Porsche class action settlementPorsche Cars North America Inc. has agreed to pay up to $45 million to reimburse Porsche Cayenne owners for coolant pipe repairs as part of a class action settlement agreement filed with the court last week.

The Porsche Cayenne settlement will resolve a nearly two-year long legal battle over claims that Porsche knowingly installed faulty plastic cooling tubes in its model year 2003 to 2006 Cayenne vehicles that prematurely degrade and fracture, causing damage to the engine. Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit claimed that instead of replacing the defective plastic coolant tubes, Porsche instead offered an “update kit” that contained aluminum coolant pipes that cost owners between $1,500 and $3,600 per vehicle.

A total of eight consumer class action lawsuits were filed by Porsche Cayenne owners starting in January 2011. The cases were consolidated into an MDL called In re: Porsche Cars North America Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Products Liability Litigation.

Porsche denies any wrongdoing in agreeing to the class action lawsuit settlement, saying it only agreed to settle “after nearly two years of hard-fought litigation,” adding that “ongoing litigation would involve expensive and prolonged discovery, much of which would require travel to Germany [where Porsche is based] and translating documents from German to English.”

The car company continues to maintain that the allegations raised in the class action lawsuit don’t have merit because the plaintiffs only experienced problems with their vehicles after the warranties expired.

The proposed Porsche Cayenne class action settlement will cover 42,000 current and former U.S. owners of a 2003 to 2006 Porsche Cayenne vehicle with a V8 engine made between January 28, 2002 and December 5, 2006. Class Members will receive between $100 and $1,800 for past and future coolant pipe repairs as part of a claims filing process. The payment amount will be based on whether they are claiming a past or future repair payment, as well as a percentage of the invoice price paid based on the mileage at the time of repair or replacement.

Plaintiffs in the Porsche Cayenne class action settlement asked the court to conditionally certify the Class for settlement purposes, in addition to approving the proposed settlement.

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The Porsche Cayenne Cooling Tube Class Action Lawsuit Settlement case is In re: Porsche Cars North America Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 2:11-md-02233, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of the Southern District of Ohio.

UPDATE: Details on how to file a claim for the Porsche Cayenne cooling tube settlement are available here.

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22 Comments

  • Jerry July 30, 2013

    Quality pipes… can’t use plastic and expect it to work on high performance vehicles like that.

  • Jerry July 30, 2013

    Quality pipes… can’t use plastic and expect it to work on high performance vehicles like that.

  • quantico July 31, 2013

    Is my boxster covered?

  • Jerry Willard August 5, 2013

    I had to have the coolant pipes replaced on my 2006 Porsche Cayenne last year lat a cost of over $2500! Would like to join the Cayenne lawsuit.

  • Mark August 8, 2013

    I had mine replaced as a precautionary maintenance on the car.. was done about 1.5 yrs ago and dealer charged about $3000+ i still have the invoice hoping that this recall happens.. i did signed up on a certain database collecting info from users on this issue a couple of years back..

  • Richard Owen September 9, 2013

    How do I recover the loss? I spent $2500 in May to have my 2004 Cayenne repaired at a Porsche dealer

  • Greg September 17, 2013

    When will notices to us be sent? Im anxious to recover the money I expended years ago on my cayenne due to pipe failure

  • glenn bainbridge September 23, 2013

    Had repair July 2013. How do I get reimbursed for repair.

  • Ivan September 23, 2013

    100 to 1,800? Is this a joke? They should pay for the whole damn thing including the cost to repair my starter! These vehicles were thoroughly tested before bringing them to market and they knew that these pipes failed. Shame on Porsche for not honoring more than 1,800 dollars! 05 CTT pipes blown at 70k miles. cost 3k to repair with the starter. Contact the nearest company to you that involved with this lawsuit and they will help you when the time comes to submit your claim. Google is your friend.

  • Doug September 25, 2013

    I’m in the process of having mine fixed. It has been leaking for a year, but not horribly, although my starter is now making noise and will need replacement. My dealer quoted my 2900 dollars to do the repairs. I’d sell the piece of crap, but who in their right mind would buy one?

    The Cayenne was definitely my third and last Porsche. I’m sick of Porsche putting products out there that have to be customer tested and upgraded.

    I also had the infamous IMS failure on a Boxster.

    The right move from Porsche would be to recall all the vehicles affected and fix it on their dime and reimburse people who have had to do the repair.

  • JOSNER RIVADENEIRA September 28, 2013

    I recently purchased a 2005 Cayenne Turbo with 63K mi. Being that this is a big ongoing problem I want mine replaced before any troubles arise, I just had the driveshaft replaced for $1,100 and was told about this issue and thats my next problem I will definitely will have to deal with. How do I join this class action lawsuit?

    • robert February 5, 2014

      Hi to all who own this piece of crap Porsche calls a cayenne.Any way if U look on utube and see the repaired it not that much to do my dealer wants $4500 snd they will allow me $400 my is O 2003 with 55000 miles iam trying to cut my lose and get ride it with money pit I need to fix the breaks the peddle get hard to press it still stops but like it use to and the front wiper works with it wants and of course the keyless does the same so I talked to the layers and if we get enough pebble together maybe we can have Porsche do more then they R doing just a tip they hate when U tell them Audi is kicking there ass lol so any one what to talk call me at 718 9793244 I use to own a auto repair shop any half fast mech can do this job I am not sure what I will do mine dod not get yet thx robert ps if u look on line just google porsche coolinf pipes u can get them 4 500 to 600

      • john lorts March 21, 2014

        I own a 2006 S, and I agree. We should join together to have Porsche pay for total replacement of the coolant pipes.
        I am considering small claims court. Has anyone had any luck with small claims court?

  • Samuel Smith October 8, 2013

    2004 Cayenne S, cost to repair $1880, how do I get the money back?

  • Tom Best October 28, 2013

    mine just broke yesterday

  • RJ October 31, 2013

    Mine just went out alst night. I was quoted 3600 AFTER DISCOUNT!

  • LAMOS PAUL February 9, 2014

    About a year and a half ago I bought a Cayenne S 2006. I just found out that coolant pipes have been leaking. In one month I have to put coolant at least twice. I need to know how to get money for repair from this class action already settled. I mean if you knew about the problem very recently or now or in the future will you still get money from the class action settlement?

    Thank you for responding

  • Top Class Actions April 25, 2014

    UPDATE: Details on how to file a claim for the Porsche Cayenne cooling tube settlement are available here: http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/open-lawsuit-settlements/25041-porsche-cayenne-cooling-tube-class-action-settlement/

  • bryan July 15, 2014

    ……mine just blew out yesterday and I was quoted $3000! Does anyone know how to go about getting reimbursed from Porsche? Thanks, Bryan

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