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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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To buy or not to buy 2003 goldwing

Ok I am new to this forum and site and need some help and peace of mind. Recently I come across this gorgeous looking 2003 Goldwing orange in color and after closer look I just have hard time believing that it isn't new. No scratches no dings or dents shiny as an jewel. Only thing that stooped me from buying this beauty is millage. Is has 110 K on odometer!
I am an Yamaha guy and have no knowledge about Goldwing and Honda in general. I am looking for big cruiser for me and my wife and Goldwing seems to be way to go. Should I stay away from this bike? I know stories about Goldwins with 300K on odometer and do believe all that but what I can expect with this millage. Is it for same major work and what that would be. If I test drive what to look for or listen for!
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Hi, and welcome to the forum. There are many knowledgeable people on here to help you and I out. There are also many tools. You might want to sign in and check under "Quick Links" for the "Goldwings Buyers Guide". I have always liked that orange color. I would try to find the service history on it. Is the seller the original owner or how many miles did this owner own it for. What service was done and where. Properly taken care of you could have a very nice ride.

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do not be scared about the odometer... if the guy takes care of it from the outsite as you say, the inside has to be good. if the price was right and i had the money, i would not hesitate on buying it.
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QAnyway, that much mileage for its age shows consistent owner use. If he kept maintenance records do not let mileage scare you too much. My 1500 runs like new with over 100k miles, several folks here are over 200k miles.

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Don't be afraid of the mileage, I has 122K on my 08 when I totaled it and the only thing it ever needed besides normal maintenance was fork seals.

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A basic guide is a well used one has a slightly lower chance of carb issues as the fuel is not allowed to sit for long periods of time. If it looks good, runs good, and has been mechanically taken care off, than it is more than likely a decent gamble.
Ultra low miles is a great find, but storage history becomes a major issue. The tanks are not huge so it does not take too many months of non-use for the water suspended in the ethanol to potentially start an issue with gunk or rust.

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Is this bike at a dealership, or private sale? With the mileage the bike has I would want to talk to the person that last owned it. Ckeck to see if the frame has been welded. Honda dealer should be able to look the frame number up and tell you what has been done at a Honda dealership. I would want to know when the air filter was last changed, and the valves bare minumum checked. When was last time brake and clutch fluid changed? If the last owner was on top of maintenence in these departments, I would say you have a good deal. A nice 2002 Gold Wing with 62,000 miles on it sold for $9,200 near me recently.

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how much are they asking for it? there are lots of GL1800 out there for sale with low miles from 10500 to 13000 in the early 2000s
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Uh thank you guys for this many replays and advice. Great thinking! I am definitely getting better sense what to look for. This bike is located in Naults Honda in Manchester NH and it was sold to guy from this dealer then he traded in so yes I will check out for maintenance history. You can see bike on theirs website, not great photos but you know what is all about. Asking price is 11k but I can work on that. What would be reasonable price for this millage and year.
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