Lamborghini Gallardo is a Lemon, Scottsdale Business Executive Claims in Federal Complaint

A Lamborghini Gallardo that cost $260,000 breaks down like a run-of the-mill beater car, a Scottsdale business executive claims in a federal complaint.

Kevin Moshir, president and COO of CellTrust, bought the 2008 vehicle brand-new from Lamborghini North Scottsdale in February 2009.

Sweet ride, it seems -- except for, well, just about everything but the paint job.

Moshir brought the sports car back to the dealership a whopping eight times for the brakes alone -- and they're still not fixed, records state.

When driving a car with a reported top speed of more than 200 miles per hour, you obviously don't want to have nagging thoughts about the quality of the brakes.

But that wasn't all. The Gallardo," Moshir says, "has been "consistently defective."

He says the electrical system sucks: Moshir had to take in the pricey jalopy for "malfunctioning warning lights, power windows, temperature gauge, and sound system."

Moshir says he discovered problems with the transmission and clutch, "which despite being brought to Lamborghini's attention on numerous occasions were not properly addressed.

"The Gallardo's convertible top has also been defective."

Though all repair work was covered by the car's three-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty, the malfunctions were reported to be out of control -- the not-so-super-car spent more than 31 days in the shop, exceeding Arizona's Lemon Law maximum of 30 days.

"The Gallardo remains defective and non-conforming," the complaint states.

For his quarter-mil, Moshir "was saddled with a Gallardo riddled with substantial defects akin to an improperly maintained, high mileage, lower-value used vehicle."

He's seeking a replacement car from Lamborghini or his money back, plus attorneys' fees.

Moshir didn't return a message left on his voice mail.

His Tempe lawyer, Luis Ramirez, tells us that the automaker -- based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy -- has yet to be served with the complaint.

Audi owns Automobili Lamborghini, according to a history of the company on the web, but Ramirez says the warranty's with the Italian company.

For a firm that only produces 3,000 cars a month, replacing the Gallardo for Moshir wouldn't be easy even without the possibility of upcoming general strikes in Italy.

At least the parking brake still works.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.