Three Recalls Announced for Bugatti Veyron: What Went Wrong?

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 18, 2016

Automotive engineers have studied and have undergone rigorous training to be able to create the perfect motor vehicle - and this includes making the most precise mechanical and natural systems. Knowing that people do make mistakes, it is the automotive engineer's task to think ahead for possible problems that may arise in the future.

They have to put themselves in someone else's shoes, someone who doesn't speak automotive jargon, and be able to make solutions that are as easy as one, two, three. Being an automotive engineer is a tough job and there will always be some glitch in the system where things just don't go the way it's supposed to.

Even those who have built the most technologically advanced cars have to go through trial and error to spot problems. Lucky for those whose technical problems have arisen prior to distribution but there are just unlucky few that have had to be recalled. One of those unlucky few is the Bugatti Veyron.

Three Veyron generations have already been distributed but unfortunately, there have been a few issues with these roadsters that had to be addressed immediately. First is the fuel gauge problem that has affected 72 Veyrons ranging from the 2006 to 2010 models and the 2010 to 2011 Grand Sports models.

Instead of warning the driver of a low fuel (or often times empty one), the gauge will still show that there is still enough fuel to power the 8.0-liter W16 engine. How frustrating could that be if you were stuck in the middle of nowhere with your Veyron unable to move and you not being able to pinpoint the problem because the scumbag needle on your gauge is not doing its job. Go home gauge needle, you're drunk!

Another problem is with the positive battery cable as well as its connection to the alternator which has caused trouble to thirteen 2006 to 2008 Veyrons. With 10 radiators in your roadster, a metal on the terminal and the cable easily corrode which can cause some serious problems such as overheating.

Lastly, the aluminium jacking plates on the aluminium monocoque chassis have stirred some problems on 87 Veyron 2006 to 2010, Grand Sports (2010 to 2012) and 2011 to 2013 Super Sports. The problem lies on the possibility that the aluminium jacking plates can detach from the car causing it to fall to the road.

This does not necessarily pose any immediate safety concern for Veyron owners, but a $1.7 million roadster that can easily fall apart under normal driving conditions is just not the best deal of your life.

These issues most likely are less of a concern to Veyron owners but the reputation of the Bugatti is at stake here as well as that of their automotive engineers. But we're hoping that their engineers can finally set things right with the Chiron.

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