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Old 04-14-2019, 10:35 AM
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When I bought my car, I prepaid the maintenance for up to 100k mi. Quick question

I bought my 320i with 27,5XX miles last January. The finance manager said I can prepay the maintenance so I'm covered up to 100k miles. I said sure, since I do a lot of driving (currently at ~53k miles). The service is done every 8k miles.

Anyways, I think I'm going to get way more out of it than the $2,000 I paid so it seems to good to be true. So far all the maintenance that has been done is:

- 4 oil changes
- new spark plugs at 30k miles
- I think new air filter(s)
- replaced lightbulb that went out

In about 3300 miles the front brakes are due for service.

I guess my point is: Why would the pre-paid maintenance be so cheap when I'm most likely going to get more than $2,000 in service?
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:08 PM
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I bought my 320i with 27,5XX miles last January. The finance manager said I can prepay the maintenance so I'm covered up to 100k miles. I said sure, since I do a lot of driving (currently at ~53k miles). The service is done every 8k miles.

Anyways, I think I'm going to get way more out of it than the $2,000 I paid so it seems to good to be true. So far all the maintenance that has been done is:

- 4 oil changes
- new spark plugs at 30k miles
- I think new air filter(s)
- replaced lightbulb that went out

In about 3300 miles the front brakes are due for service.

I guess my point is: Why would the pre-paid maintenance be so cheap when I'm most likely going to get more than $2,000 in service?
Assuming the CBS calls for an oil change every 15,000 mi, we can calculate. In reality, it's not exactly 15,000 miles but is somewhat variable.

oil change and inspection at 30k, 45k, 60k, 75k, 90k = 5 oil changes/inspections
spark plugs at 60k = 1 spark plug change
air filter at 30k, 60k, 90lk = 3 air filters
cabin air filter every 2 years so, for the original poster = 1 cabin air filter
brake fluid every 3 years (used to be 2) so, for the original poster = 1 brake fluid change.

All this work for $2,000 should be profitable for the dealer.

Brake pads and rotors may not be considered maintenance anymore. It may be considered repair that is not covered under warranty.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:01 AM
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Figure about $100 per oil change (5), $400 for the plugs, $70 for each engine air filter (3), $120 for the cabin air filter, and brake fluid at $200 and I get a total of $1430.

$2000 should definitely be profitable for the dealer. If you were to DIY, I'd place it at
$50 per oil change, $40 for the plugs, $30 for each engine air filter (3), cabin air filter ($40), and brake fluid $30. Total is just over $500.

If you didn't have any tools at all you could still do the filters. The plugs would probably cost you around $100 in tools for the necessary sockets and a decent torque wrench. The brake fluid and engine oil changes would require a floorjack and jackstands so a good setup there would probably be around $300. Add in a few more sockets to the collection and a bleeder kit and you'd be all in an tools for about $500.

So DIY no tools would be around $1k for all that stuff and dealer list prices would add up to lets just say $1.5k. I'm wondering what other services they are perhaps including for $2k. You would need a couple more oil changes or perhaps some wiper inserts to help make up some of the difference.
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When I bought my car, I prepaid the maintenance for up to 100k mi. Quick question

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I bought my 320i with 27,5XX miles last January. The finance manager said I can prepay the maintenance so I'm covered up to 100k miles. I said sure, since I do a lot of driving (currently at ~53k miles). The service is done every 8k miles.



Anyways, I think I'm going to get way more out of it than the $2,000 I paid so it seems to good to be true. So far all the maintenance that has been done is:



- 4 oil changes

- new spark plugs at 30k miles

- I think new air filter(s)

- replaced lightbulb that went out



In about 3300 miles the front brakes are due for service.



I guess my point is: Why would the pre-paid maintenance be so cheap when I'm most likely going to get more than $2,000 in service?
I’m a home mechanic, so I do all this stuff on my own. But my BMW came with free maintenance for a year or two, and it was great. They were very thorough — they’d replace wiper blades, fix the floor mats, everything. Loved it.

$2,000 for bunch of oil changes is high, but BMW brake jobs are expensive, and brakes are definitely a maintenance item you’ll deal with in the first 100K miles, along with a brake flush or two. If the dealer is close to your home and you’re happy with the service, why not?
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BMW maintenance in the US no longer covers brake pads.

This is what they cover:
Only the following maintenance items are included with BMW Ultimate Care when they are performed as outlined in the vehicle's Maintenance booklet:

Engine Oil
Engine Filter
Brake Fluid
Cabin Micro Filter(s)
Engine Air Filter(s)
Spark Plugs
Remote Control/Key Battery
Vehicle Check
Fuel Filter (Diesel engines only)

BUT!!!!

If you have a 2016 or older, you may be in luck

For model year 2015 or 2016 vehicles sold or leased by an authorized BMW center on or after July 1, 2014, the BMW Maintenance Program is provided for the first 4 years or 50,000 miles whichever comes first. These maintenance programs cover all factory recommended maintenance as outlined in the vehicle's Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional specific items that need replacement due to normal wear and tear and that are not covered by the original New Vehicle Limited Warranty-such as brake pads, brake rotors, and wiper blade inserts-are included provided wear and tear exceeds BMW wear limits. Any applicable adjustments required due to normal operating conditions are also included.
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Check your contract, it should say up to 100,000 miles or # of years whichever comes first. If it's regardless of time, then good for you!
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:32 PM
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Check your contract, it should say up to 100,000 miles or # of years whichever comes first. If it's regardless of time, then good for you!
its 100k miles or 72 months i believe.

cabin air filters every other oil change

air filters every 3rd i think?

brake flush every 2 years

probably 2 sets of spark plugs

depending on year brakes might be covered
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When I bought my car, I prepaid the maintenance for up to 100k mi. Quick question

Oil changes every 8k miles @$90/ oil change, starting at 27,500 miles = 9 oil changes * $90 = $810.

I agree the dealer came likely out ahead with the rest of the maintenance included. On the bright side, you’ll have peace of mind that all the routine maintenance will be covered.


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For every one of you where this is a good deal they sell it to 50 others who drive 5,000 mi/year and only get $800 worth out of of it. Keep in mind too, if all it does is bring you to them instead of an independent mechanic, they are happy. They don't need to make profit on top of already profitable oil changes.

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OP here. When I was buying the car, the finance manager did say that "the breaks are a $1200" service, so I figured I might as well buy the pre-paid maintenance package since I do a lot of driving. I'll double check before I bring it in. If it doesn't cover it, I'll just take it to a family member who has their own garage and dealer.
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OP here. When I was buying the car, the finance manager did say that "the breaks are a $1200" service, so I figured I might as well buy the pre-paid maintenance package since I do a lot of driving. I'll double check before I bring it in. If it doesn't cover it, I'll just take it to a family member who has their own garage and dealer.
They should definitely cover a four wheel brake pad and rotor replacement in a $2,000
Maintenance package. No question.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:10 AM
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Just to give an update: last month I went in to get my front brakes done and I did not have to come up with anything out of pocket. In the next couple of months, I'm going to get the rear brakes replaced. Overall, I'm really happy I bought the pre-paid maintenance. Also, all my oil changes get done at 8k miles, and the wiper blades get replaced every now and then.
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Just to give an update: last month I went in to get my front brakes done and I did not have to come up with anything out of pocket. In the next couple of months, I'm going to get the rear brakes replaced. Overall, I'm really happy I bought the pre-paid maintenance. Also, all my oil changes get done at 8k miles, and the wiper blades get replaced every now and then.
Was the front just pads only or pads + rotors?

Since brakes are included, $2000 up to 100k miles(and 6 years?) may not be bad provided both axles (pades + rotors) are done before maintenance expiration.
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A complete brake job for front and rear is about $800 and is probably due every 50k miles (from any independent BMW mechanic). Oil changes can or cannot be done at the dealer, however the BMW Interval is 15k miles. An oil change is about $100. Based on the warranty cost, its really better not to go with a warranty.
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Was the front just pads only or pads + rotors?

Since brakes are included, $2000 up to 100k miles(and 6 years?) may not be bad provided both axles (pades + rotors) are done before maintenance expiration.
yes, they replaced pads and rotors.
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A complete brake job for front and rear is about $800 and is probably due every 50k miles (from any independent BMW mechanic). Oil changes can or cannot be done at the dealer, however the BMW Interval is 15k miles. An oil change is about $100. Based on the warranty cost, its really better not to go with a warranty.
the car's computer tells me to get oil changes every 8,000 miles.
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the car's computer tells me to get oil changes every 8,000 miles.
Its manually inputted into the system by the tech and the dealership probably does it so you come back more often. BMW states that it is to be done every 15k and if you open your manual it will state the same.
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