Hi there .. Been reading some of the recent posts concerning problems with HEV electronics ... and wondering if I should go with the extended Ford warranty for peace of mind. Any advice from HEV owners.
I have an HEV on order and expect it to arrive in the next couple of weeks. Read all the great reviews including Consumer Report's excellent report on frequency of repair, and had originally ruled out buying any extended warranty coverage. But not so sure anymore.
In Canada, the HEV components carry an 8 year 160,000 km warranty, but I wonder if the electronic dash components on the Fusion would be covered for 8 years. Dealer is offering me ESP Premium care for 5 years 100,000 kms for $1400.
Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated
Our dealer wanted $1800 for the same warranty, so you could do worse. That warranty is really only from 36k miles to 100k, since your new car warranty is essentially the same thing and it goes 3 years or 36k miles, whichever comes first. I think you can get as low as $1100 if you shop, it's offered through normal insurance companies, who all just go by the risk tables. I think the cost might be different if you have sync/GPS, since I know a Toyota dealer who wanted $6K to replace a friends 04, 4runner intermittent functioning GPS/climate control screen, at 74K miles. (He has since bought a Ford).
But I would definitely confirm with your dealer that whatever outside package you get it will be good at your dealer. It won't cover brake pads or rotors, engine or transmission leaks, and normal wear and tear stuff, (seat wear, paint, etc), just major drive line stuff like a failed engine, transmission, and I think all the electronics. The 8 year 100K mile hybrid warranty covers only hybrid stuff, I don't think it covers the electronic display or sync in general. Please correct me if I'm wrong anybody.