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Old 09-30-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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New Interstate Exterior Colors and Extended Warranty

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Finally, I have ordered a new Interstate last week. The color is silver(outside). I narrowed my choices to between black and silver, and chose silver. Now I have some second thoughts about the color. I guess I cannot make up my mind between black and silver. I know the color is a very personal choice, but does any one have any thoughts about one color is better than the other? Some says black shows scratches and dings more, and some colors hold more resale value. I think I still have time to change my mind, if I want to go with black.

Also should I get an extended warranty? The dealer offers 5 year 100,000 miles warranty for $5k+. Because of the 3 year factory warranty and 5 year MB chassis warranty, I don't think this is a good deal. Does anyone know if there are any better extended warranties?
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Having had several black SUV's, I can tell you from experience that if you start at the front cleaning it, by the time you get to the rear, you can start back at the front all over again. They are beautiful when they're clean. Keeping them clean is a career. On the other hand, silver looks clean even when it's slightly dirty.

The 5K for 5 years on the extended warranty is about what I found when I was checking on it. I decided as bad as these things seem to be, I would just go self insured. What was the deductible on your estimate?
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Can't help you on color. I went with white. Interior color is more important than exterior color, in my opinion. The onyx interior is just too oppressive to me so I went with the light camel interior.

Before you get an extended warranty, find out exactly what it covers. You're actually dealing with a dozen or more warranties. You've got the Sprinter warranty; the Airstream warranty for the interior coachwork; the Cummins/Onan warranty for the generator; the Atwood warranty for the water heater; the SMEV warranty for the cooktop, the Fiamma warranty for the awning, etc. Every single appliance or fitting has its own warranty. They don't all last for the same amount of time, either; the battery warranty is only good for one year if you have the Discover Energy Corp house batteries, for example.

I didn't bother with the extended warranty, figuring that it wouldn't cover enough to be worthwhile, and my chances of needing repairs after the original warranty runs out and before the extended warranty runs out were slim enough to take my chances.
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Thanks for the information. The deductible was $500.00. I really don't know what covers by the warranty as I have not talked to the dealer about the specifics yet.
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Re. warranty; in Jan of this year I bought the "official" ELW (from Freightliner since that is how mine is badged) for $1829. It extends my factory warranty for 3 more years or 125K mi. It covers most drivetrain, cooling system and audio system items and has no deductible. Towing is included. You can get the same thing from MB.
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Re. warranty; in Jan of this year I bought the "official" ELW (from Freightliner since that is how mine is badged) for $1829. It extends my factory warranty for 3 more years or 125K mi. It covers most drivetrain, cooling system and audio system items and has no deductible. Towing is included. You can get the same thing from MB.
Since newer Interstates have an aftermarket Kenwood audio system, chances are the extended warranty wouldn't cover that.
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wayneskid, so it just cover the chassy(MB equipments)? Not any thing that added by the airstream during the conversion?
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Since newer Interstates have an aftermarket Kenwood audio system, chances are the extended warranty wouldn't cover that.
I assume that would be true.
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wayneskid, so it just cover the chassy(MB equipments)? Not any thing that added by the airstream during the conversion?
Correct; the ELW covers Sprinter components only.
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If that's the case, why is it so much more expensive than for a full size SUV like a Nissan Armada? I purchased a 6 year extended warranty with 0 deductible for a 2009 used Armada for way less than $2000. The Armada is 4WD where as the Sprinter is not.
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Look at black vs white or silver autos on the road. The black ones seem to age(look old) much faster as well as being a nightmare to keep clean.

I just traded in a Mercedes GL that I had extended the warranty from 3 years to 6 years. For what Mercedes charges I would never own one out of warranty. The extended was identical to the factory warranty and I bought it thru Mercedes when the GL was 35 months old and it was about $2,100 three years ago.
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If you do decide to buy an extended warranty, you might check with a few places that do Sprinter repair to see what their opinion of the company is.
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Re: color. Stay with the silver. My Airstream is primarily silver and my car is black. The car is garaged, the Airstream is not, the Airstream always looks cleaner! Besides, it may be psychological but black cars feel hotter in the sushine.
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If you do decide to buy an extended warranty, you might check with a few places that do Sprinter repair to see what their opinion of the company is.
The ELW (Extended Limited Warranty) that I bought and (I think) kmaggard bought is purchased from either MB or Freightliner, depending on the badging of your Sprinter. Warranty repairs are done by Sprinter certified dealers, either MB or Freightliner.
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