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Are High-Performance Cars More Lemon-Prone?

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  November 17, 2016

Automotive technology is improving at a rapid pace. It seems like engineers come up with a new idea that improves the experience of driving from a performance, comfort, or luxury perspective. These changes are necessary to remain competitive in this ludicrous market, and while many of these ideas have made cars better now than they have ever been before, the complexities of a modern vehicle can be a difficult challenge for manufacturers.

Because of the complexities in the cars, manufacturers have needed to create processes almost equally complex to build them. This leaves a lot of room for error, so it is growing increasingly common for cars to have a lot of bugs in their infancy, particularly in early model years. Most often these are nothing more than a simple trip to the dealer to repair to resolve the issue once and for all. But for a select few, a major manufacturing flaw can result in a recurring problem that continues to arise despite repairs.

Modern Examples

Modern high-performance cars tend to be some of the most prone to these issues. The Cadillac CTS-V has just been re-released with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that creates a whopping 640 horsepower. General Motors estimates that the car has a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

However, cars with those kinds of capabilities frequently have issues performing at such high demands frequently due to the strain they place on their engines, drivetrains, and other important systems, which are being made with lighter-weight materials that sometimes sacrifice strength.

Likewise, there are so many luxury features installed on these vehicles that it’s not without reason to expect something to malfunction not long into the car’s life. Other comparable vehicles to the Cadillac, including the Audi RS7, the BMW M5, and the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S, all have similar risks, and incidentally, similar reliability ratings.

One major standout in this regard has been the wild-card of the class: the Tesla Model S. The recent “Ludicrous Mode” update has given the car the ability to hit 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds, and do so with zero carbon emissions to boot.

However, Tesla has recently come under fire due to a suspension system that failed on drivers more than 30 times between October 2015 and June 2016, and still continues to do so today. This failure made the vehicle almost impossible to steer, and definitely impossible to drive. There has not yet been a recall issued, but the NHTSA continues to monitor the case extremely closely, and may consider legal action if a remedy is not introduced soon.

If you are struggling with a vehicle that is constantly in-and-out of the shop for seemingly the same repair, then you very likely could have a lemon. At Norman Taylor & Associates, our California lemon law attorneys have dedicated themselves to helping those who have been impacted by defective and burdensome vehicles. We have been lauded for our legal acumen, including receiving recognition from Super Lawyers, the State Bar of California, and we even have an Excellent rating from Avvo. We have recovered more than $120 million for our clients since 1987, and may be able to help you too.

Do you think you have a lemon? Call Norman Taylor & Associates today at (818) 244-3905 to receive a case evaluation, completely free of charge!

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