Hey all I am new to the BMW world and I have a 20002 325i that has
close to 65,000 miles on it. Anyways I ran it a bout 500 miles past
the service indicator. You know that mile count down thing? Anyways
so I call the BMW dealer to make a appointment for what I assume is
just an oil change and he tells me its the Spec 2 inspection or
something and its $380 bucks for a oil change soma air filters and a 2
hour inspection. Is this standard? Does everyone take their car into
the dealer when this service indicator gets to 0 or do you go somewhere
elese/Do it yourself? Also does anyone know how long it will be once
it has been servied until this service indicator gets back to 0 again?
Im wondering how long this $380 dollar ispection will last me
Thanks a ton - jon
But Dave, he has a 20002. They haven't written that book yet, it is still
17,996 years before they print that one.
TO THE ORIGINAL POSTER
Go the book store and buy a Robert Bentely Publishers service manual that
covers your car. It lists the Service Items, and will give you considerable
insight into your car. The Owners Manual will tell you all you need to know
too, but many used car buyers do not get the Owner's Manual with their
purchase, and the book store (Barnes&Noble, for one carries them) has a very
good after market book that is a Must Have.
The dash countdown will indicate service every 13,000 to 17,000 miles,
depending on how you drive it. The service order is:
Oil Service, Inspection I, Oil Service, Inspection II, etc., so 65k is about
right for an Inspection II. $380.00 is pretty cheap for a dealer - but you
should also have a brake fluid change every 2 years and a coolant flush
every 4. If these are due, they'll cost another $200 or so.
Do you have your warranty/service manual? It's all detailed there.
- Standard service : 150 bucks, merely plain synthesis oil, standard grey
can and visual inspection performed by a mid-aged mechanice.
The car needs to be left for the day.
- Gold Service : 250 bucks, merely plain synthesis oil, pink can and visual
inspection performed by a 30/35-y old girl. As a bonus, your Frequent Flyer
card will be credited of 1200 miles. The service is 4 hrs duration.
- Platinium Service : 500 bucks. Full synthesis oil, red can with a crimson
ribbon around. Visual inspection performed by a 20-y old cute thong girl
plus boobie wash. Filter replacement if needed is free of charge. Your
Frequent Flyer card will be credited of 2500 miles. Not time limited. You're
allowed to remain in the car while it's operated.
Personnally I've subscribed to the Platinium Service and I use to go to the
dealer twice a month. Hey! when you drive a Bimmer, you must pamper it with
the best oil in the world. Isn't it ?
It's not a mile countdown, it monitors fuel usage as an approximation of the
service your car has experienced. Roughly 16K per interval: Oil / Insp 1 /
Oil / Insp 2 and so on. At approximately 64K you were about due for the
Insp 2 as outlined in your service handbook. It's fairly extensive,
includes a code dump of the ECU, etc. Usually the oil and filter,
microfilters, etc are included. Other wear items that may need replacement
are not included (brakes, etc). This is a good time to change diff oil, ps
fluid, trans oil (manual ... if it hasn't been done on the auto you're a bit
late) and also the coolant (BMW - 4 years from manufacture, indies 2 years).
The service indicator will be reset. You can expect your next oil change to
show up in about 16K and Insp 1 in about 32K after this service. All
mileages are approximate, but pretty close. Much of this stuff is DIY if
you have the skills.
R / John
The general consensus recently has been to change ATF at about
30,000 mile intervals. I guess this is based on the higher temperatures
an auto trans is subjected to in modern cars. However, I also believe
the mileage is based on conventional (dino) ATF. These days BMW
is using synthetic ATFs in their transmissions. Synthetics do hold up
better to heat and resist shear. So conventional wisdom might not
apply. But who wants to be the guinea pig?
What I can say from my experience is that I owned a 1991 325i auto
and changed to synthetic ATF at 30,000 miles. I continued at that
interval until I sold the car with 160,000 miles. That ZF 4HP22 was
not known for its longevity, but there was no sign of impending
failure on that one.
Take it for what it is worth.
E-39 trans was "lifetime fill" until 2002 year and BMW decided maybe 100K
was a bit more realistic (I suspect they were seeing trans failures at an
earlier than expected point), so your 2001 wouldn't reflect the running
change. It's applicable to all auto trans cars that were lifetime fill.
Most BMW technicians think that's far too optimistic and I've seen numbers
from 30-50K thrown about (so yes, 65K is a bit late). The manual trans
remains lifetime fill, but I change the lube every Insp interval (about
32-33K in my case, 530i 5sp).
The problem with the auto trans is that the BMW magic elixir is VERY
expensive and cannot be purchased in quart/liter sizes. It's tricky to
figure out if synthetic fluid of some formulation or other will substitute
(I suspect yes), and so it can really cost you to do a drain and fill of the
5-6 quarts dropping the pan will release.
R / John
if available where you live. Amsoil Synthetic ATF meets the Esso LT-71141
specification and is available by the quart as well as larger packaging.
Heh, it's always a problem isn't to know in whom to place your trust. I
contacted the garage who have looked after my BMWs for the past 4 years
or so (independent BMW & Merc specialists who have a good reputation)
and they say not to touch it unless there are signs of leakage.
Is there anything from BMW themselves on this matter?
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