Originally Posted by MSal4090
I purchase 03 LT 4k miles ago and had a local BMW Auth. Mach change all the fluids with-in the first week of the purchase. Yesterday I did a FD oil change, Trans and oil myself. All three were extremely dark and the FD had small bits of metal. I have heard negative things about this mechanic since I used them and I am now doing all the work myself. Is this normal for the fluids to look this bad after 4K? Should I be concerned about the FD? I am going to do them again in another 3K just to get a baseline. I did switch everything to Synthetic.
I've been told by my dealer that the dark oil isn't a biggy. However, metal pieces on the FD drain plug magnet IS a big deal.
I drained mine at 3000 miles after a rebuild by the dealer and the oil was pitch black. However, no evidence of pieces on the drian plug magnet yet.................so he says to just keep riding.
I for one AM concerned about a long trip. So I keep a close watch and change the FD oil every 3000 miles. It's awfully easy to do.
Here is my past experience on my "03 LT.
Bought used with 8700 miles.
At 18,000 miles FD failed.
Drove it about 20,000 miles and began to see pieces on the magnet.
The dealer repaired it with new bearings and seal and now have 4500 miles on this fix.
So, do I just have 15,500 miles to another fix????? Sure wish I knew!
I've had the bike 2 years this month (April 2008) and the clock says 46,322 miles!