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post #1 of 7 Old Jun 10th, 2010, 8:11 pm Thread Starter
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Question fuel sensor strip # 5

I just got my 5th fuel sensor strip installed yesterday , it's the 5th one in just over 4years. I have a 2006 RT with 47800 miles on the bike. Its now off the original warranty. The last 2 were covered under the 1year parts warranty. I'm concerned that # 5 might just make it past the 1 year parts warranty. I'm thinking about trying to pick up some sort of warranty. Does anyone have any ideas?
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post #2 of 7 Old Jun 10th, 2010, 8:36 pm
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Re: fuel sensor strip # 5

How much does the strip cost? is it hard to install?

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post #3 of 7 Old Jun 11th, 2010, 6:08 am Thread Starter
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Re: fuel sensor strip # 5

I checked a few dealer web sites and from what I could tell its about $180. It didn't look like it is to hard to install ,but it is supposed to be calibrated on their computer. So far mine have all made it in just before the warranty was off.
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post #4 of 7 Old Jun 11th, 2010, 7:16 am
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Re: fuel sensor strip # 5

I bet if we took a poll we would find out that BMW has a major problem with their fuel strips (DUH). I am sure they do not want to issue a full recall of all models with this strip in the fuel tanks, very expensive. I would contact the agency in charge of Gov't recalls (NHTSA) and issue a complaint. This could be a major safety issue for BMW. I once complained to Ford for so long that they reimbursed me for a defective trunk support on my explorer in the 90's. A recall was issued 6 months later. They tended to fail and break peoples backs. Happened to my neighbor in Kansas City 3 Times. Its more than likely that your local dealer will not help you because they have no power in these matters and BMW probably does not want a large law suit against them from every BMW owner who could potentially have this problem. This sensor has quit on me once on a 2009 GS with less than 1000 miles on the odometer. I now have an RT.
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post #5 of 7 Old Jun 11th, 2010, 3:09 pm
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Re: fuel sensor strip # 5

The fuel strip failure may not be time or miles related. Mine quit 3 blocks from dealer after purchase. Shop guy said he never replaced one twice, but doesn't sound like that's the whole story.
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post #6 of 7 Old Jun 11th, 2010, 5:43 pm
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Re: fuel sensor strip # 5

Going on the third one for me,so far it's working.......

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post #7 of 7 Old Jun 11th, 2010, 6:23 pm
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Re: fuel sensor strip # 5

Sensor replacement recalibration would be a great idea to include in the GS911 software, given how this has become yet another failure mode of the R1200 bikes.
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