BMW is a world renowned German automaker that prides itself on building, “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. Their dually luxurious and high performance vehicles are designed to bring joy and excitement to their owners. However, this is not always the case and sometimes owners will find that their BMW’s are riddled with mechanical issues and defects. When this occurs, it’s important to properly evaluate your options with experienced Lemon Law Experts who can advise you on your best course of action.
What is a “Lemon Vehicle”?
A lemon vehicle is one that is under warranty and has defects that the manufacturer is unwilling or unable to fix. While each state has its own set of lemon laws, generally lemon law states that if your vehicle has a substantial impairment to its safety, use, or value, and BMW cannot repair it in a reasonable number of repair attempts then you might be driving a BMW lemon. When you purchase or lease a BMW, the manufacturer or its representative is responsible for upholding any express warranties it made. If you wind up with a lemon and the manufacturer won’t repurchase, replace or compensate you, you will want to speak to a Lemon Law attorney about your legal options. For a consultation with a law firm that specializes in California Lemon Law cases, contact the Lemon Law Experts today!
Common Issues with BMW Lemons
At Lemon Law Experts, we handle all types of Lemon Law cases, including those regarding BMW owners whose vehicles fall short of the manufacturer’s promises. Numerous models of BMWs have been reported as lemons, including the 335i, 135i, 535i, and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes; Z4 roadsters; X5s and X6s; 5 – 7 Series; and 1 Series coupes and convertibles. Not only is it upsetting to spend thousands of dollars on a car that doesn’t perform correctly, but certain defects also can be quite dangerous. Below are some of the issues BMW lemons commonly have. Remember, even if your vehicle’s specific issue isn’t listed below you might still have a lemon on your hands!
- Rear brake disc problems
- Errors with the fuel level sensors
- Fuel pump malfunctions
- Leaking with the power braking system
- Insufficient clearance between seatbelt tensioners
- Engine failure
- Heat/Air Conditioning
- Seatbelt Issues
- Airbag recall
- Stalled while driving
- Water leaks
- Engine overheat warning
- Steering drifts
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Can you sue if you bought a BMW lemon?
Have you taken your BMW for repair on multiple occasions? Are the problems still not fixed? If you answered yes to these questions, there is a good chance you can take legal action against the manufacturer to recover your losses. In order to be certain that you qualify, you’ll want to speak directly to a Lemon Law attorney that will be knowledgeable with your state’s guidelines.
For instance, in California, you can only file a BMW Lemon Law suit if the following is true:
- Your car is still under the manufacturer’s warranty. The defect or component that is malfunctioning is one that’s covered under the warranty.
- You purchased the car less than 18 months ago or the odometer reads less than 18,000 miles (whichever occurs first).
- You’ve notified the manufacturer in writing about the need for repair. (Save a copy of all correspondence).
- You’ve taken your car to repair the issue four or more times (two or more times if the issue is one that can lead to injury or death) or if your car has been out of service because of disrepair for at least 30 days.
If your car meets the specifications, you can recover the cost of the vehicle, the cost of any repairs you’ve paid for, the sales tax on the car, licensing and registration fees, and your attorney fees. If you have a BMW lemon, you’ll want to move forward quickly with pursuing your case so as not to overstep the time limits and to get out of your bum car lease or loan A.S.A.P.