I recently bought a used 330Xi with 45K miles on it. Its a 2003 model
year. It runs and looks great! I love it. I bought from a BMW dealer so
its Certified Pre-Owned. The dealer recommends I get the Maintenance
Program Upgrade before it reaches 50K miles. This costs $1185.
Apparently this program will extend the new car warranty till it
reaches 6 years/100 K miles.
The maintenance upgrade includes oil changes, brakes, scheduled service
(one is reached at 60K), belts and brake fluid. The small print at the
back of the brochure lists many items that are specifically excluded.
Do you think this is a good deal at $1185? I have never owned a BMW
before but I know the service can be quite expensive.
Thanks for your advice.
Given that an "oil service" at the dealer is about $180 every 15k miles,
that's $540, almost, $720 just for the basic oil services. With the
additional warranty, brakes, etc. for basically $645 that's not a bad
deal at all, IMHO.
Are you sure it also extends the warranty? I think this is a separate
Non-covered items you should consider having done are coolant and
transmission fluid changes.
The extended maintenance should cover Inspection II at around 60,000 miles
(ca. $500.00), a $200.00 oil service at about 75,000, and a $400.00
Inspection I at 90,000. Add in the cost of brakes, belts & brake fluid
changes & it sounds like a pretty good deal, assuming you aren't planning on
Generally, extended warrantee and maintenance tends to favor the issuer, not
the car owner (it's a variation of an insurance policy). Add up the costs.
The Insp II, Oil Service, and Insp I will fall within the mileage of the
coverage (Brake fluid is included, PS, Diff, Trans are not). Are brake
pads/rotors covered or just fluid flush? Coolant flush (every 4 years
according to BMW, every 2 according to most BMW mechanics)?
Your CPO warrantee (100K) ought to cover cooling system issues (thermostat,
water pump, radiator) and most other mechanical ills.
Belts and hoses are usually good for 120K+.
Bottom line. If the normal scheduled maintenance adds up to a one/two
hundred dollars of the plan's cost, it may well be worth it. Just make sure
that there aren't any significant items that are excluded in the fine print
or not covered by your CPO warrantee.
R / John
I bought this for my car. It might be possible to do a little better
on the price so you should check into that...call around. It does not
extend the warranty. All it does is extend free scheduled maintenance
comes with new cars to 6 yrs/100K. It covers all of the scheduled
maintenance and some of the wear and tear stuff like brakes,
rotors, and supposedly even things like the control arm bushings.
Actually - no - it doesn't extend the WARRANTY - it extends the free
full Maintenance. BIG difference.
It isn't a BAD deal if you always intend to bring your car to BMW
dealers for service - and if the dealer extends (mine does) a loaner car
for service appointments. As others have pointed out - the "Service-I"
and "Service-II" services can cover the cost all alone - not counting
windshield wiper changes and brake pads and rotors.
Something to get done before your current maintenance period is up is a
brake fluid flush. BMW calls for this every 2 years from date of
PRODUCTION (not In-Service date..) and it is covered by their
One warning with the extended maintenance - you MUST sign up and pay for
it BEFORE your current BMW paid for program expires. One day or one mile
over and they won't accept your money. I made that mistake and regret it.
Phil should also calculate his expected mileage over those two years. Since
the Inspections only come up every 30,000+ miles, but the time extension is
only two years, will he put on enough mileage (30k/year) to require the
second Inspection within the maintenance time period?
There is an amazing amount of expertise in this newsgroup. Here are
some replies to your posts.
All - My original post was wrong as several noted. Its not a warranty
extension just a maintenance program.
Tom K. and Fred - I am not a DIY guy. I used to be but now I have to
pay others to fix my cars. No time.
Tom K - I estimate my mileage will be 110 K miles when the maintenance
program expires so both scheduled services should be covered.
John - The brochure specifically includes brake pads and rotors.
Nothing mentioned about coolant flushes.
Anoop - Good idea to shop around. I will make some calls to other
admin - My dealer gives out loaners also. Last time I had a low mileage
Based on your posts, I think I will purchase the Maintenance Program
upgrade since the service inspections will come quite close to the
purchase price and if I have to get the brakes replaced then it will
easily put me over the top.
Neither am I due to a bad back & reliance on bifocals, but many in this
Phil, I hope I speak for everyone else (above) when I thank you for your
Regarding the fluid changes - I'm pretty sure the two year brake fluid
replacements are covered under maintenance; but coolant flushes are not. My
2003 Z4 makes no mention of scheduled coolant changes in the
service/warranty manual and my dealer indicated that we now have "lifetime"
<My 2003 Z4 makes no mention of scheduled coolant changes in the
service/warranty manual and my dealer indicated that we now have
Its interesting that BMW now considers its coolant "lifetime." In the
US, BMW coolant is Valvoline Zerex G-48:
The effective date of the G-48 technical bulletin is 6/18/03, with an
expriration date of 6/18/08.
Since 2003, BMW has gone from requiring coolant flushes every 2 years
to "lifetime," with no changes in the make up of its coolant.
It wouldn't hurt to change your coolant every 2 or 3 years. If you
don't want to pay the BMW rate of $22-30 per gallon, Saab coolant,
which is also "blue" and Zerex G-48 retails at around $12 per gallon!
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