Disappointing BMW warranty experience - need some context

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by fredsters_s, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. fredsters_s

    fredsters_s n00b

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    Hi all,

    * apologies if this is the wrong forum to be posting in *

    I'm a newish rider with a 2nd hand 2012 f650gs, purchased about 4 months ago. I bought the bike with 5k on the clock, it's now at 13k. I like to ride. Mostly weekend trips. Probably 70/30 on/off road. Bike has a few off-road adventure farkles: skid plate, crash bars etc to keep drops from messing up the resale value.

    I took it in for the 12k service (to BMW san francisco) and they found that my rear wheel bearings have 'failed'. Apparently this means the bearing casing has shattered. BMW are not going to cover this under the warranty, since it's a wear and tear item.

    I'm feeling a bit pissed about this to be honest. It seems to me that such a core component of the bike should not fail after only 12k miles, and if it is to fail then BMW should be bending over backwards to restore my loss of confidence in the bike and the brand by at the very least replacing the bearings under the warranty.

    Since starting my own business I have found an appreciation for caring about customers and we spend a lot of time making our brand trustworthy and making things right when we mess up. I would have expected the same from BMW (I realise this is naive).

    So, can the sages of advrider give me some context on what to expect from BMW wrt warranties? I think I may be overreacting, but I'm seriously feeling like I want to sell the little '50 and jump into bed with a more serious off-road brand like the orange guys. I love this bike, it's a beautiful balance between on-road precision and off-road finesse with a gutsy little motor, but I don't want to spend $1000 every time I take her to the garage.

    Thanks for your thoughts,
    Fred
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  2. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    If the bike is out of warranty there is nothing they would do unless you bought the bike from that dealer maybe, I said maybe they will try to do some thing for you to make you happy and come back for future business. Might be cheaper to find a replacement wheel on FM (Flee market)
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  3. fredsters_s

    fredsters_s n00b

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    The bike is from 2012 so has 2 years left on the manufacturer's warranty.
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  4. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Hey Fred,

    I'm not a BMW owner, but if it's a bearing, and you are mechanically inclined, you can just order the parts and replace it yourself with a new set of seals. You might need a tool to get the bearing and seal out. Those are cheap though. Google may be your friend. You should be able to get the part numbers easily.

    Also, run your vin for recalls either on the net or the dealer. There's a thread here on others with this "issue."

    If you do your own wrenching, you just might make BMW owning affordable. This one should get you out the door for under 100 bucks.

    cheers
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  5. tah1800

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    He indicated its a 2012 model so the bike should be under warranty. You will find a number of posts here and on the F800 web site about the lack of customer service that is received from far too many BMW dealers. If you happen to find a good one, spread the news but unfortunately, it's the exception rather than the rule. Is the hub a wear and tear item? Maybe, but there are threads expressly devoted to this issue and BMW will not publicly address it as a problem. Keep it in mind when making your next purchase and speak with your wallet.
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  6. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Wow, a new wheel?! It's just a bearing! A wear item! Easy to fix! You could buy a manual or youtube it for a video. You'll have the tools for next time! :1drink
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  7. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    In what motorcycle warranty are brake pads, shocks, bearings, tires, etc covered?

    From the BMW Motorrad website:

    This warranty does not apply to the following:​


    This includes, but is not limited to, the
    replacement of brake pads, linings
    and rotor assemblies, clutch plates,
    rear drive chain and sprockets, rear
    drive belt and belt wheels,
    spring strut dampers, steering head
    dampers, steering head, wheel and
    swing arm bearings and ball joints,
    incandescent bulbs, fuses, control
    cables, exhaust pipes and mufflers for
    discoloration of finish and rubber
    items such as hand grips, heated
    hand grips, foot rests, foot shift and
    control cable shields.

    You'll find this language in the warranties of essentially all makes of motorcycles.

    Replace your bearings and get on with it.

    Once the wheel is off this is a 20 minute job. :norton


    Probably took you longer to compose the post. :evil
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  8. Garp

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    You probably should have done a little research on BMW and their head in the sand approach to Customer Service before you bought the bike. Picture a team of people with their fingers stuck in their ears who spend all day mumbling "I can't hear you" and you have a pretty good idea of what your up against :lol3

    Of all the brands I have ever owned, BMW is the one with the greatest delta between perceived and actual quality of engineering.
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  9. Full Power

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    Sealed cartridge ball bearing NTN6204 you should be able to find them easily for 10 bucks a copy.
    Your bike uses 2 in the front hub, and 3 at the rear wheel
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  10. FredRydr

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    Fred,

    Sorry, but a wheel bearing is a wear item. Just because a bike is a BMW doesn't mean the manufacturer or dealer is going to replace wear items which fail earlier than an owner wishes. Complaints about BMW are oftentimes the product of unreasonable expectations.

    Remove the wheels, replace the bearings yourself, and get on with a great ride.

    Fred
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  11. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    I thought the OP said the casing of the hub is shatthering...
    If just the bearing then yes it is fairly low cost to repair. Woody wheel also provide the service.
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  12. MikeMike

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    There is a long list of F8 and F658 owners who have had rear wheel bearing problems.
    Motorrad are often complete aszholes when it comes to warranty work, but really good at selling you $20 cans of chain lube.
    Motorrad know they can count on a faithful core of excuse makers.
    How many riders have experienced catastrophic bearing failures in the rear wheel on their previous bikes? Not wear and tear, but bearing destruction with low mileage?
    The only option you have is to buy a better quality bearing and have it installed, as I take it your bike is not rideable. You can source the 3 bearings, seals, clip and have them all changed. It shouldn't cost you much, people are telling you it is only a 20 minute job.
    Depending on the tech, that is.
    Start your own maintenance schedule, do things yourself and dont rely on Motorrad to do anything for you.
    I could give a rats arse if some BMW loyalist takes me to task for my comments, I have bought my first and my last BMW product.
    Fool me once....as the old saying goes.
    Motorrad care about new bike sales figures and are excellent at generating dissatisfied customers with the way they run their warranty claims.
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  13. acap650

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    There have been many wheel bearing failures, but mostly with the F800GS due to improperly sized hub bores. And BMW have replaced some under good will. Call a different dealer, even if out of state and ask if any of their customers have had BMW cover premature bearing replacement. My dealer has.
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  14. JGoody

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    The issue isn't whether the item is excluded in the fine print -- it's whether it is reasonable for the factory to cover what is in all probability a manufacturing issue. It seems like the OP didn't get anything like normal service from his wheel. That should be the end of it. My son's Ducati fuel tank bulged (due to plastic/enthanol incompatability) -- it was replaced gratis, but I believe as part of a class action lawsuit settlement. Should never have had to go that far.
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  15. fredsters_s

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    Thanks all for your replies. I absolutely agree with those of you that don't see this as a 'is it in the fine print' thing but more a 'do the right thing' kind of thing.

    Apparently it worked against me that I had done 7k miles in 3 months, and that the previous owner had his entire instrument panel replaced under warranty (melted due to an aftermarket windshield).

    If I were to guess I'd say that the 650gs isn't built for riding two-up.
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  16. O-Man

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    I had 24,000 miles on my 09' F650GS, much of it 2-up with no problems.
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  17. Kiko

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    I have never understood why BMW owners annually rank highest in ownership satisfaction and also highest in most warranty claims.
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  18. MikeMike

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    I have never understood how an aftermarket windshield can result in a melted instrument panel.

    But I guess it must speak volumes for BMW quality. LOL!
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  19. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accentâ„¢

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    Iv got a 08 Triumph Tiger 1050, engine blow due to bad piston rings after 5 years and 43K, it had a 2 year warranty when new.
    Triumph replaced nearly everything and a new exhaust.
    Got it back and the trans went out, clutch basket not fully engaging, took it back. It was a $3.36 part that failed, Triumph replaced the trans.


    Total cost $5,364


    My cost $0

    Triumph agreed it was there fault and fixed it.

    :*sip*
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  20. Anorak

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    A wheel bearing is a wear item at 50,000 miles, not at 12,000 miles.
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