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Porsche Cayenne Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward

By Mike Holter

 

Porsche CayenneA nationwide class action lawsuit regarding the cooling system in Porsche Cayenne vehicles continues to plod its way through court after U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost applied the law of 11 states to the consolidated case. Claims included in the consolidated Porsche Cayenne class action lawsuit now include consumer statutes, warranty claims, unjust enrichment and various tort claims.

Consumers in the 2011 Porsche Cayenne class action lawsuit allege they purchased a Cayenne that came equipped with defective plastic coolant tubes that cracked, leaked or otherwise failed after the four-year warranty period, causing engine coolant to leak into the engine, potentially leading to significant engine damage. The class action lawsuit alleges Porsche knew of the defects and that using the plastic material for the coolant tubes “virtually guarantees” they would prematurely fracture.

Plaintiffs in the Porsche Cayenne class action lawsuit allege that when they attempted repairs, Porsche did not offer replacement plastic tubes, but instead offered an “OEM update kit” that contained aluminum coolant pipes that cost between $1,500 and $3,600 per vehicle.

The Plaintiffs argue that the Cayenne’s coolant system was inherently defective and that the use of plastic coolant tubes “implicates serious safety concerns.”

Class Members of the Porsche Cayenne class action lawsuit include any one who owns or purchased a 2003-2008 Porsche Cayenne model with plastic coolant pipes. Judge Frost has not yet certified the class. Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit are asking the court to force Porsche to recall all Cayennes with plastic coolant tubes and fix the problem by replacing them with aluminum tubes (or a stronger alternative). They are also seeking money damages to compensate the proposed Class.

The case is In re: Porsche Cars North America, Inc., 2012WL2953651, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

 

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Updated August 21st, 2012

 

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23 Comments

  • Anonymous October 2, 2012

    I had to get the car towed, tubes replaced, the coolant killed the starter and ate the rubber bushing on the tranny causing tranny fluid leak and another costly repair.. Porsche should have immediately recalled the tubes the first replacement and new metal tubes were made.. are we to believe they are such brilliant car designers yet too dumb to know that heat kills plastic?!? Especially with the Turbos.. The whole car is plagued by bad plastic in the drive train.. plastic and drive trains don’t mix.. intakes, fine.. the coolant tubes, the vacuum lines and the shift linkage all have gone.. Porsche, do the right thing.. make your customers whole.

  • Anonymous October 9, 2012

    I’m the owner of a 2004 porsche cayenne turbo. while the car was still under warranty i started to smell coolant while the car reaches operating temperature. T took it to the Porsche dealer and i was told that it’s nothing, meanwhile i tried to convinced them that I occasionally had to add additional coolant . they finally decided to check it and found that I had to pay $3,800 to have it repair. i was very unhappy. i felt like they ripped me off. Two years after had it out with them, after spending close to $10,000 in maintenance cost, even before the can was out of warranty, i took took it to another porsche dealer, about 24 miles away, they told me that i have to change the cooling pipes before the engine breaks, I informed them that it as recently done just two years prior to. they told me there is a leak coming from the same area. any how, because the pipes was replaced i thought i might have been residue left over from before, so i continued to drive my car. again, occasionally I often time added more coolant. after some time, the starter started going bad. i decided to take action and replace it. after the car was disassembled to repair the starter, it was found that the one of the clamp that holds the coolant pipe was not tighten enough and as a result the coolant leaked out into the starter over a period of time and destroyed it. i recently had the starter repair and the coolant pipes redone. this was a hugh cost to me.

  • Anonymous October 26, 2012

    My pipes burst on the highway when i hit 70k miles and had to get the car towed and paid 2500 dollars which inlcluded the rental car i needed. this is complete crap and porsche should be held liable for these damages. They KNEW this would happen how convenient they sell an upgrade to metal…

  • Anonymous November 14, 2012

    This happened to me as well at ~80K miles on my Cayenne S : $3,000+ fix to replace coolant lines with metal lines (original plastic lines melted in heated engine area – not rocket science) and now car experiencing other problems – back in shop. Porsche should make its loyal customers whole on this one. Sincerely, upset Cayenne owner in California.

  • Anonymous November 26, 2012

    I had the exact same experience as Eric above… 2004 CTT, mine was out of warranty, pipes, starter, transmission bushing all when in short order… each time costing a bundle $10K or so.. They were well aware of this problem.. they need to do the right thing for their customers like those damn ignition coils that keep cracking..

  • Mike Platt February 11, 2013

    Two years ago I had to replace the pipes after they failed just a few months out of warranty. Now, two years later another pipe failed against the firewall and requires the same amount of labor to replace. I am doing it myself, twice. Its painfull and a bit bloody to get in there. Poor design and paying the dealer $2500 each visit would have been absurd. The vehicle is great, but when the factory makes a significant change to design because of so many failures, it should be covered.

  • Kelvin March 4, 2013

    I was doing 75mph and severe smoke starting comming out from the engine like crazy…. Same issue( Coolant Pipes blow up… costly repair.!

  • Chester March 15, 2013

    I own a 06 Porsche Cayenne S with 83k on it. I drove from Maryland to Cincinnati, Ohio when my coolant system burst. I had to pay $2500 to replace and repair the coolant kit. I then rented a vehicle from Avis, kept my truck in Ohio and drove back to Maryland. Now I have to drive back to Ohio to return the rental and pick up my truck. I’ve always praised German engineering, but this is completely uncharacteristic. Please take care of your customers.

  • Yemi March 25, 2013

    Just yesterday my 04 cayenne experienced the same problem, got it towed to my office and thinking what to do with it. The service manager mentioned this issue to me a while back, then I thought how can a reputable company allow this to go on without recalling and fixing all the vehicles involved.

  • Ronald April 16, 2013

    Does the repair have to be done at a Porsche dealership in order to receive any proposed relief?

  • Jim D. May 21, 2013

    Just happened to me. My 2004 Cayene S started needing extra coolant (1/3 gallon) then in a few days it needed 3 gallons. No signs of leakage and no steam and was worried it was a blown head gasket but not loss of power. Very strange. I took it in and sure enough its was the tube. Angry to find out some product manager for this expensive engine used PLASTIC and not aluminum! I had just taken my mom for medical treatment on a 2.5 hr drive which would have been a disaster had we broken down and missed it. There is just no excuse for this kind of shoddy parts engineering. Then to charge $750 for the upgrade kit that is nothing but cheap aluminum pipes, o-rings and gaskets is just total greed. Porsche should defend their reputation and do the right thing. Recall these cars and eat the cost before you get someone killed on the interstate when this fails suddenly with no warning.

  • Bill R. June 6, 2013

    Just had the same issue on my 06 S. I got the low coolant warning and no smoke, steam, etc but all the coolant ran out. They told me that not only to replace the pipes, but the starter as well as coolant spilled all over the starter houisng and there will be corrosion and oit is only a matter of time before that fails. The replacement of the starter requires you to take off the coolant pipes once again and my dealer told me it was 13 hours of labor!! Cost – $3200!!!

  • Danielle June 10, 2013

    05 Cayenne Turbo happened at 73k miles 1 month ago total repair 3k. Everyone I speak to with these v8′s ALL experience this issue so why has this not been a class action lawsuit yet? Porsche did not do the right thing here… They should have taken care of their customers who purchased these expensive vehicles.

  • Andrew Rikarts July 22, 2013

    What is the current status??? Nothing since last year November?

  • Justin Parkerson July 22, 2013

    I see the Porsche Boxster is getting a class action lawsuit but when will the Cayenne 955 b8 and TT get theirs! Come on every one of these coolant pipes blows! We need some action. I want my 3 grand back… warranty did not cover this and they knew this would happen, and they sell the part that should have been put on in the first place. This does not pass the smell test at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chuck santos August 15, 2013

    Updates? I wanna get mine done ASAP!

  • KING SHOAIB ALI August 27, 2013

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  • Stan Brooks September 26, 2013

    Please advise of status on 2008 cayenne turbo, dealer plays dumb!

    Stan B

  • Edmond October 15, 2013

    I brought a 2004 Porsche Cayenne S, with no knowledge about the plastic coolant pipes in this vehicle. Now I am so worry about driving everyday like carrying a time bomb with me.
    I want to get them replaced ASAP.

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  • Lery November 11, 2013

    I just had my plastic cheap pipes gone about a week ago. I have spent over 500 on towing alone and have not replaced the pipes yet. By reading all the threads here I attest that at the dealer do not have anything recalled yet as today Nov 9 2013. So myself being a mechanic will do the repair which is not going to be fun either. Hopefully this legal action goes through soon. Thanks every one for all the detailed information given here. It gives me a really good idea of what to do with the repair I am about to do now.

  • Josue from Dallas November 22, 2013

    2006 Cayenne S Titanium Edition 86k miles. This problem occurred over a month ago. Dealer said they’d fix it, they just didnt say how long it would take them. They say they have to order the parts from porsche. This means Porche will now give them aluminum pipes, right?? First month with this vehicle and of course it had to happen, just glad it happened now and not in the future. Wouldn’t want to pay for parts myself. Still waiting to get my vehicle back btw.

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