The self-proclaimed "King of Lemon Laws" strikes again. This time with a couple in Wisconsin whose 2010 Ford Escape was in the shop for more than 30 days within the first year of ownership due to transmission problems. The couple hired Vince Megna after Ford replaced their Sangria Red Escape (shown above) with a stone-colored interior with a Steel Blue 2012 model with a darker charcoal-colored interior.

Ford claims that it properly followed the procedure of the Wisconsin lemon law, which Ford's lawyer argues requires automakers to replace the lemon with a similar vehicle, not an exact replacement. The judge presiding over the case compared this color issue to a black Cadillac versus a Mary Kay-pink Cadillac. If the Porters win the lawsuit, they will be able to receive as much as double the price of the $25,000 Escape in compensation as well as any attorney's fees.

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      Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      The best thing about buying a new car is that you pick the options, so yes they are justified. Plus anyone who buys a red car problem went to a few dealerships looking for one.
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm behind them in getting the color that they had with the features of the old car. That makes sense. I do not stand behind their quest to profit off of the case at hand. They should get what they are owed, which is a sangria red Ford Escape with the light interior, nothing more and nothing less. The big reason why many states lemon laws are worded to only require manufacturers to replace a product with a similar vehicle is in the event the vehicle being replaced is a limited volume model and an exact replacement can't be sourced within a reasonable ammount of time, as the way I understand it the manufacturer only has a certain amount of time to replace the vehicle once the lemon law is used. The "with a similar vehicle" clause shouldn't be used as a cop out to not make this right, nor should "but, its two years newer!!!!!" be used either. That's just laziness.
        eliotsmeliot
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foxtrot685
        If the state lemon law allows a person to collect double damages against a dealer for not following the law, well then they should should get it. Otherwise, there is not much incentive to not try and get away with this BS.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah - something sounds funky - we must not know the whole story here. Five bucks their local Ford people treated them poorly and so they just want to cause as much pain as possible. Nothing to loose at this point. I work with a couple folks that have them and rented one once. The only issues I am aware is a bad set of rear shocks for one of guys at work.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      The big question in my mind, why did it spend 30 days in the shop to repair the transmission?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quite a strange lawsuit.
      DevonSowell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apparently Ford didn't try very hard: 1. they just could have asked the couple what color they wanted and if it really mattered. 2. the color did matter to the couple, Ford doesn't give a sh#t, simple
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      They got a 2012 Escape when they had a 2010, so clearly the law doesn't call for an exact replacement. If my Lemon Law fight ended with a car that's two years newer but in a different color, I would be okay with it. Personally, I think you should get the MSRP given to you in cash if you win a Lemon Law case.
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Making11s
        It doesn't matter what you think. If this particular couple really wanted that color, then they should get it. Ford is being super cheap by fighting them on this and it's biting them back hard.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          It doesn't matter what you think. Ford has to abide by the laws which, in this case, seem to suggest that another color vehicle is perfectly fine.
          Danrar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          "Except the judge doesn't agree with Ford. Ouch." Or the law, apparently.
      The Angry Intern
      • 1 Year Ago
      They got a 2 year NEWER vehicle...just ******* take it to Maaco and get it repainted the color you want if it's that big of a deal.
        John Doe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Angry Intern
        Except the only reason they got a two year newer vehicle was because the first was a lemon. When you pay for something you expect it to function as intended. The first Escape did not. Ford did not give them a two year newer vehicle just because--It was not a gift.
          Nemebean
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John Doe
          You would be glad to have to deal with a rental car for over a month? Rentals are fun for a couple of days because they're something different, but at some point you just want your own damn car back. This is not even considering the hassle that they had to go through dealing with a lemon. I mean, even if Ford was completely cooperative and didn't fight them on it at all (which I doubt), they still wasted some amount of time dealing with the situation. These people deserved their newer model, and it's just plain rude of Ford not to have matched the original as closely as possible.
      brianXL
      • 1 Year Ago
      They paid good money for a car that was a lemon. They should get as close to an identical car as they care to get. Ford can offer them a blue one, but if they want the same color then make it happen!
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just get them the right color and be over with... damn.... what happened to the customer service. I have a red car and if it happened to be a lemon. I'd want a red one for replacement! I chose the color for reason!
        Jon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Awhattup
        They don't have the same colors year after year. Not sure about 2012 since the Ford site is updated for the new models, but for 2013 that color is not available.
      William Jenkins
      • 1 Year Ago
      From the couple of Lemon law issues I have seen at my dealership, Ford offered the purchase amount back to the customer to be used on another vehicle. Ford did not just deliver a vehicle and say "This is your replacement, like it or not". I think there is more to this story then what is being told.
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are you serious? They got a two year newer car and they are suing???? SPELL GRASSHOLE AND LOOSE BOTH THE G AND THE R.
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