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Old 02-12-2013, 11:19 AM
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Do dealers charge just to take a look at what's wrong?

I want to see if something is covered by CPO, but if it's not, I'm taking it to an indy.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:25 AM
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Yes, there is generally a diagnostic charge. It is frequently applied to the cost of the repair if you choose to let them do it.

What is the problem? We can probably tell you if it will be covered. There is also an explanation of what is covered and what is not on www.bmwusa.com in the CPO section.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:28 AM
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I have some leaks that I don't know the cause of. Also, my steering wheel twitches at low speed.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:33 AM
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I have some leaks that I don't know the cause of. Also, my steering wheel twitches at low speed.
What kind of leaks? Fluid leaking from seals would be covered. Water or air leaks from body seals would not. The steering wheel twitch would probably be some kind of mechanical problem and would be covered. I can't think of anything that would cause that that would not be covered.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:35 AM
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It leaks from the wheel well on the passenger side and the middle of the car from the driver side.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:40 AM
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From the wheel well - a leaking shock/strut would not be covered. From the underside of the car - a leaking mechatronic sleeve is fairly common and would be covered, as would any kind of oil or fluid leak from the motor.

I'll amend my first statement - if you are taking the car in for something that seems likely to be a warranted issue it is much less likely there would be a diagnostic charge. So, if you take the car in complaining of a fluid leak that appears to be coming from the motor or transmission it is unlikely there would be a diagnostic charge. If they check the shocks/struts at the same time that too will likely be at no cost.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:52 AM
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For CPO, check your policy to be sure; usually for diagnostic it's $50 deductible/co-pay. Created to prevent "paranoid" owners to burden the cpo insurance payout.
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I have some leaks that I don't know the cause of. Also, my steering wheel twitches at low speed.
Broken or shifted belt in one of your front tires.
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I have some leaks that I don't know the cause of. Also, my steering wheel twitches at low speed.

Soooooo when was that last alignment?
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Soooooo when was that last alignment?
Probably never.
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Broken or shifted belt in one of your front tires.
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Soooooo when was that last alignment?
Good thoughts. Of course, neither of these causes would be covered.
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The diagnostic fee is between $150-200 at my local dealer. It's still cheaper to get the computer reading, and if a major repair is needed, have the car towed to a qualified Indy
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:44 PM
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The diagnostic fee is between $150-200 at my local dealer. It's still cheaper to get the computer reading, and if a major repair is needed, have the car towed to a qualified Indy
Well that sucks
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:21 PM
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I should probably add that the twitch did not just become gradually worse, it just started to appear with no prior warning.
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Probably never.

Then you know what to do - excessive toe will cause your problem.

While it's there, at an experienced BMW shop of good repute, that would not include Firestone or Sears, it is standard to check all suspension components and ride height as well as insuring that the steering wheel's centered.

BMW Kinematic is excellent; price t'match. Good Indy will do fine.
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