) likes to tout itself as the maker of the ultimate driving machine. The word "ultimate" comes from the Latin word for last,
and thanks to a faulty engine design, you could spend your last moments in a BMW that suddenly loses power on the freeway. Naturally, this little problem has not escaped the attention of the legal industry. This week, a California firm filed a class action lawsuit against BMW -- the second one of which I'm aware.
On Oct. 5, Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff
, LLP, announced that it had recently filed a class action lawsuit "on behalf of thousands of individuals who own various BMW vehicles released between the years of 2007-2010." I wrote about this problem on DailyFinance in July
-- BMW's new N54 twin turbo engine sports a faulty high-powered fuel pump that can suddenly fail. And when the pump fails, the engine goes into what's known as "limp mode."
This means that the ultimate driving machine suddenly loses power and subsequently can't go faster than 20 miles per hour -- if it can go at all. Since July, I've spoken to several people who have suffered from this problem while driving on the freeway. One was an Ohio emergency room doctor who was heading home at 2 a.m. after a shift. His BMW went into limp mode on the highway about 30 miles from his home. That must have been a long commute.