Ok-I'm open to all pieces of advise. I have a 2004 Siverado 2500.
Very nicely equipped truck. Tho I had several warranty issues early
on, all seems OK now. My hope/plan is to keep this truck for many
years...how about 10 years....I don't know what to do when my warranty
runs out which will be June this year (6/07). I looked over the GM
warranty programs with the dealer yesterday after my 30K service and
thought I'd ask around. I must take the GM program before my new truck
warranty expires. How is GM at standing behind their warranty ? In
these times of challenged vehicle sales and loss of market share, my
concern is that the corporation may be "lean" on coverage vs. another
"aftermarket insurance". Any suggestions ? Should I even consider
buying an extended warranty ? I put around 12K miles each year. Some
light towing, but even that is done mostly on the highway at 65 mph+.
There is some limited "around town" driving....I do use the truck in
quasi-off-road work to haul cord wood from woods to home (`200 miles @
10 trips/year). There is the possibility of plowing 2 good sized
driveways (one is small parking lot for in-home business). Presently
not plowing. Last but not least, this is a nice LT with almost all the
"bells & whistles" including XM Satellite, 6-CDer, etc. Not meaning
to boast or brag, just mentioning the possible exposure to warranty
Get the extended warranty. (GMPP) I used it a lot on my 2000 K3500.
Lot more to go wrong with a newer one too. Try to get maximum years
for mileage that you think you might run up. Also on the plow. Make
darn sure that you get one that is approved for vehicle (Like a
Fisher, Western or SnoWay that follow factory GAWR closer than others
do) so there is not warranty issues from it. I have plowed snow for
many years and when I buy a truck I get them to "sell" it to me with
the plow (I ppick it up and install it myself) because this makes it a
"approved" option and covers warranty 100% on vehicle. Be conservative
with plow size and I would suggest a 7.5 footer as it is less weight
hanging out there and easier on SUV to push too in deep snow. Do not
let ego or dealer sell you a bigger plow. At the first link plow you
can find info on general plow/ vehicle configuration and at the second
one links to all major plow brands and their web sites.
I guess I now have a question after reading pertaining to extended
warranties but mine is about what comes after the extended runs out? I
purchased in Oct-2002 a 2003 1500 LS Z71 5.3 Ext Cab 4WD model. It has
had some warranty issues here and there and does need to go back again
soon (something related to steering). I purchased the 5yr/75kmi/$0
option and am only a little over 60kmi right now, so I'm guessing the
5yr will come first. In any event, since I just paid off the truck, I
plan on keeping it for a while and don't know if there are extended-
extended warranties available for when the initial extended runs out.
Based on some of the warranty repairs and what their costs would have
been, I'd rather proactively pay for the warranty than be caught
unexpectedly w/an out-of-pocket repair cost. Any advice is most
GM offers up to a 6 year extended warranty but the catch is you have
to get it before the 3 year 36K runing out. They will not let you
cahnge it once original warranty runs out. With 75K/5yr it is what
ever comes first. I got a 6yr/50K on my 2000 K3500 because it is not a
daily driver and would have gotten a 7 year if they had offered it. It
only has 38K on it now.
I hear what you are saying, but I have heard there are warranty options
available for vehicles once the base or extended runs out - I was
curious to see if anyone ever purchased one and what their experiences
have been. Next time I am at the dealer I will inquire further and let
you know what they say.
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