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Chrysler, Car Buying, Car Warranties
#388 of 437 Re: Crysler is hurting [blueiedgod]
Jan 01, 2008 (12:05 am)
#389 of 437 smoking good deals
Feb 07, 2008 (12:15 pm)
Now that FEB08 is here, there are some smoking good deals from Chrysler via price reductions and rebates. Perhaps if one were to buy a Grand Cherokee or Commander, the savings would offset any bad feelings concerning the inflated warranty. I am considering such a move versus keeping what I've got until the 2009 models appear. What do you think?
#390 of 437 Weird thing I noticed...
Feb 07, 2008 (1:24 pm)
...when I was at the Philadelphia Auto Show is that many of the Chrysler vehicles on display still had a decal under the hood declaring "Manufactured by Daimler-Chrysler."
#391 of 437 Re: Weird thing I noticed...
Feb 12, 2008 (8:27 pm)
I have noted that the rebate on Jeep Commanders appears to have dropped by $1000 since January expired into February. This is a seeming price increase that has prevented my further interest in buying...
#392 of 437 Warranty Won't Save...
Feb 13, 2008 (4:41 am)
...cars that don't sell.
As a lifetime Chrysler fan (learned to drive on a 1966 Dodge station wagon) I've been hoping they would turn it around. The trouble is, they just don't have anything out right now that I would want to own.
The 300 is now an old design, they ruined the Charger and the Viper is just too extreme. Most of their line-up is heavier, and slower than the competition. Their high-performance cars use big gas-hog engines to get them up to speed.
The last car from Chrysler that I was truly attracted too was the Crossfire but that was just an underpowered SLK.
Maybe they don't have the cash to develop better cars but if they don't do something soon, all the warranty in the world won't save them.
#393 of 437 Re: Warranty Won't Save... [oldfarmer50]
Feb 14, 2008 (12:38 pm)
Oldfarmer, you are absolutely right. It is about the product. Anything else is just a sales gimmick. GM has finally seen the light with the new Malibu. Ford is there with the Fusion/Milan.
I posted last year that I thought Chrysler was finished after our local auto show. They had released a bunch of new vehicles and the majority were....not very good. Couple that with dumping Chrysler on Cerebus with little in the pipeline. My personal opinion is Cerebus will begin selling some of the individual brands later this fall. There is no way they can raise enough cash to fund new engine and product development with the current models on the car lots. You can only outsource so much.
#394 of 437 Car divisions for sale?
Feb 14, 2008 (3:19 pm)
So who will be the next owner of Jeep?
#395 of 437 in reply to some above
Feb 19, 2008 (9:45 am)
I'm another one who buys cars and keeps them for the long haul, and the 'lifetime' warranty sparked my interest.
I had a 1990 Acura Integra that went 167K miles in 10 years. I still have a 1992 Acura Integra with 138K miles, a 2000 Toyota Sienna with 123K, and a 2002 Acura TL with 69K - original owner of all them.
Still, I don't think this warranty would be enough to get me to buy a T&C instead of a Sienna when the time comes. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that a "defective" engine part will fail well before 10 years, 100K miles anyway. Anything past that it's pretty nebulous whether it was a "defect" or just wear and tear.
Also, will Chrysler even be around in it's present form 8,10, 12 years from now to honor the "lifetime" warranty? If they are sold (likely) in the next 10 years, will the new owner have to honor the warranty?
#396 of 437 Re: in reply to[xhe518]
Feb 19, 2008 (11:27 am)
Excellent points you make, questioning the future of Chrysler. By the very nature of the holding company, Cerberus must surely intend to divest itself of Chrysler at some not totally distant point. We have two Jeep GCs in our family, an 04 and an 07. I consider Jeep to be almost peripheral to the overall situation, and assume it would be eligible for separation and sale to even some presently unknown buyer. While I have owned quite a few Plymouths, Dodges, and Chryslers, I currently own none. As It turned out, I just missed getting the lifetime warranty when I bought the 07 Jeep. Somehow, I don't really miss it!
#397 of 437 Re: in reply to some above [xhe518]
Feb 19, 2008 (1:31 pm)
Anything past that it's pretty nebulous whether it was a "defect" or just wear and tear.
You've misread the warranty. It doesn't matter if a powertrain component fails at 1,000 miles or 1,000,000 miles - if it fails for the LIFETIME of the original owner Chrysler will replace it free, no deductible.