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DiscoBayJoe
05-25-2010, 11:15 PM
Does Anyone have any good experiences with a Mod Friendly Dealer?

My 08 Rubi Unlimited 6-Speed has been popping out of first gear. Its got a 3.5" Rock Krawler Kit & 35' MTR's on Black Soft 8's. I really like the agressive look, but i'm afraid the look is going to throw up a red flag for service under the lifetime drivetrain warranty. I had a suburban with 38's and when I blew a tranny seal (towing a boat over the altimont at 80mph) the dealer told me they'd fix that one, but my extended warranty was void from there on.

I definitly don't want a repeat of that situation. Ideally if anyone has experience with a dealer around Modesto/Stockton/Manteca,Tracy that'd be great! I'd take it anywhere in the Bay Area or Sac if there was a dealer that really stood out.

Feedback?

cab76
05-25-2010, 11:29 PM
I'm not sure about the bay area dealers. I go to a small dealer in Woodland, CA (just outside Sacramento) when I can (they aren't open for service on weekends) - they seem to be pretty mod friendly from what I can tell (but I haven't had any major issues to know for sure), but that's probably too far of a drive for you. Good luck - a good dealer is hard to find!

cruzcode
05-25-2010, 11:56 PM
Have you tried Michael Stead's Jeep in Walnut Creek? I bought my JK there, but to be honest have not brought it back since I lifted it, cut it, wired it, tired it, and the like... They are an OUTSTANDING dealership, however I do not know their mannerisms on mods.

I'm planning on taking it by soon to have them flash the computer for the TSB for the Automatic Transmission overheat light. I'll let you know how it goes after I do.

RC (Your neighbor down the street in Brentwood)

IBROCUN
05-26-2010, 08:34 AM
I've been treated well by Lithia in Concord.

Dealers are having quick turnover in both ownership and staff these days, so a mod-friendly dealer one day might not be so friendly the next.

Mule'Con
06-05-2010, 07:02 PM
McConnell Jeep in Healdsburg, CA. They are the bomb diggity.

DiscoBayJoe
09-26-2011, 09:15 PM
Update - at 99K+ miles I took it to a local dealer. They took care of me (replaced the tranny syncro's) with absolutely no drama whatsoever about the 35's!

Tranny Rebuilt, New Gas Tank, Fender Liner Recall Work done! $0.00 on Lifetime warranty. She shifts better than new!

SSSteve
09-27-2011, 02:38 AM
Have you tried Michael Stead's Jeep in Walnut Creek? I bought my JK there, but to be honest have not brought it back since I lifted it, cut it, wired it, tired it, and the like... They are an OUTSTANDING dealership, however I do not know their mannerisms on mods.

I'm planning on taking it by soon to have them flash the computer for the TSB for the Automatic Transmission overheat light. I'll let you know how it goes after I do.

RC (Your neighbor down the street in Brentwood)

I have had god experience with Michael Stead. I bought my Jeep from Michael Stead Walnut Creek back in 2007 and had a few services there in the first few months when everything was new.

A few years ago I tried Michael Stead in Richmond (I'm near San Rafael so Richmond is closer). Both places did a good job on various warantee and fender work - no problems. Richmond are not in a rush if you wait (see feedback on Yelp etc) so I try not to wait if I can. I.e. Have someone drop me off pick me up so I can leave the Jeep.

Stuff that I have had done at one place or another:

Soft top warantee replacement (hole)
Brake recall
Fender trimming recall (I had bushwhackers fitted at the time - no problem)
Gas tank replacement (I have evap can relocate from Kilby) - no problem.

How do Chrysler make a profit?

Steve

Imkunfused
09-27-2011, 04:12 PM
I've been treated well by Lithia in Concord.

Dealers are having quick turnover in both ownership and staff these days, so a mod-friendly dealer one day might not be so friendly the next.

Most Lithia dealers are very mod friendly. The one up in Reno loves my jeep and I never had any issues with warranty work

nootherride
09-27-2011, 04:23 PM
Most Lithia dealers are very mod friendly. The one up in Reno loves my jeep and I never had any issues with warranty work

X2 the one in Concord was..but there gone..the further north of the bay area alot of them are friendly...I've heard the Folsom guys are cool

Family-jk
09-27-2011, 10:45 PM
I would avoid Manteca Cabral now those bastards. They pulled the mod card on me when they told me I needed a tranny rebuild for $1500 just to tare it down and threw in the "since your vehicle is modified" Bullshit. They said my tranny was completely blown by smelling the oil (WTF oil was perfect, smelled normal and was clean). Since then I have done Rubicon, Niagara Rim and Slick Rock. Not only did they try to screw me on a so called blown tranny rebuild they wanted me to pay $1500 first and then they would determine if the warranty would cover due to my mods. I have not been back since. :pissed:

CLACKEY(_!_)
09-27-2011, 10:53 PM
JUST AN FYI

Dealers HATE to be posted about on Jeep forums as being "MOD Friendly" Big brother is ALWAYS watching these sites. If you want to keep your "Mod Friendly Dealer" a Mod Friendly dealer in the future....Post yours responses in PM's. Nothing worse than a phone call from Big Brother asking for explanations as to why you warranetied something......QUESTIONABLE.

I'm just saying. ;)

nootherride
09-27-2011, 10:58 PM
JUST AN FYI

Dealers HATE to be posted about on Jeep forums as being "MOD Friendly" Big brother is ALWAYS watching these sites. If you want to keep your "Mod Friendly Dealer" a Mod Friendly dealer in the future....Post yours responses in PM's. Nothing worse than a phone call from Big Brother asking for explanations as to why you warranetied something......QUESTIONABLE.

I'm just saying. ;)

Someone's drinking the Koolaid Lol

You know what I HATE is people spreading unfounded paranoia...Jason from Airpark has come on to one of the many of these threads and said that they are offroad and mod friendly..but he must just be risking his job huh?

cruzcode
09-28-2011, 08:36 AM
JUST AN FYI

Dealers HATE to be posted about on Jeep forums as being "MOD Friendly" Big brother is ALWAYS watching these sites. If you want to keep your "Mod Friendly Dealer" a Mod Friendly dealer in the future....Post yours responses in PM's. Nothing worse than a phone call from Big Brother asking for explanations as to why you warranetied something......QUESTIONABLE.

I'm just saying. ;)

I like how you're thinking here... Perhaps we should delete this thread, and PM the information. I don't want to pull into my "Mod Friendly Dealer" and have the plug pulled...

RC

DiscoBayJoe
09-28-2011, 08:40 AM
I like how you're thinking here... Perhaps we should delete this thread, and PM the information. I don't want to pull into my "Mod Friendly Dealer" and have the plug pulled...

RC

I pulled the invoice image and cleaned my post up enough so that it's not so "in your face". I was hoping to give them credit for being drama free (even tho i've done nothing too hardcore, i'm paranoid about mods after my issue with my suburban).

SFBayArea
09-29-2011, 10:28 AM
Does Anyone have any good experiences with a Mod Friendly Dealer?

My 08 Rubi Unlimited 6-Speed has been popping out of first gear. Its got a 3.5" Rock Krawler Kit & 35' MTR's on Black Soft 8's. I really like the agressive look, but i'm afraid the look is going to throw up a red flag for service under the lifetime drivetrain warranty. I had a suburban with 38's and when I blew a tranny seal (towing a boat over the altimont at 80mph) the dealer told me they'd fix that one, but my extended warranty was void from there on.

I definitly don't want a repeat of that situation. Ideally if anyone has experience with a dealer around Modesto/Stockton/Manteca,Tracy that'd be great! I'd take it anywhere in the Bay Area or Sac if there was a dealer that really stood out.

Feedback?

It is really out of the way for you, but I never had a single problem with the dealer in Burlingame. Very friendly staff, and they like my modded jeep. They even did some diff service on my friends modded jeep knowing it was his fault, but they still did it under warranty. I highly recommend them. Ask for Jeffrey or Mike who is service manager.
By the way I too ran 35" tires on a 3" lift and full armor (bumpers, etc) with cut fenders, etc so it too look aggressive and they seem to like it as every time I go there I get few sales and service guys looking at it admiring it :-).

ezfriday
09-30-2011, 02:57 AM
I've take my Mod'd JK Sahara to Dublin. They've been pretty good about advising me of things that would void my warranty (which is sort of a moog point for me now... pretty much dis-mounted that horse a few mods ago... on my own and free to do what I want)

:usa: FREEDOM BABY! YEAH!

I wont mention specific names but I have taken my Jeep to other dealers and I like the Dublin dealer ... the quality of the staff may have something to do with the fact that the owner drives a bad ass mod'd Rubi with all sorts of video cameras mounted all over the place.

Ron R
09-30-2011, 03:23 AM
Unless the dealer can reasonably determine that your mods caused the failure, they can't void the warranty, it's Federal law. They can refuse to cover a specific part... ie; you put on 37's and your power steering pump dies, they don't have to cover it because it wasn't designed for that. But they would still have to fix a transmission if it was popping out of gear.

Most dealers don't care, they just bill Chrysler for the repair anyway.

cruzcode
09-30-2011, 10:46 AM
Unless the dealer can reasonably determine that your mods caused the failure, they can't void the warranty, it's Federal law. They can refuse to cover a specific part... ie; you put on 37's and your power steering pump dies, they don't have to cover it because it wasn't designed for that. But they would still have to fix a transmission if it was popping out of gear.

Most dealers don't care, they just bill Chrysler for the repair anyway.

This is not exactly true. Dealers can black flag you in the system, based on their observation of any non-Mopar modification. In other words, you can buy Mopar performance items, as they have deemed them acceptable for the vehicle, and they will not void the warranty. However, as soon as you go with aftermarket part combinations, items that were designed independently of one another, then they have full rights to void your warranty, or turn the other way, and service your warranty needs.

RC

09rubicon
09-30-2011, 11:02 AM
This is not exactly true. Dealers can black flag you in the system, based on their observation of any non-Mopar modification. In other words, you can buy Mopar performance items, as they have deemed them acceptable for the vehicle, and they will not void the warranty. However, as soon as you go with aftermarket part combinations, items that were designed independently of one another, then they have full rights to void your warranty, or turn the other way, and service your warranty needs.

RC

Actually, gonna have to refute you on that one. First, MOPAR doesnt make 98% of their parts. They rebadge aftermarket parts. Second, almost every mopar performance part listed in the catalog is follwed by an S (or P or R, whatever it is this year) indicating that "NO WARRANTY IS OFFERED, IMPLIED, EXPRESSED OR HONORED" save the original manufacturers warranty which must be taken up with them, not chrysler. Chrysler does this because there is the common PERCEPTION that because it is a mopar part it is warranted, when in fact its not, and chrysler can mark it up 300-500% simply because of that fact.

Example:

Smittybilt 2.5" Coil lift with shocks retails for about $499

MOPAR 2.5" Coil lift with shocks retails for $2299

The part numbers were exactly the same, hell, the lift was still in its smitty box inside a mopar box!! (2009 catalog info used for example).

JaysJK
09-30-2011, 11:30 AM
Actually, gonna have to refute you on that one. First, MOPAR doesnt make 98% of their parts. They rebadge aftermarket parts. Second, almost every mopar performance part listed in the catalog is follwed by an S (or P or R, whatever it is this year) indicating that "NO WARRANTY IS OFFERED, IMPLIED, EXPRESSED OR HONORED" save the original manufacturers warranty which must be taken up with them, not chrysler. Chrysler does this because there is the common PERCEPTION that because it is a mopar part it is warranted, when in fact its not, and chrysler can mark it up 300-500% simply because of that fact.

Example:

Smittybilt 2.5" Coil lift with shocks retails for about $499

MOPAR 2.5" Coil lift with shocks retails for $2299

The part numbers were exactly the same, hell, the lift was still in its smitty box inside a mopar box!! (2009 catalog info used for example).

You're correct on this. Mopar now sells flat flares that have the bushwacker part number and... Drum roll please... The same parts inside. They cost about $250 more.

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Ron R
09-30-2011, 02:51 PM
Read the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. They can't void a warranty unless the modification caused undue stress on the component in question. Chevy dealer tried to not cover an alternator on the vette two years ago because I had a DiabloSport tune, cam, and exhaust installed. Explained Magnuson-Moss to them and printed a copy and they took care of it. Fortunately I haven't had any issues with the Jeep that haven't been covered yet. The dealer knows what I bought it for and how I use it, it hasn't been a problem yet. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson%E2%80%93Moss_Warranty_Act

09rubicon
09-30-2011, 03:08 PM
MMWA is a joke. You are still responsible for legal fees, court cost etc. It's not worth it, and if it were you would be better off lemon lawing it.

The point I was trying to make is people assume that just because it's a MOPAR part that it is warranted, and therefore they are willing to pay more. Sadly that is simply not true, and many dealers will flat out lie to you about it.

Most people also don't realize how interconnected parts and drivetrain stresses are. Sure, your radio warranty can't be denied if you through on 35s, but that's not the issue. I also encourage everyone to actually read your warranty in it's entirety. Chrysler can and will (legally) deny your ENTIRE warranty for abuse. It states so in the warranty that YOU signed.

I am all about finding a dealership that uses common sense, but the bottom line is you as the owner need to be reasonable in what you request as warranty work on a modified vehicle.

AvnxScout
09-30-2011, 05:02 PM
Sooo yea moving Folsom Lake Jeep has been pretty good to me and hasnt given me any issues. Replaced rear carrier when my locker took a dump

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cruzcode
10-02-2011, 05:47 PM
Actually, gonna have to refute you on that one. First, MOPAR doesnt make 98% of their parts. They rebadge aftermarket parts. Second, almost every mopar performance part listed in the catalog is follwed by an S (or P or R, whatever it is this year) indicating that "NO WARRANTY IS OFFERED, IMPLIED, EXPRESSED OR HONORED" save the original manufacturers warranty which must be taken up with them, not chrysler. Chrysler does this because there is the common PERCEPTION that because it is a mopar part it is warranted, when in fact its not, and chrysler can mark it up 300-500% simply because of that fact.

Example:

Smittybilt 2.5" Coil lift with shocks retails for about $499

MOPAR 2.5" Coil lift with shocks retails for $2299

The part numbers were exactly the same, hell, the lift was still in its smitty box inside a mopar box!! (2009 catalog info used for example).

I was suggesting that they make everything themselves... Just a gimmick to draw the line in the sand, AFTER their profits are calculated into the mix.

RC