Warranties that have 10-year/100,000-mile warranties are powertrain warranties that include coverage for items such as the engine, transmission and drivetrain, and not complete bumper-to-bumper coverage. The most expensive parts are typically in the powertrain, so having the long-term coverage is still a good idea.

Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi offer 10-year/100,000-mile coverage. Along the same lines is Chrysler’s Lifetime powertrain warranty, which offers lifetime coverage as long as you keep up with the warranty requirements including scheduled checkups that need to be performed every five years.

Take note: the longer powertrain warranties from Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Chrysler are only for new cars and original owners. They are not transferrable, meaning used cars — unless they are part of a certified pre-owned program — do not have the longer-term warranty and come with shorter-term powertrain coverages.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on July 9, 2008 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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