View Poll Results: Have you had at least ONE fuel strip fail?

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  • YES - 2005 model year

    54 6.66%
  • YES - 2006 model year

    40 4.93%
  • YES - 2007 model year

    94 11.59%
  • YES - 2008 model year

    116 14.30%
  • YES - 2009 model year

    154 18.99%
  • YES - 2010 model year

    63 7.77%
  • YES - 2011 model year (R1200R only I think..)

    23 2.84%
  • YES - Multiple fuel strip failures - please note model/year in a comment

    71 8.75%
  • NO - fuel strip failure. Please note year/model in a comment

    248 30.58%
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Thread: Fuel strip poll

  1. #526
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcravens View Post
    On fourth strip now. This is ridiculous.
    Jeezz... don't you understand the BMW engineering motto ... Beta Tester... it's a way of life...it's all good...! (make me puke)

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    I have given up on my fuel Strip. I replaced (2) in my previous 2008 R1200R and (2) in my current 2013 R1200R. It is a real pain in the neck to take the bike to the dealer and have them replace the fuel strip. It is a 2 to 3 day event and I need to drop off the bike get my wife to pick me up from the dealer and drop me off to pick the bike up only to have it go bad a few months down the road. I just use my trip meter for a gas gauge. Around 175 miles I get gas.

    Roger L

  3. #528

    2009 r1200 rt

    5 failures and counting...
    Date Replaced and Miles
    1. built 01-2009 took delivery 04-2009
    2. 02-2011 @ 9034 miles
    3. 02-2018 @ 21,092 miles
    4. 08-2018 @ 21,400 miles (ride to the dealer is 100 miles)
    5. 05-2019 @ 22,500 miles (1st ride 2019)

    This bike isn't ridden much because I have 2015 GS but so
    disappointed in BMW that they can't get this problem
    corrected...

  4. #529
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris05GS View Post
    [B]but so disappointed in BMW that they can't get this problem
    corrected...
    They are choosing not to. Most likely they figure it is cheaper to just replace your 5 or 6 or 10 strips as they fail.

    You have about two more years then too bad for you BMW says. Got to love it, thanks BMW, builds all kind of confidence in buying another bike. I am sure this is my last.

    GD
    (New to me) 2010 R1200RT after HD Electra Glides for 35 years

  5. #530

    2012 r1200r

    I have had 3 replacements

  6. #531
    2013 R1200R also with strip. Will be second this year. Not sure how many before that as I purchased this year.

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    Are they still using the fuel strips?
    John Simonds
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    If it ain't broke, fix it 'till it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkjohn View Post
    Are they still using the fuel strips?
    They went back to the float...it worked for about 100 years, but was mechanical. I don't think the strip is unique to BMW, but BMW has the worst record of using it that I know of.
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  9. #534

    Fuel strip longevity

    My 2010 R1200RT 3rd strip just failed at 100k klm

  10. #535
    2008 BMW R1200 GSA; Iím on the 2nd strip, 29k miles


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  11. #536
    2008 GS with 31K.

    Getting ready to schedule 3rd replacement tomorrow, all under extended warranty so far. Last one made it two fill-ups.

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    Fuel strip #4 needed

    My 2006 R1200RT went for 10 years with no problems
    Yesterday dreaded orange triangle again
    This will be # 4, but now on my dime

  13. #538

    lasted 70 miles

    my light is now taped over after replacing 3 fuel strips. the last one only took 70 miles to break!

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    2007 RT fuestrip troubleshooting/replacement

    My fuel tank was 1/4 full when i started and immediately went empty then started counting down the miles till empty. I changed the strip and now still have no gas level indication. I didn't have a meter handy where I am so I just bought the strip and put it in. Relay? maybe wiring? I have to bring a meter home from work to see if it is or was the wiring/relay. These machines wear you down with the parts cost and the fact that they have a problem for years with this strip and have ben a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TGA57589 View Post
    My fuel tank was 1/4 full when i started and immediately went empty then started counting down the miles till empty. I changed the strip and now still have no gas level indication. I didn't have a meter handy where I am so I just bought the strip and put it in. Relay? maybe wiring? I have to bring a meter home from work to see if it is or was the wiring/relay. These machines wear you down with the parts cost and the fact that they have a problem for years with this strip and have ben a problem.
    When was your bike put into service? On a 2007 it's possible you're out of the 12 year extended warranty from BMW.

    FWIW - there is only one relay on your bike - the starter relay. If it goes bad you won't start. There certainly have been instances where a brand new strip failed - happened to one of mine. My bike got 2 strips in a day that time. If the strip is an issue - it's covered by BMW's 2 year parts warranty. If you're lucky (or clever) you'll never have a fuel strip last longer than 23 months once you bought one.

    Good luck with it..

    BTW - you might want to fill out a vehicle complaint form on the NHTSA website for a vehicle failure that could cause death or injury (if you ran out of fuel in the wrong place..) There are instructions back a bunch of pages in this thread on how to do it and make it effective. If enough of those accumulate maybe BMW can be goaded into making right on these and coming up with a design that works. There is one private owner who came up with a circuit for it allowing for the use of the old fashioned mechanical float mechanism. I'm sure Seimens or Bosch has some clever engineers - they just need incentive $$$$ from BMW.
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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