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Old 04-12-2006, 05:52 PM   #31
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I also own a 05 BMW530i. The dealer told me to take the key out of the ignition when shut down due to the computer will continue to draw and drain the battery............I wonder ?
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Old 04-12-2006, 05:58 PM   #32
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It has been mentioned elsewhere that large antennae near the location can causealarm systems to not reset.

Another idea was that there can be mobile phone blocking signals in gas stations which have the same effect.

Seems some guys have had to push the bike away from the problem location a few yards to get it going.

YMMV.
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Old 04-12-2006, 10:03 PM   #33
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You should look into this...

http://www.koakampgrounds.com/rvroadhelp/

Well worth the annual fee. They will tow you with no mileage limit at no charge!
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Old 04-13-2006, 12:15 AM   #34
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BMW roadside assist send some idiot to pick the bike, the guy didn't had a clue how to strap it to the truck.

But that's not the worst part. i had to pay $266 out of pocket - thanks BMW NA!!! they didn't want to tell me what is going to be the price on transportation of the bike, they just said the they will cover $100. when i asked what would be my part they said that operator will tell me at the place. it turns out that if i would rent pickup truck it would be $35 a day....


but they assured me that next time it hapenneds they with send the service again. i wanted to tell that lady:"fuck you!", but something told me that i shouldn't....

fuck, i'm so pissed off
I would bitch to your dealer. That is bullshit you had to pay the tow. I would understand if you layed the bike down, but this was out of your control. I've had 2 warranty issues and my dealer has been great. 1 time they had my bike for a week and was provided a loaner for the whole week. If you can't get any cash out of them, maybe you can get your money back in store credit.

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Old 04-13-2006, 05:40 AM   #35
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I would bitch to your dealer. That is bullshit you had to pay the tow. I would understand if you layed the bike down, but this was out of your control. I've had 2 warranty issues and my dealer has been great. 1 time they had my bike for a week and was provided a loaner for the whole week. If you can't get any cash out of them, maybe you can get your money back in store credit.

Good Luck!
not only that, i will have to find someone of my friends to drive me there when the beast is ready for the pick up....
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:56 AM   #36
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this happened to my '05 1200GS about 2 months ago. 1st one key started to go bizzaro, (had to flip the key to get past EWS) then the other. called the dealer & made an appointment to bring it in on a Saturday morning. out of the garage & EWS!!!
BMW roadside assist sent out the biggest flatbed tow truck I'd ever seen. nothing like a flatbed to make the grrl look tiny. she looked like a marble strapped to a section of interstate!!
fast forward to the following THURSDAY. after 3 days of being stripped naked the problem was the antenae. it was replaced & the good news is everything was free!!!!!! including the embarrasing tow!!!!!
who is your dealer? a contact info? i just colecting as much info as possible...

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Old 04-14-2006, 10:08 AM   #37
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update....

Talked yesterday with my dealer,
they are REALLY nice people over there.

They hocked the beast to the computer and there was NO fault signals

they think that their software package might not be the latest. from a computer stand point i think that the antenna wouldn't give a bad signal unless it's really damaged(physicly) which is not the case....

i think: antenna has a stored value which is being compared to the value stored in the key. something messed up the value stored in antenna. it's working , but when it compares two values instead of "1" the comparison returns "0", which is basicly is the quite point of the start up sequence.


i will follow up with updates
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Old 05-03-2006, 10:22 AM   #38
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Problem:
it was antenna.

Resolving:
the old one was drilled out on a drill press, and the new one was installed. it's NOT a road side repair.

Dealer:
the guys at GrassRoots BMW were really nice to me, always kept me in the loop what is going on with the bike and parts. that turn around time was really fast too.
They also picked up my bill that i paied to the towing company.

So far 800 miles later no problems!


Now , when everything is good i'm back to riding
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:43 PM   #39
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Until the rear blows.....also a non-roadside repair
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:55 PM   #40
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Until the rear blows.....also a non-roadside repair
if you have s spear FD you can change it with the tool kit. to change the antenna you need a drill press.
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:59 PM   #41
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if you have s spear FD you can change it with the tool kit. to change the antenna you need a drill press.
Well yeah, to CHANGE it... But a paranoiac could carry a spare antenna, tape a spare key into it, and plug that into the harness, ziptie it out of way until reaching a drill-press-equipped corner of the world. Looking at mine it appears there would be space to do that bodge job with little pain.
Or could one pre-prepare by replacing the "security" bolts with the regular kind before leaving? Good question for BMW: Given that one can't override EWS and hotwire the bike through any means known to man, why the hell is the EWS antenna safety-bolted in place anyway??

In any case, carrying a spare EWS antenna isn't as ridiculous as it sounds... It's certainly smaller than an airhead stator at least :)
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:17 AM   #42
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It happened to me too.

My ring antenna went tits up in my garage at 2000 miles rendering my R1200GS to boat anchor status. i always thought that Hi-Tech alarm crap should be optional IMHO. Thank God my Wyphe's Breva 750 ran that day. Sounds like your dealer is a good one. Good luck.
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:37 AM   #43
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My antenna is still the original, but I have heard of quite few going south. Strange. My fd went. Also my front engine cover has completely corroded. It appears that they sometimes leave a packing sponge between the plastic belt cover and the engine cover. The sponge hold moisture and then corrodes the metal cover over time. Also strange. Whats really strange is they are still leaving them in some 06's. We looked, most not but some yes. So check and remove it like they should have if it's present.
My friends bike after his antenna was changed out runs perfectly. Youll be fine.
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:21 PM   #44
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Problem:
it was antenna.

Resolving:
the old one was drilled out on a drill press, and the new one was installed. it's NOT a road side repair.

Dealer:
the guys at GrassRoots BMW were really nice to me, always kept me in the loop what is going on with the bike and parts. that turn around time was really fast too.
They also picked up my bill that i paied to the towing company.

So far 800 miles later no problems!


Now , when everything is good i'm back to riding
That's great your dealer took care of you.
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:21 AM   #45
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My 3 week old GSA has just crapped displaying the 'EWS !' message.

Lucky for me it died near my local dealer and not out where it belongs !

I'll report back once the problem is resolved.
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