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Old 08-16-14, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default Route 66 extended warranty - good or bad idea?

Anyone ever use this? I'm refinancing the 2007 LS460 I just purchased with Penfed; they told me I could get an extended bumper to bumper warranty for $1395 that would last 5 years / 100k miles; whichever comes first. Car just turned 46k miles.
I found it funny that she said "premium" cars would be $1995, and my car is considered standard. I asked what cars are considered premium, and she said "Like a BMW 3 series". I had to laugh - my executive car original sticker was over 90k. But anyway..

I'm having the worst internet connection today and can't get out to research this - I realize they won't cover regular maintenance items like tires/brakes, but I'm thinking if I just need the control arm bushings replaced it'd be well worth it.

If anyone has any experience with Route 66 warranty service I'd love to hear back - I have 60 days to "add" it through Penfed.

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Old 08-16-14, 05:34 PM   #2
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Bad idea...... they cover NOTHING... I had to replace 3 out of 4 of my door hinges an the denied the claim saying they were body panels wtf???
I suppose if the engine or tranny launched into the stratosphere they'd say it was cosmetic.....
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I used them and they covered water pump and broken lumbar support, total of $2800 (had the enhanced electronic package because they don't cover nav and ML without it). if you have air suspension, they don't cover the airbags in the shocks
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You should be able to buy a Lexus warranty. Contact your local Lexus Finance mgr.
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If they don't consider your car premium, but an M3 is, I wouldn't trust them to cover my car.
I mean you can tell they have some issues already, don't bother messing with it. Not worth it.
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Old 08-16-14, 06:33 PM   #6
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I think when they say "PREMIUM", they are referring to it being a premium to repair. They are talking about any car that is expensive to maintain and repair and have a sketchy repair history....like my 7 series was. That car single-handedly would have broke ANY warranty company. On second thought....maybe not, since it seems these companies find any way they can to deny a claim.

If you can't go Lexus warranty, I'd opt out.

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One more thing, penfed does not offer the enhanced electronics package, so NAV and radio are not covered :-(
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Most consumer advocates tell you to stay away from all extended protection plans. Obviously, it is the company who is profiting. I would only get one through Lexus if you choose this route. Penfed is a great credit union. I'm also a member as well as USAA. I would take that two grand and put into an account with the best interest rate you can find. Then when a part goes out, source it yourself and pay for labor only. This will save you a lot of money in the long run vs those scam warranties.
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Most consumer advocates tell you to stay away from all extended protection plans. Obviously, it is the company who is profiting. I would only get one through Lexus if you choose this route. Penfed is a great credit union. I'm also a member as well as USAA. I would take that two grand and put into an account with the best interest rate you can find. Then when a part goes out, source it yourself and pay for labor only. This will save you a lot of money in the long run vs those scam warranties.
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This is what I would do and is what I advise anytime these arguments crop up on these and other forums. At the end of the day, you have to do what makes you comfortable. For me, I hate betting against these companies. They are certain they'll come out ahead and 99% of the time, they do.
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