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Chrysler 2.7 Liter V6 Engine Class Action Lawsuits Consolidated

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The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has issued an order which will transfer all Chrysler engine class action lawsuits pending in various federal district courts throughout the United States to the District of New Jersey for coordinated handling during pretrial proceedings in an MDL, or multidistrict litigation.

There are currently five class action lawsuits pending against Chrysler over their 2.7 liter engines used in several models of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles between 1998 and at least 2003. The Chrysler lawsuits allege that defective designs make the engines prone to form oil sludge, which could causes the engine to fail much earlier than would normally be expected.

A growing number of complaints have been filed by owners of Chrylser Sebring, Chysler Concord, Dodge Intrepid and Dodge Stratus vehicles with the smaller 2.7 liter engine, which have been found to fail around 50,000 to 60,000 miles, but in some cases as early as 20,000 miles.

This type of catastrophic engine failure would not typically be expected anytime before a vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, yet Chrysler has been denying engine warranty coverage since the problems are caused by a build up of oil sludge.

According to the Center for Auto Safety, at least 2,800 reports of Chrysler engine failure involving oil sludge in the 2.7 liter engines were received as of early 2007. Since that time, as the vehicles age, owners continue to report the engine problems.

Chrysler and Dodge engine failure class action lawsuits are currently pending in the Eastern District of California, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, District of New Jersey and Southern District of New Jersey on behalf of vehicle owners in those states. In addition, other class action lawsuits and individual lawsuits could be filed in other districts.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found that the Chrysler engine lawsuits involve common questions of fact and that centralization would serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.

Chrysler’s lawyers opposed the consolidation, arguing that the proposed classes do not overlap and that agreements can be reached between the parties in the lawsuits to minimize any overlapping discovery or risk of inconsistent rulings without the formation of an MDL. However, the Panel rejected these arguments.

“These actions are nearly identical in terms of the facts alleged, and discovery undoubtedly will overlap,” wrote Chairman of the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, John G. Heyburn, II, in an order issued February 10, 2009. “Centralization will enable one judge to streamline pretrial proceedings and make consistent rulings on discovery disputes, dispositive motions and issues relating to experts.”

The MDL panel decided to transfer all of the Chrysler engine lawsuits to the District of New Jersey, as the action in that Court has been pending longer than the other actions. The litigation will be assigned to U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings.

Since the litigation involves putative statewide class actions for residents of five different states, the MDL panel did indicate that in the future, Judge Hochberg can suggest that the Panel consider remanding the actions to the original courts where they were filed for class certification considerations if that becomes necessary.

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265 comments

  1. SUZETTE

    I have had the engine totally rebuilt once only to blow head gasket just over the 24 month warranty. Paid 2400 for rebuild then I800 for head gasket & now having overheating problems yet again. Price of car as well as many repairs have cost me 13000 including tires. 04 Sebring convertible 2.7 v6.

  2. mykah

    Im at a total loss seems like a lot of work due to one cover plate and thinking this has something to do with error codes

  3. Ron

    2006 Sebring convertible. 76000 miles. Leaking head gaskets. History of over heating problems. Oil changes done properly as well as oil filters. Repairs exceed the value of the car

  4. Rosa

    I have a 2007 Chrysler 300 with 2.7 engine at about 70 thousand miles the valves went out …cost me about $3.800.00 for repairs and now agin with the same issue… knocking valves …what can I do …Chrysler won’t help nor take responsibility with bad Engine in the car…

  5. Mike

    Please listen to my advice people. The issue with the 2.7 is the water pump gasket. It is behind the timing cover and fails very early and when it does, it leaks anti-freeze directly into the motor. There is no warning or check engine light when it happens. The oil pressure light will come on, but by that time it is too late. The abrasive coolant has already ruined the bearings in the motor (the knocking you hear). Do NOT buy anything with the 2.7 or you will regret it sooner or later.

  6. Douglas

    I bought a remaned engine and had it installed in my 03 Sebring approx 2000 miles and it overheated due to water pump and the plastic impeller 2,500 more and now the oil pressure is showing 8lbs this car has cost me a fortune due to the 2.7 engine

  7. Nadia

    I had own 2 dodge Intrepids and both of them went out by the failure of the engine. On Both cars the engine locked due to oil sludge. I no longer own either 1 of the vehicles. I would like for Dodge to reimburse me for the all the money invested into these horrible cars.

  8. Shawn

    The water pump went out putting antifreeze in the oil. No driips from the water pump weep hole. $1400.00 to replace the water pump and drive chain with no guarantee the motor isn’t shot. What a shame, just for turning the key.

  9. Lawrence

    Bought my 1998 concorde new with 2.7 only made it to 67000 miles I spent $4000 and the engine is gone again no lie talk about red flag chrysler needs to replace people who have had issues with these engines. It’s not fair to spend your hard earned money and have to walk . The car was $20000 then another $4000 and now they asking $2600 for rebuilt the dealer only 90 days warranty these companies need to own up to there fuck up! Fix peoples Cars!!!

  10. Ricky

    I a 2007 Chrysler 300 2.7l v6 engine used.Had to change water pump I do fell that has something to do with the bad engine.Chrysler corporation is a joke never again.

  11. Bob

    How bout water pumm going 32000 on o2 senring over maintained garaged kept .second car just for weekend rides in florida POS 2.7

  12. Shirley

    I purchased my 2006 Chrysler 300 brand new in 2006. I got oil changes as I was suppose too. I’ve had my car for 10 years and now my valves are knocking as well. It’s going to cost me over $3000 in parts and labor to fix the problem. This is insane! Chrysler needs to take responsibility for the issues of this engine problem and replace them all. You just got bailed out of your financial situation with the help of the federal government. Do what’s right!

  13. Gail

    My problem was with my 2002 Chrysler Sebring the transmission went out twice within a couple of months apart only to be told that the Sebrings were notorious for bad transmissions with the.2.7 it came to the point where I could not afford to keep going through this so I just let it go after sinking as much money as I could with nothing to show for it! I did.sign a class action lawsuit but yet to hear anything about that. Beyond pissed!

  14. marlon

    My problem is that my 2008 Dodge charger smokes real bad when I start it and runs sluggish a lot. a shop said it was the engine. what should I do?

  15. William

    2005 Sebring Convertible with the 2.7. I bought it new off the showroom floor. Never been wrecked, always serviced, always garaged. Check engine light just came on at only 57,000 miles and to get new AZ plates I have to do $1400. in repairs! Even then I do not know how long this engine will last.

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