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Hi, First post here :wave I have buyers remorse and I don't have the bike yet. I just bought a 2003 LT that I thought I wanted but now I feel I made a mistake because of the FD failures and fuel line ruptures.....etc I was told the bike had the 24000 mile service and the bikes is ok. When does these bike experience problems or do they hit anytime? Any other problem areas on the bike I should look at and keep an eye on? I looked up recalls on the bike and some FD failures that have been reported have the same vin number as the bike I just bought. :( I bought the bike yesterday and will pick it up tuesday. I usually do my home work before I buy something and I read great reviews about the bike but now I'm concerned.
 

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As Bobby McFerrin would say "Don't Worry, Be Happy" :wave FD failures happen to a VERY small percentage of all the bikes out there. I had a 2000 K1200LT that I sold last year with 72K on it. I NEVER had any trouble with it & would not hesitate getting on it to ride across the USA. I only sold it as i was ready for a different bike but truth be told I can see a LT in my future again.
As for the fuel leak goes the bike come with plastic Quick Disconnects that most of us have replaces with metal ones. You can buy them HERE for $76.00 plus shipping. They take about an hour to install. There are many more LT out there that have over 100,000 miles on them without any major repairs. There are 5 or 6 members here that have rebuilt lots of FD,s for other members for less then $300.00.
 

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Thanks....!!! That puts my mind at ease....I understand that I'm worring about something that hasn't happened yet. Is the 2003 model a good year for the LT. I believe it was manufactured in july 03. Thanks.
 

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I've heard they all fail at 25,000 miles. I'll be a pal and come over with my trailer and take that mistake of yours off your hands because I'm a great guy.
 

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I have an '03.

Got way over 24k on it and no issues with the FD.

The fuel line quick disconnects started leaking a couple of years ago, plastic cracked. Replaced them with metal. Problem solved for about $35.00 and in less than 20 minutes.

Enjoy it, you got a good one.
 

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the OP said it had the 24K service done, not that it had 24K miles on it :)

How many miles does she have on her by the way?
 

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I have a 03 with 48,000 miles on it no trouble with the FD;just change it every 6,000 miles you will be fine.
And yes change the quick disconnects; mine also sprung a leak.
GO OUT RIDE;GREAT BIKE

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pauleknight said:
the OP said it had the 24K service done, not that it had 24K miles on it :)

I can read, thank you.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

My prior bike was a BMW R1200CL, same motronics, abs, brakes, and final drive.
Lived in fear for 2 years, when the bike was up for sale in cycletrader it developed a fd leak. Thuth of the matter is that it took me one hour and $36 to fix the leak and prevent a FD failure. Like others say better than me, stay vigilant and change your fd oil every time you change your engine oil.

This LT is a dream. Live yours.
 

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The bike has 25,500 miles on it and I was told they did the 24000 mile service to the bike and put it on the floor. The bike is really clean, they don't offer a warranty on the bike and I can't really check the bike out because of the fairings. I will go over everything when I get it home and report back. I hope I have a good one. George S If your serious PM me. :wave Thanks again!!!!
 

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Just jump on your new LT and ride the darn thing. You are going to love it.

This forum might mess you up, might even make you a little paranoid if you are prone to worrying and expect the worst. It is frequented by a bunch of LT fanatics, some of whom can fix anything. I don't count myself among those who can fix anything, but with the wisdom available on this site, I have been able to take care of all mechanical needs.

So like katnappin advised, "Don't Worry, Be Happy".
 

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Jay, I'm sure you got a fine example. I'm funnin with ya 'cause I'm envious! Many times they don't offer a warranty regardless of mileage because of the years.
(But if you really don't like it I will come and pick it up and won't even charge you anythin!)

Congratulations, lots of luck, enjoy it and ride safe.
 

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Hi, First post here :wave I have buyers remorse and I don't have the bike yet. I just bought a 2003 LT that I thought I wanted but now I feel I made a mistake because of the FD failures and fuel line ruptures.....etc I was told the bike had the 24000 mile service and the bikes is ok. When does these bike experience problems or do they hit anytime? Any other problem areas on the bike I should look at and keep an eye on? I looked up recalls on the bike and some FD failures that have been reported have the same vin number as the bike I just bought. :( I bought the bike yesterday and will pick it up tuesday. I usually do my home work before I buy something and I read great reviews about the bike but now I'm concerned.
Like many bikes the LT has certain reliability weaknesses but the internet magnifies the issues. Sounds like yours has already had the FD replaced. Just ride it, you'll be fine.
 

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03 LT with over 80K no FD problem. I did have to get the clutch changed out at 60K. By the time the late 02s and 03s came out there was a sharp reduction in failures. That was also the time the changed the bearing supplier. I'm told this made no difference however as there was an apparent change in the assembly process too. In any event the 03 is a great year. Now go put some real miles on that thing. ;)
 

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pauleknight said:
the OP said it had the 24K service done, not that it had 24K miles on it :)

I can read, thank you.

Darn, someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this am :p

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And I toned it down from what I really wanted to say....So don't push it.

Oh, forgot the smiley face- :D
 

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I found my Old '99 just a little over 2 years ago now. She had 18,324 miles on her with a one owner. Had not had the 24k service either but a good BMW mechanic had checker her over and other than a really old and yellowed OEM windshield that I got them to replace before I purchased it... she was in exceptional shape for a '99. Out the door for $4200. Now just a couple of weeks after her 2nd birthday with me, she is well and has a little over 55k miles on her. No Final Drive Failure. No Fuel Line Leaks and had been a very reliable ride.

Problems have come up but were fairly easily taken care of. I've had 2 separate brake line leaks with the old OEM lines. But there is a HEL Brake Line dealer about 15 miles south in Pinetta, FL. He does most of the lines for the GP racers at the Jennings GP track and lots of online business. Mine were about 1/3 of what new BMW lines would have been. On the first leak the new line was made on the spot and the second line some 12 months later was made overnight and left out in their mailbox and I picked it up at about 11 pm. Great service and great steel lines made to BMW specs and to order.

I had a brake relay fail and that made the brake lights stay on all the time until I turned off the key. That necessitated a tank removal to get to the relay but with a club members help that wasn't that bad a job. I have made numerous improvements to the bike and additions and have had the Tupperware off enough times that I know where the short and long bolts go now and how to put it back in short order. So taking it apart is no big deal anymore. I think it's always good to know something about the innards of any bike we are riding just to be on the safe side if you have a problem out on the road. I also think it's a good practice to mostly use the tools that you can take with you to do the repairs in your shop. If you use a 12" extension to tighten up a nut in the shop and have a 5" out on the road. You are probably out of luck.

I also believe in the Clymers manual. It's cheap on Amazon, I think less than $25, and contains all the years updates and most importantly all the electrical's are color coded and that can be a lifesaver if you get into wiring in additional things like GPS, Radio or other things.

Don't look ahead at the things that others have talked about on here that Might happen to your LT. Ride it now and you will fall in love with it more each day. It's a wonderful riding and handling bike and since getting it, my 2002 GL1800 sits in her stall and whimpers from mostly being passed over.
 

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Dude!! The forums are full of problem questions! Do you have any idea how many thousands of LT's are out there with NO problems and the owners are NOT on the internet discussing every little glitch the bike may have?

Forums like this are for getting answers to problems, so yes, that will be all you see on here...the rest of us are out there riding the wheels off of our bikes! :D

Ride it, enjoy it, and stay off the internet!!
 

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Thanks for all the information and putting my mind at ease :bmw: I bought the bike on impulse and planned to buy it when I had my finances in better order but this was a deal I could not pass up. Everyone that owns the LT loves it so I bought one, then I read the problems and I thought OHHHH NOOO!! I will get the bike and update when my arm gets better after surgery. I can't even ride it home. :mad: My friend will bring it home and it will be able to ride in a few months. George S you can fun with me, My feeling won't get hurt and I can take it.... and thanks for your posts. :wave
 

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I think the '02 I bought had 52K on it. Fuel disconnects broke on the way home. Fixed 'em easily. Learned a lot doing it. Rear main seal started to leak, so I tore the transmission out and replaced it. Learned a lot, and enjoyed the work. Also replaced the clutch and everything else I could while I was in there. Tore the the FD out just to look, and found it was probably one long ride away from failing, so I fixed it. Enjoyed that, and learned a lot.
None of this has lessened the enjoyment I get from the bike, and has only made me more confident in riding it, and the knowlege that I made the right decision to buy. No remorse at all.
The LT is not my favorite bike of all I've owned, but it is, I believe, the best money I've ever spent on a bike.
 
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