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    Really? For Free? 08 RT Fuel Strip!

    I just found out my 08 RT fuel strip is covered for 13 years.
    Did you know that?
    I went to Ozzie's in Chico Ca. to see how much it will cost to get the yellow triangle off my display, that and the flashing fuel station.
    It's Free!!!!
    Jeff Anderson
    I ride a 2008 R1200RT

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    Yep. Just had my second installed.


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    The warranty is 12 years from time of bike in service, so you're covered for fuel strips until 2020.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie View Post
    I just found out my 08 RT fuel strip is covered for 13 years.
    Did you know that?
    I went to Ozzie's in Chico Ca. to see how much it will cost to get the yellow triangle off my display, that and the flashing fuel station.
    It's Free!!!!
    Quite a bit of info here- http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....uel-strip-poll

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    Don't get too excited. The problem is not fixed and you will be replacing them over and over with others doomed to fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikegalbicka View Post
    Don't get too excited. The problem is not fixed and you will be replacing them over and over with others doomed to fail.
    I actually get excited over it- and I don't have one.

    Yeah, I guess it wasn't such a good design. I don't recall anything I've owned where the manufacturer has gone to this length to make good on something that didn't work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I actually get excited over it- and I don't have one.

    Yeah, I guess it wasn't such a good design. I don't recall anything I've owned where the manufacturer has gone to this length to make good on something that didn't work out.

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    I think the reason they went to this length may have been to avoid a recall - when they didn't have a fix. Other brands had issued recalls for similar problems with fuel gauges. If you go through the poll thread that I started it gives very careful and detailed instructions on how to report this to NHTSA in a manner where the failures will add up in the NHTSA database and might trigger a looksee (aka preliminary investigation). That combined with the recall of all the new wethead RT's for a defective rear shock (remember that?) would be a black eye BMW-AG wouldn't be at all happy with.

    So how to shut us up? Replace them for free for a period of time that the original buyer is unlikely to own the bike for.

    I'm making a guess that BMW isn't paying for the replacement part or labor on the fuel strip. I suspect the vendor who supplies the fuel strips is - probably VDO. BMW can do that by reminding the vendor that if they want BMW's continued business they have to indemnify BMW against a loss caused by using their parts. That's just a guess on my part - but I know this has been the case in several BMW automobile service campaigns involving their parts vendors (including VDO and some BMW E39 instrument clusters), can't see why it would be any different here.
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    Just had my 3rd installed

    the original and 2 replacements!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhinton View Post
    The warranty is 12 years from time of bike in service, so you're covered for fuel strips until 2020.


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    AFAIK This extended warranty is specific to BMW USA

    In Canada you will not get an automatic replacement.
    Each replacement is treated as a separate case that has to be submitted to BMW Canada.

    BMW Canada did replace mine for free on a "Good will basis"

    Bottom line: If you don't know about the free replacement available in the US and don't ask for the same treatment, they will charge you for the replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikegalbicka View Post
    Don't get too excited. The problem is not fixed and you will be replacing them over and over with others doomed to fail.
    Yeah, my original lasted 52K, the second failed immediately, and #3 and #4 went about 9K each. The good news is, no static at all from the dealer, I just call in and make an appointment.

    I'm at about 10K on #5 and holding my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie View Post
    I just found out my 08 RT fuel strip is covered for 13 years.
    Did you know that?
    I went to Ozzie's in Chico Ca. to see how much it will cost to get the yellow triangle off my display, that and the flashing fuel station.
    It's Free!!!!
    With some coaching from OM, I have trained myself to use the odometer. You will never be able to trust this silly fuel gauge. I wish they would just give me back $1000.00 and I would not bother them on this defect again.
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