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Unread 03-25-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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Considering the lifetime mechanical warranty

On March 13 I drove home in my 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland. Granite gray with black interior.

I purchased a 7 year/70,000 mile warranty and now I am considering extending that to a lifetime warranty.

Considerations:
1. I am not likely to buy another vehicle unless this one is damaged or fails at a level that I am not comfortable with.
2. I intend to take my Jeep on unimproved roads and occasionally off road, but nothing extreme.
3. I like well-maintained vehicles, both exterior, cosmetic, and mechanical.

If you purchased a lifetime warranty, what were your reasons for so doing?

If you declined a lifetime warranty, what factors did you apply to reach that decison?

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Unread 03-25-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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I bought the lifetime one, because it was only a couple hundred bucks more, and where I live, in North Carolina, it is transferable one time to a new owner.

And if I never sell it, I will probably use more of it than I paid for.

My last GC was 10 years old with 412,646 miles on it when I hit a tree last month.

Over ten years, you can easily spend $2500 on repairs that would be covered by the extended service contract.
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Unread 03-25-2015, 10:29 AM   #3
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For me, it would be an additional $1615, which is not significant considering the high cost of repairs.

I didn't ask about it being transferable.
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I didn't ask about it being transferable.
You didnt ask me? Or the dealer who sold it to you?
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For me, it would be an additional $1615, which is not significant considering the high cost of repairs.
Mine was about $1700 for 7 years or $2255 for lifetime.
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You didnt ask me? Or the dealer who sold it to you?
I am so sorry, I can now see how what I wrote could be interpreted to sound quite rude. I meant to say, that I did not ask the dealer and this is something I should have asked.
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I do not know if you can upgrade your service contract, but I am sure you cancel the original one, maybe pay a $150 fee, and then buy a new lifetime one.
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I also added a 7 year/unlimited mileage, road hazard tire and wheel policy. Covers tires, rims, and tire sensors, $0 deductible, for about $255 extra.
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I think it would depend on how many of the electronic options are on the vehicle and how long you plan to keep it. I chose the Lifetime on mine since I plan to keep it as long as possible and with the Navigation Radio and Air Suspension, it would be good insurance as those are expensive to repair/replace.
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Bought the 5 year 85k mile Maxi as my last two GC's had issues around 60k miles. I plan to replace this Jeep right before the WK3's come out and I will put a lifetime contract on that one as I intend to keep it for a long time. Going to cry like a baby when I trade this one in as I like it so much.
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Unread 03-25-2015, 01:15 PM   #11
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The Mopar Lifetime Extended Service contract (it's not a "warranty") is a great way to deal with the potential cost of maintenance over time for expensive tech and mechanicals, particularly for folks with higher trim levels and those who pile on the miles. I bought it because of the miles I drive since I knew I would blow out the OEM warranty very early. The rental/loaner benefit is also valuable...most dealers don't provide them these days. Since I have about 4-5 more years to be in this vehicle, I like knowing that whatever happens, it's a hundred bucks for the deductible, which is nice considering there are plenty of parts that cost thousands to replace. $2180 when I purchased from Ziegler.
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I ordered a 2015 Overland and negotiated a lifetime Maxicare with it.

You got 3 yrs bumper to bumper and 5/100 on power train. But go price some of the modules, TFT display, Unconnect display, HID headlamps, the shifter itself, sections of wiring harness, etc

Any of that stuff craps out and needs replacement, you can spend a grand or more on the parts alone.
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Many of us liked the lifetime no deductible plan because it was just about bumper to bumper (very few exclusions listed) and no hassle. Drop it off, pick up a loaner, get it fixed. They typically don't bother with a diagnosis fee. I usually don't have driveline issues until after 100,000 miles, but AC, computer, control module issues can be expensive to fix now days.
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Are these lifetime warranties you speak of power train only?

In Canada, I got the 7/160,000 km Gold warranty (or 7/100,000 mile). Gold means bumper-to-bumper and no deductible. This was an extra $4300 CDN. Lifetime warranty don't know if that's an option here.
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Unread 03-25-2015, 04:28 PM   #15
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I do not know if you can upgrade your service contract, but I am sure you cancel the original one, maybe pay a $150 fee, and then buy a new lifetime one.
The way I understand it is this: I cancel my service contract and a prorated amount goes toward the principle payment, then I purchase the lifetime warranty for the cash price; this is not part of the financed amount, which is fine.
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