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Old 09-29-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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Add me to the cracked fuel tank list

I didn't even notice it until I took my 8gs in for new tires. Yes, I live in the brutal desert 10% humidity if your lucky it's only 100 today heat. Tank is on order. Sad part is that a fellow service customer was in for the 2nd time on his 1200GSA and it's failure to start. Towed in twice. They replaced the fuel pump once and were going to replace it again. He has 700 miles on the bike. Ouch!
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
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I didn't even notice it until I took my 8gs in for new tires. Yes, I live in the brutal desert 10% humidity if your lucky it's only 100 today heat. Tank is on order. Sad part is that a fellow service customer was in for the 2nd time on his 1200GSA and it's failure to start. Towed in twice. They replaced the fuel pump once and were going to replace it again. He has 700 miles on the bike. Ouch!
Ouch.... I`m 300 miles east of you, and have not cracked mine....yet. As you noted with the fellow 12gsa..... You might wan`t to use chevron techron with every 3 fill up..... That seems to fix the corroding fuel pumps, as they are damaged by the ethanol in today`s gas....

Erling

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Old 09-29-2010, 07:10 PM   #3
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I think the cracked fuel tank cover is inevitable for all bikes. It is a design flaw with the plastics so everyone go check yours if it hasn't been replaced yet!
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:37 PM   #4
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Just found my replacement tank cracked this last weekend!

Yeah!

Time for a third tank I guess.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:39 PM   #5
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chevron erling, chevron. lol. not shell.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:55 PM   #6
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chevron erling, chevron. lol. not shell.
Or Texaco.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:48 AM   #7
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Just found my replacement tank cracked this last weekend!

Yeah!

Time for a third tank I guess.
damn................ was tank #2 the new style?
Maybe they slipped some old stock in on you?
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:19 AM   #8
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chevron erling, chevron. lol. not shell.
Arrrgggggg.... Too much espresso...... Thanks for catching that....

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Old 09-30-2010, 10:14 AM   #9
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damn................ was tank #2 the new style?
Maybe they slipped some old stock in on you?
New style. You could clearly see the difference in radius.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:16 PM   #10
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New style. You could clearly see the difference in radius.
Crap... I was really really really hoping you wouldn't say that ...
Mine (original - 2 yr old tank) is cracked... I guess I'll wait til the 35th month of warranty and hope an re-re-designed unit is available....
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:38 PM   #11
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I have a 2009. My tank has more pronounced cracks on the left side ... you can see the start of a crack on the right (fuel fill side). Replacement tank is at dealer and will be changed out at next service.

Thoughts on whether this issue will be dealt with outside of warranty? Not thrilled at all about paying for this out of pocket (repeatedly) when warranty is up.

I would think that BMW would be obligated to fix such an issue (outside of warranty). If not, class action would seem like a given for such an obvious defect?
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:57 PM   #12
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My yellow 2009 had a severely cracked tank a while ago. Got it replaced under warranty, and it hasn't cracked since. It's been at least 8 months to year now with the new tank. The new one they put on seems beefier in the crevices/creases where the old one was cracking.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:05 PM   #13
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WTH? This is the first I've heard of this...
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:26 PM   #14
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Yep, cracked, and being replaced under warranty.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:08 PM   #15
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cracks?!? shit... i gotta hole....

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