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Class Action Lawsuit Against Mercedes

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On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 1:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Class Action Lawsuit Against Mercedes

When you invest in an expensive, high-end luxury car like a Mercedes, the last thing you really want is for your engine to wear out quickly. Unless, of course, you're so rich that you are looking for any excuse to buy a new car—in which case, you could just buy a new car whether your engine wears out or not. You especially don't want your engine to wear out if the car you bought isn't only a Mercedes, but a high-performance, high-priced Mercedes from the AMG division.

Well, a group of owners has apparently suffered from quick engine wear and is suing Mercedes-Benz USA, Daimler AG, and Mercedes-AMG.

The class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court in New Jersey, where Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters is located. The lawsuit alleges that the M156 V-8 engine that powers the E63 AMG, C63 AMG, CLK63, and others is prone to premature wear. The reason for wear, according to the lawsuit, has to do with the cast nodular iron camshafts and 9310-grade steel valve lifters wearing against each other. Apparently, the camshaft lobes have shown scaring in as little as 5,000 miles of driving, and the lifters also wear prematurely.

As outlined in the lawsuit, Mercedes knew about the problem since 2007 when it issued a service bulletin. However, because no recall was ever issued, the cost of repairing the faulty materials—estimated in the thousands of dollars—was passed on to the consumer.

The LA-based plaintiff footed a bill for more than $4,500 just two years after leasing a pre-owned E63 AMG. And that was just for repairing the problem in the left bank—the right bank began experiencing issues just several months later, at which point the plaintiff traded in the car for a loss, suffering from alleged damages of $25,000.

The class action lawsuit is on behalf of owners and lessees of a variety of AMG models sold in California from 2006 to 2011.

You can read the entire lawsuit filing on BenzBoost.com.


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