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Old 07-04-2020, 01:01 AM
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Maintenance upgrade program, worth it?

So new car comes with 3-yr limited maintenance covering oil change, filter change, brake fluids, etc. The maintenance upgrade program extends it to 4 years and covers brake pads and rotors, clutch discs, wiper, etc. for $2,945. Is this upgrade program worth it? I feel like the brake pads and rotors are the most valuable items, but how often would those need to be replaced within 4 years? The dealer told me they won't last for 4 years but I highly doubt it and I am not planning to drive the vehicle a lot.

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Old 07-04-2020, 03:28 AM
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No. Not worth it to you, otherwise why would it be offered? To save you money, you don't know BMW very well.
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Old 07-04-2020, 05:29 AM
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It's a big waste of money. It's not an extended warranty, it's just free routine maintenance. Brake life is highly dependent on your driving environment and your behavior.

My first BMW had plenty of pad material left at 115k miles when sold it. My 535i has plenty of pad material left at 67k miles. But, I plan my stops whenever possible. My philosophy is that braking is the result of either bad luck or bad planning. You can diminish brake use further by shifting to "Sport/Manual" (S/M) mode when coasting to a stop using engine braking, and then back to "D" before you resume moving after the stop.

Even if you need the front brakes and rotors replaced, it's "only" about "$1000" at a dealership. It's way less if you have an independent shop do it and machine the rotors (once) instead of replacing them.

Wiper life depends on how much time the car/SUV sits in sunlight.

I doubt the clutches (in the automatic transmission and xDrive transfer case) are covered by routine maintenance, since they're a repair item.

Frau Putzer has the household record for brake pad life: 145k miles on her Honda Accord.

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Probably not the most "effective" way to spend nearly $3000. Unless your BMW dealer really "soaked" you for one oil service, wiper blades, Cabin air filters, and a FULL brake service (at both ends of that land yacht) it's unlikely you'd come close to that $$$$ for the one additional year of scheduled service.

Since you've admitted you're not planning to drive the vehicle "much"(?!?) would that include high-speed runs, panic braking, towing, etc etc - OR are you a more 'conservative' driver who plans for traffic signals/stop signs, avoids stop light drag races, etc etc?? I know some people who can wear out brakes just driving to church on Sunday ;-)
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Old 07-04-2020, 06:36 AM
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So new car comes with 3-yr limited maintenance covering oil change, filter change, brake fluids, etc. The maintenance upgrade program extends it to 4 years and covers brake pads and rotors, clutch discs, wiper, etc. for $2,945. Is this upgrade program worth it? I feel like the brake pads and rotors are the most valuable items, but how often would those need to be replaced within 4 years? The dealer told me they won't last for 4 years but I highly doubt it and I am not planning to drive the vehicle a lot.

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Hey Cap, maybe for $700 or so but not for $3,000!
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Old 07-04-2020, 07:27 AM
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Thanks guys, this is really helpful! I agree with all of you. I probably won't drive more than 8000 miles a year and I try to not use brake when I can.

Well, I actually purchased it already, but luckily I found in my state (CA), I can cancel and get a refund within 60 days of purchase so I am going to pay dealer a visit

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