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Performance Modifications/Warranty

Okay..So here is my two part question.

1) If I mod my car (i.e. Cold air intake, dual exhaust, turbo, ect.), will it void my warranty? What is covered? What are you guys' experiences with this?

2) What should I do to my car (performance-wise) to make it sexy. I know I want to do a cold air intake, and get a dual exhaust with Flowmaster Super-44s. What would you guys also recommend and what has worked good for you?

I bought a 2010 Challenger SE. Sold brand new with 37 miles on it. Totally love my sexy beast of a car!

Any help is appreciated.
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Check out the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. It was written to protect consumers by, amongst other things, permitting the use of aftermarket replacement parts when making repairs but it has been interpreted to encompass performance parts, also.

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Just to be on the safe side and because I had a bad back, I had my Dodge dealer install my MOPAR Long RAM CAI. They assured me that there were no warranty issues with it since it was a MOPAR part and they did the install. I don't really know where it would stand if a different part was used and you installed it yourself. It seems to me that it is subjective and opinions on what voids a warranty and what doesn't may vary from dealer to dealer. It would be nice to have some type of written guidance on just what aftermarket mods affect the warranty.
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From my understanding and on a general scale is that the part has to be the cause of the issue...i.e. if you put on an intake and the there is an issue with the manifold...they would need to prove that the intake caused the issue...
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I called my dealership prior to doing anything and asked if putting on an aftermarket CAI and catback would void the warranty and they said no it wouldn't. Not sure about anything else.

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Check out the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. It was written to protect consumers by, amongst other things, permitting the use of aftermarket replacement parts when making repairs but it has been interpreted to encompass performance parts, also.

I agree! I'm not lawyer but, you have some protection so long as the aftermarket part was not the cause of the failure.
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….if you can’t afford to fix a possible related failure you may encounter in the future yourself and/or are not willing/able to possibly take legal action against Chrysler if a future claim is denied do to an aftermarket component being blamed for the failure, don’t mod the car while it’s under warranty. ….its that simple. Chrysler won’t ask a judge to review a claim they want to deny. They will do it based on their own criteria/belief. If that ever happens (and you feel you have a case), it will be up to you to take legal action if you are unable to resolve the issue with the manufacturer.

Folks can preach the Magnuson-Moss act all day long (and it’s good for a consumer to know their rights) but you also need to be realistic.


My advice? If you don’t want the potential hassle/liability, then either don’t mod or choose what you do very carefully.



btw, there are only few things that will legally “void” your warranty (i.e. odometer tampering), but a warranty “claim” is a different story. ….in other words, you may be denied on claim for a drivetrain failure due to power modifications but other non-related (un-touched) systems would still be covered.

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Kean pretty much has it right. the moss magnusen act does protect you in a way. but are you willing to go to court over it and spent all those possible weeks and months without a car to prove your right? something like an intake and exhaust stuff like that are easy to remove and return back to stock if something does happen while the car is under warantee. if you get to the point where your doing more serious mods the warantee will likely be the last thing on your mind.

some dealers are find with mods. other dealers will look for any excuse to say the warantee is voided. just use common sence.
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Welcome to the forum. I know SE was mentioned here so I'm not sure if their throotle body is the same but I know that to much oil on a CAI can void a repair caused by it. My Mopar CAI doesn't use oil and my dealership said as long as you stay behind the cats your OK with making the exaust louder.

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Okay..So here is my two part question.

1) If I mod my car (i.e. Cold air intake, dual exhaust, turbo, ect.), will it void my warranty? What is covered? What are you guys' experiences with this?

2) What should I do to my car (performance-wise) to make it sexy. I know I want to do a cold air intake, and get a dual exhaust with Flowmaster Super-44s. What would you guys also recommend and what has worked good for you?

I bought a 2010 Challenger SE. Sold brand new with 37 miles on it. Totally love my sexy beast of a car!

Any help is appreciated.
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