FRANKFURT -- DaimlerChrysler denied a report on Friday that it would extend warranties covering electrical problems in Mercedes cars beyond the current two-year period as a way to shore up its shaken reputation for quality.
The German-American carmaker will still voluntarily fix at no cost some problems that arise after the warranty ends, a spokeswoman in Stuttgart said, but that would continue to be decided on a case-by-case basis.
"There is no change in warranties," she said in response to a report in the Handeslblatt newspaper on Friday.
DaimlerChrysler has stressed it is ready to accept a hit to earnings if needed to improve Mercedes quality ratings which have slipped amid a rash of problems, particularly in the complex electronics of E-class luxury cars launched in 2002.
Its goal is to make the flagship Mercedes line number one in initial customer satisfaction surveys by 2006.