Monday, May 16, 2005


Chrysler Cuts Warranty

Chrysler announced today that they would be cutting the length of their warranty:

If you are shopping for a 2006 Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep model, you should be aware of a change -- the car will no longer come with a standard 7-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Vehicles from the Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler will get the company's 3 year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which includes all components, including the engine and transmission, covered by the powertrain warranty, according to a Chrysler Group spokesman.

Dumb move, in my opinion. American OEMs complain that their improved quality gets little respect from consumers or the press, yet they steadfastly refuse to increase warranty duration. I think that a 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty would make a strong statement.

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