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Old 09-03-2013, 06:27 AM
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Question Extended Warranty and Maintenance Packages for new X3 - is it worth it??

Hi everyone, this is my first post. I am hoping to place an order soon for a new X3 that I will be financing - to own. My first BMW!!!

I have received conflicting opinions from different folks if I should buy the extended warranty and/or the maintenance packages that get you past the initial 4 years 50K miles.

The maintenance as I understand it you can buy any time. And other than a few items, I am not sure if it is worth 2K to have them do a few routine oil changes. The example the dealer gave it that they can change the brakes...but I have read examples where they dont deem that necessary and woint do it in that year 5 and 6.

The extended warranty - say platinum is about $3K or so from what I understand. It protects the entire car but again only for year's 5 and 6.(at least at that price) Is that worth it? Sure something could go wrong but probably more likely a bit later after year 6. Figure about 14K miles a year or so. Do people really buy these plans??

Combined this would add at least $5K of cost so I am not sure if it worth it. Any guidance would be great.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:54 AM
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I would say this totally depends on the amount of work you are willing to do yourself vs taking it into the dealer. Also if the price is an object. Typically the warranties can be rolled into your overall payment (if financing).

Personally, I enjoy the DIY part of car ownership, but I can see someone that does not want the hassle going with the extended.

Theres also the issue of how long you are going to own it - will you get tired of the car in the first 4 years? Or is this a long haul type car?

Also, consumable items are typically not going to be covered (pads, tires, etc). Those are the items that you'll be needing over the shorter term.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:04 AM
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The extended warranty can be purchase later on as well, you have up to 4 years to buy the extended warranty. I would wait until the bumper to bumper warranty is just about up before you decide if need extended warranty.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:14 AM
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....and shop around! You can get the authorized BMW warranty from any BMW dealer, it doesn't have to be the one you bought the car from. If you are interested Danny Dutton of Pacific BMW offers a "deal" for 'festers. Be sure to check him out before you buy anywhere else. He is at danieldutton@pacificbmw.com and can sell anywhere in the USA. Personally, I think the maintenance program is not needed after the OEM bumper to bumper is over, however you should consider strongly the repair warranty because these things break, especially after 50K miles! Who knows, you may not even want the car after year 3 anyway so there is little point to buy it early. You sure won't recover the full cost of that added warranty on the trade in!

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Old 09-03-2013, 07:19 AM
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I agree. I have never purchased an extended warrantee but the one time I came close, I waited until the factory warranty was about to expire before I made my decision. I cannot see any tactical advantage of buying it sooner than later. The dealer will say that the price will go up but on the other hand they have your 3 grand for 4 years interest free.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:43 AM
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Thanks for the insight.

So far it seems as though most people seem to think the maintenance may not be worth it and if I am to buy the extended warranty, it should be closer to the end of the when the current one will run out...in 4 years. I think that makes sense. I am concerned it goes up significantly as the car ages and accumulates more miles.

Also, it seems that it (the warranty) can be purchased anytime. ALso from anywhere.

I just wonder if typically anything catestrophic happens that makes one regret not buying the extended warranty.

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Old 09-03-2013, 08:33 AM
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Note that the factory warranty is 4 years/50K miles. I'll be hitting 50K miles before year 4 is up, so I'll be making this decision in less than 4 years.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:44 AM
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Sounds like a tough decision. Curious...do you know which way you are thinking? You think it is worth it? Is it a LOT more now that you waited until the end of the existing warranty?
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Extended Warranty and Maintenance Packages for new X3 - is it worth it??

I went non BMW for 7/70 for less than $1,300. I went non BMW because it covers gaskets and seals (Fidelity). Prob will not need it but our first too and nice peace of mind.


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I went non BMW for 7/70 for less than $1,300. I went non BMW because it covers gaskets and seals (Fidelity). Prob will not need it but our first too and nice peace of mind.


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Do you have to purchase the Fidelity one when the car is new? 1300 seems very reasonable. Also, where do you purchase this? I cant find much info on their website.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:34 AM
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Do you have to purchase the Fidelity one when the car is new? 1300 seems very reasonable. Also, where do you purchase this? I cant find much info on their website.
Up to about ten thousand miles then price increases.

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One more thought and the real reason I did not buy the extended warranty when my factory warranty was close to expiration. I do my own oil changes on the car and all of the other routine stuff. I also don't follow exactly the BMW recommendations. For example, my 2008 is a convertible and spends a lot of time with the top down and the air conditioner off. For that reason, I don't change the microfilter every two years.

Point is, when I read all the fine print included with the extended warranty policies, you had to follow "their" rules to keep it in effect. You have to have all routine service done at a "Certified Shop" and you had to follow the manufactures recommended intervals. No new microfilter every two years=no claims for the environmental system. And since I am not a "Certified Shop" I would provide the insurance company a reason to not honor any claims on the engine.

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