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    Transmission failure

    21,000 miles. Second gear slip. Bogging down. Took it to service and they think what I was hoping it wasn't. Have read on other sites this seems to be a not so uncommon problem. I am calling BMW to plead my case. Any thoughts?
    Thanks, Rick
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    '06 K1200S? Hmmm...I have one of those...second fuel strip, but all else ok at 11K miles.
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    I am going on 38000 mi. and trany shifts better than when new ( was a little notchy at first) no electrical problems other than I just put a new battery in this spring, perhaps just bad luck.

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    Chuck sort of illuded to it, but, it is hard to tell what type of bike rik and Jeff have. I don't have the trans issue on my K13S, but if I did, I would be curious if it was an S issue we have in common, a GT issue or common to both....Having a Subject line read something like Transmission Failure on 05 GT or 09K13S Fuel Strip Problems can help others decide whether they have any valuable input or not.
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    Thumbs up trany fail

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    Quote Originally Posted by 58058D View Post
    Chuck sort of illuded to it, but, it is hard to tell what type of bike rik and Jeff have. I don't have the trans issue on my K13S, but if I did, I would be curious if it was an S issue we have in common, a GT issue or common to both....Having a Subject line read something like Transmission Failure on 05 GT or 09K13S Fuel Strip Problems can help others decide whether they have any valuable input or not.
    It's a 2006 k12s. Had no problems up until a month back. Serviced at all intervals, changed oil every 3000 mi. Did not beat it up. Bad luck ? I'm not so sure. I have a good friend who purchased a k13gt. A little over a year old, third clutch, and many power issues. Has left for trips twice already only to turn back within 100 mi. Have done search online and found many with trans failures on k12s.
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    are you fffnnnn kiddin?

    $3300 for a gearbox ?
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    just curiouis as to what viscosity range oil in your S and your friends GT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rik View Post
    It's a 2006 k12s. Had no problems up until a month back. Serviced at all intervals, changed oil every 3000 mi. Did not beat it up. Bad luck ? I'm not so sure. I have a good friend who purchased a k13gt. A little over a year old, third clutch, and many power issues. Has left for trips twice already only to turn back within 100 mi. Have done search online and found many with trans failures on k12s.
    BS flag. Please link us to all the tranny failures that you've found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limecreek View Post
    BS flag. Please link us to all the tranny failures that you've found.
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    Have been notified by bmwna, as I have had no prior issues with my bke, and as I am outside of year warranty, I am ineligible for any "good will". No bs, just f'd up.

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    Not BS really. BMW has had some really serious QC issues in the past 5 years. The former BMWNA head in an interview even mentioned that a few years ago. The manufacturing is sadly an issue. I hope BMW gets it's act together. I like riding them and nothing else out there can compare...when they are running.
    BMW was doing a lot of good will a couple years ago, but maybe their warranty budgets are getting depleted. No kidding! No surprise!
    So how about it BMW...Ford did it, how about you doing it better too!
    Last edited by cjack; 07-31-2010 at 01:28 AM.
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    rik:

    Does your state have a small claims court? You might want to get some advice about taking a run at your dealer. Some lawyers will do free half hour consults.

    Also, some jurisdictions have small claims court agents, who will run a trial for you for a modest fee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post
    rik:

    Does your state have a small claims court? You might want to get some advice about taking a run at your dealer. Some lawyers will do free half hour consults.

    Also, some jurisdictions have small claims court agents, who will run a trial for you for a modest fee.
    As for now, bike is back together and garaged. It runs, slips at times... The only thing I can definitely say is, the failure I experienced is very much the same as those who have had this failure. Mine unfortunately did not occur in a reasonable time frame according to bmw standards. I am considering compiling info I have found and presenting it in a more formal manner...maybe. In any event fortune has not smiled on me, and my fortunes being what they is, the bike sits.

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