My Review of My Sym 200cc Scooter

by Dyana
(Salt Lake City, UT)

My Sym 200cc scooter has been great... until one year later. It has great pick up, it rides smooth, and is fun fun fun!

The warranty is one year and on 1 year 1 month, the gas started leaking. The mechanic said there was oil and gas leaking into where there should be air pressure and it ruined all the pistons etc..

Now, I'm faced with fixing my scooter for over $500, no warranty and ONLY 300 miles. Ridiculous.

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Nov 03, 2010
Gas going where it shouldn't on the HD200
by: Ootscoot

Here at our SYM dealership we have had a few HD 200s with this issue - when the gas tank is over filled or even when the tank is filled with the bike on the side stand, gas will begin to flow into the evaporative system through the tank vent, at times creating a siphon, routing gas into the air filter and emissions system, usually draining out of the air box, sometimes making it's way into the cylinder and crankcase, where it mixes with the oil.

The end result is usually called hydra-locking - the bike wont start - just locks up, preventing damage to the cylinder. The evap system should be drained, the oil changed, and good to go. There has never been any engine damage in all the bikes we have seen with this issue

Sep 27, 2010
by: Jim Zeiser

Oil and gas leaking into where there should only be air pressure?

That sounds like some kind of double talk to me. It doesn't even make sense. If you wore out your piston rings then gas would be leaking into the oil and vice versa, but after 300 miles-not likely on an HD 200 with a ceramic cylinder. Even if your valve seals blew a whole head wouldn't cost $500 and after a little over a year I would call SYM and complain. They have a website, even the importer Carter Brothers has one. You should be unhappy.

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