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Old 07-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #196
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:09 PM   #197
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It fails because it sucks, it will happen again and again and again.

It is not from oxidization but rather mechanical movement of the film strip inside the strip frame. If you don't ride or move your bike, the strip will likely last for decades.

Past shop foreman of one of the big 20 USA BMW dealerships with a bunch of pieces of paper that imply I know something, AKA about the most official acknowledgment you are likely to get, however I do not work for BMW corporate or saying the truth like this would get me fired :)
Thank you. I grilled the guy at the shop today and he wouldn't comment. At least I know how it works now.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:37 PM   #198
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Fuel Strip

Just wondering---- is there a way to stiffen up the fuel strip so it does NOT flex. Maybe that would "protect" it????
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:19 PM   #199
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My 2009 1200GSA fuel stripped stuck twice briefly in 2011 (around 12,000 miles), but shaking the bike freed it and the gauge worked again. This spring, March 2012 (15,000 miles), started riding the bike to work again and after the third time, the gauge stuck and has remained stuck ever since with the yellow fuel warning light. I now base my fill-ups on the trip odometer and it hacks me off to no end.

I've never used anything except 91 octane non-ethanol fuel (I've always checked). So, while it may contribute to the issue, any claims regarding that on my bike are bupkis. ... I'm now out of warranty of course.

$20K and no fuel gauge... I wouldn't accept that on my car or truck, I won't accept it on my bike either.

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:05 PM   #200
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Just emailed my dealer about mine as its faulty. His informed me BMW has put a production holt on the strips, so they are not shipping replacement parts. Hopefully that means they are working on a permanent fix.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:36 PM   #201
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After looking over all 10+ pages of this thread, I still don't know what to do.

I have a 07 GSA with 39,000 and mile FUEL light starting flashing around 3 weeks ago.

Next Friday I have an appointment at local BMW Dealer to replace the Fuel Strip and the estimated cost is $300.

A few questions....

1) Is it harmful to drive my bike with the FUEL light flashing?

2) Post #149, (The Infinite Tank) says that "you can have an infinite full tank and, more importantly, no error code flashing at you constantly!" by changing the circuit around the fuel strip.

Is this a recommended solution? Has anyone tried with success? Would a BMW dealer be able to perform this?

3) If I end up having the fuel strip replaced, is there anything I should know or say to the service department?
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:33 PM   #202
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The strip on my '09 went south around 28K miles (bike was out of warranty due to age) but the dealer good willed the repair and it didn't cost me anything. If I had to pay $300, I would not have had it replaced.

I have a good idea of the range of my bike and can live without a gas gauge (did for many years with my old dirt bikes).

Ask you dealer to see if they would replace it under a good will warranty since this is a known issue and BTW, once they replace the strip, the 3 year warranty clock gets restated.

Are you the first owner? If not, have them check to see if it was replaced at some point. It may still be under warranty.

BTW, when mine went, it always showed too much gas in the tank, the light never flashed on mine.

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After looking over all 10+ pages of this thread, I still don't know what to do.

I have a 07 GSA with 39,000 and mile FUEL light starting flashing around 3 weeks ago.

Next Friday I have an appointment at local BMW Dealer to replace the Fuel Strip and the estimated cost is $300.

A few questions....

1) Is it harmful to drive my bike with the FUEL light flashing?

2) Post #149, (The Infinite Tank) says that "you can have an infinite full tank and, more importantly, no error code flashing at you constantly!" by changing the circuit around the fuel strip.

Is this a recommended solution? Has anyone tried with success? Would a BMW dealer be able to perform this?

3) If I end up having the fuel strip replaced, is there anything I should know or say to the service department?
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:28 AM   #203
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After looking over all 10+ pages of this thread, I still don't know what to do.

I have a 07 GSA with 39,000 and mile FUEL light starting flashing around 3 weeks ago.

Next Friday I have an appointment at local BMW Dealer to replace the Fuel Strip and the estimated cost is $300.

A few questions....

1) Is it harmful to drive my bike with the FUEL light flashing?

2) Post #149, (The Infinite Tank) says that "you can have an infinite full tank and, more importantly, no error code flashing at you constantly!" by changing the circuit around the fuel strip.

Is this a recommended solution? Has anyone tried with success? Would a BMW dealer be able to perform this?

3) If I end up having the fuel strip replaced, is there anything I should know or say to the service department?
1) No harm with the warning light flashing. It will clear itself if the problem is fixed.

2) I recommend it but I'm pretty sure BMW would have a different opinion. Especially if you still have warranty. They most certainly would not perform the procedure for you. And yes, it works. This is simply a shade tree fix to a problem that plagues many BMW owners. If your strip dies, you're out of warranty, and have the yellow triangle constantly flashing then the workaround will solve your problem forever; very inexpensively.

3) You can tell them "See you soon," since you'll be back.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:58 AM   #204
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My odometer makes a perfect fuel gage. Look at the fuel strip as a back up system.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:04 PM   #205
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My odometer makes a perfect fuel gage. Look at the fuel strip as a back up system.
True, but when you have bikes that cost 20K and up, you expect a simple thing like a fuel gage to work.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:13 PM   #206
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True, but when you have bikes that cost 20K and up, you expect a simple thing like a fuel gage to work.
I spent more than $20,000 on my marriage. Not everything works as advertised either. LOL
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:59 PM   #207
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I spent more than $20,000 on my marriage. Not everything works as advertised either. LOL
Thankfully bikes have warranties
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #208
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Yes, it happens in Europe too!!!
Just had the same problem with my 2008 r1200gs... I'll visit my dealership on monday and post the results...
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:51 AM   #209
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BMW should be paying for every last out of warranty fuel strip failure until they provide a solution. That or start buying the bikes back.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:17 PM   #210
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NM. (Thought better of it. Y'all are on a roll. ;) )
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