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I am new to this car and have no idea what it needs in terms of maintenance. I understand the oil change lights, however, how often should I get a full tune-up? Onece a year, twice a year?

I would like to keep the car in top shape and I don't trust going to the BMW service center. I have seen to many bad posts about those places.

Any and all guidance would be appreciated!

Best/Mike
 

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Did your car have it's owner's manual in the glove box? Give it a read. It will tell you the maintainance intervals for every aspect of your car. If the previous owner took it to the dealer, it should even have stamps for inspections, etc in the back of it.

You shouldn't need a "tune up" once or twice a year. These cars run well for a very long time when they are continually maintained: fluids changed, etc. You'll see varying opinions on spark plug changes- anywhere from 30/60/100k miles. My old 1997 528 went to 100k before getting it's plugs changed.

How many miles on your car?

-Cago
 

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Here's a good place to start besides the messageboards:

http://www.e38.org/e39/

Put up some pics of your car too.

Congrats!
 

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Here is a maintenance schedule that I use as a guide.

5000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
10,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
15,000 miles- BMW Inspection I
20,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
25,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
30,000 miles- BMW Inspection II
35,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
40,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
45,000 miles- BMW Inspection I
50,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
55,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
60,000 miles- BMW Inspection II
65,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
70,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
75,000 miles- BMW Inspection I
80,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
85,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service
90,000 miles- BMW Inspection II
95,000 miles- Oil and Safety Service

and so on. Since we don't put a lot of miles on our cars, we change the oil at 6 month intervals. The Inspection II service is equivalent to a full "tune up."

Also check out www.bmwtips.com for maintenance advice. Enjoy your new ride!
 
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