicles about 8-12 years, but maintain them well. The last 2 were very nice Dodge conversion vans, which did have the 7/70 powertrain warranty.

However, I inspected the NOW-offered "extended warranty". It goes WAY beyond just the powertrain, and covers about any major or significant component that could go wrong and involve some expense.

The cost for this extended warranty was $1500. That does figure out to be approx $31.50 per month after the regular warranty expires.

To me, it is worth paying the amount of what a couple of options that I don't need would cost to get a rather comprehensive warranty coverage that more than doubles the basic warranty period - for a vehicle that I will likely own for at least that long.

I also didn't finance the warranty (or the vehicle itself), so there are no interest costs to consider.

$1500.00 to pretty much extend the basic warranty for an additional 4 years/40,000 miles seemed worth it to me - especially considering the low purchase price of the Caliber to start with...
 
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