Kawasaki Vn1500-l4

Model Vn1500-l4 made by Kawasaki got 1 consumer complain as well as 1 recall. Consumer complaints with reference to engine and engine cooling. . There was one recall concerning engine and engine cooling .

Model 2003


CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
04V023000KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.from 06/01/2002 to 02/28/2003V (Vehicle)695802/02/2004MFRKAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.01/12/200401/15/2004
Defect SummaryOn certain 2003 vulcan 1500 classic, 1500 drifter, 2003-2004 1500 mean streak, 2003 1600 classic, and 2003-2004 nomad fl model motorcycles, high oil pressure upon a cold start-up can deform the oil filter cartridge.
Consequence SummaryThis could cause oil to leak from the oil filter, which could result in a crash.
Corrective SummaryDealers will replace the oil filter. owner notification began on february 2, 2004. owners should contact kawasaki at 1-949-770-0400.
NotesKawasaki recall no. mc04-04.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration

Consumer Complaints

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 Kawasaki's unlimited mileage warranty is a ripoff! i own a 2003 kawasaki nomad motorcycle with 170,345 miles on the odometer and my extended unlimited mileage warranty expires on 8/19/2008. on 9-25-06, i noticed a major oil leak coming from a hole in the left side #1 cylinder spark plug sleeve. on 9-27-06, i took my bike (by trailer) to my dealer in order to have it repaired. on 10-14-06, i was notified by my dealer (who was eager to repair the bike) that kawasaki would not authorize warranty work to be done because of normal wear and tear. on 10-16-06, i called kawasaki customer service and was told that because of the high mileage on my bike, kawasaki would not authorize the repair under warranty due to wear and deterioration occasioned by use of the product. the oil leak was caused by a defect in the design of the automatic cam chain tensioners which allowed the cam chain over time to stretch and rub a hole in the spark plug sleeve. if the cam chain were to break, this could cause the motor to sieze and cause injury to the rider. i have discovered this is a common problem with most kawasaki engines and one kawasaki should be aware of. in fact, kawasaki of canada has a cam chain tensioner extender (part #92027-1500-de) that corrects this problem, yet kawasaki usa has no such part. why is this? furthermore, i asked why kawasaki motors repaired my bike in march 2006 for a worn out stator, in june 2006 for worn out wheel bearings and fork seals and in august 2006 for a worn out u-joint and drive shaft; all under the unlimited mileage warranty. they again had no answer. well, i think i know the answer: m-o-n-e-y! in order to fix the oil leak, kawasaki would have to remove the engine from the frame, replace cam chains, spark plug sleeves, gaskets, etc. etc. this would cost kawasaki megabucks, so they said in essence we won't honor the warranty so fix it yourself. i ordered the parts and did the repair work myself. *nm

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