West Palm Beach attorney Jason Weisser isn’t just representing other drivers who say their C7 Z06 supercar has left them disappointed.
He’s one of the fold.
Weisser also happens to be a Corvette Z06 owner who loves to track his “brilliant … amazing” vehicle, as he described it in a recent interview with The Palm Beach Post.
But persistent overheating problems have left him questioning the decision to buy one of the Corvettes that sometimes list for more than $100,000.
“If you don’t pit your car to let it cool down,” Weisser says, “you’ll go into limp mode.”
He says that’s an unsafe situation on the track as well as the highway.
“A Z06 rapidly decelerating on a highway is dangerous and can result in a high-speed collision,” Weisser claimed in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Florida with Coral Gables attorney Stuart Grossman and Seattle attorney Steve Berman.
The suit calls the situation “unacceptable” for Z06 owners, who he says were told by GM they were buying a track-proven car.
“It’s frustrating,” Weisser says. “It’s a brilliant car. It’s an amazing car. But for GM to deny it doesn’t have this problem is laughable.”
Actually, we’re not sure GM is denying it. Weisser himself admits that GM has lived up to its warranties and repaired cars that have overheated. Weisser, however, believes the problem is “just a bad design” and “just about air flow.”
He says Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter himself has admitted the problem appears most often in hot climates, including in a February 2015 statement:
“Some may wonder why don’t we design to higher temperatures, say 110 degrees, to accommodate southern tracks in the summer,” Juechter wrote. “We have used the ‘pro driver at 86 degrees’ criteria for generations of Corvettes and for the vast majority of customers, it has resulted in excellent performance for their usage.”
In that same statement, Juechter (who has been quoted in other sources as saying that the overheating problem affects only about 5 percent of Z06s) wrote that designing the car for higher temperatures would require it to be larger, causing “a huge impact on appearance and aerodynamic drag.”
Weisser doesn’t buy that argument, pointing to the high-powered Chevrolet Camaro that apparently doesn’t have the overheating problems, and says that engine modifications for the 2017 Z06 still haven’t eliminated the situation. He believes that GM should buy back the cars or offer exchanges to dissatisfied customers who have lost resale value as a result.
I guess we’ll find out in court one day. So what do you think? Would you still buy a C7 Z06?
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