On Thu, 10 May 2007 12:49:47 -0400, "Tom Rogers"
Federal Emissions Coverage: Components under the federal emission
defect warranty are covered for 36 months/36,000 miles and specified
major emission control components are covered for 8 years/80,000
miles. Specified major emission control components under emission
performance warranty are also covered for 8 years/80,000 miles. In
addition, emission performance warranty is applicable for 24
months/24,000 miles in states and local jurisdictions that require a
periodic EPA-approved inspection and maintenance program.
The Hidden Warranty (and secret Chrysler warranties) The universal
"hidden warranty"Every car sold in the United States comes with a
warranty you may not be aware of. It covers a variety of components
for five years or 50,000 miles. Newer cars are be covered by an even
longer warranty on selected components, such as the computer and
catalytic converter. This is the "emissions warranty," designed to
ensure that American cars do not pollute as badly as they otherwise
would. It places the burden of emission system reliability on the
automaker, so they have to find ways to make the car stay "clean" for
as long as they can, or pay to fix it. There are actually longer
warranties available for many cars depending on the year. Check your
manual or the DOT.
Buying a new car? You don't need to get an extended warranty from the
dealer; click here for another extended warranty source. (Allpar
benefits from your choice.)
Check your warranty booklet for details. 1993 models, for example,
covered not just the obvious emissions-related items, but also the
coil, fuel injection, spark plugs, speed and temperature sensors,
throttle body, turbocharger, even secondary ignition wires. (Some of
these items are only covered to the first replacement interval - e.g.
spark plugs are covered until 30,000 miles or so). Catalytic
converters on vehicles built after 1995 are warranted for eight years
or 80,000 miles.
If your dealer gives you trouble - some claim ignorance and refuse to
believe the booklet that comes with the car! - try calling Chrysler at
800 992 1997. If that fails, or for more information than you get with
your car, write to:
Director, Field Operation and Support Division (6406J)
401 M Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20460
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