The local BMW dealer has been advertising maintenance coverage on new BMWs
that extends to everything from oil changes to brakes up to 50k miles. I
assume this is rather like an extended warranty that you pay for over and
above the cost of the car. Since I am not a BMW owner -- not wealthy
enough -- it seemed unlikely to me that BMW would cover everything for
nothing. Am I right?
I don't think there is a "delete" option for the "included maintenance".
But if there was, that would probably be the best bargain going...
You'd get to choose where to have your oil changes done and get money
from BMW to do so. Of course you'd still want to retain the regular
You're wrong. The "not wealthy enough" is exactly why BMW extends full
maintenance on their cars - and they also hope some maintenance is done
so they can resell the car at the end of the lease (over 50% of new BMWs
are leased..) It is provided at no additional cost (which probably isn't
the same as no-cost - it's factored into the wholesale price of the car..)
It basically covers everything except tires. It makes the cost of a
lease the actual cost, not the lease cost plus maintenance costs. AFAIK
- BMW is now the only luxury car maker providing this. Mercedes used to
and they quit doing it.
Watch for the killer lease offerings you see on TV - then visit a dealer
and ask about leasing a BMW. You may find that you can lease a BMW for
the same $$ or less than a lesser car. And the expenses won't eat your
Actually, as a still working retired USAF type, I could buy. I was being
facetious since I have heard that maintenance costs on BMW are out of sight.
However, given a maintenance agreement for 50k that is built into the price,
it does become very reasonable. However, I should not think that typically
you would run into anything significant for that period of time anyway.
Brakes should last 50k at least, for example. And, a major tune-up should
not be for quite some time. I would think that buying some with say 100k
miles on it would present a whole new set of expensive problems unless the
car was well maintained.
I've had brakes under maintenance, and Service-I (which is an expensive
one). The brakes were all 4 rotors and all pads. Also had the 2-year
brake fluid flush done. That and oil changes, wiper blades, even washer
fluid if you feel like stopping at the dealer - add a lot of value to
the "free" maintenance.
And it's exactly someone like you who they are looking for - someone who
was afraid of the maintenance - but has the $$$ to buy/lease a BMW. FWIW
- you can also extend the maintenance another 2 years/50k miles for a
not too unreasonable cost provided you purchase the extension while the
original factory maintenance is still in effect. Average cost for an
average BMW (330ix, 525i, etc) is around $1,100. If you get one more set
of brakes and an Inspection-II done under it - you're $$$ ahead.
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