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So I need all of your help… I have a 2014 JGC V-8… small problems here and there but nothing major. I’ve blown through my 36k mile warranty and have been contemplating a lifetime max care warranty. ~$2500 is a lot of money to gamble on this Jeep and I’m having a hard time accepting this expense. I’m going to be putting even more miles on it as my commute to work is increasing in the coming months. Is this a smart purchase? I know it would give me a great piece of mind but I’m afraid all my repairs will be washed out when I have to pay my $100 deductible. What would the Jeep Garage community do? Any and all comments are appreciated.


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With all the electronics on this vehicle and the air suspension ($3000+ compressor) and my plans to keep it as long as possible, the MaxCare lifetime was a no brainier for me. Of, course, you have to decide what works best for you.
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Re: Maxcare opinions

Are you sure about the price? There is a substantial price increase if you have over x miles or x months/years on the vehicle. The first such hurdle is 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.

Being 2 years and over 36,000 miles might not even be available at all, or only at a very dear price.

Do you have QL? A compressor alone is between $2k and $3k.

If you plan on keeping the vehicle for several years I think it's worth it, with all the tech that's on the vehicle. But not if it is much more than the price you quoted.
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Re: Maxcare opinions

Forgot to say:

Go online to:

Maximum Care New Vehicles Coverage [Jeep/FCA official site]

and

Get True Factory Mopar-Chrysler Vehicle Protection and SAVE! [Ziegler Motors; same plan, lower price]


Put in your vehicle info, including mileage, and you'll get an instant quote, which you can vary by length of contract and size of deductible.
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Re: Maxcare opinions

So I have a limited, but did not end up getting the tech package(Acc and so on)... I checked with Zeigler and before I'm over 48 k I should be fine. The closer I get to 48k the higher my price will go. I have the standard sunroof, 8.5 screen with nav. but nothing else fancy.


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Re: Maxcare opinions

In the past, I never bought extended service contracts or warranties. On anything.

That's changed. I have one on our expensive refrigerator and I have the Mopar MaxCare Lifetime Extended Service Contract on my JGC. While I'll not likely keep it beyond 5-6 years, I put on a lot of mileage and blew through my factory warranty in less than two years. The "lifetime" was the only way to be sure that I'd have coverage for my "ownership lifetime" of the vehicle and it's already paid for itself. I bough from Ziegler. At the time, with the $100 deductible, it was $2180. Prices have increased since then, but the contracts are still available from various sources for far less than many local dealers will sell them for. Since any authorized dealer service department will service your JGC, cost for the contract is a good way to choose where to buy it.

(The refrigerator contract has paid for itself, too...go figure... )
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Re: Maxcare opinions

I went to Zeigler and got a quote for you 2014 with 36000 miles $100 deductible came to $2,665.00. I purchased mine when my Jeep was new. It was something around $2150.00. My Jeep is still under factory warranty but the service contract paid for rentals in excess of 25 days total. Considering I've been through 3 radios, needed a new antenna and had the rear AC vent repaired. Plus going in next week because of the fuel cover being out of alignment. I can't imagine what this would all cost out of pocket. If you plan on keeping your Jeep I would get it. I have a feeling it's going to pay for itself and more in the long run.
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Re: Maxcare opinions

My personal view is that the Maxcare warranty is one of the most compelling reason to buy a Jeep. No other car company gives you the chance to buy a comparable warranty that is unlimited mileage. For those of us that drive their vehicles for 200k+ miles, it is pure gold.

The other side of that is that if you intend to sell the vehicle, getting a high mile but transferable warranty will definitely increase resale value.

I'm actually about to use my warranty @ 70k miles to pay for a busted heated seat element. Originally, the quoted cost was $850, plus 2 days of car rental. Now, as usual customer service here is crap so initially the dealer tried to say it wasn't covered by the warranty, then I had to call Chrysler, then I had to get back to the dealer and get them to agree that it was covered. Still, it is ultimately nearly $800 saved from this one (relatively minor) issue. A few more similar issues and I break even. And if my air suspension, engine, or any other major component went then it would immediately pay for itself and likely then some.

Basically, these cars are expensive, somewhat unreliable and repairs are expensive. I can't imagine getting one without the warranty.
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My personal view is that the Maxcare warranty is one of the most compelling reason to buy a Jeep. No other car company gives you the chance to buy a comparable warranty that is unlimited mileage. For those of us that drive their vehicles for 200k+ miles, it is pure gold.

The other side of that is that if you intend to sell the vehicle, getting a high mile but transferable warranty will definitely increase resale value.

I'm actually about to use my warranty @ 70k miles to pay for a busted heated seat element. Originally, the quoted cost was $850, plus 2 days of car rental. Now, as usual customer service here is crap so initially the dealer tried to say it wasn't covered by the warranty, then I had to call Chrysler, then I had to get back to the dealer and get them to agree that it was covered. Still, it is ultimately nearly $800 saved from this one (relatively minor) issue. A few more similar issues and I break even. And if my air suspension, engine, or any other major component went then it would immediately pay for itself and likely then some.

Basically, these cars are expensive, somewhat unreliable and repairs are expensive. I can't imagine getting one without the warranty.

I was able to get Chrysler to give me the lifetime maxcare (zero deductible) added to my VIN at n/c when i was swapped out of my '14 and into my '15. There would be no chance at all of me keeping this truck after the lease was up, but now i may think twice knowing I'm covered for as long as i own it.


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Re: Maxcare opinions

I bought the maxcare lifetime with 100 deductable for my 2015 Overland.

Too much electronics, QL, and new 8spd.

PLus I keep my cars for years, so for piece of mind I ponied up the 2400, dealer cost was 2100.

I am friends with a couple techs at local store where I bought it and they said it is the smartest thing to do. Lets say you have 200k miles and it needs new wheel bearings, u-joints, perhaps an altenator or starter any wear parts you will more than get your money back!
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For me..it was the same..will on the options that could go bad no brainer when 6/36 ran out. Few months after I got my the QL went (bad compressor) it was over $2K to fix and thank goodness for the 6/36 warranty. Seeing this i got from my dealer 2 year un-limited miles MaxCare Plus for about 900. For the next two years I should be good then I will see what I do, might trade in for a newer one.
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For me..it was the same..will on the options that could go bad no brainer when 6/36 ran out. Few months after I got my the QL went (bad compressor) it was over $2K to fix and thank goodness for the 6/36 warranty. Seeing this i got from my dealer 2 year un-limited miles MaxCare Plus for about 900. For the next two years I should be good then I will see what I do, might trade in for a newer one.
If you can, try to get the dealer to change your Maxcare from 2 years to lifetime. Will cost you about 3 times the price, but give you much more than 3 times the number of years of coverage.
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