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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 2008, 3:08 am Thread Starter
 
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Smile 03 gt 3500 miles, is there danger ahead.

Curious if any of you have any suspicions about potential problems that may occur with a bike that is 5 years old and only has 3500 miles on it. Bike being an 03gt.
For instance, bike did a 600 miles service but hasn't seen the 6000 mile service in 5 years.
Could or would the same fluids from the 600 miles cause problems.
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I would change out the fluids right away, and drain the fuel and refill with fresh gas too. Make sure the tires are not dry rotted, they will need to be replaced if they are. You will probably be looking at a new battery also, then you should be good to go.
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I would change out the fluids right away, and drain the fuel and refill with fresh gas too. Make sure the tires are not dry rotted, they will need to be replaced if they are. You will probably be looking at a new battery also, then you should be good to go.
Ditto... I had an '03 RS and loved the bike. I still think it is the most graceful and artistically designed bike BMW ever made. The timing chain cover (lower left front corner, peeking out from the plastic) was prone to leak on most of them and needed a careful sealing job.
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I agree with changing all the fluids, including brake and coolant. The brake fluid is recommended to be changed every year and the coolant I think every two years. It wouldn't hurt to check the air filter to make sure no critters made a home there if the bike has been sitting a while. After all that, catch up on the mileage that the bike's been deprived of!


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thanks

thanks for all your help gang.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 2008, 3:26 pm
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one more thing

if that bike has been sitting around, definitely replace the fuel filter and fuel quick disconnects. plus u will learn to remove the tupperware. the fuel filter requires tank removal and the fuel quick disconnects may be bought at omega. they are metal and the replace the plastic which gets brittle and breaks.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 2008, 8:41 pm
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If the bike has not been serviced in the past 3-4 years and you don't know how to perform the service yourself, you would be looking at about $2K if you have a dealer to do everything you have been suggested on previous replies.

Keep this factor in mind when you negotiate the price.

Unless the bike comes with extra accessories and it is in excellent conditions I would not pay more than $8500 for it. That would bring your " ready to ride" total cost to $10,500 which is already kind of high for a K12GT even with only 3500 miles.

Good luck.

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GT06 I have read that tires should be replace every 4 to 5 years no matter how much tread is remaining. This is do to the rubber drying out.

this may be found if you google "Tire aging"
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one more bit of advice

'scuse me, but i wouldnt be thinking of dropping that bike off at a dealer. would be akin to leading with your chin in a boxing match. change engine oil, the only eminent thing, and ride the bike a few months. get the clymer manual. a dealer will extricate over $1000 per/yr from the hip national bank if u listen to their marketing fear tactics. these message boards have helped me learn to service my bike myself. so dont be afraid. once the tupperware is removed, nothing is difficult about any service procedure. good luck.
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