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    New ESA rear shock
    on: April 08, 2021, 09:37:26 pm
    April 08, 2021, 09:37:26 pm
    My 2017 Sport SE goes in for another replacement ESA rear shock next Friday.  This will be it's 4th one - all replaced under warranty.  The current one has done 23,000 miles, so much better than the previous two!
    I tell the dealer that to me, the rear shock is just a consumable, like an oil filter, only more expensive. (~£2000 fitted).

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    Re: New ESA rear shock
    Reply #1 on: April 08, 2021, 10:09:26 pm
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    Did you get some sort of extended warranty or what's the story behind this? Would they just replace it for free if it goes bad on it's own?

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    Re: New ESA rear shock
    Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 10:50:30 pm
    April 08, 2021, 10:50:30 pm
    *Originally Posted by JTL [+]
    My 2017 Sport SE goes in for another replacement ESA rear shock next Friday.  This will be it's 4th one - all replaced under warranty.  The current one has done 23,000 miles, so much better than the previous two!
    I tell the dealer that to me, the rear shock is just a consumable, like an oil filter, only more expensive. (~£2000 fitted).

    Mine has done over 38k km and still works fine.

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    Re: New ESA rear shock
    Reply #3 on: April 12, 2021, 08:03:32 am
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    *Originally Posted by Antares [+]
    Did you get some sort of extended warranty or what's the story behind this? Would they just replace it for free if it goes bad on it's own?

    The original ESA shock lasted 12,000 miles and was replaced under the standard warranty.  That one lasted 18,000 miles and was replaced under the extended warranty.  Because I paid £100 contribution (the insurance excess) the shock came with a 2 year BMW warranty, this one has now failed after 23,000 miles, but within 2 years, so BMW will replace it.  I have paid the dealer £40 for the diagnostic work, so this new one will come with another 2 year warranty.

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    Re: New ESA rear shock
    Reply #4 on: April 12, 2021, 11:42:18 am
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    *Originally Posted by JTL [+]
    The original ESA shock lasted 12,000 miles and was replaced under the standard warranty.  That one lasted 18,000 miles and was replaced under the extended warranty.  Because I paid £100 contribution (the insurance excess) the shock came with a 2 year BMW warranty, this one has now failed after 23,000 miles, but within 2 years, so BMW will replace it.  I have paid the dealer £40 for the diagnostic work, so this new one will come with another 2 year warranty.

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    Re: New ESA rear shock
    Reply #5 on: April 12, 2021, 11:50:46 am
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    Never ridden two-up.  I'm 160lbs + riding kit.

     It's a 2017 model, I cover about 14,000 miles a year (a bit less last year).

    It loses all damping - this year the bike failed it's annual Government inspection (MOT test) - "Negligible damping effect in the rear shock absorber".

    I know when it's gone as it's like riding with 10psi in the rear tyre.  I knew it would fail the MOT test - which was good, as I could waft the failure under the dealer's nose.
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    Re: New ESA rear shock
    Reply #6 on: April 12, 2021, 02:14:33 pm
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    I replaced mine at around 40,000 miles, the preloaded failed, it turned out I hadn't adjusted in in 4 and half years and when I did it had seized and started leaking, the shock was going off but hadn't failed. I bought a triactive unit, they are made in Holland They do the design work for the ESA units, I asked them why they do not build units for BMW, he said they are built down to a price and they cant make them for that price. they do replacement for the front as well but happy with the front as had the oil changed twice in the front and it feels fine to me. I did buy their electronic hydraulic adjuster to save me trying to find a second hand one. off standard unit. I like the fact it is rebuildable so can be serviced from time to time.

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    Re: New ESA rear shock
    Reply #7 on: April 12, 2021, 10:55:39 pm
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    *Originally Posted by JTL [+]
    Never ridden two-up.  I'm 160lbs + riding kit.

     It's a 2017 model, I cover about 14,000 miles a year (a bit less last year).

    It loses all damping - this year the bike failed it's annual Government inspection (MOT test) - "Negligible damping effect in the rear shock absorber".

    I know when it's gone as it's like riding with 10psi in the rear tyre.  I knew it would fail the MOT test - which was good, as I could waft the failure under the dealer's nose.

    Damn, I'm about 20 lbs heavier than you and do about the same mileage.... mine is a 2018 I bought last June with 3000 miles  on the clock and it now has 14,500...hopefully I have better luck with the shock...:)
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