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I get tired of people telling me how great Beemers are except for the dreaded final drive problems.
I have asked a few different service managers about the reports on the Internet that claims the Beemers are notorious for final drive problems.
They keep telling me that it is very rare and to ignore the crap your read on the Internet.
I would like to get an idea of the percentage of Beemers on this forum that have had final drive repairs?
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Ellie
 

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missusfinz said:
I get tired of people telling me how great Beemers are except for the dreaded final drive problems.
I have asked a few different service managers about the reports on the Internet that claims the Beemers are notorious for final drive problems.
They keep telling me that it is very rare and to ignore the crap your read on the Internet.
I would like to get an idea of the percentage of Beemers on this forum that have had final drive repairs?
Thanks,
Ellie
I second your question.
 

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missusfinz said:
I get tired of people telling me how great Beemers are except for the dreaded final drive problems.
I have asked a few different service managers about the reports on the Internet that claims the Beemers are notorious for final drive problems.
They keep telling me that it is very rare and to ignore the crap your read on the Internet.
I would like to get an idea of the percentage of Beemers on this forum that have had final drive repairs?
Thanks,
Ellie
For starters, click here and read 'some' info.
 

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A related and important question should also be about how your bike is set up. The FD failures seem a lot more prevelant in the Iron Butt style of riders. I have a strong suspicion that this is the straw that breaks the camel's back when tolerances get stacked.

For the record, I ride about 1000 miles per month, almost all of it commuting and have not had a FD issue on any of my 3 BMWs (2004 1150GS, 2007 GSA and 2007 RT).
 

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Ellie - I think there is a poll function you can use to get a count like the one used recently for surveying the age of riders. I have not had any problems with my '08 RT.
 

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In 19 years of riding GSs (100, 1100, 1150) and never, but not even once had a problem with final drive.

Hopefully I won't happen with the new 2011 RT (I am about to get it in 8 weeks). .02
 

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In 19 years of riding GSs (100, 1100, 1150) and never, but not even once had a problem with final drive.

Hopefully I won't happen with the new 2011 RT (I am about to get it in 8 weeks). .02
No problem with my 06 RT that had about 63000 miles.
No problem with the F800GS, about 23000 miles (it does have a rear drive, different design :) )
No problem with the 2011 RT, too few miles to form an opinion yet. :bmw:
 

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No problem on my 99 Lt with 65,000 miles. However...Im so afraid its going to happen I dont ever drive it any longer. I just sit on it with the engine running and listen to the tunes.
Okay, the last part is absurb...but so is the expressed fear of breaking down. All mechanical devices break down. I bought it, I will ride it and if she breaks I will fix it. Two percent failure I can live with...
 
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11,365 miles on my 2008 and no problems, final drive or other. Oh, one problem, I now have too much fun riding.
 

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None, I change FD oil every oil change.
 

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I'm one of the unfortunate ones that had a final drive fail on my LT while on a trip,
in a word, it sucked, I got it fixed ($400) and continued on a ten state trip the next day,

That was five years and almost a 100K on LT's ago, no problems since,

so..... shit happens, this is BMW # 6 for me and by far the best bike I've ever had,
you ain't gonna hear none of that pussy whining from this rider.
 
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A few months ago (?) I was doing the push/pull on the rear tire thing and thought my final drive was going - felt (?) some freeplay.

Well let me tell you... 1,500 miles or whatever later it's... the same or not even any play. It's fine. Think what I felt was a loose elbow or shoulder.

And boy I love those heated grips and seats! :dance:
 

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I spoke with a local independent BMW mechanic who operates his own business about the final drive failures. His initial response was "stop reading the crap on the internet". He then went on to say that yes, he has seen a couple final drive failures, but not at the alarming rate, implied on the internet. I just purchased my second LT, my first a '99 that I sold with 77K and never had a final drive failure. None of my friends with or who have owned LT's in the past, had a failure either. So my take is to be aware that it can and has happened, but not to be overly stressed over it, or to not buy an LT because "the final drive might fail"
 

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I have an 08 RT with 36k on the clock and at 28 had a final drive go out but it limped home with me and was fixed under warranty, same with bad rotors and a fuel strip failure. So whatever can go wrong usually does as I ride hard and a LOT over 24k per year and so you wanna play you gotta pay.............as for durability of the final drives, there is indeed a flaw in the design or none of them would fail so make of that what you will it is way more than the 4 percent quoted . Still the best Sport Touring or GS bikes on the planet so I probably will never switch to another mark.
 
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