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post #1 of 21 Old 06-25-2011, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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w w w .sfmslaw.com/class-action-lawsuits/cases.php?id=892

Check out the link for the suit I found. Thought it may help.
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w w w .sfmslaw.com/class-action-lawsuits/cases.php?id=892

Check out the link for the suit I found. Thought it may help.

Here's the problem, unless you went through a dealer for an oil consumption test/eval how can you prove your case?

The official Kawasaki procedure was to have a dealer fill the crankcase and seal the cap. You would go ride it for X amount of miles and then the dealer would drain the oil and measure. If you used oil at a >amount than 1 qt./1K miles the dealer would be a authorised to rebuild the top end. The industry standard is that <1qt/1K miles is acceptable usage!

From what I've read the rebuilt top end didn't remedy the oil consumption. Only after you arrived at the point would you have a claim I would think.

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Here's the problem, unless you went through a dealer for an oil consumption test/eval how can you prove your case?

The official Kawasaki procedure was to have a dealer fill the crankcase and seal the cap. You would go ride it for X amount of miles and then the dealer would drain the oil and measure. If you used oil at a >amount than 1 qt./1K miles the dealer would be a authorised to rebuild the top end. The industry standard is that <1qt/1K miles is acceptable usage!

From what I've read the rebuilt top end didn't remedy the oil consumption. Only after you arrived at the point would you have a claim I would think.
I think it's different when it's a class action. When it comes to settling, the plaintiffs would get a letter and a check. That's why it's important for everybody who has the issue to get on the list, it gives Kawi more incentive to settle and the money could be used to help offset a 685. There's probably differences for people who had catastrophic failures, versus increased wear, versus out of pocket for additional oil consumed.

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In any case, if you're affected, it doesn't seem like a bad idea to sign up.
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In any case, if you're affected, it doesn't seem like a bad idea to sign up.

The lawyers are the only ones who make money in a class action suit!

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The lawyers are the only ones who make money in a class action suit!
100% correct. And if there is to be a suit for a neglected fault, it should be for the doohickey. It's the sole reason holding me back from purchasing a KLR. Second to the somewhat common oil burning. I can't get by the gross negligence of Kawasaki who used to be a top tier manufacturer.
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The lawyers are the only ones who make money in a class action suit!
But the manufacturers still pay, which gives incentive not to repeat the substandard practices on other customers.

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100% correct. And if there is to be a suit for a neglected fault, it should be for the doohickey. It's the sole reason holding me back from purchasing a KLR. Second to the somewhat common oil burning. I can't get by the gross negligence of Kawasaki who used to be a top tier manufacturer.
Let's not get carried away. Kawasaki has never been a 'fit and finish' manufacturer. And the Doo is nothing more than an excuse for people to get together and throw a party, $35 at the door.

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But the manufacturers still pay, which gives incentive not to repeat the substandard practices on other customers.



Let's not get carried away. Kawasaki has never been a 'fit and finish' manufacturer. And the Doo is nothing more than an excuse for people to get together and throw a party, $35 at the door.
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The problem I have with a class action suit is that they seem to screw everyone but the lawyers on both sides. If I had an oil burner, I would opt out of the suit, wait for it to be resolved and then use the precedent if Kawasaki was found negligent. I would settle for $500, and simply get the 685 kit, do the work myself, and be done. That would be my preferred resolution. I am no lawyer, and the law is stupidly complex now, so I may be talking out of my rear.
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The other side of the coin,jump up,& down everywhere blah,blah ,blah with the class action suit.Who is going to buy a 08 klr? Just about nobody.Now you have a bike that burns oil,and is worth sweet FA.Don't get me wrong,it's a shame they burn oil,but they do thats all there is to it.If you went to a restaurant,and ordered a sh^t roll,you take a bite out of it, spit it out.Get the waitress over cry like a baby to her,then get her to replace your sh^t roll with a new one.It's still going to taste like sh^t.I have a 09 it burns oil,i know a guy with a 010 it burns oil.The only way your going to fix it, is with non Kawasaki parts.Would i buy a new Kawasaki NO the way they have treated their customers is wrong.What i will buy in the future,is some very cheap low mileage ng klrs.Bring them home put a new piston in them.Then ride the wheels off them.
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