Originally Posted by Efthreeoh
DO NOT TAKE A BMW TO ANY REPAIR SHOP OTHER THAN AN ASE CERTIFIED AND BMW TRAINED MECHANIC. MAKE SURE THEY ARE A BMW SPECIALIST OR AT LEAST A GERMAN CAR SPECIALIST THAT REPAIRS BMWS.
Our cars were designed, built and tested with BMW parts. The service reminder calculates oil service intervals assuming BMW filters and oil. Oil is the life blood of the engine. Do you want to take a chance with aftermarket parts, especially those made with low price the main objective? Will the oil lubricate properly at different temperatures? Will it clean engine parts properly? Will it break down sooner? Will the oil filter filter properly? The consequences of improper lubrication can be decreased performance, increased engine wear and reduced life.
The more expertise and experience a tech has with our cars the better. They are more likely to put the right amount of oil in the crankcase, use the right lift points and spot something the car needs while they have it in the air. They know the car. They know where things are, how things come apart, how things go together and what to look for. They have the right tools.
Taking our cars to the best dealers and independents maximizes the chances that everything will be done right. Putting our cars in the hands of poorly trained techs is asking for trouble. Find a good indy or dealer you trust, develop a relationship with them and stick to them. It's worth it in the long run.