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Old 12-12-2012, 12:02 PM
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Mein Auto: 2007 X3 (MT)
To the best of my knowledge, that 'preventative maintenance' recommendation appears nowhere in the vehicle documentation: Owner's Manual, vehicle maintenance schedules (i.e., the OBC), etc.

Because of the well-documented issue of carbon build-up in these engines, they clearly need to be periodically cleaned -- if a solution to avoid the build-up can't be found. But the claim occasionally made by MINI service centers that this has long been is a 'recommended' maintenance action is, in my estimation, spurious.

Sure, I would recommend it too... But what's at issue now is who should be paying for it: the owner (as MINI contends with their 'preventative maintenance' posturing), or MINI (because it's a design shortcoming that should be either covered or remedied)...? Unfortunately, the latter is not likely to happen without involving lawyers...

X3 w/6-speed & Sport Package:
A sports sedan disguised as an SUV...

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