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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2015
  • GM is scaling back the Chevrolet and GMC powertrain warranty to 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty will remain at 5 years of protection
  • GM is also bringing its free maintenance down from 2 years to 1 year

General Motors' 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty will soon be no more. That's the latest from the automaker, with the recent announcement that they're bringing down powertrain coverage to 5 years or 60,000 miles for the 2016 model year.

According to General Motors, the additional 40,000 miles, once touted as a symbol of the automaker's improved quality, wasn't a huge attraction for customers. For the same reason, GM will scale back its free maintenance program from 2 years to just 1 year, also effective for the 2016 model year.

"Through research, we have determined that when purchasing a new vehicle, included maintenance and warranty rank low on the list of reasons why consumers consider a particular brand over another," says a memo sent to dealers by Chevrolet Vice President Brian Sweeney and GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred.

The letter was signed only by vice presidents from Chevrolet and GMC because the new warranty coverage only affects those brands. Luxury brands Buick and Cadillac will keep their existing powertrain warranties, which stand at 6 years or 70,000 miles from the date of purchase.

Although GM's scaled-back warranty coverage is making headlines, the automaker is merely bringing itself in line with most other brands. In fact, Toyota, Honda and Ford all offer the same 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage that GM's vehicles will now include. Chrysler touts 5 years or 100,000 miles, while Hyundai and Kia boast an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

According to General Motors, the latest move won't affect bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage. Like most automaker bumper-to-bumper warranties, Chevrolet and GMC plans last for 3 years or 36,000 miles from the date of vehicle purchase.

What it means to you: GM is scaling back warranty coverage for 2016. If you want a longer warranty on a GM vehicle, you might want to consider a 2015 model.

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General Motors Scales Back Powertrain Warranty Coverage - Autotrader