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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 9,477
    You are most welcome; I'm always happy to help a fellow BMW owner!!!

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2004 X3 2.5i Son's: 2009 328i

  • bmw_gssbmw_gss Posts: 19
    I just bought my 2010 328 Xi and damm excited abt it. I need some pointers to make sure I maintain it well. My qns are basic and could be silly so pls bear with me folks!

    1. The dealer said I should be fine using mid grade gas instead of premium. I found my previous car (Passat) gave me better mileage when I used BP as compared to Shell or Chevron. Thoughts?
    2. How often will I go to the dealer for service as part of the free 4 yr/50000 maintenance and warranty program?
    3. What does a typical service/maintenance trip to the dealer involve - meaning what things are inspected and changed?
    4. The warranty covers the vehicle - any specific part or parts that will require replacement and inspection before the 4 yr/50k is up? If yes, how would I know?
    5. Lastly, I plan to keep the car for a long time - so idea is to buy extended warranty when my 4 yrs are up. Which one should I absolutely get - the service/maintenance plan or the warranty the gold/platinum packages? I think the first one covers the oil changes while the later covers vehicle parts...

    Thanks for your time!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 10,627
    You just got a great deal on your BMW. Use some of the money you saved to pump Super as is recommended by BMW (91 or higher).

    BMW covers scheduled maintenance for the 4years or 50,000 miles. Within the warranty period, your car will go in the shop during the approximate service intervals:

    15,000 miles - Oil Change

    30,000 miles - Inspection I service including oil change and a very thorough going over of the car

    45,000 miles - oil change

    Depending on how you drive, you'll also get a set of brake pads & rotors (definitely fronts, maybe rears) and a brake fluid flush.

    Now you say you want to keep the car for a long time. How long is long? 150K, 200K? There are many who believe (and these people know a lot) that BMWs recomended service intervals got a lot longer since they started paying for maintenance. They advise an oil change every 7500 miles, brake fluid every 2 years, and transmission fluid every 3 years in addition to what BMW says.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    You're in the big leagues now, don't cheap out on the gas! I run 93 oct and squeeze out an extra 20 horsepower! ;)
  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    Your BMW will run on Panther Urine...but not up to performance design. Run it on the best swill you can buy...93 octane(or more if you can find it). A 328 is a 335 on High octane fuel... similarly, a 335 is a 328 on the cheap stuff.
  • bmw_gssbmw_gss Posts: 19
    oh ya...I was intending to do premium only, but my my dealer who sold me the car suggested mid grade wud do fine as she uses the same on her 328 too. So thought I wud check what folks here felt - so premium it is then. Any suggestions on BP or Shell?
  • bmw_gssbmw_gss Posts: 19
    Yep thanks - plan to do the premium only, wanted to confirm from folks here. I only asked coz the dealer said so that too w/o my asking!

    As to how long I want to keep it - I am thinking 100K miles. Warranty expires 2013 end and I guess I will get to 40K by then. So contemplating if I should get the service/maintenance ext warranty? How much does a service trip typically cost if one does not have a service/maintenance warranty? Also what abt the other warranty on parts such as platinum/gold etc. Is that something people get normally?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Ask yourself this, "Do I trust some sales wank that doesn't know squat about the internals of the engine, or do I trust the engineers that designed and built my car?"

    I'm thinking the answer is a tad obvious. :)
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 9,477
    So contemplating if I should get the service/maintenance ext warranty? How much does a service trip typically cost if one does not have a service/maintenance warranty?

    Prices vary depending on the dealer and where you live. My dealer charges @$100 for an Oil Service, @$300 for an Inspection I and @$400 for an Inspection II. I wouldn't pay for an extended warranty or service contract. Take the money you'd spend on a warranty or contract and stick it in a Money Market account.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2004 X3 2.5i Son's: 2009 328i

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 53,830
    stick it in a Money Market account.

    Put it anywhere but there.... Money market accounts are paying .01%.. one-hundreth of one percent.. $10K was earning $0.09 per month.... That's right.... 9 CENTS!!

    Schwab has an Investor Checking account that pays 0.5%.. Doesn't sound like much, but it's 50 times what the MM pays... :P


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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,000
    Or do what I'm doing - take it to Vegas :)

    (and I'd trust Shipo AND the BMW engineers... both of them know what they're talking about)


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  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    Doesn't make much of a difference anymore regarding most major markets it's "Guess who's refinery this came from" brand. The Shell station near us pumps gas that arrives in trucks with no marking...I asked the driver where he gets the gas...seems it comes from a Valero refinery. What you see ain't always what you get (and I personally don't think it makes any difference). On the other hand...octane rating seems to be (probably) state (or locally) regulated so if it says 91, it's probably pretty close to 91. The fact that it wasn't refined by the same guys who's name appears on the sign is irrevelant. In fact, I doubt if 10% of the gas you buy comes from the refinery you think it comes from.
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    "Do I trust some sales wank that doesn't know squat about the internals of the engine, or do I trust the engineers that designed and built my car?"

    lol shipo, we need to go out for a beer.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Sounds good, I'll buy the first round. :)
  • oh ya, point taken..premium it will be....precisely y i wanted folks opinion here...thnx a bunch!
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    edited September 2010
    Schwab has an Investor Checking account that pays 0.5%.. Doesn't sound like much, but it's 50 times what the MM pays...

    My credit union (Addison Avenue FCU) currently pays 2.57% on checking account balances up to $25K if you satisfy 2 requirements: (1) use their Visa debit card at least 12X/month (no minimum purchase - I meet this with my 7-Eleven coffee purchases) & (2) initiate at least 1 ACH deposit into the account from their web site.

    This is where I'd deposit the money that I would otherwise spend on an extended warranty. Not that I'd ever buy one - I was burned back in the 70s when an EW company took my money & then folded. Never again.
  • I'd just buy VZ stock.
  • I think I have a fuse problem -- my radio/CD player cuts out for a couple of seconds every few minutes and my cigarette lighter doesn't work (I can't charge my cell phone!). Two part question:

    Does this sound like a fuse problem?

    I can't find information on which fuse I should be looking for. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your help.

  • With winter round the corner, looking at getting all weather floor mats for my 2010 328 Xi. Can anyone recommend a good place to shop for these at reasonable prices?
  • In addition to my above qn, wanted to confirm one more thing, do the new Xi's come with carpeted floor mats or rubber all weather mats? Mine has the carpeted ones..
  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    I bought a pair of genuine OEM one's at my BMW dealer for $45. Don't get suckered into paying more... they discount them!
  • seekingaudia4seekingaudia4 Posts: 66
    edited September 2010
    I pump 91 at Costco. Is there noticeable difference between 93 and 91?

    Not that I am complaining about my 328i in DS/manual mode with DTC light on, but don't mind paying for extra 20 horses :)
  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    since there is no "meter" that tells you the actual horsepower you are getting, I can't say for sure. But when I find 93 octane (Sunoco sells it here in Pa.) I do feel a noticable impact especially in DS mode.
  • I used to own a BMW328i (MY 2000) and loved that car. Thinking about coming back into the BMW fold. I was looking at buying the 335i Convertible. Ideally, I wanted a car with an AWD system since I live in the Northeast. But, I am willing to give that up since I live in Boston and not in the North Pole.

    The convertible when kitted out with the sports package only seems to have the option of performance tires and not all season tires. I live in a high rise condo in the middle of the city and won't have the space to store a separate set of winter tires. I definitely want the sports package. Made the mistake of not getting it on my 328i and had to go the aftermarket route (Dinan) to get the handling where I wanted it to be.

    Has anyone run them with the 18 inch performance tires in the snow? Or were you able to get your dealer to swap them out for some all seasons 18 inch?

    For some reason you are able to spec out the 335x coupe with the sports package and retain the all season tires but that does not seem to be an option on the convertible.

    Any thoughts?

  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    Bag the sports package or stay home in the snow...or change to all season tires aftermarket.

    And that's a Philadelphia even as far north as Boston!

    Without the AWD BMWs (each and every one of them) STINK in the snow. And with the sport's package...heaven help you!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Hey Tom,

    I live just north of you in Cow Hamster (but work in Boston), and for a while (a very short while) I had a 530i SP with summer rubber on it. The first 1/8" snow event that we had saw my BMW barely able to make it up my driveway. I ordered a set of winter rubber the very next day. Said another way, summer rubber and snow do NOT mix, even a little.

    As for where to stash your off-season set of wheels, I know that Tulley in Nashua does (or at least used to) offer a service that included the storage of the off-season set of rubber and the twice per year swap of the wheels for a reasonable price. You might want to call around. :)

    Best regards,
  • Thank you for your responses.

    I will look into Tulley and even ask some of the other BMW dealers in the area if they have a similar service. I also looked into TireRack and they seemed to suggest a few 18" ultra high performance all season tires for the 335 convertible w/ sport package. If they are sufficient then that is the alternate option but based on rfl's input I am thinking this will still be inadequate.

    I will be traveling this week and the next. Once I am back it is test drive time just to finalize my choice and see what the competition is offering these days. Planning on checking out the 335 convertible, 335 awd coupe, G37 awd coupe and perhaps the Audi S4, E350/E550 (coupes). Can't wait to get started!!

    Thanks again both for your responses. If you have any thoughts on the choices I have outlined above I would be curious to hear your thoughts.

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 53,830
    I wouldn't recommend trying to get by on all-seasons... :surprise:

    Just find a dealer that will store your winter tires/wheels.. You'll be happy when the winter tires are on, and even happier in the summer, with those sticky performance tires.. Plus, every mile on the winter tires is one less mile on the summer tires, so it's almost as if they were free! ;)


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  • I was just kidding about 20 extra HP with 93 octane. Although it might get you a handful more ponies? Anyone know for sure?
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