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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2012, 11:09 pm Thread Starter
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08 K12GT final drive FAILURE

I may be the only one to experience this BUT my FD failed @ 39600 miles 7 months out of warranty June '12. Oil all over rear wheel by the time I feel grinding in rear drive. BMW won't reimburse.
anyone else have FD failure on the newer slant engine K12 GT?
answer here or PM me.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 2012, 1:13 am
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I've had two final drive failures on my '07 K1200GT, both out of warranty on miles, but not time.

The first was at 63K miles, while on a cross-country trip. I paid the entire repair out of pocket (close to $2,000), then later BMW NA reimbursed me for just the cost of the part as a goodwill gesture. I still had to cover labor, supplies, etc., and whatever towing and trip interruption expenses I had incurred.

The second was 3 months and 10K miles later. I was at home when I caught it, and my local dealer takes great care of me. Plus it was the new drive they had just installed that failed so they replaced it all, no argument and no charge at all.

It sucks that this still happens on these bikes. And it sucks even more that BMW NA doesn't automatically step up to the plate and take care of it.

If you have a great relationship with your dealer, they can usually go to bat for you and get some consideration pushed through, especially if you're still close to the warranty limits. And if not, then it's a very expensive replacement . . .

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Mine went out on my '06 at about 60K. My extended warranty took care of all of it. I was never a believer in extended warranties, but I am now!

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....... I was never a believer in extended warranties, but I am now!
For BMW, "YES" get the extended warranty. Their stuff just doesn't seem to last long. I keep looking for a 10 year old BMW car, Mercedes too, on the road and they are very rare. Maybe they to get too expensive in maintenance issues to keep as a car once paid off?

I'm sort of worried that my S1000RR goes off warranty next year. Some engines have failed since day one. I plan to get the valves checked prior to it going off warranty even if the mileage is too low as some cams have worn down early, and some as low as 600 miles. May as well get it checked and adjusted, and maybe replaced too, just to see how they wear prior to it going off warranty. Their connecting rod issue, even recently on all of the 2012 models they recalled and stopped selling for a while, has been enough. So far so good with it other than one minor recall that I did myself on some vent hose. Really is a fun little bike in that it weighs very little. One guy managed to do a SS 1000+ Iron Butt on one and did 1,186 miles in 24 hours, but those people are mentally sick too.

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Yeah, normally I wouldn't recommend an extended warranty because most of the time they don't end up being cost effective. My single exception is for BMW slant-K bikes where the equation reverses and you have reasonably high odds of coming out ahead, sometimes far ahead. Pretty sad state of affairs.
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My 2007 K1200GT extended warranty cost $1200 and paid out over $10K in the 88,000 miles I owned the bike. I sold the bike and transferred the warranty so they will have to keep paying for a couple more years. The final drive was one of the items that did not need service while I had it. However my 06 K1200S ate the final drive at 45.000 miles-WHICH IS WHY I BOUGHT THE EXTENDED WARRANTY WHEN I TRADED IT ON THE GT!!!

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warranty's are good for any mfgr's machine ,i know that 30 to 40-k mile's on the odometrer on a bike are a hell of alot differant than 40-k in a car ,everyone here that has had failure's in everything from batteries to driveline's to cam chain and some with very high mile's and still get it coverd and fixed but yet still diss the maker ,well i've been riding for over 4 decade's and dont see too many mfgr's (motorcycle's) running flawlessly with 80 to 100-k on the clock still running around other than beemers ,
i would even say that 50-k on the clock of any motorcycle would be the equivalent of 100-k on an auto ,so shit's going to break ,just my 2 cents

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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Extended warranties are only good if the warranty company actually pays out.

If they simply deny all coverage and refuse to pay for anything, then you're not only out the cost of repairs, but also the cost of the warranty itself . . .

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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Extended warranties are only good if the warranty company actually pays out.

If they simply deny all coverage and refuse to pay for anything, then you're not only out the cost of repairs, but also the cost of the warranty itself . . .
And that begs the question, "Which aftermarket warranty company is the best?" Also, my local dealer can't sell me an extended warranty since I bought my GT from a private owner (who was consigning it at the BMW shop) and I have no idea if any reputable company would even sell a warranty to cover my bike...
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And that begs the question, "Which aftermarket warranty company is the best?" Also, my local dealer can't sell me an extended warranty since I bought my GT from a private owner (who was consigning it at the BMW shop) and I have no idea if any reputable company would even sell a warranty to cover my bike...
I have Interstate Star and have been very pleased with them.

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