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2009 Piaggio MP3 250ie
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Good morning all,

Having some strange issues with a used 500 I just bought. Quick history it is missing everything in the front light plastics etc. It has sat for a couple years. It immediately would blow the 20a fuse for tilt lock and would stay in limp mode and not rev. I found the tilt lock module burnt out and replaced it with a used one. That problem has been fixed. Now the red tilt light is on, tilt lock switch doesn't do anything nor does the mode button. I'm hoping there may be another fuse blown that ties all this together but looking for ideas before I dive in.
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Molto Verboso
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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Molto Verboso
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Why buy a bike in such horrific shape?
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2009 Piaggio MP3 250ie
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Location: Palm City, FL
 
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2009 Piaggio MP3 250ie
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It was only $400.00 and I could part it out for more than that. I took the Shad seat off and put it on my 250. That's worth $275.00 as it is. It has 2 good front rims and tires starts and drives etc etc
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Molto Verboso
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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Considering the low price, I think you'll be way ahead by parting it out and selling it off piecemeal.
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2009 Piaggio MP3 250ie
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2009 Piaggio MP3 250ie
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I might, I just hate seeing it in pieces.
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Molto Verboso
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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Molto Verboso
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
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The cost of getting the correct pieces, prep, paint, restoration is going to far outweigh the highest realistic economic value of the bike.

Also don't discount the fact that the bike is 15 years old and parts unique to the 1st gen MP3 are getting very scarce with Piaggio having obsoleted most parts and accessories that were not shared with newer generations of the MP3.

It's a bitter pill to swallow, but that is the real world.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni, 2008 Vespa S150
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sbaert wrote:
The cost of getting the correct pieces, prep, paint, restoration is going to far outweigh the highest realistic economic value of the bike.

Also don't discount the fact that the bike is 15 years old and parts unique to the 1st gen MP3 are getting very scarce with Piaggio having obsoleted most parts and accessories that were not shared with newer generations of the MP3.

It's a bitter pill to swallow, but that is the real world.
But the first generation mp3 500 was available as the Gileta Fouco in Europe until 2017 without many changes.
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