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Should I get the lifetime warranty on 07??

Well after another deal fell through, my dealer found a nice used 07 unlimited rubi. Its the 6 speed, jeep green, hard top with 186xx miles. It has some "mud stains" underneath it and a little in the engine, but no scars on any skids or sliders.
The factory bumper to bumper runs out at the end of March, and they offered me the lifetime powertrain for 2k. Would you guys with 07s recommend it to me? I have heard people say there are a few bugs in the earlier ones, but haven't heard of anything major. The build date for it is February 07, kinda in the middle for a 7, so thats not bad. I'm deciding on it tonight, but I think I'm gonna get the jeep with or without the lifetime warranty.
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What do you plan to do with the Jeep? If you plan to wheel it, then you can expect some issues with the ESP/BAS, sway bar, and possibly lockers demagnetizing--all expensive things worth the $2K insurance. If you don't plan to wheel it much, don't plan to keep it more than a few years and you feel lucky about the previous 18K miles, then maybe save your money.

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What do you plan to do with the Jeep? If you plan to wheel it, then you can expect some issues with the ESP/BAS, sway bar, and possibly lockers demagnetizing--all expensive things worth the $2K insurance. If you don't plan to wheel it much, don't plan to keep it more than a few years and you feel lucky about the previous 18K miles, then maybe save your money.

Also, all prices are negotiable.
Well, I am planning on wheelin it, got some good plans for it actually. My dealership is very understanding and supporting of wheeling so thats good. I know that 2k can be eaten up real quick with axle, trans, tcase, or motor problems. Like you said, maybe I can get the warranty on the cheap
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You can replace an entire axle. both drive shafts, transfer case, or an engine and tranny for less than $2k (parts only, labor is easy on the axles) you would need multiple failures to pay for that warranty. If you plan to re-gear, upgrade axle shafts, or upgrade the drive shafts, then you have already replaced many of the likely failure points and still spent less than $2k.

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The Jeep warranty dealers sell is available through any Chrysler/Jeep dealer. You can do a lot better through Chryslerwarrantys.com. I did.

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My opinion would be not to. I think its just luck of the draw if and when things break. If you want a warranty, I would look at a bumper to bumper warranty to get you to 75k miles or so instead of this lifetime PT warranty. Even then, it might not be worth it. Like mentioned above, you can do a lot of replacing/upgrading/repairing for the same price. If you are building in stages, you might have some new parts in the first year, other new parts the 2nd year, and so on... Not to mention, if you build it with a bunch of aftermarket parts, it might be difficult getting a dealer to perform some types of warranty work on it anyway.

In order or my preference, IMHO of course:
1- no warranty at all
2- aftermarket bumper to bumper
3- lastly, the lifetime PT warranty
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Agreed with RubiJK- an extended B-to-B is much preferred over a PT warranty. $2k is pretty huge to not be PT and B-to-B. They can do MUCH better.
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I would see how much warranties are thru chryslerwarranty.com and then goto dealer with that, I'd get a bumper to bumper though not just the powertrain
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also depends on mods. they may not stand by the powertrain warranty if you do your own lift, or larger tires. the lift changes pinion angles which would wear out seals and bearings faster so they say. larger tires put more wear on the tranny and transfer case, and the wheel bearings. plenty of posts on this forum about dealers not living up to their warranties. i say no to the powertrain warranty. the bumper to bumper? well you could have some of the same issues with that too. put the 2 g's in a repair fund and use it if you break something.
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I wouldn't.
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I also, would NOT get the extended warranty. In this months 4wd & SUV magazine the 4word section talks about the big 3 not honoring their warranties. If you still want get it look over the maintenance cycles first. If you are planning on doing the maintenance yourself keep all receipts. If you are planning on having the dealership do it, you may change your mind after you hear the prices. Maybe you could have them throw in lifetime oil changes.

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Well I decided against the warranty, but for those interested, chryslerwarrantys.com had the same stuff for much less. Like $900 less. Thanks for the suggestions guys.

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When I bought my used 07 it had 7000 miles on it and I used the lifetime powertrain warrenty as a negotiating item. My friend works for the dealer and threw it in for FREE so I would buy the jeep. At that time he told me his dealership had to actually pay the $1000 to chrysler.... So two things... make them throw it in if they want the deal or offer to pay $500 for it not $2000. Just a thought.
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When I bought my used 07 it had 7000 miles on it and I used the lifetime powertrain warrenty as a negotiating item. My friend works for the dealer and threw it in for FREE so I would buy the jeep. At that time he told me his dealership had to actually pay the $1000 to chrysler.... So two things... make them throw it in if they want the deal or offer to pay $500 for it not $2000. Just a thought.
Not to be a jerk or anything, but nothing is EVER free in auto sales- I'm sure Jason will agree. You paid for it somewhere, or it took your deal from a solid deal to a mini, but they had padded the deal SOMEWHERE, and took the $ for that warranty out of their profit. VERY few car dealerships will take a loss, and even fewer on a Wrangler, if any.
Any car dealership is going to fatten a used car deal- it's where more money is usually made these days. You can argue, beg, and plead, but at the end of the day, we're here as a BUSINESS, so expect to pay for what you want. Just remember to get what you want straightBEFORE the deal, or you'll pay more for it later- oops! Mark W.

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