Oil Sludge in the 1.8L Turbo Engine
From 1997-2005, VW manufactured a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine with a tiny 3.7 quart oil capacity. That’s simply not a lot of oil to compensate for the amount of heat this engine generates. Complaints sparked a class-action lawsuit with an…Continue reading article "Oil Sludge in the 1.8L Turbo Engine"
Defective Timing Chain
Volkswagen’s EA888 2.0-liter engine has a history of tensioner problems that can lead to a loose timing chain and catastrophic engine failure. A series of lawsuits eventually led to a settlement that offers an extended warranty and potentia…Continue reading article "Defective Timing Chain"
Diesel Emissions Scandal
Volkswagen has admitted to using a defeat device on its supposedly 'clean diesel' vehicles. The reason? To skirt around US emissions standards. This doesn't sit well with ... well, just about anybody. In fact, the only group who seems reall…Continue reading article "Diesel Emissions Scandal"
A new class-action says VW's front assist technology applies the brakes randomly and without warning.
Customers who complain are typically given two not-so-great options, live with it and document the malfunctions or disable the feature entirely.
The Missouri-based class-action says that's unacceptable and wants VW to take ownership of the problem. That includes covering any related repairs or costs associated with the system malfunctioning under warranty.keep reading article "Volkswagen's Front-Assist Emergency Braking Can Activate For No Reason, Says Lawsuit"
The lead plaintiff that submitted a nationwide class-action against Volkswagen for defective sunroofs has had a change of heart?
He has requested a voluntary dismissal of the entire lawsuit which was filed back in April of 2020. Sounds like someone got a new sunroof behind closed doors.…keep reading article "The Sunroof Leaks Continue, But The Lawsuit Will Not"
Earlier this summer a lawsuit was filed regarding dangerous defects in the Aisin AWF8F35 8-speed transmission.
Specifically how it hesitates, shakes, and grinds its way to busted seals, oil leaks, and eventual failure.
Volkswagen asked for the case to be dismissed on the classic legal defense of sure there complaints, but it's not that many complaints.
And when they tried to convince the court the plaintiffs shouldn't have a case because VW couldn't have possibly known about the problems before the vehicles were sold, they were asked about a "technical tip" sent to VW dealerships on possile transmission problems before the vehicles were sold. The document describes scraping noiseskeep reading article "VW Fails to Convince Judge Their 8-Speed Transmissions Aren't Trash"
commonly heard when shifting into 5th gear at speeds of 20-25 mph, under light load.
There’s an important deadline coming up for VW owners who previously paid for repairs to their timing chain system or damage to their engine from a timing chain failure, and want the automaker to pick up the tab.
A recently approved timing chain settlement benefits thousands of owners by providing them with an extended “new vehicle limited warranty” for any future repairs, plus conditional reimbursements for any previous repairs.
The extended warranty is applied automatically if you own or lease one of the affected vehicles and didn’t opt out of the class-action.
Owners who want to be eligible for reimbursements must file a claim by January 25th, 2019. More information is available at TimingChainLitigation.com.
How to Submit a Claim ∞
- Use the VIN lookup tool to check your eligibility
- Gather the documents requested by the Claim Administrator
- Submit your claim before 11:59 PST on January 25th, 2019
When Volkswagen agreed to a multi-district settlement for selling polluting engines marketed as clean diesel, it did so knowing it’d have to pay billions of dollars to customers that owned or leased an affected vehicle when the news about the scandal broke.
Some owners that had sold their affected vehicles before the news came out tried to file for compensation in court, but didn't get very far. That may be about to change due to an interesting court decision in California.
Former owners and lessees of Volkswagen "clean diesel" vehicles can proceed with their lawsuit even though the customers got rid of their diesel vehicles before anyone knew the emissions systems were illegal.
Volkswagen, as you might image, is less than impressed with this decision.
keep reading article "Judge's Decision May Open to the Door to New Diesel-Scandal Claims"
Volkswagen says the case is nothing more than trial attorneys trying to suck more money out of the automaker that has already paid more than $25 billion for its emissions sins.
Like many diesel vehicle owners, Allen and Jennifer Pickard chose to keep their two Passats as part of Volkswagen's $10-billion diesel emissions settlement.
The agreement came with compensation contingent upon the exhaust system being modified to meet EPA standards. And sure, every owner knew that likely meant a knock to engine performance or fuel economy. But I doubt anyone expected this...
According to court documents, both Passats have been in the custody of an authorized Volkswagen mechanic for months because the emissions repairs caused both cars to not start.
The plaintiffs claim numerous attempts made by VW technicians have failed to fix the no-start problems, so the owners tried to trade in one of the Passats. The lawsuit alleges they were told a trade wasn't possible because the car was worth $0 since it couldn't be started.
Needless to say the couple is … let’s call it, “unimpressed” with VW’s “fix” and has filed a lawsuit against the automaker.keep reading article "Lawsuit Says the VW Emissions “Fix” Has Disabled the Car Entirely "
Owners and lessees of certain 2008-2014 VW and Audi vehicles may soon be eligible to receive benefits for their engine’s defective timing chain.
On November 19, 2018 a judge will rule on a proposed settlement that would either reimburse owners for previous repairs or fund future work on the timing chain tensioner system.
This decision has been a long time coming. Even snails are embarrassed by how slowly this case has crept along.
- May 2016 VW was first sued for failing to help pay for repairs on their defective timing chain tensioner system.
- August 2016 Another lawsuit popped up after 24 plaintiffs in 17 states complained about their timing chain “jumping a tooth.”
- May 2017 VW filed a motion to dismiss the cases after they were combined in court. They were denied.
- May 2018 VW reluctantly agreed to settle the class-action lawsuits in one combined action.
It appears Volkswagen is close to settling 7 lawsuits regarding defective timing chains and the threat of engine damage.
The proposed settlement includes all consumers who purchased or leased certain 2008-2014 Audi and Volkswagen vehicles that will be determined by the vehicle identification numbers (VINs).
According to the terms, reimbursement amounts will be determined based on the age of the vehicle, how many miles are on the odometer and if the timing chain tensioner, timing chain or engine was replaced."
Reimbursement amounts are highly favoriable to owners who get work done at an authorized VW dealership. Our advice – if something goes wrong with your timing chain or tensioner and you're covered under this settlement, skip your local mechanic and go to an authorized dealer.keep reading article "VW Owners to Receive Reimbursements for Busted Timing Chains and Tensioners"
A new group of diesel owners are seeking “clean diesel” compensation from Volkswagen.
Volkswagen told the judge those former owners and lessees are attempting to pry money out of the automaker's pockets even though the former owners didn't lose anything. When they sold or traded their diesel vehicles, or ended the lease agreements, the transactions occurred before the emissions scandal was known.
The lawsuit boils down to economic harm. VW says the cars were sold at a value determined before anyone knew they spewed 40x the legal limit of NOx emissions, so dieselgate had no affect. The owners say they paid a premium for an eco-friendly car and should be compensated accordingly.
Now a judge will decide if this case is a money grab.keep reading article "VW Says New Lawsuit Represents Group Unaffected by the “Clean Diesel” Scandal"
Despite VW's best efforts, a timing chain lawsuit will continue in a New Jersey court after the judge denied the automaker's motion to dismiss
You know that stack of papers they have you sign when you buy a car? Volkswagen's argument for dismissing the case was a hidden clause that says all problems must be taken into arbitration and not in front of jury. Which, let's be honest, is a shady thing to throw into a purchase contract. Luckily the judge ruled those agreements are between the consumer and the dealership, not the automaker.
While a few of the lawsuit claims were thrown own, this is overall good news for consumers who have dealt with (or are worried about) timing chain failure.keep reading article "NJ Timing Chain Lawsuit Will Continue After VW Was Denied a Motion to Dismiss"
A judge has denied Volkswagen's motion to dismiss a regenerative braking lawsuit for Jetta Hybrid owners.
Turns out VW can't stop their cars or litigation – zing!
"Plaintiff Peter Bryan Burra filed the Jetta Hybrid lawsuit alleging the “regenerative braking system” in his 2013 Jetta is defective and doesn't predict how much time or distance he will need to make a safe stop."
According to Mr. Burra, the hybrid's unpredictable stopping distances have led to two accidents. That's something others owners have complained about too.
VW says "the plaintiff agreed to enter arbitration according to the sales contract concerning a dispute about the Jetta Hybrid" and that the case shouldn't be heard in front of a jury. The judge, however, disagreed and will allow the case to move forward.keep reading article "Jetta Hybrid Regenerative Braking Lawsuit Continues"
Owners of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles have filed a lawsuit claiming there's a defect in the timing chain tensioner system that allows the chain to "jump a tooth" in the camshaft.
Once that happens, the engine could be destroyed. Want to repair it? You'll destroy your bank account too.
The lawsuit focuses on 2008-2013 Audi and VW models equipped with 2-liter TSI or 2-liter TFSI EA888 engines. The plaintiffs say the problems happen well before 120,000 miles (the recommended time to repair them) and can cost upwards of $11,000 to fix.
"The plaintiffs claim Audi and VW not only refused to acknowledge the alleged timing chain problems, but also refused to compensate certain owners for engine repairs. The lawsuit also alleges Audi and Volkswagen didn't offer loaner or replacement vehicles even though the vehicles were useless to owners."
This isn't the first lawsuit to accuse VW of concealing timing chain defects.keep reading article "Lawsuit Says Engines Fail After the Timing Chains 'Jump a Tooth' in the Camshaft"
As part of a historic $15 billion settlement, Volkswagen will be offering substantial compensation to diesel owners emissions scandal.
In addition to those payments, owners will also have the option to offload their cars as part of a buy back program.…keep reading article "TDI Cash Compensation and Buy Back Options"
A lawsuit filed in New Jersey says Volkswagen's timing chain tensioner has serious defects and can lead to premature engine failure.
According to the plaintiff, in VW's warranty and maintenance schedules the tensioning system is expected to last 120,000 miles without the need for maintenance.
"The VW and Audi A3 vehicles are equipped with EA888 2.0L TSI engines with engine codes CCTA or CBFA. The remaining Audi vehicles are equipped with EA888 2.0L TFSI engines designated with engine codes CAEB, CAEA, or CDNC. The plaintiff says all the engines with these five codes are versions of the EA888 engine and all use the same timing chain tensioning system."
When the tensioning system fails, the results can be catastrophic and lead to out-of-pocket expenses that will make your bank account cry.
This is a big lawsuit, covering many VW and Audi models from the 2008 model year on.keep reading article "VW Timing Chain Tensioner Lawsuit Says Defects Cause Engine Failure"
Want to sue Volkswagen for cheating on emissions? Get in line.
At least 70 Volkswagen lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. alone, with the latest VW emissions lawsuit coming from … Harris County, Texas, alleging VW vehicles have harmed residents to the tune of $100 million.
Employees are being suspended and the board of directors held a seven hour discussion on investigating the issue. The automaker is coming apart at the seams.keep reading article "The VW Emissions Lawsuits Keep Rolling In"
Volkswagen desperately wanted to be the largest automaker in the world, and they did it.
But in the process they deceived customers into paying a premium for “clean diesel” vehicles, intentionally committees fraud by skirting emissions regulations, and negligently poisoned the planet by producing NOx levels up to 40x higher than what was allowed.
“Saying Canada depends heavily on what the EPA does in the U.S., every VW car in the U.S. had to pass emissions testing to receive a "certificate of conformity," something Canadian authorities watched for in allowing cars to be sold in that country. The diesel cars did receive certificates to be sold, but only because VW was cheating the system by using defeat devices.”
Hope it was worth it.keep reading article "Oh, Canada! VW Owners North of the Border Sue the Automaker for $1 Billion"
Lawyers, Start Your Lawsuits.
A VW diesel emissions lawsuit has been filed in California. Girard Gibbs LLP has filed a class-action lawsuit against VW in California, for deceiving customers into buying vehicles marketed as “clean diesel.”
"Volkswagen promised consumers a car with power, high fuel economy, and low emissions—if they paid a few thousand dollars more for a Volkswagen “clean” diesel vehicle." - Attorney Andre M. Mura, Girard Gibbs LLP
The vehicles named in the lawsuit are the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta (including the Jetta Sportswagen); 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf (including the Golf Sportswagen); 2010-2015 Audi A3; 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetle (including the Beetle Convertible) and the 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat.keep reading article "The First Class-Action Filed Against VW for It’s Not-So-Clean-Diesels"