Ford settles class action suit over defective Super Duty engines

Article by Anita Panait, on October 27, 2013

Ford Motor Co. has reached an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit over allegations that it sold defective diesel 6-liter V-8 engines in its 2003-07 Super Duty pickups and E-series vans. The engine, built by Ford's former diesel engine supplier, Navistar International, encountered several issues with the fuel system, turbochargers and other major components.

According to the deal, any purchaser and lessee of any 2003-07 Ford vehicle fitted with the diesel engine in the United States is covered if its exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler and EGR valve, oil cooler, fuel injectors, or turbocharger was repaired, replaced or adjusted prior to 135,000 miles or six years. Each part is also provided with a reimbursement limit.

The settlement also calls for a reimbursement if a class member paid a $100 deductible more than once for repairs under the five-year/100,000-mile engine warranty. The carmaker will reimburse $50 each for the second through fifth deductible paid, up to a limit of $200 for four deductible payments.

The settlement agreement resolves dozens of class-action lawsuits against Ford, allowing owners to claim between $50 and $825 in reimbursement for post-warranty repairs to their engine and engine parts.

The relationship between Ford and Navistar came to an end no thanks to poor engine quality, high repair costs and declining customer satisfaction. Ford used Navistar’s Power Stroke engine in its F-Series from 1994 to 2010, when the carmaker replaced the powerplant with a new 6.7-liter diesel V-8 that it developed in-house.

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