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Old 02-16-2014, 03:27 PM
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Prepare for 50K

I'm about 3K away from hitting 50K and losing the free maintenance. I bought the car certified pre-owned so I'm good to 100K on major stuff. I'd rather do things myself and will not be buying extended maintenance but while its free I'd like to get all I can. I don't see cabin filter, air filter, coolant, power steering fluid, trans fluid or transfer case fluid on the service indicator. The dealer told me they could on their tool and I didn't need any of those services. Is that BS or can they see a read out that I can't? I know they can see what service has been done to the car but I'm not sure what was done when or what I can realistically ask for outside of the service indicator. Couple other questions:

Is there an online service manual anywhere with recommended maintenance?

Best source for filters etc.

How many clicks for the hand brake? Mine is 7 and when I asked them to adjust it the dealer said it didn't need it. I think it should be 3-4 as its a manual and its important. Any DIY guides on adjusting it?

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Old 02-16-2014, 05:33 PM
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i also bought a cpo car and am in my last year of free bmw maintenance. it seems like the maintenance history is tracked thru the car's programmed key. it can then be "read" by a service advisor and he/she can then printout a hard copy of the maintenance profile. i'm also trying to get as much free service as i can but am not sure of the intervals for the various maintenance items. it seems, however, that bmw has not adopted a strict strategy for some of the items and that they are dictated by the cars maintenance computer (which takes into consideration individual driving patterns, etc).

i'm hoping that someone can share effective strategies so that we can have our cars as updated on all maintenance prior to the expiration of the freebie maintenance...
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:10 PM
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I'm about 3K away from hitting 50K and losing the free maintenance. I bought the car certified pre-owned so I'm good to 100K on major stuff. I'd rather do things myself and will not be buying extended maintenance but while its free I'd like to get all I can. I don't see cabin filter, air filter, coolant, power steering fluid, trans fluid or transfer case fluid on the service indicator. The dealer told me they could on their tool and I didn't need any of those services. Is that BS or can they see a read out that I can't? I know they can see what service has been done to the car but I'm not sure what was done when or what I can realistically ask for outside of the service indicator. Couple other questions:

Is there an online service manual anywhere with recommended maintenance?

Best source for filters etc.

How many clicks for the hand brake? Mine is 7 and when I asked them to adjust it the dealer said it didn't need it. I think it should be 3-4 as its a manual and its important. Any DIY guides on adjusting it?

Thanks.

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Old 02-16-2014, 06:13 PM
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Transfer case fluid and transmission fluid do not show on the service indicator. BMW suggests a auto transmission flush at 100k. I do mine every 50, with a pan and filter at 100. As you have a MT, my schedule is probably irrelevant for you.

The transfer case holds less than a liter, but passes all the torque to the drivetrain. I change it and the fluid in both differentials every 30k miles. This applies to both the AT and MT cars. YMMV.

In any event, you'll get no joy on these items under the original service coverage. These are in the out-of-pocket category.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:20 PM
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:47 PM
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Google Mike Miller BMW for a maintenance schedule.

Google Mike Miller BMW for a maintenance schedule.
Lifetime fluids are for short lifetimes.
DIy's for most all procedures in the following link
under maintenance or DIY section.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=16

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Old 02-16-2014, 06:54 PM
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I'm in the same boat incl. CPO, but have about 15k miles to go to hit 50k, except the clock strikes midnight in Jan. 2015. So, between now and then, I want to maximize the benefits. Very interested in responses here.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:58 PM
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i proposed to my dealer that i change the oil at 7500 mile and they change at the 15k event
but when i change it pushes out CBS some 6-7k miles-- CBS is the only thing they will recognized.
that makes the change at about 10 or 11k after i have changed.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:10 PM
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To OP - I had them check mine before the free maintenance expired, but they will not even do an oil service unless it is within 2000 miles of the indicator. However certainly have them check brakes, etc. and fix any warranty items that are not 100% satisfactory.

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i proposed to my dealer that i change the oil at 7500 mile and they change at the 15k event
but when i change it pushes out CBS some 6-7k miles-- CBS is the only thing they will recognized.
that makes the change at about 10 or 11k after i have changed.
You have to specifically instruct them not to reset the oil light when you are doing an "optional" change at 7500 miles. Unfortunately they still screw up. Last time this happened I asked the service manager to note my account so that I could get a "free" oil change when I was entitled to it at the next 7500 miles.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:42 AM
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My car has 62k on it now but I was able to squeek in an oil change at 50k. Since they left empty bags of chips in my car when I picked it up I got another free oil change out of my dealer and had that done last week. My brakes have about 2700 miles left on the service indicator so that will be my first paid mantenace repair other than new tires. I drive mostly highway miles so the indicators have not moved in a while. The dealer did check the brakes and said they were fine.
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