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Doc97
10-02-2005, 01:45 PM
Hi gang

New to the board here, and the PROUD new owner of an '02 M3 convertible. Picked it up about 6 months ago with 23K miles from the local porsche dealer.

My understaning is that the free-service warranty has expired (3 years?) . The factory warranty runs until 4/06.

Anyway, I was curious as to what kind of $$ the (average cost) services for this badboy will run:
-30K service?
-oil changes?
-etc

I checked it out with my local dealer, and the service guy told me the 30K inspection had been done (early) right before the previous owner traded it in....although he didnt exactly seem 100% confident.

I am quite mechanically oriented and was considering "do-it-yourselfing" some of the stuff...since I enjoy it and wouldnt mind saving a few bucks.

THANKS!

Pinecone
10-03-2005, 05:34 AM
You need to make SURE the Inspection 1 was done. But the service comes up based on use, not just on mileage. I had Inspection 1 done at 25,000 miles, when the indicator came up, others have been much sooner. It is based on how much gas is burned.

Oil changes run over $100 at dealers, some much higher. The oil is $9 list , up to $15 per liter at some dealers. Filter is maybe $10.

Inspections can run a good bit, especially Inspection 2. Figure $1000 or more.

firewired
10-03-2005, 12:44 PM
Doesn't service go until 50K?

bren
10-03-2005, 01:00 PM
Doesn't service go until 50K?
Not on an '02

Pinecone
10-03-2005, 05:16 PM
Nope, 3 year, 36K miles for maintenance agreement on 02s. I bought my extended maintenance last spring, just before mine ran out.

Warranty is 4 years 50K miles.

GregW in Oregon
10-03-2005, 08:27 PM
Hi gang

New to the board here, and the PROUD new owner of an '02 M3 convertible. Picked it up about 6 months ago with 23K miles from the local porsche dealer.

My understaning is that the free-service warranty has expired (3 years?) . The factory warranty runs until 4/06.

Anyway, I was curious as to what kind of $$ the (average cost) services for this badboy will run:
-30K service?
-oil changes?
-etc

I checked it out with my local dealer, and the service guy told me the 30K inspection had been done (early) right before the previous owner traded it in....although he didnt exactly seem 100% confident.

I am quite mechanically oriented and was considering "do-it-yourselfing" some of the stuff...since I enjoy it and wouldnt mind saving a few bucks.

THANKS!
You can DIY a lot of stuff, like oil (get an extractor), brakes, cabin filter, etc. Inspection II, which includes valve adjustment (if required) is the biggie at $1,000 - 1,200, but not that frequent. Overall, I'd say the M3 should be relatively iniexpensive, considering its performance. Is yours covered by the 6 yr/100k libricated engine parts extension (rod bearing issue)?

Pinecone
10-04-2005, 06:10 PM
ALL '02s are covered by the 100K 6year oil lubricated engine parts warranty.

icky
10-18-2005, 05:30 PM
ALL '02s are covered by the 100K 6year oil lubricated engine parts warranty.

I actually had a question on the 02 M3 100k warranties.

What exactly does this warranty cover? Is it the same as a normal or extended warranty?

Or is there another place/thread i could find out more information about that?

Pinecone
10-18-2005, 05:33 PM
It covers engine oil lubricated parts of the engine. PERIOD.

It is NOT the same as the normal or extended warranties, as it only covers internal engine components, nothing else. It was in response to the problems that had 02 cars blowing up motors. They came up with a couple of fixe, that have seemed to fix the problem, but the extra warranty was provided to make customers feel better.

TR_BIMMER79
10-28-2005, 07:52 PM
ALL '02s are covered by the 100K 6year oil lubricated engine parts warranty.

I thought '01s had the same warranty :dunno:

johnbinford@mac
10-28-2005, 08:11 PM
I bought an 03 in August of 04 and got the extra two years and to 100K. I've got 21K on the car now and expect to put another 30 on it in two years so it'll be at 50+ in 07 and probably 80 in 09 so I think it's a good deal. I didn't get the extended warranty on the %Q#$# A6 Audi 4.2Q and it's been a money pit since 50K.

I also got a 4 year 50K tire and wheel road hazard warranty for about $450 USD....all I have to do is wreck one rim/tire and it pays for itself. Peace of mind is everything with these cars and run flat isn't good! Looks like I'll run out without collecting though...when my wife drives the Audi she'll take out four wheels every year. Potholes got legs!!! :mad:

As far as maintenance goes, a dealer oil change is pretty expensive so I'd advise doing it yourself (get the right oil or try amsoil 10W-50...I'd be surprised if the lack of the 60W is critical. Besides, I ran an oil analysis of the Castrol 5W-60 synthetic BMW recommends and it isn't anywhere near 60W at even 2K miles after the oil change...this stuff is supposed to be good for 15K miles? As if. If it weren't for the free maintenance/warranty I'd be running amsoil synthetic now.)

johnbinford@mac
10-28-2005, 08:17 PM
AFAIK my 03 is covered to 100K by oil lubricated warranty...mine had the con rod bearings replaced at around 8K miles, got new oil and filter too (there had been some noise about BMW dealers NOT changing oil/filter when they put in the new bearings).

GregW in Oregon
10-29-2005, 10:00 AM
I thought '01s had the same warranty :dunno:
Yes, 2001s are covered by the extended engine warranty (I have a 5/01).

Pinecone
10-31-2005, 04:19 PM
I thought '01s had the same warranty :dunno:

Yes, 01s and 03s also have the warranty. I was cometing on the post that implied that only those cars built in the trouble period had the extra engine warranty.

GregW in Oregon
10-31-2005, 07:13 PM
For those who haven't seen it, here is Jason's engine failure by production date analysis.

http://members.roadfly.com/jason/image001.gif

http://members.roadfly.com/jason/excel.htm