12,000 Mile service

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by johnparjr, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    Dam $545 for the 12K service they charged me $48 bucks just to take my bash guard off:eek1 and another $25 to inspect my K&N Air filter:huh but other than that my valves where good.
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  2. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    I just had my 12k mile service done a few weeks ago and was charged around 300 dollars. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Of course I did my own oil and filter change, and brake fluid flush as well (brake fluid is not part of the 12k mile service). <o:p></o:p>
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    All your fluid changes (brake, oil, coolant, etc.,) can be done at home and that will save you money. Also, most of the inspections can be done at home as well. <o:p></o:p>
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    When I called for the 12k mile serves, I just asked how much it was to have the valves checked. The rest of the service I can do in my garage. Why would I need to pay the dealership to check my clutch or throttle free play, or inspect the brakes, etc.,? I ride my bike every day. Those are things I'm constantly inspecting. If they want to check them for free, that's fine, but I want to know if any adjustments at all are made.
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    So they charged me 2 hours labor for the valve check (I think it's around 90 an hour labor), around 70+ for the gaskets, and I can't remember how much for a new air filter (however, the old one looked fine), then tax on top of that. Of course they also hooked it up to the computer and checked fault codes.
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    If I remember correctly, it was around 300 and some change out the door. My valves were in spec.

    <o:p>If you want to save money, learn to do as much basic maintenance as you can. I actually find it enjoyable and part of the motorcycle experience. <o:p></o:p>
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  3. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    Wow, that's like $5 per bolt. They must have a really steep hourly rate or be really slow with a ratchet!!
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  4. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Was it a BMW plate?
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  5. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Shut the fuck up & buy the service CD here.

    Host a tech day.

    That boxer motor is easy to do service on & you'll save so much time & $$$ you'll be getting more chrome shit for your harley in the back yard.
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  6. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    Hey 55, pass that good shit you've been smoking.

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    Might want to take some adult literacy classes while you're at it.
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  7. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    Are you really that ignorant or is this a bad case of PUI?:freaky
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  8. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer Supporter

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    You got raped. $545 is ridiculous. My dealer is going to charge me $245 for the 12,000 mile service.
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  9. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    I just found my repair order invoice from my 12k mile service.

    I was charged:

    $221.00---for the valve check (no adjustment needed)
    $68.97---for the valve cover gasket set
    $18.84---for the air filter

    Total Cost---$308.81

    God Bless,
    David
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  10. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Maybe you did get screwed. Found my bill: Valve check, oil change w/filter, 2 gaskets and air filter $340. Brake flush and a couple of washers. $85 and 1 feed pipe $32. Have no idea what that is unless associated with the fuel tank swap. Total $ 472

    So what did you have done. Should be itemized.
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  11. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    Ill post my invoice once I find it I misplaced it
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  12. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    Oil Change $18.79
    Crush washer $1.00
    Chemicles and Cleaners $5.00
    Spark Plugs $18.20
    Gasket Cylinder Head $68.97

    Parts Subtotal $111.96

    Labor


    Inspection 1 $81.48
    Oil & Filter Change $27.16
    Check Valves $135.80
    Ck/replace air filter $13.58
    Change Brake fluid $95.06
    Remove and Re install skid plate $48.50
    Clean K&N Air filter $18.43

    Labor Subtotal $420.01




    Stuff listed as no charge

    Ck Coolant
    Ck Brakes
    Ck brake lines
    Ck Spoke tension
    Ck Tire pressure & Depth
    Ck & Lube chain and tension
    Ck Side stand and Center stand
    Ck Head Bearing
    Ck Battery Charge



    I know there are a few things I could have done myself and I usually do but I have always had a dealer do the first major service and in a previous question my bash plate is not BMW
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  13. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me? Supporter

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    BMW Atlanta blessed me with a $460.90 bill for the 12K service. I had already done the oil/filter change. 4 hours at $86/hr. All the valves were in spec.
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  14. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    That would be pretty close then to what I paid add $40 for the oil change and $50 for taking off the bash plate your cost then is about the same.
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  15. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do Supporter

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    Since I'm close to 12k anyway...
    Got a quote from CalBMW (Mountain View,CA) yesterday,
    This includes the whole enchilada, (no home wrenching)
    Labor $335
    Parts $165
    Valve adjust, if needed $111
    Financial pain of owning one of these beauties... priceless :lol3.

    Cheers,
    S.
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  16. Maniac28

    Maniac28 Journalist

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    One of the reasons I bought the BMW is that it's easy to work on. The 12k mile service is super easy. Anyone with a garage, a few tools, and a manual can do it. Why get raped at the dealer? And BTW, you don't need a new valve cover gasket. Just use a little sealant when you re-install, and it won't leak anymore.

    People bitch about the perceived high cost of owning a german bike or whatever. I call BS. I've spent less time and money keeping this bike going than I did any of my KLR's. Only time my GS has seen a dealer is for a warranty replacement of the rear wheel bearing.
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  17. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do Supporter

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    Agreed, but...
    How do you reset the computer???
    S.
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  18. tempeturtle

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    I broke down and bought the GS911. It lets me reset and set new service intervals. The one I purchased has blue tooth capability and works with my droid cell phone along with a usb connection for the laptop. Over the life of the bike it is a reasonably priced tool at around $300 and if you have other BMWs you can use it on them also. It works on my R1100R with an adapter.
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  19. Dexxxedout

    Dexxxedout Adventurer

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    So I just want to jump on and see what some guys are paying for the 12K service now. I called over to the local dealer and they fired back an estimate of $900.00. For a service that seems outrageous. They didn't even offer to throw in a bottle of lube!
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  20. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer Supporter

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    The 12k service for my 2017 F700 GS cost me $169....gallon of Motrex 15/50 ($50), oil filter ($10), valve cover gasket and bolt kit ($109). I learned from others here how to simply take the valve cover off and slide some feeler gauges in. Super easy because all valves were well in spec. My dealer said if any of the valves needed adjustment to bring the bike over stripped down and they'd change the shims and let me put it back together. Other fluids are easy to check.

    Many thanks to the folks here that post how to's. Has saved me TONS of money.
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