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VW, Audi Defective Engine Class Action Lawsuit

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Santa Clara, CA: Volkwagen and Audi are facing a proposed defective automotive class action lawsuit alleging the automotive manufacturers were aware of an engine defect in certain models, which they concealed and which resulted in thousands of dollars in damages to vehicles owners.

Filed in federal court, the proposed suit states that VW and Audi concealed a defect with the timing chain in certain vehicles built between 2008 and 2013. According to the complaint, the timing chain system is meant to operate normally for at least 120,000 miles, however, the alleged defect caused the timing chain to fail at any time prior to that, causing the vehicles to lose engine power and the ability to accelerate, maintain speed, control steering or fully engage the brakes, putting them at risk of rear-end crashes.

The complaint states that repairing the defect costs $1,200 at a minimum, but can reach $10,000 and involve replacing the entire engine.

The four named plaintiffs, Lloyd Artola, Angel Esquijarosa, Demetrie Hylick and Michael Spencer, are seeking to represent anyone who owned or leased certain Volkswagen or Audi vehicles with the allefed defect. They seek to establish two classes of plaintiffs, a nationwide class and a Florida subclass. The vehicles named in the complaint include various models of Volkswagen Beetles, Golfs, Jettas, Passats, Rabbits, Routans, Tiguans and Touaregs, as well as Audi A3s, A4s, A5s, A6s, A7s, Q3s, Q5s and Q7s.

Named plaintiff Artola claims he paid $6,700 to have his 2011 Audi Q5 repaired when the defect caused severe engine damage at 75,000 miles. Audi agreed to waive the cost of the repair after “much effort,” the complaint states.

Esquijarosa experienced similar trouble after the 2010 Volkswagen CC Sport, which he bought in 2013 from his daughter, suffered catastrophic engine failure at 38,000 miles. It cost him about $4,000 to repair. According to the complaint, “after much effort,” Volkswagen agreed to split the cost.

Hylick bought a used 2010 Volkswagen CC. The defect caused severe engine damage when the vehicle reached about 89,000 miles, costing the plaintiff $8,800 to repair. Spencer bought a used 2009 Volkswagen Passat, which failed to start when the vehicle reached 59,300. He spent $3,300 to have it fixed. Volkswagen refused to reimburse him, the complaint states.

The plaintiffs are represented by Peter Prieto, John Gravante, Matthew P. Weinshal and Alissa Del Riego of Podhurst Orseck PA.

The case is Artola et al. v. Aktiengesellschaft et al., case number 1:17-cv-21296, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.



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I have a 2012 Volkswagen JETTA

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Tired of putting my car in the shop i need a new car and my money back. How&when?

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November 2017, 2011 VW cc timing chain slipped at 84k miles. VW dealer said its $8400 to replace the engine. Spent 6k to rebuild it. This is injustice. Please help me.

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I own a 2013 Volkswagen Passat and although the particular problem related to the engine has not occured yet (I only have 27,000 miles on the odometer) but now I am concerned that this problem will eventually present itself and I will have to pay for the repairs.

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My 2012 VW CC sport is sitting in my carport for a month now. Furious VW wanted $6600 to repair my engine. Engine, timing belt, oil leak, cylinder head. Bought it used 2014. From 2014 - 2017 I've put in nearly $5000.00 to repair various items on the vehicle and I would take it regularly for maintenance. How does that happen?

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HOW DO I BECOME PART OF THIS LAW SUIT. THE EXACT PROBLEM HAPPENED TO TO ME. It cost over $8000.00 to repair my GTI. Volkswagon said it was my fault even though I fought and told them there was no way I could cause the damage. Please advise

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I own a 2013 VW Jetta How do I find out if my car is affected by this?

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What displacement engine is the issue about?

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If I paid a private party to replace the timing chain in my 2008 VW Jetta, am I able to file a claim? I went to a garage, am on disability, so could not afford the $1,500> that they told me, still took all my life savings.

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