Most would consider Lamborghini (I’ve always preferred Ferrari) to be a dream car. But to at least one man, the bull emblem may now represent a nightmare.
Ralph Gertz of Scottsdale, AZ has owned 2 Lamborghini’s, the latest a 2008 Lamborhini Gallardo Spider, which cost him nearly $250,000. But the bright orange Gallardo is, according to Gertz, and a judge, is a lemon.
According to Gertz, the problem started immediatly, the breaks were squeaking. He took the car back to the dealership where they told him that the brakes just needed time to “break-in”. After months of the squeaking, Ralph Gertz took his Lamborghini Gallardo back to the dealer several times, all with no help.
Eventually Gertz, a real estate investor, brought the car to his home in Scottsdale where he had the local dealer check out the car. He had the brakes completely replaced, but still the problems persisted.
After that Gertz says Lamborghini officials became unresponsive, no longer taking his calls, and blowing off meetings. Not the behavior one would expect from a company selling $300k cars. So Gertz filed a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.
Gertz won, and a judge declared the 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo a lemon. One has to wonder why Lamborghini didn’t just replace the damn car instead of being labeled a maker of lemon cars by a Washington state judge. Lamborghini is now required to provide a complete refund to Ralph Gertz.
Ralph said he hadn’t decided on what car to buy next. Ralph, could I recommend the Tesla? It’s fast, sporty, American made and good for the environment. Plus, I think it looks cooler. If you’re reading this Ralph, let us know what you end up buying.