Question re: 1996 Goldwing

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Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by dferg » Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:33 pm

Does the 1996 Goldwing have a carburetor?.

I had a 1996 Goldwing that would not start, brought to a repair shop. They gave me a huge estimate for the repair, and specifically told me it would need new carburetors. My husband always told me it had fuel injection. My husband is dead, and I am very sure the repair shop has not even looked at the bike. They are quoting me a repair bill larger than what I think the bike is worth.

Can anyone please clarify whether the 1996 Goldwing has a carburetor? I tried to find the manufacturers specs, but I would really appreciate some clarification from you guys.

Thank you so much.

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Re: Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by Fatwing Chris » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:01 pm

Yes your bike has 2 carbs.Can't see why they would need to replace them though.Carb kits and a good cleaning maybe.I think you need to find a different mechanic.
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Re: Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by dingdong » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:28 pm

Run as fast as you can from that shop. They saw you coming and are trying to take advantage of you. Most likely because you are a woman. This is the first time I have ever heard of any shop suggesting "new carbs" instead of repair. Totally unnecessary. Beware!!!!!!!

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Re: Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by dferg » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:17 pm

Thank You Both.
Sincerely appreciate it.

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Re: Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by Uncle Fester » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:53 pm

You might consider contacting the local GWRRA Chapter and ask what shop they have had good luck with, also see if maybe one of them wants to earn some extra cash and do the repair for you. . . .

They can be reached at :
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Re: Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:13 pm

I've never understood why people have to steal to make a living, when there is more honest money to be made in the repair business than you can run and jump over.

As mentioned previously, there's no HONEST way to estimate the cost of repair without at least seeing the motorcycle. If the carbs were sitting with fuel in them, they may require a rebuild, but I can't ever recall a 1500 owner having to replace carbs because the bike sat.

I wouldn't give them the satisfaction of a reply, unless it was to let them know you'll be filing a complaint with the BBB for their estimating practices...
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by trike lady » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:32 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.
There are creeps everywhere preying on customers. Finding another shop is the best idea as suggested by the members here.
A cleaning or rebuild depending upon how long the bike sat and a good carb sync.
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Re: Question re: 1996 Goldwing

Post by hondageorge » Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:35 pm

I agree that your local chapter of The Gold Wing Riders Assn is the easiest place to get the proper info and help as stated above. Your in a good location to seek help from friendly people who care. Above all, let everyone know here just how you made out. It makes us feel good that we could steer someone in the right direction when we aren't close enough to help personally. 2nd opinions are worth a lot at times.

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