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Old 05-12-2008, 01:48 PM   #1621
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So, does it appear that the latest part number has solved the problem????? If so, should we replace our ring with the latest rendition? 247?
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:06 PM   #1622
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So, does it appear that the latest part number has solved the problem????? If so, should we replace our ring with the latest rendition? 247?

My take would be this:

It appears that it DID solve the problem ... just as the previous ring ALSO appeared to have solved the problem ... until it became apparent that it hadn't

It's genuinely got to be looked at as ... too soon to tell.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:55 PM   #1623
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So, does it appear that the latest part number has solved the problem????? If so, should we replace our ring with the latest rendition? 247?
It would seem to me to be counterproductive to replace without a failure. Why not just buy the spare and hope that yours never fails. While I believe that BMW sincerely believes it is corrected, I'm still keeping a spare!
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:56 PM   #1624
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My take would be this:

It appears that it DID solve the problem ... just as the previous ring ALSO appeared to have solved the problem ... until it became apparent that it hadn't

It's genuinely got to be looked at as ... too soon to tell.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:05 PM   #1625
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It would seem to me to be counterproductive to replace without a failure. Why not just buy the spare and hope that yours never fails. While I believe that BMW sincerely believes it is corrected, I'm still keeping a spare!
That's exactly what I'm doing. And if mine goes, it'll be fixed under warranty and I'll save my spare just in case I really need it some day.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:46 PM   #1626
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That's exactly what I'm doing. And if mine goes, it'll be fixed under warranty and I'll save my spare just in case I really need it some day.
Unless there's a new, never to fail part (248?) and now you are left with the shoulda-never-failed 247 as a spare.
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:10 PM   #1627
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Laugh Being optimistic!

I was wondering whether to just get a new 247 as a spare, or install a new #247 and keep the one currently in there as a spare. I know the one I have works (for now), so if I put the new 247 in and it never fails, I won't have a problem, but if it does fail I'll have a back-up that I know was working. I'll also have the experience of replacing the part, so I'll be better prepared on the side of the road somewhere. I wonder how many rings fail within the first 100 hours or so of use? I have about 10,000 miles of major rides planned for this season, so I'm trying to be "proactive" (that is the cool term for this, right?). My time is getting short before my first longer ride of the season- about 1000 miles to Americade in June, so I was hoping to wait until the newest "fix" actually appeared to be a "fix". Make sense? Anyway, bottom line is I'd really rather not buy the new part just to hear about them failing. It seems the 247 rendition has been out for a while now, so I was being my optimistic self and hoping that because I haven't heard of a 247 failing, maybe the problem is solved.
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:55 PM   #1628
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. . . so I was being my optimistic self and hoping that because I haven't heard of a 247 failing, maybe the problem is solved.
I think your plan literally guarantees that the 247 ring will be superceded

I guess I will wait to buy my spare until 30 days after you buy yours.
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Old 05-12-2008, 06:20 PM   #1629
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I was wondering whether to just get a new 247 as a spare, or install a new #247 and keep the one currently in there as a spare. I know the one I have works (for now), so if I put the new 247 in and it never fails, I won't have a problem, but if it does fail I'll have a back-up that I know was working. I'll also have the experience of replacing the part, so I'll be better prepared on the side of the road somewhere. I wonder how many rings fail within the first 100 hours or so of use? I have about 10,000 miles of major rides planned for this season, so I'm trying to be "proactive" (that is the cool term for this, right?). My time is getting short before my first longer ride of the season- about 1000 miles to Americade in June, so I was hoping to wait until the newest "fix" actually appeared to be a "fix". Make sense? Anyway, bottom line is I'd really rather not buy the new part just to hear about them failing. It seems the 247 rendition has been out for a while now, so I was being my optimistic self and hoping that because I haven't heard of a 247 failing, maybe the problem is solved.
This may help you make up your mind. Getting the old/existing one out a bitch. I watched the tech do it! Getting those security bolts a major PITA so why not just buy the spare, practice getting the #10 Torx out and pulling the harness, and be done with it. Seems, IMO, you are over analyzing the thing. Also, you will never have a breakdown as long as you have a GOOD spare!
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Old 05-12-2008, 06:24 PM   #1630
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This may help you make up your mind. Getting the old/existing one out a bitch. I watched the tech do it! Getting those security bolts a major PITA so why not just buy the spare, practice getting the #10 Torx out and pulling the harness, and be done with it. Seems, IMO, you are over analyzing the thing. Also, you will never have a breakdown as long as you have a GOOD spare!
Like John sez it is tough to drill out "security screws"...

AND on the road if your original [current] antenna fails you don't have to remove the old antenna only unplug [as John states above] and plug in the antenna to end all antenna #247.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:10 PM   #1631
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You guys make a lot of sense.....I find this to be a terrifying experience!

Seriously, thanks, I was getting a bit anal. Your advice will be heeded.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:03 AM   #1632
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It's at the dealers. Waiting for a verdict of ring antenna or broken cable or ??

Are my chances of this happening again bigger or smaller after the first one?

It does seem to happen to a lot of unsuspecting GSes..




How sad these photos are...

At our local BMW club breakfast last Saturday I was amused as several members went on at length about who has the best towing service in the US.

Wow have times changed...
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:16 AM   #1633
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You guys make a lot of sense.....I find this to be a terrifying experience!

Seriously, thanks, I was getting a bit anal. Your advice will be heeded.
Your not getting anal, your just becoming a modern day BMW owner.
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:22 AM   #1634
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If the magical 247 part has really solved the problem, then why was it simply issued as a superseded part, allowing dealers to continue to deplete their inventory of older part numbers, as opposed to an inventory swap-out program with the new 247's?
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:03 AM   #1635
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If the magical 247 part has really solved the problem, then why was it simply issued as a superseded part, allowing dealers to continue to deplete their inventory of older part numbers, as opposed to an inventory swap-out program with the new 247's?
Has anyone with a "#247" been stranded with the "EWS"? [Of course not doubting that it is 'the solution'! And why is it less expensive?]
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