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#186 of 205 Need advice with my VW
Nov 30, 2010 (8:59 pm)
I'm in California and I have a 2009 Jetta station wagon that I purchased brand new. Since then, I have had to take it into the shop three times because the check engine light has come on. The second time they even replaced the car computer which they said was faulty.
I am very conerned I may have a lemon and that this problem will continue after the manufacturer warranty runs out. Does anyone knows if there are applicable laws here? How does VW deal with situations like this? Who do I have to contact?
#187 of 205 Re: Need advice with my VW [pastafarian]
Dec 01, 2010 (11:53 pm)
If your car has been repaired and is now running ok, you don't have a case for anything.
From reading these forums, VW's are, in general, not one of the most reliable automobiles.
#189 of 205 Re: Effect of repurchase on credit [shani1203]
Sep 26, 2011 (7:00 pm)
When the manufacturer buys back a lemon, they ordinarily take care of the loan payoff as part of the process so your credit wouldn't be affected. When a dealer buys back a vehicle, you have to be more careful to make sure your credit doesn't get messed up by any car dealer tricks that could be going on in the process. Check the paperwork carefully to make certain it says the dealer is paying off the loan balance as part of the deal. Some manufacturers pay their dealers to buy back a defective vehicle so that they can claim it wasn't a "real" lemon law buyback. That way they can avoid the many title branding laws that exist and avoid labeling the vehicle permanently as a lemon vehicle. It's illegal generally to do it that way, but most consumers don't realize it and just want to unload their lemon and move on in life, so it is seldom found out about or prosecuted by state attorney generals in charge of lemon law enforcement.
#190 of 205 my 2011 elantra
Nov 05, 2011 (7:37 am)
I bought a new Elantra in January 2011, in New mexico. It was running perfectly until I sent it for the first oil change in June. I went to pick it up and the dealer said they messed the computer. It was over 3 weeks stuck at the dealership until it was delivered back to me. Since then I had two other problems with the computer, and this car was in service for a total of 3 weeks or more. It is still at the dealership. They tried replacing the computer once more, then the abs module, etc., but the problem is still there. All warning lights come on and off randomly, the gauge temperature doesn't work, the cruise control deactivates randomly, can't get a measure of the RPM, etc.
This week I talked to a lawyer and will try to get a replacement from Hyundai. I hope the company understands the situation and delivers a new car to me. Does anyone have experience dealing with Hyundai under the lemon law?
#191 of 205 Re: my 2011 elantra [rola13]
Nov 05, 2011 (8:05 am)
This one is tricky because it's not a defect caused by the manufacture of the vehicle. Rather the dealer admitted to damaging it.
I wonder if Lemon Law even covers this situation?
#192 of 205 2012 Honda Accord Lemon?
Nov 24, 2011 (8:24 pm)
My 2012 Honda Accord with 934 miles has paint chipping on the rear quarter panel caused by the tail light lens rubbing against the metal. After three tries, the car still has paint problems on the driver's side. The third time they brought it to a different body shop and the paint is worse than ever. They did not prepare the base-coat properly before they applied the clear-coat. there are now fingerprints along the entire quarter panel which are underneath the paint and cannot be removed. The paint will never be able to be brought back to the factory paint on my brand new vehicle. The value of the vehicle is greatly affected by the paint and I feel they should replace the vehicle.
#193 of 205 Re: 2012 Honda Accord Lemon? [rah140]
Nov 29, 2011 (1:23 am)
At the very least, they should take it to a paint shop that knows what they are doing, and fix the paint. Is it possible there is damage to the fender the taillight mounts in?
Finger prints in the paint. That's really bad.
Dec 19, 2011 (8:21 am)
I have two questions regarding lemon law.
1) Venue - The car is registered and titled in the State of Ohio, but currently resides in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All of the issues it has had were serviced at a Mazda Dealership here in Pennsylvania. Which Lemon Law applies?
2) The car is going to be 3 years old in January with just under 18000 miles. The car has been in now 4 times in the last 12 months for the same electrical issues, and it has not been resolved to date.
The issue is that the car will inexplicably be dead in the morning and will not start. The battery has been replaced once (at my expense), the negative ground wire on the car has been replaced once, and most recently they said it was because the car had been sitting too long, despite having been driven 70 miles the day before without issue. It is currently in the shop again because it is exhibiting symptoms of this imminently occurring again - transmission shifting poorly, poor idle, and jumping gauges combined with a chugging engine. I am waiting to hear from the dealership, and have documented a complaint with Mazda corporate.
At this point, I just want the car gone. Do I have a shot at a lemon law case with Mazda or is it just flat out too old?
#195 of 205 Re: Lemon Law Case? [28firefighter]
Dec 19, 2011 (8:33 am)
When did you buy this? If you are beyond the one-year limit from the time you purchased the car you cannot make a claim under the lemon law in most states.