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Old 03-03-2014, 10:14 AM
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Should I Buy the Extended Warranty?

Just bought a 2011 328i, 35,000 miles. Has a year left on the original factory warranty, and two years on some lesser coverage...can't remember the details. Dealer offers extended warranty which covers more stuff for longer....I think he quoted $2,000 but the quotes change as the car accumulates more miles, and eventually you can't buy such coverage at all.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:25 AM
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If you are not a DIY type then I think the majority opinion on this site is you should get it. Make sure you read the fine print though. There are tons of posts here about things people thought the extended warranty covered only to discover it doesn't.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:43 AM
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I don't believe the majority would say buy it one year early for a 328i.

Your car should be one of the more trouble free non-turbo 3 Series ever made.

Insurance is for people who can't afford a repair ..... the house wins .... so if you can afford the car chances are you won't suddenly have over $1,000 per year in covered warranty repair bills in years 5 and 6.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:44 AM
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I'm definitely not a do it yourself type. Part of the sales pitch for the extended warranty was that its total cost would be offset by the first brake job. I'm going to read the fine print carefully.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:50 AM
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I'm definitely not a do it yourself type. Part of the sales pitch for the extended warranty was that its total cost would be offset by the first brake job. I'm going to read the fine print carefully.
Now you are mixing a maintenance plan and a warranty. These are two different things and both cost > $2 - 2,500 or more.

The maintenance plan which covers brakes, brake fluid change, wiper blades, oil changes, etc is definitely a rip.

You can predict when brakes will be needed (the biggest covered item) and may well get a brake replacement before the OEM full maintenance plan of 4 yr 50k mikes runs out. Many do.
The other covered items are also predictable so you can just do the math and see that the dealer wins almost every time.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:11 AM
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I just bought my car out of lease. I turned it back into the dealer, paid for the certification ($1300) and bought it back. I see it as $1300 for additional 2 year warranty. I also got a free detail and my BMW assist, roadside assistance is all covered. Not a bad deal really. Not sure it's possible for you to do that though.

I passed on the maint. plan (for now) because I have about 40k more miles left on back brakes and 47k more on front brakes (32k miles on the car). I more than likely won't go through a set of brakes in the next year, however I also might not go through them even in the next 2 years of the maint. plan. Although I would hope BMW would cover the brake job if I didn't use the maint. before the 6 years expired but not sure how good they are. To me, makes more sense just to pay for maint. as needed considering I only drive 10 to 12k miles a year.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:24 AM
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I don't believe the majority would say buy it one year early for a 328i.

Your car should be one of the more trouble free non-turbo 3 Series ever made.

Insurance is for people who can't afford a repair ..... the house wins .... so if you can afford the car chances are you won't suddenly have over $1,000 per year in covered warranty repair bills in years 5 and 6.
Not the majority. The non-DIY majority.

Mechatronic sleeve, $800 dealer, $50 DIY. Water pump $1,350 dealer or Indy, $450 DIY. If you aren't a wrencher, then it can be very intimidating to an owner and take away from the ownership experience of the Ultimate Driving Machine. That said, I have never bought an extended warranty in my life but I have an AWESOME set of tools and I get to add to it for almost every BMW DIY I do. I might start a repair shop when I retire from my real job ;-)

You are correct about the house always wins.
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Hey Navy,
I posted this information on a different thread sometime within the past week. You might find it useful...

You need to figure out how many of these you will be needing, based upon the mileage accumulated in the two years after your factory 4 years runs out...(all these prices were taken from my e46 service within the past 2 years, prices from SF Bay dealership invoices)

Inspection II $690
Belts replaced $270
Fuel filter $270
Spark plugs $430
Thermostat replaced $240
Water pump replaced $700
Radiator hoses replaced $130
Brake pads, rotors, sensors (front) $660

And these prices were just quoted to me for an E90 328i sedan

Air filter $120
Microfilter $135
Brake fluid flush $195
Oil + filter $80-170 (depending upon brand of synthetic oil)
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:05 PM
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well, i guess one factor in determining if either an extended warranty or extended maintenance plan is a move in your favor is researching whether there is a very good independent bmw shop to perform the repairs and/or maintenance if it would be needed as that would be more cost effective than bringing it to the dealer. My guess is that just as with appliances the extended warranties are designed statistically to be $wise in favor of the dealer. Plus you also have to worry about whether or not it covers what will actually break (the warranty and maintenace plans may have many exclusions). In my opinion if there's a good independent shop in your neighborhood then the odds are even more in your favor to pass on it. I'll give you an example, with my subaru i needed my timing belt done which also allows one to easily replace the water pump and pulleys and a do a coolant change at the same time. Dealer wants about $1600, some independent shops want $1200, I researched on a subaru internet forum and found a really excellent reviewed shop that had an ongoing special of $710 to do the whole package. Would an extended warranty have covered it? Probably not as considered routine maintenance. Would an extended maintenance plan have covered it? Maybe only the timing belt part, although it's considered false economy not to do the water pump and pulleys since your already in there but it's not part of the routine maintenance schedule. So they may have still dinged me for a portion of the job even with an extended maintenance plan. I like getting my hands a bit greasy and changing my own oil etc, and then often times I'll notice a problem cropping up in it's early stages since I'm under the car, like a broken rubber boot on the CV axle joint or a dry rotting rubber brake hose and then I'll bring the car to the independent shop and have the problem addressed so it's good to be proactive in examining the systems on the car yourself to "nip it in the bud" when issues are starting to rear their heads. Good luck with your beemer.
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if you decide to buy an esc , ask is it listed or excluded component coverage ( excluded is better), is the mileage total or additive , is it oem or independent, deductible and does it cover " high-tech" electronics( nav etc) , seals and such . maintenance is usually the owners responsibility and a separate contract. if you buy a maint plan, read it carefully , a lot of them are really just lube and inspection. as it is still under factory covg, most warr. underwriters consider it new and it qualifies for new car covg. which tends to be more comprehensive and less expensive. the normal up-charge ( gen 150 or so ) is after 12 mo- 12k miles. shop around, but buy from a dealer, they have the service depts. btw, the term "bumper to bumper" is meaningless.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:18 PM
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Hey Navy,
I posted this information on a different thread sometime within the past week. You might find it useful...

You need to figure out how many of these you will be needing, based upon the mileage accumulated in the two years after your factory 4 years runs out...(all these prices were taken from my e46 service within the past 2 years, prices from SF Bay dealership invoices)

Inspection II $690
Belts replaced $270
Fuel filter $270
Spark plugs $430
Thermostat replaced $240
Water pump replaced $700
Radiator hoses replaced $130
Brake pads, rotors, sensors (front) $660

And these prices were just quoted to me for an E90 328i sedan

Air filter $120
Microfilter $135
Brake fluid flush $195
Oil + filter $80-170 (depending upon brand of synthetic oil)
Great info, Wilt....thanks!
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:19 PM
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timthebug and ashewb......good advice...thank you!
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timthebug and ashewb......good advice...thank you!
Yes, it is a tough decision. I just bought a 20K miles 2011-335i, and the warranty expires end-of-August. I don't foresee driving that many miles per year (I have another car), so I would guess 5-7K a year. Because of the low mileage, the BMW extended warranty seems a waste of money. For about $2500, I can get an outside warranty - surely not as complete, but covers the important things - which goes for another 5 years to a max of 50K miles, thus closer to my estimated use. Compared to the BMW extended warranty, it offers a much longer period and much miles. Do I really risk having a major repair during the first 50K miles? Tough decision.
As far as your decision, I was faced with something similar with a Lexus, and I waited until the last week to buy the extended warranty (+4 years and up to 75K miles, again 'my' needs). I did not see the need to buy it early, taking a risk on inflation, but leaving the option open in case I wanted to sell the car.....
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I don't believe the majority would say buy it one year early for a 328i.

Your car should be one of the more trouble free non-turbo 3 Series ever made.

Insurance is for people who can't afford a repair ..... the house wins .... so if you can afford the car chances are you won't suddenly have over $1,000 per year in covered warranty repair bills in years 5 and 6.
Great way to sum it up!
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:16 AM
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My MY 2011 (in service date 5/10) is getting close to expiring this May. My car only has 28K on it and drive only about 7500 miles a year. I think I will just set aside a couple hundred bucks a month to get a "maintenance/repair fund" built up and just pay out of pocket any bills. But thinking with the low miles I put on the car, the last year of the e90 getting a lot of the bugs worked out I should be ok, but again one never knows but will have a little cash stashed away for the $500-$1000 repairs down the road.

To me with purchasing an extended warranty, there is a part of you that almost wishes something would break to justify your $2K+ money spent on the insurance. Just my .02

I rather just pay as I go along with repair items.
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Hey Navy,
I posted this information on a different thread sometime within the past week. You might find it useful...

You need to figure out how many of these you will be needing, based upon the mileage accumulated in the two years after your factory 4 years runs out...(all these prices were taken from my e46 service within the past 2 years, prices from SF Bay dealership invoices)

Inspection II $690
Belts replaced $270
Fuel filter $270
Spark plugs $430
Thermostat replaced $240
Water pump replaced $700
Radiator hoses replaced $130
Brake pads, rotors, sensors (front) $660

And these prices were just quoted to me for an E90 328i sedan

Air filter $120
Microfilter $135
Brake fluid flush $195
Oil + filter $80-170 (depending upon brand of synthetic oil)
if you cant do your own air filter replacement you are in serious trouble
I could show any woman how to do it the first time, then she can bat her eyes and get a guy to do it for her the next time
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Hey Navy,
I posted this information on a different thread sometime within the past week. You might find it useful...

You need to figure out how many of these you will be needing, based upon the mileage accumulated in the two years after your factory 4 years runs out...(all these prices were taken from my e46 service within the past 2 years, prices from SF Bay dealership invoices)

Inspection II $690
Belts replaced $270
Fuel filter $270
Spark plugs $430
Thermostat replaced $240
Water pump replaced $700
Radiator hoses replaced $130
Brake pads, rotors, sensors (front) $660

And these prices were just quoted to me for an E90 328i sedan

Air filter $120
Microfilter $135
Brake fluid flush $195
Oil + filter $80-170 (depending upon brand of synthetic oil)
Most of those are close to what I paid in the past couple of years for maintenance/repairs on my 2006 330i at a reliable Indy shop. The dealer was quoting much higher. Though oil/filter changes should only run $90-100.

That being said, I would not buy another "maintenance plan extension" again because the dealer does not do a proper brake job under the plan. Only pad, no rotors unless they are completely shot. And then your brakes squeal. Of course if you pay cash then they do it correctly.

As for the extended warranty I think it only makes sense if you anticipate high mileage on your vehicle. I have now personally seen a lot of parts fail between 80k-100k and the repairs are not cheap. So if you are fairly certain to hit 100k before your 6 years is up then I would definitely consider it. But <80k and the odds are quite slim that you will exceed the cost paid. Parts fail due to mileage, not age of vehicle.
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Just bought a 2011 328i, 35,000 miles. Has a year left on the original factory warranty, and two years on some lesser coverage...can't remember the details. Dealer offers extended warranty which covers more stuff for longer....I think he quoted $2,000 but the quotes change as the car accumulates more miles, and eventually you can't buy such coverage at all.
My car is 3 years old today with 65,000 trouble free miles on it. Save your money and just bank a extra few hundred dollars a month and you will be fine.
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I have taken two BMWs (E30, E46) to 135k miles before selling. Cars were relatively trouble free until 100k, then the repair bills started. Spending about $2 per year over two years yielded a trouble free car to about 130k, then a vacuum leak formed and I decided to sell it rather than spend the money to fix...the buyer was content to work on the problem himself. The E46 took $2k at about 100k, another $4k after another year, and then more than $2k in the third year...I left some things unfixed because I was fed up with spending $8k in three years (and who knows what in year 4)!!!

So 80k of trouble free driving is NOT indicative of what happens at 100k miles and later.
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if you cant do your own air filter replacement you are in serious trouble
I could show any woman how to do it the first time, then she can bat her eyes and get a guy to do it for her the next time

Hondo, you're creating a straw man...gimme a break. We're not talking here about replacing air filters and you know it. We're talking about repairs that require some technical know-how and/or a good set of proper tools and/or are potentially costly. There's no way I'm going to rebuild a set of brakes or replace a head gasket or replace plugs or whatever. This sort of thing is easy for you, so you're a dude. That's great. Maybe I'm giving bad examples and if so, have fun correcting me because I'm sure you will.

There are people on this forum who punish posters who raise concerns that are real to the poster.
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if you cant do your own air filter replacement you are in serious trouble
I could show any woman how to do it the first time, then she can bat her eyes and get a guy to do it for her the next time
Some guys have no skills of any sort. Vandals knocked down about 8 mailboxes belonging to my neighbors and myself. My next door neighbor's mailbox post was at a 30 degree angel, where only the close mailbox lid kept mail inside. In a year and a half he NEVER fixed the mailbox post. Typical high tech nerd with no skills at all.

Myself, I have torn apart an engine and replaced all the drive bearings...the main crank, the rod bearings...over one weekend. So I DO have the skills.
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if you cant do your own air filter replacement you are in serious trouble
I could show any woman how to do it the first time, then she can bat her eyes and get a guy to do it for her the next time
Some guys have no skills of any sort. Vandals knocked down about 8 mailboxes belonging to my neighbors and myself almost 2 years ago. My next door neighbor's mailbox post was at a 30 degree angel, where only the closed mailbox lid kept mail inside. In a year and a half he NEVER fixed the mailbox post. Typical high tech nerd with no skills at all. He sold the house with the capsized mailbox...the new owners fixed the box within one week of moving in!

Myself, I have torn apart an engine and replaced all the drive bearings...the main crank, the rod bearings...over one weekend. So I DO have the skills.
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Hondo, you're creating a straw man...gimme a break. We're not talking here about replacing air filters and you know it. We're talking about repairs that require some technical know-how and/or a good set of proper tools and/or are potentially costly. There's no way I'm going to rebuild a set of brakes or replace a head gasket or replace plugs or whatever. This sort of thing is easy for you, so you're a dude. That's great. Maybe I'm giving bad examples and if so, have fun correcting me because I'm sure you will.

There are people on this forum who punish posters who raise concerns that are real to the poster.
I didnt know your gender when I posted that remark, probably not a good one, but dont sell yourself short, I bet with some guidance and tools you could do a brake job, the question is do you want to do it!

then after the warranty is up, I would get the extended warranty if I were you, One trip to the BMW place will pay for the repair, Especially if your ABS unit goes out

Yes I could probably do most of the work on my car, at this point in my life I choose to let someone else do it, some I do myself just because I dont like sitting at the BMW place for 3 hours. I purchased the EW for my 07 335 because these cars are not cheap when something goes wrong, so far its paid for itself
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I own a 2010 328i xdrive that I bought new in 2010. I have about 47k miles on it and the warranty will expire in 2 weeks.

The car has been trouble free, I guess most of the bugs were ironed out for the e90 non-turbo cars by the time I bought it, or I just got lucky.

At this rate, I would not be getting more free maintenance nor I expect anything to fail in the next 2 weeks.

I do not plan to buy the extended warranty which had been quoted by the dealer for $2495 - too much I thought.

I plan to drive the car a quite a bit less after the warranty expires but would definitely keep up the maintenance - Oil change, brake pads, transmission service (optional), tires, brake fluids, etc. I will keep the car until the first sign of costly repair or 6~7 years.

I also have a 09 Civic SI and I bought a 7 year 84k extended warranty and I plan to drive it for another couple of years. It costed me only $600 to buy that warranty, but then the car have been trouble free and I don't expect to use the EW in the next two years.

For the 328i, the reliability has been beyond my expectations and now that I have had 4 years of trouble free service, all thoughts about trading it in for a F30 has vanished.

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Go Navy, have you decided what to do yet?

I was reviewing all the paperwork from my CPO purchase, trying to correlate what Service said about oil, brakes, and a couple of other things for Next Service vs. what I was reading via dash status reports. While doing that I spent more time reading over the offered extra cost services via BMW. There are two Maintenance Upgrade Services, different from the CPO Warranty. Yet on bimmerfests posts folks only refer to a generic 'extended warranty'. Since you and I are in somewhat similar circumstances in time of purchase and miles and CPO status (and model and features!), I thought I would review what was offered to me (assuming similar to what you are considering)
  1. BMW Vehicle Service Contract: protects you on repairs, may include towing and rental car coverage, Nationwide, for 84 months/100k miles, $50 deductible
  2. BWM Maintenance Program: Maintenance service performed at scheduled intervals (same as first 4 years on new cars) for 2 years
  3. CPO Warranty: Additional 2 years warranty over new warranty, up to 100k miles.

(#1 + #2 + #3) makes your car like having a new car warranty with service included, for up to 6 years or 100k miles (rather than usual 4 years 50k miles). In view of the fact that we both own cars with about 30k and 3 years gone before we purchased, effectively these two give us 3 yr/70k miles protection against warranty failures AND service costs.

Now an analysis...
  • #3 CPO Warranty gave us 6yr/100k mile breakage of components (but not wear and tear items), but not labor.
  • #2 gives us Service as per new car for 3 years (with wear and tear items); cost of this extends us 2 years and bumps up mileage limit
  • #1 gives us Labor included on top of #3; cost of this extends us 3 years of repair protection.

So, for me, cost of #1 + #2 effectively amounts to about $1300 per year, for maintenance and repair services (while CPO covers parts).
Since most folks tell others to expect to budget $1000/year on BMW maintenance (beyond what in included with new cars) I figure this effectively $300/year for warranty component failure.
A few folks would say $2000 per year, so if you believe these folks, we have $700/year or more over what has been 'prepaid' by us.

Assuming we drive 15k/year (the national median), we can expect to run into the following costs:
  1. brake fluid flush in Yr4 and Yr6 of car history
  2. engine oil + filter at Yr4, Yr5, Yr6 of car history
  3. air filter change at Yr5, Yr 7 (every 2 oil changes)
  4. AC microfilter at Yr4, Yr5, Yr6 (same sched as oil service)
  5. Fr brakes at Yr3, Yr5 (about every 25-50k)
  6. Rear brakes at Yr6 (about every 50-60k)
  7. Spark plugs at 100k (about Yr8.5)
  8. Thermostat and water Pump about Yr5 or about 60k (based on BMW water pump historical)
(Not sure about intervals for belts and hoses, but these can be very costly when needed.)


On top of those things (not sure if they are included by most folks maintenance budget for annual costs) are new tires, alignments.
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