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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2017, 6:39 am Thread Starter
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Holy Cr*p!

Ok, I never thought I could be so dumb, but I managed to put diesel in my K1300GT and ride a few miles before it finally died.

Now at the dealers . . . and wait for it . . . . 601 for fuel line clean and new plugs!!!

Totally my fault I know, but I think I have reached the limit of what I can stomach with BMWs servicing costs.

Ouch!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2017, 8:45 am
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Let me extend my sympathies. :-(

Perhaps you can take comfort in learning that you are not the first person to do it. A friend of mine (with his wife riding pillion) did the same thing to his 2007 K1200GT many years ago. He filled it with diesel, they rode out of town, and then the motor stopped. Unlike you, they were riding in the very hot deserts of Southern California. Fortunately rescue came quickly. They had to tow or trailer their K1200GT home. Even back then, it was an expensive repair.
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Really sorry to hear what happened. However I'm not entirely certain you can blame bmw for the expense. What would the same issue coast in another make? I would guess it would be similar money.
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Really sorry to hear what happened. However I'm not entirely certain you can blame bmw for the expense. What would the same issue coast in another make? I would guess it would be similar money.
Mmmm, not sure. I wince whenever I visit my dealers service bay and I'm offered a swanky cappuccino and the bathroom is like a 5 star hotel; that's being paid for somehow!!

I keep the bike under a warranty (as I'm concerned about the big ticket failures it's prone to) and this means I can't do servicing or a repair like this myself. 120 for an oil change when serviced is another example.

Nope, it's time to step off the BMW merry-go-round I think.

Honda build quality and reliability is looking very attractive right now!

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Yes, get a Honda. They run great on diesel
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Just a couple random thoughts on this. If I'm not mistaken, to change the plugs, doesn't the radiator need to be drained, removed, refitted and refilled and bled? I'd think that would account for quite a bit of time. I recently had just my tank out to check some things and it's a pain just doing that. Both side panels have to come off, the tank cover, the two little grey fill panels, the battery so I could get my paws down to disconnect the fuel line and electrical connections....

Thinking pretty hard about parting with mine as well....

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Just a couple random thoughts on this. If I'm not mistaken, to change the plugs, doesn't the radiator need to be drained, removed, refitted and refilled and bled? I'd think that would account for quite a bit of time. I recently had just my tank out to check some things and it's a pain just doing that. Both side panels have to come off, the tank cover, the two little grey fill panels, the battery so I could get my paws down to disconnect the fuel line and electrical connections....

Thinking pretty hard about parting with mine as well....
Yes, you must remove the radiator to change the spark plugs. You might as well do a valve clearance check while you are in there.
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Yes, you must remove the radiator to change the spark plugs. You might as well do a valve clearance check while you are in there.
That's exactly what I was thinking when it was discovered that I had a bad coil. I told the tech, well, if that coil is bad the plug probably needs replacing. May as well replace them all. Being that far in, may as well check the valves, replace the coolant too. He replaced the fuel pump under the TSB/recall thing too. Put the cam chain guide in too. This was all when I only took it in for the rear wheel flange replacement. "Only" $1200 when it was all said and done.....

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