Daimler/Chrysler Informative - Extended Warranty - Transmission Service
I will never buy another vehicle without extended Warranty coverage, even if I have to finance it with the purchase of the vehicle. In 2000 I bought a new Dodge Caravan. Before this car had 97,000 miles on it I had to have either the transmission and or the torque converter replaced 5 times at and average of $2,500.00 a pop. Luckily I had bought an extended warranty which I paid cash for. The first failure occurred at 38,000 miles and the fifth at 97,000. Since we were traveling all over the southern U.S. at the time, these failures often left us stranded in cities 5-6 hundred miles from home and involved the use of five different dealerships replacing the transmission. In fixing it when it failed for the fifth time, the mechanic discovered that the auxiliary transmission cooler had been defective since manufacture. This should have been detected by each of the first four mechanics who worked on the transmission, but the "pencil whipped" the transmission cooling line pressure test because there, "was never anything wrong" with those lines. The last failure had damaged the torque converter so it had to be replaced along with a new auxiliary transmission cooler.
I put another 70,000 miles on the car after the last fix with no problems, and have since given it to my daughter who is still driving it, and it now has over 200,000 miles on it and runs like a new one.