Would you buy a 2009 MP3 250 with less than 1000 miles?
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MP3
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Location: Raleigh NC
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:35 am quote
Would you buy a 2009 MP3 250 with less than 1000 miles?
I want to ask what service if any was done and how was it stored, what other questions would you ask?
Thank you!
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50cc Beo, BigBeo
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Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:35 am quote
Depends on price. But if price is good, I would not ask anything and take it. Next would be a big service: replacement of all liquids, possibly reworking of brake calipers, replacing all hose clamps, etc.
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MP3
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Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:57 am quote
If an MP3 is not being used what needs to be done every year
If an MP3 is not being used what needs to be done every year?
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MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:02 pm quote
I'd not hesitate if the price was right. It's 11 years old and likely had little if any maintenance done, so....
Keeping in mind my price would include the very near future replacement or flushing of the following. Annual/2 year intervals added to answer that question (from my perspective).

Brake fluid. 2 years.
Engine oil/filter. Every year, usually....
Final drive oil.
Belt, rollers, sliding blocks.
Tires. All three (ouch).
Tilt lock (brake) fluid. 2 years.
Spark plug (mostly just to see it).
Coolant. 2 years.
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Location: Raleigh NC
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:12 pm quote
If sliders and joints have not been lubricated would they se
If sliders and joints have not beed greased and lubricated could they seize up and ned to be replaced? I have heard MP3 parts are very expensive, hard to get and on Permanent back order.
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2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
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Location: Belgium
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:33 pm quote
MP3 parts are not hard to get if you know where to look.

If you live in the US, Vespa Motorsport a.k.a. Scooter West in San Diego seems to have the most MP3 parts in stock.

If you are looking to buy a bunch of parts all at once, easyparts.nl almost always have the best prices.

I've also had great luck using Amazon Italia. Found the original Piaggio branded Bitubo shocks there for almost half off list as an example.

See links


https://www.scooterwest.com/

https://www.easyparts.nl/

https://www.amazon.it/
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MP3
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Location: Raleigh NC
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:53 pm quote
Thank You So Much!
Thank You So Much!
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BV250, BV500
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Location: SFBay
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:01 pm quote
You can also look at www.scooterpartsco.com. They have lots of things you might need.

A scooter like this can be a great deal, IF you are comfortable with working on the machine yourself and IF you have time to do the work. But buy it cheap, because the unknowns can be expensive.
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2009 MP3 400
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Location: Sayre, PA
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:24 am quote
I concur. Regular perishable parts are not a problem and can be had within normal shipping times.
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Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:26 am quote
Thank you also!
Thank you also. It makes my decision much easier
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2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
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Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:53 am quote
Re: If sliders and joints have not been lubricated would the
Peter E wrote:
If sliders and joints have not beed greased and lubricated could they seize up and ned to be replaced? I have heard MP3 parts are very expensive, hard to get and on Permanent back order.
Find a better dealer.
Don't think I have ever had a part on Back order for any of my Piaggio's.
Now if you order at the beginning of Aug you could be waiting till Sept for your part that was not in stock in the US.

Hell I have 2008 MP 3 500 I just replaced a ton of parts and Piaggio had them all in stock. Even the OEM windscreen.
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