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Fiat Chrysler Downgrades Powertrain Warranty to 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/28/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Starting with the 2016 model year, Ram and Ferrari's Place in Fiat Chrysler's Five Year Plan" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler will downgrade powertrain warranties on its vehicles in the U.S. A five-year/60,000-mile warranty will replace the automaker's original five-year/100,000-mile guarantee.

Fiat Chrysler Downgrades Powertrain Warranty to 5 Years/60,000 Miles

“Following changes already made by competitors, FCA US is adjusting powertrain warranty coverage for 2016 model year vehicles to be more consistent with industry practices,” an FCA rep told us. One of those "competitors" is General Motors, which made the same powertrain reduction on its Chevrolet and GMC vehicles earlier this year. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

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FCA's downgraded warranty applies to Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Truck vehicles for the new model year. Not included in the change are Fiat, Alfa Romeo, or diesel vehicles.

The announcement isn't the first powertrain downgrade affecting Chrysler. Prior to its 2009 bankruptcy, Chrysler offered a lifetime limited powertrain warranty to customers. The company finally reduced powertrain warranties to five years/100,000 miles after emerging from bankruptcy in 2009, following the footsteps of other automakers at the time.

Other FCA warranties include a basic bumper-to-bumper warranty, which remains at three years/36,000 miles for the upcoming model year. Fiat vehicles continue on with a four-year/50,000-mile guarantee.

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