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Old 27-Aug-2012, 09:40 PM
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What to believe????????

Hello
I have recently been offered a 2002 999 with 3000 miles on the clock with only 2 owners. This particular bike is in perfect unmarked condition and I am very tempted to purchase it.

However I have been advised by someone who services them for a living to leave well alone!!!

He advised that pre 2006 999's should be avoided due to the following problems:

1. Weak/faulty main engine bearings
2. Faulty alternators (the bike does have a flat battery, which makes me wary)
3. Electrical problems with immobilisers, coils and clock assemblies.
4. Weak/cracking swinging arm assemblies.

Any advise in agreement or disagreement would be very much appreciated.

Did the 749 have similar issues?

Many thanks

Richard
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Old 27-Aug-2012, 09:48 PM
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You sure its a 2002 999 as they weren't available that year
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Old 28-Aug-2012, 08:10 AM
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Mood: 900 went 999 gone, Multi came and went, 749 Nero now
I had a 52 plate 999 so were available, I have to say I got fed up of not trusting her to start.

Ps I have a beaut 749 for sale.
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Old 04-Sep-2012, 07:23 AM
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Mine is a 2005 (2004 model year) with 30,000 on the clock - no sign of any of the issues referred to.

Draw your own conclusions.
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Old 10-Sep-2012, 01:12 PM
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As above. I've had mine from new with about 24,000. Also I have never had any starting issues.

The fuel pump relay had a problem from water ingress but was quickly remedied.
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Old 11-Sep-2012, 12:24 PM
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Never heard of problems 1,2 or 4 there were a few problems with coils but nothing major. If the bikes only done 3000 miles in 10 years the the battery will be flat unless it's on an optimate and even then i still replace mine every 3/4 years.
Does the person who 'services them for a living' work at Ducati main dealer or a Ducati specialist? If they don't then i'd suggest they don't know what they're talking about.
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Old 18-Sep-2012, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for all your feedback, as always I find it best to speak to the people who actually own and run the machines.
Thanks again
Richard
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Old 19-Sep-2012, 01:20 PM
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With that low mileage, the belts may have been static for a long time. Even if they were changed within the 2 year service period.

I would be looking at changing them straight away.

Hope you get it, they are great machines.
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