Do You Think Your Porsche is a Lemon?
When you’ve looked forward to the joy of driving your brand new Porsche, it’s extremely frustrating to have to return it to the dealer or put it in the shop. And all the more so if you find yourself going through this experience multiple times because your new pride and joy turns out to be a “lemon” – that’s to say a vehicle which suffers repeated problems as a result of defective manufacture.
No brand of car is immune to this problem, and all new vehicle owners in California enjoy the same protection under the state’s so-called “lemon law” (California Civ. Code, § 1793.22).
But this is a complex subject, and manufacturers always fight hard to avoid paying compensation, so if you think your Porsche may be covered by these protections, please contact our California Lemon Law Attorneys right away for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our experienced consumer rights attorneys specialize in lemon law claims, and we will work tirelessly to get you a fair settlement.
Current and Recent Porsche Models
The current Porsche production models which may be covered by the California Lemon Law include the following:
- 718 - Cayman, Boxster, GTS
- 911 - Carrera, Targa, GT, Turbo
- Cayenne - GTS, E-Hybrid, Turbo
- Panamera - 4, E-Hybrid, Turbo
- Macan - GTS, Turbo
Some Common Problems With New Porsches
While Porsche is not one of the brands most frequently cited for the production of lemon vehicles, there are nevertheless some known recurring problems with its new cars. These include:
- Unusual noise from engine, suspension or axles
911, Cayenne, Cayman, Panamera
- Check engine or other dash lights continually illuminated
911, 718 Boxster, Cayenne, Panamera
- Fluid leaks, including fuel, water and transmission
911, 718 Boxster, Cayman
- Electrical problems with heat and air conditioning
911, Cayenne, Panamera
Your Rights Under the California Lemon Law
The California Lemon Law applies for the duration of the manufacturer’s warranty, and requires that a manufacturer must replace or repurchase a vehicle which they have been unable to repair satisfactorily after a “reasonable number” of attempts. The term “reasonable number” is not strictly defined, but under the so-called “Lemon Law Presumption of the 1970 Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act a vehicle may be presumed to be a lemon if the manufacturer has made at least four attempts to remedy a particular problem, or has made two or more attempts to fix a problem which makes the vehicle unsafe to drive. Your vehicle may also be deemed to be a lemon if its faults make it unavailable for use for a total of least 30 days, which need not be consecutive, or if they substantially reduce its value, usability or safety.
Buyers of used cars are also protected for the remaining duration of an original manufacturer’s warranty which is still in force at the time of purchase. The lemon law therefore has a potentially very wide application, but you should note that for any of these criteria to apply, they must be met within 18 months of your taking delivery of the vehicle, or the completion of your first 18,000 miles if that happens sooner.
Our California Lemon Law Attorneys Can Help with Your Porsche Lemon
It’s very important that you take qualified advice right away if you find yourself having recurring problems with your new Porsche. If the manufacturer can’t or won’t fix these problems, the lemon law may entitle you to a replacement car or cash compensation, but you will probably need help to press your claim successfully. At California Lemon Law Attorneys, our highly experienced team is dedicated to getting the best possible settlements for all our clients, and we have recovered millions of dollars for vehicle owners statewide.