Advice needed on potential 2003 GL1800 ABS purchase

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Advice needed on potential 2003 GL1800 ABS purchase

Postby gilbertgloob » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:01 pm

I’m looking at a 2003 GL1800 with ABS. Condition wise it is a 9 out of a 10. It only has 28000 miles on her. Price is $7500. Here is the problem the owner has conveyed to me. If you even touch the main fuse, it will blow, and the radio does not work. I’m thinking it’s just a loose wire in the fuse box, but I have no experience with the GL1800. Are there common problems associated with this year/model that I should be aware of? Please chime with your opinion!

My current ride is an 82 GL1100 with 48000 miles. I just finished replacing the head gaskets, timing belts, valve seals, and complete carb teardown/clean and sync. I really don’t want to get rid of her, but the thought of doing the carbs again make me cringe, and finding OEM brake rotors in decent shape is getting harder every year. I think this may be the perfect time for an upgrade. Your thoughts are welcome!

Thanks for your time!

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Re: Advice needed on potential 2003 GL1800 ABS purchase

Postby themainviking » Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:56 am

Unless you are willing to tear the bike down to find out why this happens, I would pass on it. The present owner needs to get the bike fixed prior to flogging it off to someone else to do it. At the very least, he should take it to a dealership and have them diagnose the problem. However, this is just my point of view. Others may vary.
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Re: Advice needed on potential 2003 GL1800 ABS purchase

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:11 am

Agreed! Owner should fix the bike, then sell it.
To many perfect bikes out there for sell to buy one w/problems of unknown cost to fix!
If you're going ahead w/that one, check to make sure the recall for cracked frames was performed!

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