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post #1 of 10 Old Nov 28th, 2005, 4:18 pm Thread Starter
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DIY While under warranty

I have four months warranty left and i,m coming up for a 12k service and in march of next year my bike will be two years old.
Got the wife moaning about the cost of the service .
what do i do ?.
I,m sitting at home looking at the cd workshop , which i have recently bought and I can,t make my mind up what to do .
I have many years experience of servicing my previous bikes , especially bmw ,s.
The last big job i did was changing a clutch on a k100 a few years ago .
What i want to ask is, if I service it myself using genuine parts and get the dealer to change the brake /clutch fluid and READ THE Moditec faults out, is this going to effect the resale value when i decide to sell it., because Obviously there won,t be a stamp in the service book.
and will bmw still honour the remainder of the warranty.
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post #2 of 10 Old Nov 28th, 2005, 4:28 pm
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This will have no affect on the warranty or resale value whatsoever. A large number of folks on this site perform their own service and get the dealers to do the other items you mention (including me). Go ahead and do your own service, and save the money for some new farkles!

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They can't dishonor the warranty if you do your own service, unless you've obviously messed something up badly. Just keep your parts receipts and a record of what you've done. Plus if you let the dealer do the flushes and MoDiTec readout, they should at least stamp that section.

You're in the UK, right? There's no info in your profile. Maybe someone near you can help walk you through it the first time, or maybe just come and watch you do it while they learn. That has helped a lot of folks get more comfortable with maintenance on the LT.

If you're reasonably mechanically competent, just take your time and follow the manual and all will be fine.

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Changing the clutch fluid is certainly a lot easier than changing a clutch.

Can't imagine paying anyone to squeeze my clutch lever, or pour fluid into the reservoir.

Guess you could save the clutch fluid into bag, and include it with the sale of your bike.

For SALE: 03 LT; includes all used fluids and parts from the 12K service.

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I have used my warranty after performing the 24K service myself. No problems. Just keep the receipts of the parts you bought for reference.
If your bike turns 2 yrs in March you should have 1 year and 4 months of factory warranty left as it is 3 years or 36K.

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I have used my warranty after performing the 24K service myself. No problems. Just keep the receipts of the parts you bought for reference.
If your bike turns 2 yrs in March you should have 1 year and 4 months of factory warranty left as it is 3 years or 36K.
Numbnuts doesn't want to tell us where he is - somebody might launch an ICBM at him, I guess - but I think he's in the UK, as Ken Meese suggested. They don't get a 3 yr, 36,000 mile warranty on that side of the Big Pond.

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My '99 LT (bought in the UK) had a 1-year warranty. If they've upped it to two years then they're ahead of the game and probably happy about it. Mustn't grumble and all that.

Besides, BMW's don't break anyway, do they?

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DIY while under warranty

Thanks for the input so far folks.
Yes I,m here in Blighty and our warranty is only 2 years with the oportunity to extend for a further 1 year for 650.
My dealer has told me that the extended warranty is not as good as the original warranty.
At the moment I,m nit picking with the bike and i,m driving the dealer mad , making sure that before the warranty expires the bike is perfect so that I dont have to start spending after it expires.
Another issue I have is that some dealers employ young kids (cheap labour) to work on the bikes , and at 47.00 per hour +tax at 17.5% , I woud still check there work when I returned home .

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Use genuine BMW parts keep ALL receipts and all will be OK unless you cockup on a job. Owners manual states that warranty will be operative as long as service is carried out by BMW,this practice was outlawed in some consumer act many years ago under the heading of "restrictive practice" Why pay 400.00+ for some spotty "yuff" to do what you can do better.
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Also take lots of pics of what you do and parts used. Good record for yourself and the next owner.
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