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Old 12-30-2013, 06:53 AM
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Decided to keep my 2011 328i Convertible

Coming up to the end of the original warranty on July 31, 2014. I have put 41k miles on the car since August 2010.
Every month I paid in more than I was supposed to. I've just about paid the car off. I don't want any more car payments. So, I've decided to keep this car for at least 5 more years.
I know the origami top needs to be lubricated to keep it running trouble-free. But are there other things I should have my service advisor look at before the car goes out of warranty?

I'm also thinking about getting the extended warranty. I've read here that it's not really necessary. I mean I could take the two or three thousand dollars and invest it but I don't really mind spending that money for peace of mind.

I would also like to have the differential fluid exchanged. I agree with those who say its not a lifetime oil. Should I pay to have the BMW dealership change the differential oil or take it to a BMW specialty shop instead?

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Old 12-30-2013, 01:25 PM
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Don't let BMW "string" you along.

OK, catchy phrase "string". I also own a E93. I suggest that you carefully observe the retractable hardtop roof strings in various positions. If you see a slight fraying at pivot points, the life span will be limited.
If the strings fail, the top will be stuck in the open position. This normally happens at the most inopportune times. BMW replaced the original strings with a stouter version. Ask your SA to check them out. If frayed, they may agree to replace them on their dime.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:56 PM
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I'm also thinking about getting the extended warranty. I've read here that it's not really necessary. I mean I could take the two or three thousand dollars and invest it but I don't really mind spending that money for peace of mind.
Extended warranty does not cover the top. MSRP for a new top is ~$19K IIRC so keep it well lubed.

Auto transmission fluid is more important to change than diff fluid. I'd do the diff too, but in general diff fluid really does last the life of the car (PS fluid too).

Every five years many 'in the know' like to change all fluids that most owners never change: Power steering, coolant, diff, trans. My E93 hits five years in November and I'll do them all despite it having low miles (~17K today). Coolant change should help get more life out of our temperamental water pumps.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:22 PM
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My original warranty also expires this February... so I will be watching this thread too.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:07 PM
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Neve,

Glad to see someone else that isn't freaked out about keeping an E93 for an extended time after warranty. My 2009 went off factory warranty in August 2013. Right now I have just north of 30K on the odometer and plan to keep the car till the wheels fall off. And, knock on wood, the car is solid in all respects. With regard to the strings, your car being a 2011 no doubt has the more robust cords, and you shouldn't experience the fraying issue the earlier cars had. If you keep all the joints and linkages well lubricated and maintained, I don't see any issues with the cabrio that would be different than a coupe or sedan.

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Many California owners are experiencing damage from leaking hydraulic fluid. Webasto made their roof too.

Ours is probably much better tested.

I am wondering if the hydraulic fluid should be changed at the five year mark. Hmm.. a quick Google shows the common consensus is that hydraulic fluid experiences less stress than ATF and in this case should last forever.

More than likely the main roof issue E93s will have as they age is sensors failing. Probably easy to replace if you can find the right one and get the roof in the right position to replace.

A quick Google of 'slk roof failure' shows lots are managing to do DIY repairs. They've had folding roofs since 1996, can now be bought for under $5K so are very much in the DIY repair phase.

Release cable stretching seems to be a common issue on the SLK - I've had that problem with so many things. Even my ~$1,000 office chair at home.. it's lift mechanism has been broke a while.. yesterday I finally investigate and the cable to the hydraulic cylinder has stretched (simply need to disassemble and insert a small washer).
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