DETROIT -- The Chrysler group has increased its roadside assistance warranty coverage significantly, from 3 years/36,000 miles to 7 years/70,000 miles.
That was the biggest change among automakers' warranty coverage for 2004 models.
Chrysler's roadside assistance is for towing only, a change made in 2002. Before that, assistance included such things as lockouts and tire repairs.
Warranty coverage on new Scion models almost mirrors coverage offered by Toyota, Scion's parent company.
Scion, a new marque from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., began selling its first two models - the xA and xB - in California this year. The xA and xB will be sold in the rest of the country during 2004.
Scion is Toyota's effort to connect with younger customers, who, research shows, increasingly perceive the Toyota brand as a sort of Japanese Buick - a brand favored by elderly drivers. Scion seeks the under-30 demographic. Scion will provide:
The Toyotas Prius is the only Toyota model to get 3-year unlimited roadside assistance.
Mercedes-Benz's Maybach flagship and BMW's Rolls-Royce carry 4-year unlimited-mileage warranties on basic coverage, powertrain and corrosion protection.
Maybach offers roadside service for the life of the vehicle, and Rolls-Royce offers it for four years.
"Basically, for four years you insure it and put gas in it," Rolls-Royce Motor Cars spokesman Bob Austin says. "Every other consideration is ours."
Special Correspondent Roberta Pennington contributed to this report