Most of us on the board are American, and the Diesel engine is NOT an option in America, so lots of tips and answer are NOT likely to come your way.
What is the conversion rate between Australian and U.S. dollars? The prices you are talking about are way over what these cost in the U.S.; most GPS map updates don't cost more than $100 USD, but perhaps you need to pull from the larger international maps that cost more.
"UHF"? Again, sounds like we have a cultural difference, in the U.S. "UHF" is used to talk about a band of broadcast television. Sounds like your talking about the Australian version of "Citizens Band (CB)" radio, as we refer to it in the U.S. and its in the "HF" band for us. So antennas are likely going to be different and have different characteristics, so take what any American tells you about UHF with a grain of salt, what works here might NOT work with the different Australian system. CB has waned in popularity in the U.S., you're likely going to have to get creative and come up with your own solution. Back in the days when CB was popular in the U.S., one of the most popular CB's were a remotely mounted electronics box with all of the controls in the hand held Mic, thus just have to mount a socket for the cord to the Mic in a seen spot in the vehicle.
Warranties are to cover defect in materials and workmanship, if you encounter a problem that is NOT the result of that, the warranty doesn't cover it. Something failing earlier than it should, if it was used as intended (i.e. serviced properly and NOT abused in extreme use or environments), logically would be the result of a defect in materials and workmanship.
Extended warranties differ, they are more of a vehicle maintenance and repair contract. Read the contract carefully, make sure what they are telling you is correct and they are NOT trying to weasel out of their commitment.
A diesel particulate filter cost $4,752 to replace, I do NOT have a lot of experience with Diesel motors, and I can understand how a filter, that is likely part of the very complex and high stress fuel pump and control unit, could be a lot more expensive than a gasoline engine to replace, but 50 times the cost? Something sounds fishy to me. (That proportion may be off, if this is in Australian Dollars if they differ a lot in the U.S., a gasoline filter in the USD would cost $50 USD, and likely $100 USD if you have them install it)
If you don't get a good answer from the forum, I'd take your vehicle to get a 2nd opinion, either another dealer or an independent shop. You can complain to Chrysler Customer Service
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Last edited by Mongo; 02-14-2011 at 08:18 AM.