BMW USA, motorcycles Complaint - Gas tank disappiontment

Review by beemer13 on 2011-02-14
I have had 4 BMW motorcycles, all were excellent bikes, until now. The gas tank on my 2007 K1200R sport started leaking at 2 months out of warranty. It is obvious there is a material defect on the tank. Customer service has been no help what so ever.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-11-05
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2011-02-14:
Out of Warranty = Out of Warranty
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-02-14:
Posted by T on 2011-02-14:
I have a 1200RT, and I admit I'd be a bit ticked if the tank started leaking. However, I am a believer in the concept of warranties. So, I'd pay for it. That's the downside of buying stuff - it breaks at some point, unless it is a bar of gold or something.
Posted by Manuel on 2011-02-14:
What started leaking on the tank? Was it a seam? A hole? I have to say, that I have been eyeing a couple of BMW models. One of the big reasons is BMW's reputation for building quality motorcycles that last. To hear of this issue is extremely disappointing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-14:
Was the leak coming from the petcock?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-14:
The bottom line is that everything will stop working or break. Nothing last forever and once you start using something, components will fail. Warranties are supposed to let the manufactuer back up their product for a certain period of time. Once that timeframe passes, the responsibility falls on the purchaser. Even if it's one hour, one day, one week, even one year. Sometimes you can purchase an extended warranty. It sounds like you didn't so you have to pay to fix it. That's the way the world works.
Posted by Pepper on 2011-02-14:
green - lol. i had to look that one up... it somewhat took me by surprise.

but yeah, a flow control valve could be something to check.
Posted by MRM on 2011-02-14:
PepperElf, I am shocked that you didnt know what that is since you are a mechanically inclined person.
Posted by sommerra on 2011-02-14:
Have you tryed calling Customer Relations @ BMW NA (800) 831-1117 and expressing your concerns for safety and reliability. Remember BE NICE!!!!!!
Posted by Whiteduck on 2011-02-14:
I would think an 07 would be fuel-injected and wouldn't even have a petcock. But anyway, I've had Beemers for YEARS and never had a tank leak. I'd have to know where it was leaking from to even know if this post was meaningful or not. These things go 40 years without problems like that if they're even halfway taken care of, so I'm a bit suspect...
Posted by Manuel on 2011-02-14:
That's what I'm curious about. Is it something in the fuel delivery, like a gasket or a seal; or is it a hole worn through the tank? Is it a seam in the tank? A 3 year old tank should not be leaking unless it's somewhere in the fuel delivery or a defective tank.
Posted by Rev Slade on 2011-11-05:
Beemer13, did you ever get this resolved?

Your Name:
(displayed with your comment)
Your E-mail:

Your Experience/Advice:
Check spelling

By clicking submit you agree that you have read and accept the Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Note: All comments are reviewed by a moderator before being published. Please be sure to read our guidelines before commenting.