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Old 08-11-2009, 12:22 AM   #3181
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Jeez, I thought this thread had been put to rest for good, but I guess not...

Thanks for the update ognacy.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:06 AM   #3182
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The dealer told me these were the new antennas, the ones introduced after last year recall, so while the guy didn't give me the part# I am pretty sure these were the 247s. Sure, these are European models, though I would be surprised to learn they differ with regard to EWS implementation. Anyways, that might have been just a coincidence but I have just ordered a spare, just in case.

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Check the numbers on them. If they are 247's I would be surprised.

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Old 08-11-2009, 06:33 AM   #3183
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I have heard of a 247 failing. Not here though.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:31 AM   #3184
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I have heard of a 247 failing. Not here though.
I don't trust the -247 and always carry a spare, though all's been good since it was installed ~10K miles ago.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:03 AM   #3185
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Ah, Where?

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I have heard of a 247 failing. Not here though.
Interested in your source and where a -247 antenna "failed" and generated an EWS disabled ignition? Just curious..
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:26 AM   #3186
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I have heard of a 247 failing. Not here though.
Jack,

I know of a few that were replaced for an EWS issue, but the issue may very well have not been antenna ring failure, but another issue and the tech just replaced the ring as a matter of troubleshooting. Do you have additional information on the nature of the issues?

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Old 08-11-2009, 11:32 AM   #3187
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Carry a spare = no problem

I had the old antenna rings fail twice for me on two different bikes. So, I have been carrying a spare (247) in my tool tube since 2008. I just completed a 12K mile trip this summer from Miami to Vancouver (and many points in between). Besides fluid changes, valve adjustments, and new tires, the only replacement I did on the road was a new low beam bulb. Given some of the remote areas I travelled, it sure was comforting to know that the 247 was close at hand.
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:23 PM   #3188
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Last year after the "campaign" started, a mechanic I knew told me that they had a subsequent 247 failure. Huge dealer. At the time, I wondered if there were any factors other than the ring...like wiring that might be an intermittant issue and replacement of the ring unwarranted. But this mechanic is pretty reliable. So I didn't question it further, and certainly a part failure this "rare" (since this was the only one I ever heard about for this particular part number) is not important. Like any part, it can fail, I guess one did and is so easy to replace temporarily, I carry one.
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:26 PM   #3189
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Jack,

I know of a few that were replaced for an EWS issue, but the issue may very well have not been antenna ring failure, but another issue and the tech just replaced the ring as a matter of troubleshooting. Do you have additional information on the nature of the issues?

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No more info, but I agree that some may have been replaced for battery issues which can bring up an "EWS" but in a different screen and for a different reason having to do with low battery voltage.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:22 AM   #3190
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This thread has been inactive for a long time, which is great. I didn't read everything, but it seems that all ring failures had been on new bikes. I have a 2007 with "bad" part#. If the ring has survived until today, should I be concerned or can I assume that I got a quality part?
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:39 AM   #3191
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This thread has been inactive for a long time, which is great. I didn't read everything, but it seems that all ring failures had been on new bikes. I have a 2007 with "bad" part#. If the ring has survived until today, should I be concerned or can I assume that I got a quality part?
Did you buy the bike new?

Are you certain it was not replaced when at the dealer for other service?

I personally would not trust it if it is the original one.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:48 AM   #3192
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I bought the bike this fall. On advice of JVB I checked the part number, so I know it hasn't been replaced.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:54 AM   #3193
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I bought the bike this fall. On advice of JVB I checked the part number, so I know it hasn't been replaced.

Not certain, but since it is a recall thing instead of a warranty thing I think they will still replace it.

I would take it to a good, local, BMW dealer......buy some service, or tires etc....and while it is there have them run the VIN to check if it has had all the TSBs performed.

That is what I would do.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:03 AM   #3194
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This thread has been inactive for a long time, which is great. I didn't read everything, but it seems that all ring failures had been on new bikes. I have a 2007 with "bad" part#. If the ring has survived until today, should I be concerned or can I assume that I got a quality part?
Mine failed on my '07 in '07. A new one was robbed off a new bike (as they had none in stock) by the great guys at Salt Lake BMW. When I got back to PA my dealer, Hermy's BMW, replaced it with a new part before my next trip....I didn't even ask! I also bought an extra...I think $38....and carry it with me. No problems since.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:27 AM   #3195
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Not certain, but since it is a recall thing instead of a warranty thing I think they will still replace it.

I would take it to a good, local, BMW dealer......buy some service, or tires etc....and while it is there have them run the VIN to check if it has had all the TSBs performed.

That is what I would do.
You were right. I called a local dealer, they said that the ring is a recall item, the'll fix it for free.
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