1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Fiat-Chrysler has now codified its incentive offerings to owners of some 200,000 Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler trucks and SUVs in order to either get the affected vehicles in for fixes or have them traded in toward new purchases.
Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty
Owners of 1993–1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002–2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs, which were recalled for exhibiting a fire risk in rear-end collisions (one incident that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old went to trial and resulted in a $150-million jury award, which Fiat-Chrysler has appealed), are eligible for a $100 restriction-free Visa prepaid card in exchange for having the recall work performed, which entails having a tow-hitch installed to reinforce the structure around the fuel tank. This offer is being extended to those who have had their Jeeps repaired since July 24, 2015, as well as those who have yet to go in for the service. Alternately, owners of affected Grand Cherokees can trade in their vehicle and get their choice of an additional $1000 toward the purchase of a new FCA vehicle or a $1000 Visa card toward parts or service at the dealership accepting the trade-in.
2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak edition
Dodge, Ram, and Chrysler
Some 200,000 Dodge Ram, Ram, Dodge Dakota, Dodge Durango, and Chrysler Aspen trucks and SUVs are also eligible for a similar program stemming from three separate recalls for steering issues. The affected vehicles are as follows:
- 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen (production dates between 1/3/08 and 12/18/08)
- 2009–2012 Dodge/Ram 1500 (2/27/08 and 6/30/09, and 12/1/09 and 10/20/11)
- 2009–2001 Dodge Dakota (2/27/07 and 6/30/09, and 12/1/09 and 9/30/11)
- 2008–2012 Dodge/Ram 2500 and 3500 4×4
- 2008–2012 Dodge/Ram 2500 4×2 chassis cabs
- 2008 Dodge/Ram Mega Cab 4×4
- 2008–2012 Dodge/Ram 4500 and 5500 (2/20/07 and 12/31/12)
Owners who’ve yet to have recall work performed as of July 24, 2015, can take their vehicle in for service and receive a $100 unlimited Visa card; as with the Jeeps, those who had the repair performed after that date also are eligible. Trade-ins also are an option here, provided the owner takes advantage by January 4, 2016, with incentives on top of trade-in value being $2000 toward a new Ram or $1000 toward a new Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, or Fiat.
The buyback program for the Dodge, Ram, and Chrysler vehicles does not expire and offers fair-market value, plus 10 percent. To get an estimate for value, consumers can visit fcarecall.com starting September 1; physical inspections will begin on October 1, but any value of modifications—unless performed by the dealer or factory as part of the original purchase—will not be factored into the buyback offer.
Fiat-Chrysler suggests using NHTSA’s VIN-lookup tool or recalls.mopar.com to determine a particular vehicle’s recall-repair status. The automaker says it has already started contacting owners.