KOHLER, WISCONSIN -- Bought a 2007 Cub Cadet with 20 HP Kohler courage engine NEW IN 2008. Took it out of the garage this past month, and without warning, pow, it blew the block in two. Called Kohler, tech thought it was funny. Next tech told me they were aware of it but corp was trying to slip them through, but I didn't hear it from him but they could only sell me a new one.
So, Kohler engine corp, you suck. Don't buy Kohler. I just wanted another motor. I even told them it didn't have to be new, just make sure it was to specs and safe. They told me I could buy a new one. Sure 500.00 -- up to 1100.00 What a ripoff.
This is the first time I've ever complained online, but I have to say this one has me steaming mad. We purchased a LOT of Kohler higher end products from a higher end bath products retailer. We were completely renovating our house, so we ordered a lot of product upfront.
We have been knocking off the renovation, one room at a time, and it came to install the vanity sink faucets (two of them). We had the plumber over to do the install and when we pulled them both out, they both had what I would call a chip or ding in them. Now this ding did not look as if it was done in shipment because the shiny finish was not marred or scratched.. This looked clearly like a forging issue at the manufacturer.
Unfortunately the company we bought these two faucets from turned out to be an unreliable business. We have since stopped dealing with them. So with a problem like this, we called Kohler directly. They said we had to deal with the reseller. So we contacted the reseller.. 1 month later and lots of excuses and still no replaced faucets.
So we called Kohler again. They said I had to deal with the reseller and that they could do nothing. They refused to stand up and help the end customer. We had purchased a lot of their product and were looking to purchase more, but that didn't matter. They basically told us that if the reseller didn't replace them, then we were stuck with the uninstalled, defective product. These were $500+ faucets by the way.
In talking with another distributor, we were told a couple of things. The main thing was that Kohler can issue a 'warranty letter' which would allow us to get our faucets replaced at any retailer/distributor. When I asked Kohler about this, they said they would not do this at all. They didn't say why not, just that they wouldn't.
So here we are, two defective faucets, new out of the box, never installed, and Kohler couldn't care less. I am so shocked that a company the size of Kohler, who wants to play in the higher end market where company image matters, is this dismissive with their product defects. We of course will never deal with them again. If I could return everything we bought from them I would. Let this be a warning, once its sold, Kohler couldn't care less.
I purchased a 20 HP Cub Cadet riding lawn tractor with a Kohler Courage 600 series engine with a 3 yr/ 120 hr warranty. After the tenth use and with only 11.3 hrs on the engine... It blows a rod! The warranty is 3 months out. However Kohler should stand behind a engine with 11.3 hrs on it. NEVER AGAIN! I am looking for more people with similar complaints or recall info.