Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Manila, , Philippines
Fraud and Deceit
To All Members and LT Owners:
I have been very reluctant to write this article and have attempted to get this worked out here in the Philippines and also with BMW Motorrad in Germany. To date no one has offered a solution.
On January 20, 2007 My K1200 LT caught fire and was completely destroyed. BMW Philippines has stated that since the cause of the fire cannot be determined they are claiming no responsibility. The insurance company is saying that the bike is under warranty and that it is the responsibility of BMW to replace it. In the mean time I am the one without a motorcycle.
My LT was purchased on February 11, 2005. It has never run very good and during the almost two years and approximately 18,000 KM BMW Philippines two dealerships has attempted to fix it. About three weeks prior to the fire BMW finally replaced the electronic control module. Almost immediately I reported that I smelt raw gas. Their response to me were two comments, Are you seeing any puddles? My answer was no. Their next comment to me was to ride the bike because BMW Germany wanted to get all the old stuff from the engine.
On the day of the fire it was a beautiful morning and around 11:00AM I decided to take a ride. When I left the house I had no destination in mind. As I got on the expressway and headed south I noticed that the temperature of the bike was going to the high side and the cooling fans would come on and it would drop back to normal again. In the past the temperature would always rise while riding in slow environments but it had never risen at highway speeds. AS I headed south I decided that I would go to the beach resort in Ternate Cavite and have lunch at the beach resort. I arrived at Puerto Azul and decided to view the area before lunch. I rode all the way through the area, turned around and decided it was time for lunch. I passed the rode that I was suppose to turn on and found myself going back up the hill in the direction I had originally come from. The road has an uphill grade and the bike started to act as if it was loosing power. About halfway up the grade I started to smell gasoline again. That is also the time in which I smelled something burning. I pulled to side of the road, opened the side compartment, and pulled the seat knob. When I opened the seat the engine was already on fire. I attempted to put the fire out with a towel I kept in the back but to no avail. When the towel caught fire I was afraid the bike was going to explode so I ran away from the bike. A family was driving by and gave me a ride back to the Beach Resort. I asked that they call police and fire department and headed back to the bike. When I arrived back to the bikes location there was nothing left.
The information I have written above was bad enough but the story gets worse. After the fire I have been searching and reviewing information from the LT website about gas leaks and LT's that have been destroyed. During my investigation I found the BMW VIN Coder page. I plugged the VIN number from my 2005 BMW K1200 LT and discover that it was manufactured in 2003/02. Everything about the motorcycle says it is a 2005 model except the VIN De Coder information. I was sold a 2005 model, it is registered as a 2005 but it is actually a 2003 model. The fact that I was sold a two year old motorcycle explains why the tires were worn out in only 7,000 KM. I replaced the tires, at my expense because BMW Philippines refused to replace them under warranty. The battery was also replaced during the first three months of having the bike. In my opinion the tires were dry rotted from sitting and the battery was just old. The stories on this motorcycle are numerous and this story could continue however I think I have said enough.
Before discovering that BMW had created fraud I had told BMW Philippines and BMW Germany that all I wanted was to have my motorcycle replaced. The President of BMW Philippines, Dr. Joerg Breuer asked me why I wanted the bike replaced, given all the problems I have had. My comment back to his question was the following: Even with your bad service BMW Philippines is the only Motorcycle dealer who has service. If I replaced my motorcycle with a Honda Goldwing there is no one to service it.
I had given BMW Philippines and BMW Germany until the close of the business day, Wednesday February 21, 2007, to respond and make an amicable agreement. That deadline has passed and as of 6:00PM I have instructed my attorney to proceed with a lawsuit.
I truly hope that no one else has to ever go through this ordeal. If someone had told me two years ago that BMW workmanship on their motorcycle was like this, I would not have bought one in the first place. I truly loved my motorcycle and miss it very much. For almost two years I prayed that each time it was being repaired would be the last time. That prayer was never answered.