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Old 05-01-2014, 12:17 PM
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CarMax extended warranty on 2011 328i E93?

I just purchased a 2011 328i convertible with 40,000 miles from Car Max. We opted for a 100,000 additional warranty 6 year warranty for $2,600. We have 60 days to decide whether or not we want to keep it.

Any thoughts on whether or not the 328i convertible needs the warranty?
Does anyone here have experience with the Car Max warranty?
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:24 PM
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I purchased the extended warranty from carmax and I can tell you first hand that they have paid for every thing that has gone wrong with my car since purchase, that was not considered maintenance
ABS module
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:25 PM
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I just purchased a 2011 328i convertible with 40,000 miles from Car Max. We opted for a 100,000 additional warranty 6 year warranty for $2,600. We have 60 days to decide whether or not we want to keep it.

Any thoughts on whether or not the 328i convertible needs the warranty?
Does anyone here have experience with the Car Max warranty?

and remember you have a 30 day all inclusive warranty with Carmax, anything you find wrong they fix for free, they even took some small dings out for me too
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Given the relatively high degree of troubles with the ragtop mechanism, judging by the posts in recent weeks on Bimmerfest, an extended warranty which includes the ragtop would seem to be a wise purchase.

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Given the relatively high degree of troubles with the ragtop mechanism, judging by the posts in recent weeks on Bimmerfest, an extended warranty which includes the ragtop would seem to be a wise purchase.
I would be reading the fine print of any proposed warranty very carefully with regard to the folding top mechanisms, since most after market warranties expressly exclude the folding top mechanism.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:31 PM
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I would be reading the fine print of any proposed warranty very carefully with regard to the folding top mechanisms, since most after market warranties expressly exclude the folding top mechanism.
The car max warranty actually includes the folding top. Does that make it a better buy?
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The car max warranty actually includes the folding top. Does that make it a better buy?
Absolutely! Having the top covered is a huge benefit.

I think $2,600 for that warranty is a good buy and I've heard good things about their coverage.
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http://www.carmax.com/enUS/maxcare/default.html

The following are not covered under your MaxCare Service Contract:

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Glass, glass framework, fastening adhesives, sealed beam headlamps, light bulbs, lenses, trim, moldings, bright metal, upholstery, vinyl and convertible tops, paint, sheet metal, bumpers, alignment of body parts, flexible body parts, door panels, body panels, structural framework, structural welds, and removable hardtop assemblies.



1. Are you getting some other plan than the MaxCare?
2. Is the 6yr/100K from original date of service or from today?
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I believe the coverage is from the date of the policy and 100K miles from the current Odometer reading
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:43 PM
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I believe the coverage is from the date of the policy and 100K miles from the current Odometer reading
You are correct

The Sales person told me the convertible was covered. I'll check the policy and call in again to double check. Its a good thing they have a 60 day cancellation policy. Plenty of time to get this done the right way.
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That warranty kicks ass. $412 per year for 6 years is a steal. Wish I had this option.

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I just purchased a 2011 328i convertible with 40,000 miles from Car Max. We opted for a 100,000 additional warranty 6 year warranty for $2,600. We have 60 days to decide whether or not we want to keep it.

Any thoughts on whether or not the 328i convertible needs the warranty?
Does anyone here have experience with the Car Max warranty?
I bought that warranty, as two friends of mine talked me into it, telling me it paid itself off by multiples. If I did it again, I wouldn't have got it, as I learned so much more about cars and maintenance since then, but really because I've had no problems, and now there's only a year left on it (gee, time flies!).

As I recall, drop tops weren't covered, however your warranty costs so much more than mine (and I've got the twin turbos to boot), that I do wonder if yours does indeed cover the top. The warranty policy I have is not through CarMax directly, but a different company; I believe it's the same for you too. You can take your car anywhere you please, but you may have to pay an extra co-pay if you don't bring it directly to CarMax (who told me they would move it to the BMW dealership on the same street anyway), an amount that varies with each individual policy, as I recall with past posts here.

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Old 05-01-2014, 05:19 PM
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Absolutely! Having the top covered is a huge benefit.

I think $2,600 for that warranty is a good buy and I've heard good things about their coverage.
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http://www.carmax.com/enUS/maxcare/default.html

The following are not covered under your MaxCare Service Contract:

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Glass, glass framework, fastening adhesives, sealed beam headlamps, light bulbs, lenses, trim, moldings, bright metal, upholstery, vinyl and convertible tops, paint, sheet metal, bumpers, alignment of body parts, flexible body parts, door panels, body panels, structural framework, structural welds, and removable hardtop assemblies.




1. Are you getting some other plan than the MaxCare?
2. Is the 6yr/100K from original date of service or from today?
The warranty is 6 years from today up to 100k miles on the odometer. Since I am at 40k miles its 60k miles for 6 more years. I also have an option to upgrade to 125k miles and 6 years. But I don't think I'll need the extra miles.

So I called and they verified that it covers the Mechanical system that moves the top. Since its a hardtop, it means that the most important parts are covered. Its Maxcare

I think I'll be keeping the warranty since it covers the convertible electrical and mechanical portions
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To be quite honest it isn't a common thing that the top causes problems. If you follow the guide to keeping your top up I doubt you would need it. However it is likely you will need some work done on a couple of areas such as:
ABS/DSC/Brake module replacement
Oil filter housing gasket
Mechatronics sleeve and gasket (they are different not the same parts)
Water pump and tstat
Valve cover gasket maybe
The extended warranty since my care was new would have been worthless to me since any problems I had with my car started at almost 7 years 56K miles or so. However if you can get 6 more years and have 60K miles to go I would consider it as the cost of repairing the items above will exceed what you pay at $2600.
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Read these threads on Jalopnik on extended CarMax warranties, almost always a good bet!

http://dougdemuro.jalopnik.com/anoth...max-1560929025

http://dougdemuro.jalopnik.com/the-c...+matthardigree
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:28 PM
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To be quite honest it isn't a common thing that the top causes problems. If you follow the guide to keeping your top up I doubt you would need it. However it is likely you will need some work done on a couple of areas such as:
ABS/DSC/Brake module replacement
Oil filter housing gasket
Mechatronics sleeve and gasket (they are different not the same parts)
Water pump and tstat
Valve cover gasket maybe
The extended warranty since my care was new would have been worthless to me since any problems I had with my car started at almost 7 years 56K miles or so. However if you can get 6 more years and have 60K miles to go I would consider it as the cost of repairing the items above will exceed what you pay at $2600.
Are those items considered repairs or standard maintenance items? This warranty does not cover maintenance and service.
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I purchased the extended warranty from Carmax less than a month ago. I highly recommend it. I'm still in the 30 warranty period so I'm taking it in to have them fix the wastegate rattle. And yes, the top is completely covered. I'm expecting trouble some type of trouble in the next 6 years so I'm confident that the warranty will pay for itself.
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I purchased the extended warranty from Carmax less than a month ago. I highly recommend it. I'm still in the 30 warranty period so I'm taking it in to have them fix the wastegate rattle. And yes, the top is completely covered. I'm expecting trouble some type of trouble in the next 6 years so I'm confident that the warranty will pay for itself.
If CarMax is completely covering the top in their warranty, as an original owner I am feeling pretty good about the durability of the mechanism. Other than lubrication issues and issues related to $15 salmon relays the mechanism seems pretty solid. Don't forget, there are countless other BMW Z4s, MB's, Volvo's, VW's, Lexus, Infinitis, out there running around with more or less the same mechanism. Carmax has no doubt run the numbers and determined that hard top convertible failures (and by that I mean catastrophic meltdowns) are few and far between. Most likely for all of us will be eventual solenoid/relay failures.

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Be sure to have BMW run your VIN to determine if your vehicle is a CPO. With my 2008 328i that I previously had (purchased from CarMax), I purchased the extended warranty. Due to low mileage, the vehicle was still covered under the maintenance plan. When I took it in for service at BMW, they advised me that the vehicle was a CPO, which of course gave me an extended warranty. Fortunately, I was able to cancel the CarMax extended warranty.
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Try to knock them down on the price. They will fix anything under the warranty that really needs repaired engine wise, electrical, a/c, transmission, etc. I've had two cars through them and doubled my investment on both warranties before I hit 100K (both Nissans by the way).
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Car max warranty was even going to replace the radio with the pixel issue but since my deductible was 100 bucks and I could get the new face plate for 99 including shipping I fixed it myself
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your car is a lot newer than mine was so the extended warranty for me was a good purchase and it has since paid back what I spent on it, if nothing else goes wrong I basically broke even, you car being a lot newer, you might not have issues, right a way but eventually you might, You have to decide that if the car has something go out can you afford a 2000 dollar hit, all at once to repair it?
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If CarMax is completely covering the top in their warranty . . .
Carmax MaxCare does expressly exclude the non-mechanical parts of the roof, so keep be sure to properly take car of all the rubber seals. They won't help you if it leaks or squeaks.
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Are those items considered repairs or standard maintenance items? This warranty does not cover maintenance and service.

None of what is listed is standard maintenance they are considered repairs and should be covered by any extended warranty or it isn't work squat...
Those are failures or failing items nothing to do with service or standard maintenance.
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