100,000 Miles or Five Years -
A Warranty That Tests Durability
For a full-line automaker, a warranty that covers 100,000 miles or five years across an entire year's line-up is a pretty big deal. Luckily for you and I, that's what we can expect from General Motors, who recently announced the expanded coverage on all 2007 car and light-duty trucks in the United States and Canada as the latest step in the company's North America turnaround plan.
A warranty like this, many say, speaks highly of GM's faith in product, including Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, GMC, Hummer, Saturn, Saab and Cadillac, especially when considering the struggles of today's Detroit auto market.
Fuel for the fire may have been the fact that GM warranty repairs at dealers have decreased 40 percent during the past five years, or perhaps the results of J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study that placed Buick and Cadillac in the top five, or the Initial Quality Study released earlier this year that GM swept — placing 11 models in the top three of their segments and two models at their respected top.
GM’s new 100,000 Mile Warranty coverage is a fully transferable five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty with no deductible. Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation programs have also been expanded to match the powertrain warranty term.
“We’ve been telling everyone how strong GM’s cars and trucks are in terms of value, design, quality and durability. Now we’re going to back it up,” Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said. “This new warranty[...] provides motorists with an unprecedented level of value and peace of mind.
“It’s the result of years of hard work by our employees, suppliers and dealers. It’s something that motorists want and deserve. For those who haven’t driven a GM car or truck in a while, this is our way of saying, ‘Come on back and see what we’ve done.’
According to Wagoner “It includes the best warranty of any full-line automaker, equally compelling roadside assistance and courtesy transportation programs [and] unique safety and security technologies like OnStar and StabiliTrak.”
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The new warranty will apply retroactively to those 2007 models that have already sold.
For non-powertrain components, GM’s Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty remains in effect: four years or 50,000 miles for Buicks, Cadillacs, Hummers and Saabs, and three years or 36,000 miles for Chevrolets, GMCs, Pontiacs and Saturns.