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Old Sun, May-30-2010, 06:02:46 AM   #1
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BMW has compiled data pertaining to the average cost* of maintaining other vehicles during the first four years of ownership. See how BMW's no-cost Ultimate Service plan compares:

Brand Maintenance Costs
Acura $970.75
Audi $967.17
BMW $0
Cadillac $744.26
Infiniti $649.40
Jaguar $1112.53
Land Rover $233.52
Lexus $974.22
Lincoln $922.14
Mercedes-Benz $1086.60
Porsche $1032.14
Saab $385.29
Volvo $918.93
What I'm interested in is: What would BMW maintenance cost without the Maintenance Program?

Reason I ask: I wanna buy an M3 while in Germany. However the Maintenance doesn't count over here AND the time starts running. So, if I'm over here for three years, I'll pay out of pocket for all the maintenance until I get back to the states and then use the last year of the Program stateside unless I'm over the 50k miles (highly likely with all this autobahn and the Nürburgring next door).
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What I'm interested in is: What would BMW maintenance cost without the Maintenance Program?

Reason I ask: I wanna buy an M3 while in Germany. However the Maintenance doesn't count over here AND the time starts running. So, if I'm over here for three years, I'll pay out of pocket for all the maintenance until I get back to the states and then use the last year of the Program stateside unless I'm over the 50k miles (highly likely with all this autobahn and the Nürburgring next door).
Tough question really, much of the service is usage driven. Guessing from your time frame and Nurburgring next door: Oil changes probably about $200 each I think. Oil alone is $100 or so. Probably a brake fluid change w/in 3 years and a coolant change as well. Figure $200 for the brake fluid change and a little less for the coolant. You'll also need brake pads and probably rotors if you plan to drive it hard. Couple grand for that I've heard. $400 for a pad change between rotor changes. These are dealer price "guestimates." Independent service shops a bit less.
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You also need the breakin service at 1200 miles-- oil, diff fluid, and trans fluid.
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You also need the breakin service at 1200 miles-- oil, diff fluid, and trans fluid.
Think this is included, even in Europe.

Also trans fluid isn't changed is it? Thought we discovered that was not supposed to be done.
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BMW does NOT give you FREE maintenance, its in included in MSRP, first owner always pay for it. Doing it this way is marketing at its best tho...NOTHING is EVER FrEE !!!!
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BMW does NOT give you FREE maintenance, its in included in MSRP, first owner always pay for it. Doing it this way is marketing at its best tho...NOTHING is EVER FrEE !!!!
Hmm, so that would explain the reduced base price over here. Part of that could be the included maintenance.
I still can't believe the dealer said that break-in service is not required or recommended.
I would still want the dealer to do the break in service, maybe I can order the liquids, cuz over here they are ridiculously priced.
I'll just do all the other Maintenance myself. :P
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Since the S65 doesn't require valve adjustments I'd bet the "normal" service is pretty reasonable.
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Think this is included, even in Europe.

Also trans fluid isn't changed is it? Thought we discovered that was not supposed to be done.
They say it is not necessary but it really should be done, especially if you track the car. We changed trans fluid in 2 E46 M3's last weekend and one had a diff fluid flush as well. One had the trans fluid changed at decent intervals and looked very good. The other has about 60K miles on it and never changed once, it was pretty nasty looking. The diff fluid was done in that same car and although I did not see it personally, I hear it was pretty nasty as well. I would recommend it be done and it isn't a complicated procedure.
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They say it is not necessary but it really should be done, especially if you track the car. We changed trans fluid in 2 E46 M3's last weekend and one had a diff fluid flush as well. One had the trans fluid changed at decent intervals and looked very good. The other has about 60K miles on it and never changed once, it was pretty nasty looking. The diff fluid was done in that same car and although I did not see it personally, I hear it was pretty nasty as well. I would recommend it be done and it isn't a complicated procedure.
Yea, but at trans oil at 1200 miles? NOT on the maint schedule at that point. Diff is on the schedule.
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