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post #1 of 20 Old Jul 10th, 2006, 3:36 pm Thread Starter
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I need a good service shop!

I live in Russellville, AL. Anyone familiar with BMW repair shops near me? I am located in between Memphis, Birmingham, and Nashville. Does anyone have any experience in my area?
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post #2 of 20 Old Jul 10th, 2006, 3:39 pm
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Try this link.....not sure how up to date it is, but it's a start:


http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/dealers/index.jsp


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I was born in Sheffield and know exactly where you are. You might talk to John Zeiler (jzeiler) who lives in Hazel Green just north of Huntsville, but I'm pretty sure he uses Bloodworth in Nashville, as do I. I can also recommend their service department as well. You can run over, hop on I-65 and be there in no time. Besides, I heard that Bogart's in B'ham was either about to be or is closed.

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Jamie,

Ditto what Al said. Jump on the Natchez Trace PKWY and go see Scotty. Although I do most all my maintenance I trust Scotty and his crew for all my warranty work. When you get to the end of the Trace go in on 70S there is a great chinese restaurant in the first little strip mall you come too. Best Kung Po Chicken I have eaten in a long time.

Then again maybe it's time to start holding tech sessions at my place. Don't have a lift but have the know how.

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Know anything about clutches? Its alot closer to Hazelgreen than Nashville!
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post #6 of 20 Old Jul 11th, 2006, 8:12 am
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All I know is that it is a lot of work to get at it. Have not been that far into the LT yet. It involves a lot of removal including some of the induction system as the transmission IS the rear motor mount. You need to tilt the rear of the drive train down to get the transmission to clear the frame.

Guess the real question is - is yours slipping?

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Long story short (maybe)---
Bought the bike last Monday after test drive. On Thursday, I rode 200 miles with no problem. Changed the engine oil and filter on Friday. Rode again Sat and noticed that the engine RPMs increased when I accelerated hard in 4th or 5th gear, but the speed did not accelerate at the same pace. I rode about 100 miles and it did this throughout the ride. I stopped for about an hour before a short ride home (8miles). It did not slip on the ride home. It has slipped every day this week, although I've only ridden a few miles each day. I'm a new BMW owner. What does it sound like to you?
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Jamie,

Ditto what Al said. Jump on the Natchez Trace PKWY and go see Scotty. Although I do most all my maintenance I trust Scotty and his crew for all my warranty work. When you get to the end of the Trace go in on 70S there is a great chinese restaurant in the first little strip mall you come too. Best Kung Po Chicken I have eaten in a long time.

Then again maybe it's time to start holding tech sessions at my place. Don't have a lift but have the know how.
I took your advice and called Scotty in Nashville. He said that it would cost about $1500 for the clutch job and would take over a week to complete. Does this sound reasonable?
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I took your advice and called Scotty in Nashville. He said that it would cost about $1500 for the clutch job and would take over a week to complete. Does this sound reasonable?
Yup - sounds pretty reasonable to me. That's about what it cost me to get Toad healthy and back on the road. Done by one of the best wrenches in the country, and in less than a week, cuz they work on Monday too!! Don't go the shop while they're workin' on your scoot. You'll have to say Rosary or sumpthin' when you see it!!!
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Sorry you are having problems with the new ride. That price seems to be reasonable given the work required. I have read of some a lot higher but not many lower. Scotty will do you a fair shake. Most likely culprit is the clutch slave cylinder as when it leaks it gets on the clutch disc. Less common is the engine or transmission seals. If it is the slave ask Scott to change all the internal clutch area seals (he will most likely recommend it) - good insurance.

He replaced my slave during the warranty repair of the transmission out put seal. Only charged for the slave cylinder (no labor)and despite the fact it was more than he mentioned (price went up) he only charged me the lower price.

In my book that's hard to beat.

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I'm not a BMW expert, but Scotty sounds like one. He said that he would replace any suspect part (seal) while in there and that he would guarantee no clutch leaks for 24 months.
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"Besides, I heard that Bogart's in B'ham was either about to be or is closed."

I don't know where you heard this but, they are wasting a lot of money to expand into the adjoining facility and remodeling the service area if they are closing.

I can vouch for their service. They performed the 600, 6,000 and 12,000 mile service on my bike.

I have not required any repair work yet...(knock on wood).
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post #13 of 20 Old Jul 12th, 2006, 4:45 pm Thread Starter
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Birmingham is definitely closer for me. Anyone had experience there with repairs?
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Price is dead on. I've had two replaced in the last 18 months, one for a bad clutch slave cylinder and one for a leaking engine seal. Once the clutch is contaminated it is all over.

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Price is dead on. I've had two replaced in the last 18 months, one for a bad clutch slave cylinder and one for a leaking engine seal. Once the clutch is contaminated it is all over.

Sounds like you should have gone to Nashville! Seriously--it does sound like you had a run of bad luck. They guaranteed me at Bloodworth BMW that the clutch would not fail for 24 months due to leaks.
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If the clutch slave cylinder had let go again, then you are absolutely correct BMW would have covered the repair again for 2 years. Since the rear engine seal failed and leaked motor oil and contaminated the clutch, then the repair is on the owner. Different failure point so the parts replaced the first time are not covered.

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Scotty (Bloodworth's) said that he would replace those seals "while he was in there" to insure no future leaks, at least for 24 months.
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I live in Russellville, AL. Anyone familiar with BMW repair shops near me? I am located in between Memphis, Birmingham, and Nashville. Does anyone have any experience in my area?
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If they had done that on mine the first time, then I would have been covered for the 24 months. Oh well. live and learn and part with expensive repairs quickly.

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post #20 of 20 Old Jul 13th, 2006, 10:20 am Thread Starter
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Yep....the way I see it, is, just spend the money and enjoy the ride. I don't really have a choice in the repair, so I might as well think positively.
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