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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-02-2005, 02:53 AM
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Question Inspection 2

Alright, I have a 99 323i that just hit 60k miles. I know that the infamous Inspection 2 time is about due. I donít go to the dealer now that the car is out of warranty. I have been taking it to a local BMW specific shop. They have done great work for me in the past and I trust them.

I looked at the "Warranty and Service" manual and saw what the different inspections entail. It seems more like an inspection then a tune up, probably why its called "Inspection II".

The dealership (Crevier) charges $800 which seems crazy, but thatís why I donít go there. My local shop charges $400, which seems somewhat reasonable.

Is this a major necessity to get the full inspection? I wanted to check before I drop it off. $400 doesn't seem too bad since Iím getting my tax return but I am a starving college student.

Sorry for the Novel!!! Thanks for any help with this issue...
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Old 02-02-2005, 05:29 AM
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I'd do the local shop $400 Inspection.

Unless you're willing and capable to Inspect your car, I feel it is a good idea to have a BMW looked over every couple of years by a "HONEST" shop to catch potential problems. At this time its a good idea to change any fluids that are due for replacement.
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:42 AM
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I havenít looked at want is entailed in Insp II but I would think that the money would be well spent unless you have a lot of experience as an auto mechanic / technician. Just my 2 cents.

At 60,000 miles you may want to consider some preventative maintenance along with Insp II. Mike Miller of Roundel Tech Talk advocates the following:

Every 15,000 miles Ė automatic trans fluid and filter change
Every 30,000 miles Ė manual gearbox and differential oil change
Annually Ė brake fluid change
Every two years Ė coolant change

I canít find it in print right now but I believe he also advocates a change of the water pump at 60,000 miles. Does anyone know?
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:55 AM
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Does anyone recall if using an official dealer for scheduled service is a condition of the CPO warranty? I don't have my manual on hand right now...

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Originally Posted by CRZY BMW
Alright, I have a 99 323i that just hit 60k miles. I know that the infamous Inspection 2 time is about due. I donít go to the dealer now that the car is out of warranty. I have been taking it to a local BMW specific shop. They have done great work for me in the past and I trust them.

I looked at the "Warranty and Service" manual and saw what the different inspections entail. It seems more like an inspection then a tune up, probably why its called "Inspection II".

The dealership (Crevier) charges $800 which seems crazy, but thatís why I donít go there. My local shop charges $400, which seems somewhat reasonable.

Is this a major necessity to get the full inspection? I wanted to check before I drop it off. $400 doesn't seem too bad since Iím getting my tax return but I am a starving college student.

Sorry for the Novel!!! Thanks for any help with this issue...
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Old 02-02-2005, 12:31 PM
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I have the 2001 BMW Service Maintenance checklist in PDF form.

Here you go.

http://s14.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3...R1MVXZOPAGQJJ0

http://s14.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1...Y3L7Y7SWXHKQKB


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Old 02-03-2005, 12:51 PM
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I've searched the past Posts on this topic and the generally concenses is that its not worth paying all the money for the inspection.

I will take my car in to the mechanic for the oil change, but what else is necessary for 60k miles on a 99 323i.

Would you do the following:
Transmission fluid change?
Spark Plugs?
Brake fluid?

Anything you would recommend?
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:58 PM
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I've searched the past Posts on this topic and the generally concenses is that its not worth paying all the money for the inspection.

I will take my car in to the mechanic for the oil change, but what else is necessary for 60k miles on a 99 323i.

Would you do the following:
Transmission fluid change?
Spark Plugs?
Brake fluid?

Anything you would recommend?
Oil + Filter
Air Filter
Brake fulid and coolant can't hurt.
If it's an auto with 60k, I personally would not touch it. Manual is a different story.

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