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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on possible purchase

So I have been "eyeing" a 2008 S3. It has 19k miles on it. I went to see it today and have a couple of questions. The bike has peeling paint on the motor. Like it is bubbling. I read that many Triumphs suffer this. Also the bike does not have a Neutral light. Is that correct? I didn't see a green light on with it in Neutral. Also the clutch had no feel to it. It was just hard. I read that S3's have hard clutches but not sure if they normally have a "feel" to it or are they just hard. I got quote 1200 to do the 24k mile service with the valve adjustments. Seems kinda high since I got quoted 700 for a timing belt change on a Ducati 1098. Anyway the bike looks good nothing glaring out to me. It has the some little upgrades and a full Arrow 3 into 1 system. I can do things like fluid changes and what not but would have to take it to the dealer for the Valve job. Thoughts?
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I have a 2007 and am the original owner with 30,000 miles on it. That's low mileage compared to others. I've had no issues with peeling paint and I live in a warm climate.

I dont have issues with the clutch but I suppose some consider it heavy. A friend of mine thought it was heavy. You can research here for discussions on the topic.

As for Valves, the process to check it is simple, just follow the WSM. But, if they need to be adjusted, that's a bit more involved. The quote seems high if it's just to check. If the quote includes shimming, etc that is probably consistent with what I've heard. But, the quote should be one price to check and measure and additional costs for adjustment. I've checked mine every 12 thousand miles and have not had to adjust yet. Although, I think one valve will need adjustment next time.

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That price was for everything. All fluids, lubing valves, shimming and everything. Do you think 4500 is a decent price then? I walked away but I may go back after reading this. If I'm allowed to post the link of the bike I will so you guys can see it.
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I still like the idea of them providing a break down of the prices. They might not need to adjust the valves and since they are including work for that, there should be a way to determine how would be refunded. In other words, they could overcharge you.

As for the price, it's not bad but I'd use the quite for service as a bargaining chip. You could indicate a big service is coming up and want a credit towards the price.

You should post pictures of the bike, if you can. Also, does the owner have receipts for work? Does he know much about it or does it seem like he just rides it?

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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You can see the crinkled paint on the engine cover. The gear whine reminds me of my RC51 TBH. I like this bike just want to know what I am possibly getting into. I would see what other members here are selling and for what amount. I normally use that as a basis for what I "should" pay for them. Aside from the paint on the motor (I read some had done that) and the hard weird feeling clutch ( again this might be a S3 trait) I kinda like the bike.
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It should have a neutral light, the bulb or sensor may have gone. Are you able to test ride it all to see how the clutch is on a ride?

My 2000 S3 has paint flaking off the front of the engine but I haven't noticed any bubbling etc
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Oh I forgot about the neutral light. Yeah, there should be one. But in one of the pictures, it looks like it's working.

The bike looks clean. A 2008 has the better brakes and I believe a better charging system. These bikes are pretty reliable and if you like it and have a sense for how bikes work, you can make that assessment of whether it's in good shape.

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Ah I hadn't seen the pictures when I posted, Night Train is right about the neutral light. Mine is a pig to get into neutral if it's not running, maybe that and the hard clutch just meant it wasn't actually in neutral?
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That price was for everything. All fluids, lubing valves, shimming and everything. Do you think 4500 is a decent price then? I walked away but I may go back after reading this. If I'm allowed to post the link of the bike I will so you guys can see it.
According to NADA, that is a fair price. Especially if it includes everything as you stated. Plus, there is no NADA provision for including that Arrow low mount exhaust which is $$$. However, I'd still have them fix the neutral light at that price.

edit: doh! yeah, now I see the neutral light is working.

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Clutches are stiff - but better than the 955's !!!!

Neutral Light - simple test to see whether the switch or the lamp;
Start the bike (with it presumably in Neutral!) and let the clutch out;
Put side-stand down - if motor dies, then the switch is bad - it not only supplies the lamp, it also provides interlock to the ECU
If motor does NOT die, then switch is good and the lamp is bad.
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