Luxury means better in every way, right? Well, that isn’t always the case for high-end vehicles. While they should feature the finest materials and offer a superior driving experience, they happen to run into the most mechanical problems out of every other class of vehicle.
It sounds unbelievable, right? As it turns out, luxury car owners are most likely to hire a lawyer for Lemon Law claims. While these luxury brands do produce amazing cars, each owns a lemon of their own in their history. Here are some of the top examples.
An absolute favorite among car enthusiasts for their unique design and powerful engines, Lamborghinis have come under fire in plenty of lemon law cases. One owner started a claim and won $240,000 in 2011 due to a defective Gallardo Spyder with braking issues.
The company also has an alarming number of recalls. The most recent featured software issues in the engine. Aventador S Coupe and D Roadmaster models made between 2017 and 2019 were pulled in for repairs. Coupes and Roadsters of the same model made between 2012 and 2017 were also recalled for a fire risk.
BMW has a better track record for producing non-defective vehicles, but their massive recall for the 5- and 6-series models from 2003 to 2010 certainly places them on the list. The issue was their battery cable’s covers, which would overheat and cause fires.
Of course, you can’t forget the 357,000 car recall for their airbag deployment issue. This impacted the 3-Series, 1-Series, X1, X3, X5, and X6 models. In BMW’s defense, Takata was to blame for the airbags. Some owners have received up to $170,000 for breached warranties, though.
Bentley, maker of six-figure cars, also earns a place on this list for thousands of consumer complaints and a heft handful of recalls. Most of these issues have to do with mechanical faults, which earned them the title of “least reliable automaker” in the UK.
Receiving compensation from Bentley, however, is another beast entirely. Consumers find themselves in court battle after court battle as they contend with faulty air bags and service light issues. One driver sued the company after his car was recalled for repairs eleven times in only two years.
This manufacturer has the least amount of lemons recorded, but that doesn’t mean they’re recall and court case-free. They once gave the largest payout for a lemon law case for an E320, costing them $480,000 in damages as well as legal fees in addition to the car.
Their recall list is slightly long, as well. Safety hazards and manufacturer defects are the most common problems. The B, C, CLS, S, and GLK Class models have all been recalled numerous times despite their popularity.
Luxury Isn’t Always Better
No one is perfect, but luxury cars do tend to have more mechanical issues than other classes of vehicle. The main issue is the price point. When paying an arm and a leg, people expect nothing short of the highest quality. Thankfully, the right lawyer can get you the compensation you need.