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And the most over-priced part on the LT is...

...thus far, in an ownership experience measured in hours, I've gotta go with the fuel-door latch. $26! for 30 cents worth of plastic!

Thankfully, when I got home and went to take out the old one, I realized that it wasn't broken...just stuck. A few spritzes of WD-40 and voila! Looks like I'm getting a refund on my $26 of plastic tomorrow

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Not the most over-price but certainly the most costly would be the pillion rider!!

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Power center stand. Dealer cost $995 dollars. Had 05 about two 1/2 years and was on my third centerstand. All failures covered by warranty but let get real. I have hydraulic jacks, less then $100 a piece, that are at least 30 years old and they still work fine. Even if they are manual jacks. And for almost a thousand dollars per powerstand I experienced an average lifespan of about 10 months. The supplier of this part must be on a beach somewhere living the good life, hoping no one at BMW wakes up.

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...thus far, in an ownership experience measured in hours, I've gotta go with the fuel-door latch. $26! for 30 cents worth of plastic!

Thankfully, when I got home and went to take out the old one, I realized that it wasn't broken...just stuck. A few spritzes of WD-40 and voila! Looks like I'm getting a refund on my $26 of plastic tomorrow

What's your vote for the most over-priced piece on the LT?
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It's got to be the dealer-performed service if one is inclined to succumb to it instead of learning how to do it yourself!

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...thus far, in an ownership experience measured in hours, I've gotta go with the fuel-door latch. $26! for 30 cents worth of plastic!

Thankfully, when I got home and went to take out the old one, I realized that it wasn't broken...just stuck. A few spritzes of WD-40 and voila! Looks like I'm getting a refund on my $26 of plastic tomorrow

What's your vote for the most over-priced piece on the LT?
Over priced or not, if you still have it I will buy it! Mine is broke and parts missing.

If you want to sell it let me know, or could you post where you got it from?


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Brake/clutch mirco switch. 28.00

I build arcade games and get micro switches for .15
Never seen one broken like the LT had.

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What about the cup holder? $130.00 or so..........

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do you be any chance have a schematic diagram of how all the fuel latch pieces fit together that you could post. Mine came apart last month and I have 4 pieces including a little spring but no idea of how to assemble.

I was considering converting to magnets to keep latched.

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That is what happened to mine, Pain isn't it?

I have velcro holding it down now, it works but I want to fix it the right way if I can.
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do you be any chance have a schematic diagram of how all the fuel latch pieces fit together that you could post. Mine came apart last month and I have 4 pieces including a little spring but no idea of how to assemble.

I was considering converting to magnets to keep latched.

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Thanks Adam, hard to tell how they all go together though.

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Repair kit for rear brake is 85€. About $120. Not bad for 4 pistons and 8 seals...
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The little Ball Stud for the shifter $ 7.00. + Tax

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Re: And the most over-priced part on the LT is...

The trunk lide tether knurled bolt. $4.50 for a small plastic screw! Not the most costly item, but has to come close to being he most overpriced and worst value!

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The dollar is really sucking wind ,I thought $15 two years ago for a fuel door latch was a sick joke , my friends latch started acting up today ! will tell him to oil it and be gentle . now at $26 for a .25 latch

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This one is EASY:

An extended after market warranty!

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$1.87 for an allen socket cap screw for windshield!!!

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The fuel-door latch is now in-stock at Victory BMW in Chandler, AZ. I know this because I returned it and got my $28.01 (with tax) back.

As far as configuration, there's little plastic piece to the outside that gets pushed down by the door stud, and the spring should go under that (I'm inferring). The plastic piece with the hook on it goes on the inboard part of the latch, so the hook part opposes the hooked part on the door stud.

In my case, it was just the little part that gets pushed down, that was stuck in the downward position. When I popped the assembly out to change it, it sprang back up, and I'd remembered reading another thread on someone who had to lube theirs.

My wife was just about the rip open the package for the new one, but I stopped her in time
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The front turn signal screws: $4.87,(each)!

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My fuel door latch also sticks like that, but only in cooler weather ( less than 40F ) Since the weather turned warmer, I had forgot I had that problem.

I did a search, and didn't find previous threads with any mention of lubing it. What sort of lube? Grease? oil? graphite? teflon? WD-40 is not really much of a lube.

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My fuel door latch also sticks like that, but only in cooler weather ( less than 40F ) Since the weather turned warmer, I had forgot I had that problem.

I did a search, and didn't find previous threads with any mention of lubing it. What sort of lube? Grease? oil? graphite? teflon? WD-40 is not really much of a lube.
You don't wanna do a lot of lubin' in there, Bob. Just keep it clean and not let it get too sticky with the regular grahdoo that can accumulate. WD-40 is what I used when I popped the unit out of it's hole and disassembled it to see how it works. Put it back together and slid it back in the slot and it's been fine ever since '00 with just a spritz of WD-40 once or twice a year.
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I am SHOCKED no one has said the BMW branded OIL FILTER

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I have to vote for the heated handlebar grips. Over 300 bucks if you tell the dealer you need replacements. If you just need the rubber, you can order two of the left side non-heated for about $13 each and replace them yourself (don't use hairspray, use grip glue).
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maybe the reverse gear knob, $ 24.59......the screw is extra of course. (what would freud say?)
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I recently came over from H.D. and thought they were expensive! BMW has them beat at every turn.I have to agree that the cupholder was my first"You Gotta Be Kidding" item. The only reason they charge so much is because they CAN! Once people stop buying them the message will get to them really fast that they have priced themselves out of the common man's price range. And I don't care what anyone says the center stand is a joke. I will continue to use my side stand and when that fails I'll lean it against the wall!
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I'd love to hear this discussion at the dealer...

"Yeah...I know you guys want a grand for this power center-stand....but the plastic guards that cover the engine guards are only about 50 bucks a pair....and a guy could do a lotta parkin' the bike on it's side for a grand at that rate...."

If anyone ever does that, please take a Polaroid of the service advisor's face right after you deliver that line. You'll be compensated.
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I'm ashamed of you all. Complaining about parts that are less than $500.

Try the OEM trunk latch for almost the most expensive part on an LT.

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Lets not forget the battery. A&S: $174.95, although we do find them cheaper, but still!!!!!!!!


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The most over-priced part of owning the World's finest touring machine....

1. Having to buy new custom seats in order to actually tour!

2. Having to explain to your wife why you need new seats!

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I have to agree with all of the above. I love the bike, but wow the accesories and parts tend to border on the insane.

Man this bike is fantastic for 15k.

Too bad it wasn't 15k new.

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Painted mirror tupperware = $165.00

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What's your vote for the most over-priced piece on the LT?
How about $450 or more for a new headlight? What is up with that?
I've been on the list on BeemerBoneyard for years now waiting for a used one to show up with no luck. Anyone got any leads for a 2000 LT?

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How about an ABS unit for a 2000 model. Dealer told me the pump would be about $1200.00 and with installation he might be able to get it for around $2000.00. So with those numbers, the lights can keep flashing.

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What would the cost of an LT be if you bought in parts and put it to together

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All this talk of the cost of BMW parts reminded me of something I heard recently -

They said I was gullible and I believed them!

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A Harley-Davidson rep happened to run into a BMW rep at a big bike show, and as it turned out, each rep was a little bit curious about the other guy's brand. The Harley guy had spent 20 years fooling around with American iron, and always thought the European stuff was kinda mysterious. The BMW guy was from Germany, and never had much exposure to American bikes, and only knew that Harley had a cult following in the US.

The BMW guy asked the Harley guy, "So what does 'H-D' mean...I see it all over the place when people talk about your bikes?"

The Harley guy, having heard all of the cutesy bike acronyms before said "HD stands for 'Hundreds of Dollars' - because that's what people spend every time they walk into one of our stores."

The BMW guy said "Really....is that the best you could do?"
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How about an ABS unit for a 2000 model. Dealer told me the pump would be about $1200.00 and with installation he might be able to get it for around $2000.00. So with those numbers, the lights can keep flashing.

That part, last I looked, was at about $1900.00! With labor, depending on the dealer, you're looking at a $2500+ repair! I found a used one on this site, and with labor, paid about $750.

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I thought the xtra long J-pegs were pretty high, and disappointed that alternate position foot rests were not stock. Maybe I'll just get some of those sneakers with wheels like the kids wear and let my feet drag once in a while...

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I had been thinking this over during another sleepless night, and then realized the most expensive item on the LT, is ME!

Probably well over $350k in medical ($50k just in blood tests) the past ten years, plus the cost to survive the past 50+ years....I could not begin to estimate what it cost to have lived / existed this long.

Putting all that in perspective, the seemingly costly 99LT, is now that much better a deal than it was two days ago.

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I just got stuck for a 160 dollar CUP holder!!!!!!! Now how many bottles of water will that buy?

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That part, last I looked, was at about $1900.00! With labor, depending on the dealer, you're looking at a $2500+ repair! I found a used one on this site, and with labor, paid about $750.

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I just got stuck for a 160 dollar CUP holder!!!!!!! Now how many bottles of water will that buy?
Yea, but the 10 second installation time makes up for the high part cost.

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Replacement O-Rings for the fuel quick disconnects.............drum roll.......................$2.57 EACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A few years ago I ordered [email protected] Viton o-rings (better material than the "stock" version) and paid a whopping $4.50. At retail, BMW is charging a 5700% mark-up.

BMW is not alone when it comes to crap like this, but they certainly seem to have mastered the technique. "Here comes an owner.........let's be nice to him and use vaseline this time, maybe he'll buy another bike from us."


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How about $450 or more for a new headlight? What is up with that?
I've been on the list on BeemerBoneyard for years now waiting for a used one to show up with no luck. Anyone got any leads for a 2000 LT?
that has to be to have them do it, and for the seven hours it took me on mine, it would have been worth every penny, but i got a replacement light for 24.00 for my 03 LT-c
But my most expensive part so far for the LT has been the drivers mirror, 350.00, sickning

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What would the cost of an LT be if you bought in parts and put it to together
no one here could afford 1- that is sad!

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no one here could afford 1- that is sad!

So very true; however, I am not sure I can afford not to own one

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BMW is not alone when it comes to crap like this, but they certainly seem to have mastered the technique. "Here comes an owner.........let's be nice to him and use vaseline this time, maybe he'll buy another bike from us."


That explains why they charge me the 2 spacers of the banjo bolt for my rear brake when I bought the repair kit of my caliper... for $130

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