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  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Under BMW's free maintenance program it seems one can bring the vehicle in for more frequent oil changes. I did it once with one of my 3 Series vehicles and they didn't charge me even though the oil change was "unscheduled."
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,771
    Yeah, I figured as much but didn't know exactly how to say it. Good info. Thanks for sharing.

    Is the same schedule used for BMW owners?

    Most mfgs. and dealers are still on the old 3 months or 3,000 miles bandwagon. With free scheduled maintenance I wonder how fast it would take them to change their tune.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    did it once with one of my 3 Series vehicles and they didn't charge me even though the oil change was "unscheduled."

    Your dealership respects their customers. But by the time I do my tenth unscheduled free oil change at my dealership they will start treating me like Rodney Dangerfield.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Based on my understanding most BMW owners and lessees follow the BMW schedule.

    The reason BMW provides one of the best warranty coverages in the industry is by short-changing post-warranty owners. The lack of fluid changes during a BMW warranty is defenitely hazardous for the long-term health of any car.

    Personally I prefer the warranty coverage of other manufacturers since such coverage motivates car owners/lessees to service their cars more.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    the BMW service manager today. Was told that one can bring in the vehicle every 12 months for an oil change if the 15k mileage interval hasn't been achieved. The only problem with that is the next service interval computer data will not be reset under 14k miles. One would have to make a separate trip back to the dealer at 14k-15k miles to have that done.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    The lack of fluid changes during a BMW warranty is defenitely hazardous for the long-term health of any car.

    So, which manufacturer will get the more loyal customer that will return for more?

    1). Car #1 with short life span, and a blast to drive.

    2.) Car #2 with a long life span, and boring to drive.

    If they are both going to get return customers, #1 for the fun, and #2 for the long life, then it stands to reason that manufacturer #1 is going to make more money, as cars are exchanged for new ones much sooner.

    TagMan
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    one can bring in the vehicle every 12 months for an oil change if the 15k mileage interval hasn't been achieved. The only problem with that is the next service interval computer data will not be reset under 14k miles. One would have to make a separate trip back to the dealer at 15k miles to have that done.

    If one were driving in the range of 7,500 miles a year, then that would be a darned good program, IMO.

    TagMan
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Exactly!

    However, one only finds out about this by asking.
    It is not written anywhere.
    I wonder why BMW doesn't want the folks to know about this? ;)
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I wonder why BMW doesn't want the folks to know about this?

    LOL. Yeah I wonder. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ :)

    TagMan
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    If too many folks actually took advantage of this, I have a feeling the BMW free maintenance program would be modified.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I've forgotten the termination date of your lease. When did you say it ends?

    TagMan
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    True, but I actually see more hope for GM than Chrysler and more for Chrysler than Ford. The re-beaked 500 is going to be a dismal failure like the current car a blandmobile.

    And the "new" Focus? UGH! Its like they took their inspiration from the Toyota Echo. Its absolutely hideous. The Euro Focus looks great, is one of the best handling small cars on the planet, and rides on the new Mazda3\Volvo S40 platform. Ours is an ugly rehash of the tired old focus. Brilliant strategy there Ford.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Lease termination is August 1, 2008. I guess the computer's alarm will ring loudly to alert me at least a week before.

    Sat in the 2007 X5 at the showroom today. Not as much legroom as in the 2005 X5 I drove. Wood doesn't seem as nice either. Huge step up to enter. Can easily twist an ankle stepping down.
    Not a vehicle for the senior set or the orthopedically challenged. Third row "symbolic" at best.

    Disappointing!
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Sat in the 2007 X5 at the showroom today...

    Disappointing!


    Well, then, you may have saved me a trip to the BMW dealer. I've been curious about the new X5.

    The new GL diesel sounds nice, and there will possibly be an additional version with a bigger V8 diesel as well. Only thing is, it seems too big. We'll probably just keep the wife's MDX for a while longer. She likes it enough, and it's been flawless so far.

    TagMan
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    When the salesman tells you the X5 is a "big step up", he isn't referring to status! ;)

    Man! I thought I was mounting a horse, climbing into that monstrosity!
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    The new MDX is on my "have to drive" list. I will check out the 2008 model next year. Hope they have parking sensors by then. And perforated cooling seats. And real wood. And a power lift gate available in basic, sport and technology packages. And a different front grille. And desperate dealers who are watching inventory pile up and ready to see things "my way." :blush:

    PS: This of course, if my outrageously low offer for the 545i is rejected. :)
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Wife's MDX is an '06, loaded, and yes, it has parking sensors with the camera, nav, satellite, bluetooth, voice command, i-pod link, DVD rear-entertainment, and a long list of options and accessories. No power tailgate, however, and fortunately she's never expressed a need or desire for that.

    As flawless as her '06 has been, I'm guessing the new version starting with '07 is likely even better.

    TagMan
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    The new X5 disappointing?

    That is exactly why my wife drives a BMW touring wagon. Also my kids are no longer Hobbit-sized so the third row X5 seat will no longer be of any assistance to us.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    The new GL diesel sounds nice.

    A V8 diesel with California diesel prices?

    I think I will wait a few more years before seeking an alternative fuel efficient drivetrain. I am looking forward to a lithium ion battery powered hybrid (a Chevy Volt or a Toyota/Lexus hybrid) that wont share the same burning fate as Sony laptops.

    The diesel alternative sounds soooo 19th century. And the other fuel efficient alternatives sounds soooo 20th century---CVT or 8 speed transmissions, low friction engines, accessories decoupled from the engine,, displacement on demand systems, cam phasing and multicam engines. Squeezing out fuel savings from these alternatives is like squeezing a dry lemon.

    For fuel efficiency the 21st century belongs to hybrids and fuel cell autos. IMHO at least.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Was told that one can bring in the vehicle every 12 months for an oil change if the 15k mileage interval hasn't been achieved

    I will have to find out if this covert oil change policy applies to BMW dealerships in Toronto?
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