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I am looking at a 2005 with 34,000 miles on it.Due to medical reasons the owner has had it parked parked for a little over a year. Unit it was parked the records show it was maintained to BMW specs and there is no record or history of anything major. It looks pristine with no scratches, rubs , nicks, etc. A couple of questions: Does the mileage affect the sales price and is there any work that should be done by a dealer to ensure it is road worthy.
 

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If the bike is in the charlotte area, see if bmw charlotte will give it the once over. This gives you a piece of mind and the owner in case anything needs to be fixed. A small cost on your part. If the owner wont go for it, try ask a local member to go with you to help check it out.
 

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Bike is in Raleigh. I have a check list from Ted's House and have a fair amount of mechanical ability. The price is reasonable based on the research I have done - just wondering if mileage has a bearing. Plan on taking it to the dealership to have fluids replaced. Any other suggestions to consider when looking it over?
 

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Bike is in Raleigh. I have a check list from Ted's House and have a fair amount of mechanical ability. The price is reasonable based on the research I have done - just wondering if mileage has a bearing. Plan on taking it to the dealership to have fluids replaced. Any other suggestions to consider when looking it over?
Yeah.. almost broke in..

Since we don't have your 'Ted's list'.... hard for us to repeat all the little things to review...

I WOULD buy an EXTENDED warranty if possible from the dealer... then ride it like ya stole it.
 

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I would just make sure the clutch doesn't slip. You may ask if the slave cylinder cavity has been drilled or not.

I would also put it on the centerstand and try to "jiggle" the rear wheel at 3:00 & 9:00 it shouldn't move.

Just check the records and see if it has been maintained.

By the way, if she smokes a little when you start it up, it is "99%" due to the piston orientation (horizontal). If they park on the centerstand (or wait a minute or so before putting on the side stand) this minimizes it.

Check the tread and brakes.

If you've got the mechanical ability, change the fluids yourself. I brought mine to the dealer for the first one (and a tire change) and I think it was $500.00.

If you get it before Saturday, Dave (Saddleman) is having a bit of a "tech-session" at his house in Cornelius ( check THIS thread for more information. He's right off 73 towards the Nuke plant. Even if you don't have the bike yet, just seeing one apart and being able to ask questions is huge. Hope to see you there.

You'll love it, go for it!

Joe
 

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Mileage on a BMW is not an issue. I bought my RT with 29,000 on it and now has 97,000 flawless miles. The 00 LT had 48,000 when I bought it in 06 and last week after riding it back from ATL turned 86,000 miles; all of which have been trouble free. And by that I mean the LT hasn't let me down. I did have a problem with the cruise control while out in Vegas and had to ride it home without it but hey, that's old school baby!

I do know from personal experience that the post 05s do handle and run a good deal stronger than the pre 05s did. So my advice to you is if you are happy with the purchase price, and the bike appears to be in good working order, do as the others have said and buy it, ride it, and don't look back. You'll be happy you did.

Good luck and don't forget to send us some pictures when you get it home! I'd love to see it.
 

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Evidently sitting idle is not a factor as we just transplanted a used engine that had sat for THREE years into another bike and it is running just fine.
 

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Hope this isn't a drag:

I bought a 2005 LT in 2007 in the same condition. It had 16,000miles and it, too, sat in a garage for a year. He loved it but loved his Harley's more.

Anyway, after the purchase, I rode it around town for a month then headed off to the Grand Canyon.

Out near the GC, I discovered the rear master cylinder leaking a drop every couple hours. I bought some DOT 4 and only topped it up only once. It turns out, DOT 4 is VERY hard to find in the boonies - 7-11's have DOT 3 but only auto supplies have DOT 4.

Days after that was fixed the drip recurred. It turns out it wasn't the master cylinder this time but the transmission output shaft seal. This can be fixed by mere mortals (shade tree guys) but I was days out of warranty and got BMW to fix it - after a few calls.

So a few trips to this board taught me - LT's that sit for extended periods have their seals dry out and can start to weep/leak after they go back into service.

I'd insist on having the dealer go over it and/or make a deal for some kind of personal warranty for, say, 30 days. Or, you can talk him down another $1,000 or so as it's about $700 for the shaft fix. Main seal fixing runs in the thousands so an extra grand off would make it a fair bet. As someone mentioned previously, and extended warranty would add peace of mind. Another idea; I once did a real estate deal where I signed a simple do-it-yourself loan doc with the weird terms stipulated (in your case - no leaky seals for a month) and gave them a post dated check. If everything works out, they cash the check in a month. If it doesn't you stop payment. It worked out for me (the real estate didn't drip oil :D ) so they cashed the check and we were all happy.

On the flip side, it's now been parked in the (California) winter for 4 months or so for the last 2 years and it's dry as a bone since the leaks were fixed the first time.
 

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Bought my 2K LT with 17k miles last year, the PO said it had sat in his garage for the last 2 years, he was afraid of it...I bought it cheap, and have been riding the piss out of it since, and have experienced only 1 issue....addiction....no drips, no leaks, no failures, just miles of smiles (jeez that was corney). I think you could own a bike for 10 years and have nothing go wrong, or you could own it for 10 minutes and the entire thing implode before your eyes..We cannot allow ourselves to dwell on every possibility for disaster, or we would have to lock ourselves in a vault, and never come out! Just buy it, ride it, deal with what life throws at you, and smile...(that was even cornier) :dance: :wave :cool:
 

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I bought my 2005 2 years ago with 7K on it. Other than some small stuff and eating tires I have had no issues. You won't be disapointed.
 
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