GM To Slash Drivetrain Warranty By 40,000 miles In 2016

Updated Mar 15, 2015

Pikcup salesman_BWS6477Chevy/GMC’s 5-year/100,000 warranty not the big sales draw; 2016s only covered for 60,000 miles

If the 5-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty is an important aspect of your purchase of GM pickups, you’d better make those purchases this year.

According to a report yesterday in Automotive News, GM plans to slash the eight-year-old 100K warranty down to 60,000 miles starting with 2016 vehicles.

A drivetrain warranty means the manufacturers will repair or replace any related components free of charge.

The step backward in warranty duration brings GM back in line with what its major competitors offer.

The 5-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty was supposed to reflect quality in GM products and be a big part of increasing vehicle sales. But it didn’t have much affect on the latter according to the Automotive News report.

“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,” reads the dealer memo, sent by Chevrolet vice president Brian Sweeney and GMC vice president Duncan Aldred.

“As a result, we have benchmarked our competitors, reviewed our current offerings and have concluded the following modifications to align closely with our customers’ needs and expectations,” it said.