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Old 11-25-2012, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Going to look at 2002 s3

Hey guys

I'm going to go take a look at a 2002 speedie.

It's been a long time since I bought 2nd hand but new baby means the budget needs an adjustment

Anyhow... What process should I follow to ensure I don't get stung

HPI, start from cold etc
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty sure at 20,000 you need to do valve clearance so check if that's been done. Also ask if there's been any issues with the stator / RR. Don't rush in... Always good to shop round for a while.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They are a great bike, usually you can get a fairly good indication of how the bike has been looked after by simply having a look over it. If it looks like the bike has rust in different places it probably means the bike has been left or ridden in the rain a lot, check the colour of the oil, black oil means it has not been changed regularly, get the bike hot by riding it for a while then park it and give it a good few hard revs in neutral to see if it blows blue smoke, blue smoke means it is using oil. Does the engine sound tight ? Mine is an 04 with 35,000km's on it, when it is idling it has the normal triple whine and slight engine noise but pick the revs up to 2000rpm and everything is quiet. Just look over the bike and try to get an idea if it has been looked after, check brake pads, chain, sprockets, colour of brake fluid, check the steering head bearings, see if they are notchy, what are the tyres like ? All these things will either cost you money (which means you can negotiate more on price) or show you if the bike has been looked after. I usually find that the first ride can tell you a lot, if you feel that the bike feels tight on the road and is a pleasure to ride and everything seems as if it has been looked after then you should be ok. Ask for a service history, does he have his own log book ? Has he proof of maintenance he has done himself, extra oil changes etc. Don't believe anything the guy tells you without proof and just go by what you have checked and not by what the seller is telling you about the bike. So many of my friends have bought sh^tboxes from people that they said seemed so nice and trustworthy. And don't let his talking distract you from what you are doing. Take a list of everything you want to check, and stick to it. The amount of km's on the bike and the overall condition will dictate the price you should pay, and as mentioned above, the major services are every 20,000km's. Good Luck.

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Old 11-28-2012, 05:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think that year had a fuel line connector recall if the seller doesn’t know if it’s been done check it yourself once ya buy it (btw buy it) I had one let go, caused a gasoline lawn sprinkler effect, most unpleasant.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The 955 is a great bike .
Read and understand the charging sticky and look for all the usual signs of an off.
If it has had the oil changed and stayed upright most of its life , you will get a fine bike out of the deal .
I cant remember if there were speedo issues in that generation, checkout the speedo sticky to see if it applies.

Tuning for aftermarket pipes is real easy with freeware TuneECU , it is also a powerful diag tool for code reading and ballancing the TBs and what not , you just need a cable from fleabay.
As mentioned look for fuel leaks or signs of tank expantion from ethenol fuel use.

Are there any extras with it?
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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AS ratbreath said, you can check the fuel line connectors (under the right side cover) the plastic ones can leak, i replaced mine with stainless ones but there was a recall anyway i think. Another issue i had with mine was the petrol guage (light) stopped working so i just disconnected it and use the trip meter. These things shouldn't stop you buying the bike though.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well ?????? Are you buying it ??????
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