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Dilemma: Trade the 2WD in for a 4x4 and loose Mopar warranty

So I purchased my first SUV last June. 2012 GC. Having come from 2 G35's and a Lexus is, I was more into speed than dirt, needless to say i really didnt know much about the advantages of owning a 4x4. I really liked the the look of the wk2 and the luxury inside was comparable to what i was used to with the sport sedans.

I got it certified pre-owned so they offered the Mopar LIFETIME warranty for $2500. Considering I've always heard about jeeps bad transmissions and other known issues, I jumped on it.

Well come to find out, once i hit that dirt i was hooked! Turns out there are trails everywhere! and I love the adventure! Realizing later that i got myself into a LIFETIME 2WD. (What a buffoon!l) I've added my upgrades (lift, skid plates, tires) and I've gotten used to airing down for every adventure, but I'm still getting stuck and having to back down from climbs or obstacles with my tail between my legs.

So I want a 4x4! OF COURSE I do. And I've come to realization that I can trade my 2wd in and get a 2011 identical GC (Color, mileage(60k), options) with the one option that Im missing, 4x4!

By starting over I would loose my LIFETIME warranty. I know I can probably get aftermarket warranty's but none will be as good as Mopar.

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SO THIS IS MY DILEMMA:
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Do I trade trade in my 2WD for the 4x4, loose the Mopar LIFETIME Warranty and risk the not being covered in case something goes bad? or do i play it safe, keep the 2WD, deal with my limitations and enjoy the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing if something breaks, big daddy Mopar is gonna take care of me....

I'm sorry for the novel but I wanted you all to see my position and understand why i didnt just buy a damn 4x4 in the first place.

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Old 08-10-2016, 12:47 AM
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Id go with option number 3, buy a 4x4 new enough that you can get maxcare on it. Streach a little on the money an get what you want you will just be unhappy trying to run a 2wd offroad. Its better to spend a little more and be happy than to spend what you did and be unhappy.
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Re: Dilemma: Trade the 2WD in for a 4x4 and loose Mopar warranty

If it is a mopar plan you should be able to get a pro-rated refund.

Also, check Genuine Mopar Vehicle Protection Warranty - Save $$ Today to see what the same warranty would cost. Dealers tent to be a higher cost.

Others will chime in, but I'd say yes, get the 4x4. Not sure how much the system is different from the 2015, if it even is, but depending on the off-roading you want to do you might want 4low.

Don't forget to add skid plates if it doesn't have them.
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Re: Dilemma: Trade the 2WD in for a 4x4 and loose Mopar warranty

I did something similar back in the 1980s when I got my first SUV. A sweet 1979 International Scout. I did thousands in upgrades. Lifted it, added 33s, roll cage, sound system, etc. But in the end it was still a 2WD. No 4-low gear, no 4WD at all. I bought it for the looks and later regretted all the money I spent.

I say don't worry about losing the $2500 warranty. Start over on a 4x4.
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Re: Dilemma: Trade the 2WD in for a 4x4 and loose Mopar warranty

Go with a 4x4 for sure! Life's too short to sit around with regrets, go get what you want! (and then post pics)
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Go with a 4x4 for sure! Life's too short to sit around with regrets, go get what you want! (and then post pics)
That's my policy. Well it is now that I can afford to make it my policy.
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Re: Dilemma: Trade the 2WD in for a 4x4 and loose Mopar warranty

As was noted, you can get a prorated refund on the MaxCare Lifetime Extended Service contract...the details are written in your contract...if you decide to move to the 4x4. I do concur with the others...go newer, not older. And avoid third party contracts, IMHO.
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Re: Dilemma: Trade the 2WD in for a 4x4 and loose Mopar warranty

Yep,really easy to get addicted to Jeeps,bug hit me back in 1990 and still own it along with 3 additions,Liberty Limited(2008) Two Jeep GC's all 4X4 and all uber reliable.If you enjoy the off road fun,it's a fore gone conclusion you will need the 4X4 version,bite the bullet and go with a 4X4 and with your pro rated refund for your warranty apply that to a lifetime warranty.(working on the basis you intend owning it for 7+ years) and don't look back,some of the goodies you have on your current vehicle will also fit the 4X4 version so some money saving there too.Sure you will be out of pocket initially,it's the nature of car buying/owing but once you get past that you won't regret the upgrade and you can put your own mark on it over a period of time.Just do it and enjoy years of fun.😊
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