HEY WINGERS. I am looking at buying a 1996 1500 SE anything wrong with them, or good.
So what you are saying then, one should not even consider a GL 1500 between 1988-1996? I wonder what the real percentages are in 4th gear failure throughout these years? The last few years of the 1500 were considered not as good the first years per the :Steve Saunders: Buying a used GL 1500...I'm not sure about when the change for the 4th gear deal was corrected, but issues with most 1500's are small "pain in the a%$" stuff. Hitatchi Alternators made in China are terrible, no-one ever changes the "sub-filters", which when let go, turn into cookie crumbs in your carbs, cruise control switches stick,lightbulbs, no matter where located, are a pain to get to, the caliper pins get filthy, and will cause wierd front brake problems....stuff like that. I love 1500's, as they are pretty bullet proof if maintained strickly. Someone will chime in on the exact year Honda fixed the 4th gear thing. I would NOT even consider one of the failed years! The fix is chronicled here on the forum, by a BRAVE member, and it is NOT a job for mechanically inclined idiots like me! Good luck, hope you find a dream bike! jimsjinx
Totally agree.There are considerably a lot more older Wings out there without tranny problems than there are with them.Also the older Wings had better Alternators from the factory.Mine has been out once(175k klm's).Could have gotten away with a good cleaning,but opted for new brushes and a rear brg.I may be of the minority on this, but frankly 4th gear, bad alternators, etc are something to CONSIDER but should not SCARE you away from various models. Dozens of riders of all years have hundreds of thousands of worry free miles under their belts. I refreshed my stock alternator last year at 89k just because I wanted to. It was a Chinese model. Never had one inkling of an issue. That said:
There may be issues with various years, yet there are MANY who have never had the advertised problems. It does not take a super high percentage of problems to prompt a manufacturer into issuing a bulletin about an issue. If you are considering a '96 with the potential, keep it in mind when buying. Check it out the best you can, pay attention to its condition (a hint of how it was really cared for) and maintenance history. If the last few years of 1500 were not as good as the early years, then why is it the early years have the transmission issue? Every model, every year has potential issues. That is what determines its resale price.
Since I am over 97k on my 2000SE (the last year made) maybe I should get ready for it to explode?
Now watch- next week something will blow (I am going to pull the drive shaft for the first time-I hope those splines are still good. If not, my fault for never pulling the bugger out). Oh wait- it is used with miles- that can happen to anything-car, bike, boat, truck, ...
Buy a Goldwing, maintain it, and ride happy!!
Want 100% risk free? Walk.
This post NOT meant negative, please no hurt feelers intended at all- it just bugs me when folks get scared off because there might be a future problem. Yes, buy informed, but buy if you want the experience of whatever it is you are interested in. I would also be interested in the ACTUAL percentage of issues for a given bike versus the number made/sold.