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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-23-2019, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Spyder Reliability?

Just purchased a 2012 Can Am Spyder RT with 14,000 miles. It looks and runs fine. I was sorry to learn of Consumer Reports poor reliability scores for Can Am. Have other folks out there experienced Good/bad reliability andr what to expect, or watch out for? How long do they last?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2019, 07:04 AM
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Welcome.

The engines and transmissions are generally rock solid.
But some of the electronics and "accessories" are not so good.

My first one was a used '12 RT and it was in the shop more than out riding the first 6 months so I traded it in.
Nothing major, just a royal pain.

Others have theirs for years with almost no trouble at all.
Hope you are one of those !!

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I own two 2012 RT Limited’s both purchased this spring. Full season of riding with no issues. One has 31,000km the other 26,000km.

Reliability in my view has a lot to do with how things are maintained. If you keep up with the general maintenance, do regular oil changes, etc you should see many years of use. Rotax are very good motors with a proven track record.

One thing to be aware of is make sure you regularly check the engine oil. The 998’s do use a bit of oil and need to be topped up between oil changes. This is nothing to be concerned about, it’s just the way they are.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2019, 05:45 PM
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Reliability in my view has a lot to do with how things are maintained.
Alas, most of the things that have high failure rates on Spyders do NOT have any routine maintenance to do.
Parking brake motors.
Left bar paddle shifter assemblies.
Cam position sensors.
Rocks punched through the belt.

That's all I can remember at the moment.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-25-2019, 07:20 PM
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I had a 2012 RT SM5 and a 2013 STS. The 12 had multiple oil leaks and the 13 had a clutch leak. The 12 spent a couple weeks in the shop and was repaired. We traded them both in on a 2015 RT SM6 (best one I have owned). My biggest suggestion is to buy used as they don't hold their value as you would hope.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 09:38 AM
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I had a 2012 RTL that I traded in for a 2014. I had no problems with the 2012 (19K miles) and the 2014 (40K miles) suffered an air compressor failure. I believe that you will have fewer mechanical problems if you ride the bike frequently. It keeps moving parts moving and lubricated less chance of things drying our, corroding, etc.

To find out things to watch for go to Spyderlovers.com and search for 2012. Don't be frightened by all the problems detailed on the site. Again I and many of us have not suffered failures.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-03-2019, 06:49 AM
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I had a 2012 RT SM5 and a 2013 STS. The 12 had multiple oil leaks and the 13 had a clutch leak. The 12 spent a couple weeks in the shop and was repaired. We traded them both in on a 2015 RT SM6 (best one I have owned). My biggest suggestion is to buy used as they don't hold their value as you would hope.
Speaking of buying used...I have a beautiful pearl white 2015 RT for sale in NW Georgia. 8225 miles, See it at

nwga.craigslist.org/mcy/d/calhoun-can-am-spyder/6988936954.html
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