NHTSA Investigates BMW Final Drive Failure

After over 145 individual complaints filed between April 2001 and August
2011, the NHSTA has finally opened its first official investigation into the
failure of crown gear bearings on BMW models equipped with the Paralever
style final drive.  NHSTA investigation DP12001 opened 1/20/12 is centered
on 1999-2005 K1200LTs for now.  But, if the findings are what we all believe
they will be, the scope of the investigation should be expanded.   I found
the only way to get NHSTA to listen and focus was to pepper its director,
David Strickland, with repeat letters as well as inquiries from WA Senator
Patty Murray who chairs the subcommittee over funding for the NHSTA.   If
you have had a final drive failure on your Paralever equipped BMW, and have
NOT already reported it to the NHSTA, I urge you do it now.>

You will need your VIN, (est.) date of failure and mileage.  State your
model as well. While they should be able to identify from VIN, their data
was wrong 50% of the time.  Specify if gear oil leaked.

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  8. This is my last straw, First final drive failure at 51K, second at 71K, final drive seal at 79K, third final drive at 85K, fourth final drive at 93K. I have paid for three of them, with the latest costing $2600.00 due to the housing being damaged and none available from BMW. Only option was buying brand new final drive. Complained to BMW San Jose Dealer who contacted regional guy. Their solution was to refund me a third of their cost of the final drive only, a whopping $462.19. Contacted BMW NA Customer service, was told that this is final decision and they will not be doing any more. I will be researching what to do next, this is unacceptable, four final drives in 42K is nuts. This is on a 2007 R1200GSA.

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