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I have in past owned over six diffient brands of motorcycles and never had any major problems till now with this Yamaha Majesty 2005 scooter. This is my first street bike and never been on the road before. My battery goes dead after even riding 50 miles. I turned my scooter off and it wouldn't start again. I could see some light in dashboard on but had no power to start it. Yamaha dealer said the battery is in excellent condition but they think it's the motorcycle generator that bad and will cost me 275.00 just for part and then charge me for labor which is extra for 52.00 an hour. Have any of you had problems with the electrical?

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with only 450 miles on it it should still be under warranty, and should not cost you a dime.

i have not heard of anyone having problems with the electricals of the maj 400.

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Hi, The dealer told me the warranty is over for this scooter. I bought this from the dealer and dealer had got the scooter from a woman that traded it in for a regular motorcycle. She only put 300 miles on it. It didn't sell right way in dealer show room. So I bought this used from him and warranty just ran out two weeks ago.

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so i assume that it's more than 12 months old ?

that's just plain bad luck i guess.

here in oz, we get a 2 year unlimited km warranty on all yamaha scooters. in the us, i note that you only get 12 months. doesnt seem fair does it ?

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scooterman45 said:
Hi, The dealer told me the warranty is over for this scooter. I bought this from the dealer and dealer had got the scooter from a woman that traded it in for a regular motorcycle. She only put 300 miles on it. It didn't sell right way in dealer show room. So I bought this used from him and warranty just ran out two weeks ago.
First, what specifically is the bike doing that brings you to the "electrical problems" diagnosis? Second, how long ago did your purchase the scoot from the dealer? If it was within the past 90 days, I suspect that you could ask that they fix it or demand your money back. If the vehicle has substantial electrical problems, they probably knew it and dumped the bike on you. Also, go to your motor vehicle licensing office and find out the name of the woman who had the bike before you. Contact her and ask if there were any problems with the bike. That may be why she "traded it in".
Also, call Yamaha customer service and let them know the dealer sold you a "lemon" used bike that you think they may have known about. They may be able to convince the dealer to do the right thing.
 

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I'm with Blex on this one. The dealer should cover the repairs. I would be polite, but insistant that they repair the bike fior you. Yamaha is also a good company, and even though it's just 2 weeks off warrenty, I'll bet they would cover the repairs.

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Good News, I have my scooter at the Yamaha dealer being fixed and Yamaha said they would pay to fix it if it's a factory defect.

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I wonder if there's a recall in the future for electrical stuff - this one, and the stalling problems that so many experienced.

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Braden said:
I wonder if there's a recall in the future for electrical stuff - this one, and the stalling problems that so many experienced.
Interesting question-- I too, have had the stalling problem, and my dealer initially told me to "pound sand". :roll:
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Good News, I have my scooter at the Yamaha dealer being fixed and Yamaha said they would pay to fix it if it's a factory defect.
Please let us know if they own up to it being a "factory defect" or if they stuff you with a bill. As I stated above, since you bought it used from a dealership, they really should cover it. Hope you have a good dealer who does the "right thing". :)
 

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I just had an electrical problem last night. The engine trouble light wouldn't go out even before I started the engine. I checked the oil & temerature & decided it was an electrical glitch & rode nearly ten miles
home. Just before I got home I filled the gas tank. At that point I couldn't reset either of the mileage meters (they wouldn't start blinking).
As soon as I started the engine the trip meter started blinking & the engine trouble light went out. Problem solved but what caused it?

One possibility has just occured to me. On my car the check engine light will come on if the gas cap is not tightened down. Since the problem solved itself right after I got gas I wonder if that could have been the problem even though this did not start until the gastank was already on reserve?
 

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Update, My local Yamaha dealer has had my scooter in the shop for over two weeks. I didn't no this but Yamaha fixes other makes like Honda and others. Mine was put on a list to be checked out and finally it is been checked. The problem they say is it's is a bad battery cell but the problem with this is before I took the scooter into the shop they checked out battery and said it was ok and they charged it. I'm having to keep in contact with Yamaha's main office in Cal. to make my local dealer do me right. This Yamaha dealer I don't trust at all. At 52.00 an hour know telling what the bill will be.

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my local dealer charges $88 Au per hour labour costs.

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If they sold you a bike and the battery went bad within 90 days, I think they owe you a new battery on the house first. (IMHO)
 

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On the subject of batteries, when I took out my scooter from its hibernation period, the battery had just enough juice to light up the instruments. I'd left the battery in place with the ground wire unhooked and a trickle charger that the dealer sold me hooked up to the battery. They replaced the battery free of charge even though the battery warranty expires if the scooter is put in storage for any amount of time.
 

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Here we have fairly cold winters and I don't have a garage. Maj 400 scoot lives on a covered porch. All through the winter I try to take 'er out for a few miles at least once a week to keep the battery in good shape and the fuel supply freshened up. Past couple of weeks, though, we have been in deep freeze, so I start 'er up and let 'er run for about 15 minutes every couple of days to keep the batt'ry charged. DANG, I miss riding!!!

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When I read this, I thought of the 24 yr. old Kawasaki I recently sold, still charging fine. I would suspect a faulty battery before a defective charging system. Have them put in a new battery and see if that fixes it. Surely, though, they can quickly test the scoot to see if it is charging. Even a moderately trained employee at Advance Auto can test a car to see if it is charging or has a dead battery!

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FYI - Wayne accidentally responded to a very old post from July. I think the issue was solved.
 

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I am having problems with the electrical system too. It was cutting out (2005 model) and stalling so they replaced the ECU. It ran even worse. The clock was never working so they think it is linked to the electronic speedo system and are now replacing it. I am glad it is under warranty, and the weather is bad.
 

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I purchased a factory service manual for my 2005, I think you would better off spending some of that money on the manual and fixing it yourself, sounds like it would be less expensive and faster, good luck!
 
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