Out of all of the special edition muscle cars that we’ve seen over the past decade, it is safe to say that none are as exclusive or as sought after as the Dodge Demon. The car was a legitimate 840 horsepower street-legal dragster, with FCA limiting production to just 3,300 units to ensure their continued collectability. However, a report from CarComplaints.com states that a group of owners have just filed a class-action lawsuit in California over some devilish paint defects.
The complaint and subsequent lawsuit all relates to the massive 45-square-inch AirGrabber hood scoop found exclusively on the Dodge Demon models. More specifically, the issues stem from the outer bezel of the scoop, which is the only part that is visible from the exterior. According to the complaint, this insert expands and contracts when owners are using their vehicles, resulting in paint damage around the area. Frustrated with arguing over paint quality issues on a valuable collectors car, the plaintiff went to the Law Offices of Connor W. Olson, who will represent the class-action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
FCA was clearly aware of this issue, as the company released a service bulletin related to the AirGrabber hood scoop before the lawsuit was even filed. Bulletin 23-033-19 called for a smaller bezel to be used in place of the factory unit, but owners didn’t find that to be a satisfactory solution. The plaintiff alleges that this was an insufficient repair, and that it turns the Demon into a different car than advertised.
Perhaps the worst part about this whole situation is the fact that FCA has allegedly been denying customers any sort of warranty payments related to the paint defect. Nobody likes to hear about people getting screwed at the dealership, especially when it relates to something that the automaker is responsible for. This is even more true when it happens to a car that we all wish was in our own garage.