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$1.7 Million Lemon

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by fermentor666, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15

    World's most expensive lemon?

    Dealership says $1.7 million car won't run and maker Mercedes-Benz won't fix it.

    June 16, 2006; Posted: 11:29 a.m. EDT (1529 GMT)

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The owner of a Los Angeles car dealership is suing Mercedes-Benz, its parent company DaimlerChrysler and other affiliates, alleging that a $1.7 million car purchased in 2004 wouldn't run for more than 10 blocks without problems.
    The car, a Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK-GTR Limited Edition Roadster, was supposed to be one of only five made. In the lawsuit, the owner of exotic car dealership Grand Prix Motors also alleges that six were actually made, reducing the value of his car.
    A two-door sports car, the CLK-GTR has a carbon fiber body and a 6.9-liter 12-cylinder engine enabling it to go from zero to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 198.4 mph. According to the dealership's Web site, the car's intended retail selling price was $2.5 million.
    The car is believed to be the only one of its kind in the U.S., said plaintiff Mark Johnston. It is intended to be a street car but, because of differences in safety and emissions rules between the U.S. and Europe, it cannot legally be driven on public roads here.
    "Unfortunately, the car turned out to be 'exotic' in the worst possible way," dealership owner Johnston said. "When we took it off the lot in 2004 for its first customer test drive, [dealership co-owner Ernest Johnston] drove the car all of 10 blocks with a prospective buyer when the oil light came on. We've been trying to get it fixed ever since, but the Mercedes folks have refused to stand behind the car as promised in our contract."
    Additionally, according to Johnston, the car's transmission failed to shift properly, the hydraulic jack system failed and the car's windows came unglued. Mercedes ultimately determined that the car suffered from an oil pressure-related engine failure, the plaintiffs allege, but refused to make any repairs.
    "It's unfortunate the defendants have forced us to bring a lawsuit in order to have our contract honored," said Johnston. "We obviously cannot sell the car in its current condition, which right now represents nearly $2 million of scrap metal."
    Mercedes-Benz USA spokeswoman Donna Boland said she could not comment on the lawsuit since the car was purchased directly from Germany and not through Mercedes' U.S. arm. Mercedes-Benz USA is named as a defendant in the suit.
    Mercedes-Benz officials in Germany could not immediately be reached for comment.
    The suit seeks a full refund of the car's purchase price as well as legal fees and other expenses.


    $1.7 Million? Someone get more pictures.
  2. Spitfire15

    Spitfire15 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2006 Messages: 10,640 Likes Received: 585
    i dont see the lemon mentioned anywhere in here.
  3. upup&away

    upup&away Member

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  4. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

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  5. modifly

    modifly Banned

    Joined: Apr 9, 2006 Messages: 254 Likes Received: 0
    what a coincidence. my 1.7 million mercedes is plagued with problems too.
  6. makeithappennn

    makeithappennn Elite Member

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  7. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    hahaha, hopefully they won't be able to get their money back.
  8. that car is sick nasty. too bad its suffering from stardom
  9. defyoner

    defyoner Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 20, 2000 Messages: 4,873 Likes Received: 3
    for that price tag id rather have a buggati veyron.
  10. 1/4FareMetrocard

    1/4FareMetrocard 12oz Loyalist

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  11. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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  12. madsencarl

    madsencarl Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 3, 2006 Messages: 2,059 Likes Received: 62
    why would you want 12 lemons?
  13. Issac Brock

    Issac Brock Elite Member

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  14. Avancier2

    Avancier2 Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2006 Messages: 1,696 Likes Received: 33
    Where and when the fuck would you drive that anyway? Carbon fiber is strong, but if you get into an accident you're fucked. The shit will tear instead of break into pieces, and not many facilities could be able to repair it.
  15. La Niser

    La Niser Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 7, 2006 Messages: 100 Likes Received: 0
    That's the magic of cars made of fruit.