TOYOTA DEAL: HERE COMES THE SLUDGE JUDGE

Mark Rechtin, Automotive News / January 8, 2007

LOS ANGELES — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. has quietly settled a
class-action lawsuit that covers about 3.5 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles
that may have been damaged by engine oil sludge. Details of the settlement,
which allows for third-party mediation of sludge claims rejected by Toyota,
have been mailed to 7.5 million current and previous owners.

Critics contend Toyota has told customers and dealers too little about

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Toyota Broadens Sludge-Repair Program

Toyota broadens sludge-repair program
Automaker alters V-6, insists neglect is cause

By Richard Truett
Automotive News / April 08, 2002

Sludge bustingToyota’s latest moves to address engine sludge

  • Changes 3.0-liter V-6 engines at factory to improve oil circulation
  • Extends coverage for sludge-related repairs to 8 years from purchase

    List of suspects

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  • Toyota Oil Sludge

    Faced with a consumer revolt over low mileage engine failures caused by oil sludge buildup, Toyota has begun to notify 3.3 million owners of 1997-2002 Toyota and Lexus vehicles with 3.0-liter IMZ V-6 engines and all 1997-2001 Toyota vehicles with 5SFE 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engines that it will cover the cost of sludge-related repairs for eight years from date of initial sale.

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