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    2008 Fuel Gauge Problems

    I just took my 2008 K1200GT out of storage and the fuel gauge states that the tank is empty. Look in the gas tank, full. The low fuel gauge indicator is flashing along with the yellow hazard light is flashing. I called the dealer and they state that the electronic fuel sensor is probably fried. Out of 100 bikes they sold in 2008, they have replaced 15 so far. My bike has 600 miles on it. Has anyone else that this problem?
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    2008 fuel gauge failure

    I just took my 2008 K1200GT out of storage and the fuel gauge states that the tank is empty. Look in the gas tank, full. The low fuel gauge indicator is flashing along with the yellow hazard light is flashing. I called the dealer and they state that the electronic fuel sensor is probably fried. Out of 100 bikes they sold in 2008, they have replaced 15 so far. My bike has 600 miles on it. Has anyone else that this problem?[/QUOTE]
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    Quote Originally Posted by robindg View Post
    I just took my 2008 K1200GT out of storage and the fuel gauge states that the tank is empty. Look in the gas tank, full. The low fuel gauge indicator is flashing along with the yellow hazard light is flashing. I called the dealer and they state that the electronic fuel sensor is probably fried. Out of 100 bikes they sold in 2008, they have replaced 15 so far. My bike has 600 miles on it. Has anyone else that this problem?
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    My wife and I have had 5 bikes (K12S) since '05 and 3 of them developed bad fuel strips. One of them at 10 miles.
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    Why would you post this in the Midwest Regional forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 535is View Post
    Why would you post this in the Midwest Regional forum?
    His problems all happened in WI.
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    Cool

    YUP. At around 28,000 miles, my fuel gauge began to register....not register.....register....not.......well, you get the picture.

    Still under warranty, so the dealer replaced a bad fuel strip, and no problems since.

    Hopefully, the frequency of this issue is being taken seriously in Berlin, and a 'better mousetrap' is being designed for future BMW's.

    Good Luck.

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    From the fiche, the '09 K1300S and GT went to a float type sensor. The R1200RT still shows a fuel strip as does the GS.
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    You are lucky that you found the problem at home. I ran out of gas at night, in a bad part of town, at 32 degrees, with the guage showing 1/2 full. Bad strip. Good freinds came to the rescue. Now I set the trip meter when I fill up.

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    Fuel sensor failure

    The fuel sensor on my 2009 R1200RT quit at 3,600 miles. All else is working satisfactorily.
    Dealer states that this is not an isolated case.
    Will have it repaired on Nov6, 2009.
    Curious to find out if it happens again.

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    Help me out so I can move this. Is it a brick or a wedge?


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    It's a wedge. The brick had a float.
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    This is an on-going issue. I had two 1200GS bikes before my K13GT and both of them had to have their fuel sensor strips replaced...I've had my GT sensor strip malfunction once, but it cured itself, so I'm waiting to see if it happens again...

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    2008 GT Fuel Gauge

    Mine went last year at 450 miles on the bike. Was told by the BMW techs that I should expect to replace it every three years and that BMW will not acknowledge that there is a problem.

    I always use the trip odometer as a guide. Another poster gave that advice, and it is certainly prudent.

    BTW, it is about a $400 repair according to the service manager.

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    I'm on fuel strip number five for my '07 R1200RT

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    I use my odometer and reference my fuel gauge, not bad for a 20K bike
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