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  • C7 Z06 Overheating Lawsuit Continues

    Thanks to CorvetteBlogger for continuing to cover this issue, writing up the following Blogg for us to read.

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
    Federal Judge Allows Class-Action Lawsuit Over C7 Z06 Cooling Issues to Move Forward

    By
    Mitch Talley
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    Apr 1, 2019
    Federal Judge Allows Class-Action Lawsuit Over C7 Z06 Cooling Issues to Move Forward
    File Photo: CorvetteImages.com

    C7 Corvette Z06 owners in a class-action lawsuit against GM received good news from a federal judge this week.

    Judge Victoria A. Robert issued an order on March 29 upholding the rights of plaintiffs under various state laws in 16 states.

    The lawsuit claims that GM sold the Corvettes knowing that they had defective cooling systems that can cause them to overheat, especially on the track, causing them to go into limp mode and dramatically slow down, creating a dangerous situation as other cars maintain high speeds around them.

    “We look forward to continuing to represent the classes of consumers in this case and fighting for their rights against General Motors,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman, one of the firms representing the owners in the suit. “We believe those who purchased the affected Corvette Z06 so-called ‘track cars’ were severely shortchanged and GM owes them answers after failing to live up to deliver on the racecar hype it created.”

    The suit affects more than 30,000 such Z06 cars produced during the 2015-17 model years, and besides Hagens Berman, the owners are also represented by law firms Roth Yaffa Cohen, the Miller Law Firm, and Schuler Halvorsen Weisser Zoller Overbeck.

    “Accepting as true Plaintiffs’ allegations, the Court finds that Plaintiffs plausibly allege their cars are not fit for the ordinary purpose of providing safe and reliable transportation on public roads and safe and reliable use on race tracks,” the March 29 order states.

    Judge Robert upheld fraudulent concealment claims, stating, “In fact, accepting as true Plaintiffs’ allegations regarding the frequency in which the Z06 overheats and enters Limp Mode when used on the track, and in light of how rigorously [Corvette’s chief engineer, Tadge] Juechter says GM track-tests the car, it would be implausible to infer that GM was not aware of the car’s alleged defective cooling system as a result of its testing.” The judge also upheld claims that GM had a duty to disclose the defect and likely had knowledge prior to sale.

    The lawsuit seeks monetary damages as well as injunctive relief for GM’s misconduct related to the design, manufacture, marketing, sale and lease of affected vehicles.

    Source:
    Businesswire.com

    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2019...-move-forward/


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  • #2
    I don't track my Z06 so I can't speak to that part. I've had no overheating issues in normal driving.
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    • #3
      Ditto, even in over 100 degree, extreme stop and go driving, my water and oil temp have been just fine.
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      • #4
        My 66 starts to get hot in extended stop and go traffic. Who can I sue?
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        2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

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        • #5
          Well, I suppose one positive outcome from this litigation will likely be that GM has engineered the C8 with a much more substantial engine cooling capability, in order to avoid future lawsuits of this type.
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          • #6
            Already accomplished. The design temp for track use for Corvettes prior to 2019 was 86 degrees F ambient. This included the 2017 and 2018 Z06’s with their cooling upgrades from 2015-2016 Z06’s, e.g., still designed for 86 degrees ambient. They did much better on the track though I heard of some second hand (but never confirmed to my satisfaction) allegations that on the track some were still having issues with a 2017/2018 Z06 with the automatic trans..

            The ZR1’s cooling was designed to handle tracks at 100 degrees ambient. My guess is “lesson learned” and that the C8 has been designed to 100 degrees ambient. Cooling a mid engine, as we all know, is even more challenging than a front engine, so that is the basis for my belief that the C8 has been similarly designed for 100 degrees.
            Last edited by John; 04-02-2019, 08:56 AM.
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            • #7
              I’m with the no overheating crowd. Never have had a problem and it usually runs 192-196 max on the highway. Can hit 208 or so if you get off into city traffic but will pull down to 195 or so.
              There is a madness to my method!

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              • #8
                I can see how pushing it the ZO6 would over heat. At Ron Fellows the Z51 got quite hot but didn’t over heat. For sure I’m watching this, as cooling on a ME is more complicated. Combining cooling and reported electrical issues give me reason to wait for year 2 or 3 before dropping a chunk of cash.

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                • #9
                  Waiting has its advantages, including both further development and the greatly increased chance of pricing discounts the more time goes on. Buying right up front has its advantages too.

                  Nice we each get to choose.
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