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      01-07-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Servicing Q

This has been an age old question question of main dealer vs independant where to get your car serviced. I am at the crossroads of which route to go down and just wanted to get views of fellow members

My car is a 2008 and is on 112k miles and has had full BMW SH. I tend to change my oil/filers every 10k or yearly whichever comes first. In my SH the last log was at 78k miles about year and half ago where it had a major 3rd oil service done (oil/oil filter/air/microfilters)

I have BMW extended warranty on mine and terms now state I can get my car serviced by a VAT reg garage who uses genuine parts.

I rang my dealer that I use and quoted me 381.65 for 3rd oil service (oil/oil filter/fuel/air/microfilters)

My vehicle check is also due which is additinal 97.75 so in total 479.74

Now I have priced genuine parts up and not sure how much my local independant would charge (need to give him a ring tommorow)

Oil Filter 16.94 inc VAT
Fuel Filter 39.16 inc VAT
Air Filter 46.66 inc VAT
Micro Filter 36.90 inc VAT
Oil 5w 30 (60 inc VAT)

Total for parts only - 199.66
Vehicle check - not sure how much my indi would charge
Labour? - again not sure

. I am pretty sure of my independant compentacy as I have used him before

So which route would you go for?
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      01-07-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Are the main dealers giving you the 4years discount for that price?
Mine has quoted 291 for 3rd service including the 4yr+ discount ,local specialist quoted about 40 less so didn't think that was a bad quote for main bmw garage
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      01-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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They did mention something along the lines it being 4 years old I got additonal discount

They quoted 267.75 for the oil and microflter only
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They did mention something along the lines it being 4 years old I got additonal discount

They quoted 267.75 for the oil and microflter only
Have you tried maindealerdiscount.com
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      01-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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Thanks I forgot to check them -

vehicle check - 54.88 (cheapest dealer)
at the dealer I got quoted - 86.25

oil filter inc microfilter but exc fuel filter - 336.75 (same dealer I was quoted above)

Fuel filter is 95.10

Total - 518.10
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I paid 360 for this at a main dealer last month. Another member here paid only 280 I think, he bought and supplied parts or did some stuff himself.
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can you buy the genuine parts and go to the dealer and just pay labour rate?
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      01-08-2013, 08:57 AM   #8
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I have decided to go to my independant as bmw works out expensive for me. My indi quoted 165 in labour plus vehicle check with me supplying oil/oil/air/fuel/micro filters
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      01-08-2013, 09:18 AM   #9
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As long as its OEM parts I don't see the issue, it won't affect your resale value at that mileage. In fact I value a decent Indy more than a main dealer.

Save yourself a few quid and spend it on something new for the car!
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Not sure your indi price is that cheap if you need to supply all parts.

I would do jobs like microfilter and airfilter yourself, buy from ECP and fit in mins.

I recently had my third oil service at dealer, 4 yrs + oil service was 139, also got them to do the fuel filter which was 78 fitted. The rest I will do myself.

Vehicle check is a bit of a waste of time, if you look around your tyres, suspension etc you will already have done most of what the dealer do. Simple to reset the service schedule for this item if you do it yourself.
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Thanks davy if i did not have the extended warranty i would do all the work myself

How much do you think I should be paying if supplying parts myself?
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Even with extended warranty there is no issue with replacing things like microfilter and air filter yourself, guess you need to use the genuine parts to keep the warranty sweet.

In terms of costs, I guess if you look at my oil service at 139, you are buying oil and filter for nearly 80 so its 60 labour with my dealer. Guess the indi may be a bit cheaper but not loads. Again fuel filter, I paid 78, your part cost is 39 so my dealer charged 39 fitting. Don't see an Indi charging a load less for this item.

Given you have full BMW S'H to date if it was me I would keep it that way. Also BMW goodwill payments are much easier to achieve if you have a full s/h with BMW as that shows your loyalty and you have lined their pockets along the way. Recently I had a part replaced on my X5, cost 200, without even me asking my dealer approached BMW who agreed to pay 50% of the costs. Car is outside of warranty and I chose not to extend warranty on it therefore they could have told me where to go.
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Thanks Davy, makes sense now as to replace the micro filter and air filter myself as I know that can be replaced in 5 minutes.
What I have done is ordered all the filters under 1 invoice so will keep it attached to the service history.

I will ring up the dealer again tommorow asking for a price on oil and fuel filter change and replace the micro and air filter myself.

Have dealers started using 0w 30 oil now?
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Just make sure you get the 4 plus service price of oil change for 139. That's a nationwide offer as far as I'm aware.
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It was a December offer.
BUT Monty at Park Lane BMW has been able to swing it for me at 139 and I have mine booked for Friday.
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BUT Monty at Park Lane BMW has been able to swing it for me at 139 and I have mine booked for Friday.
you mean BMW Battersea stewarts road?!
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Not sure if its of any help, but I received a leaflet from BMW outlining their BMW Value 2013 service pricing (for E60/61) as the following:

Oil Service:
Petrol 139
Diesel 159

Oil and Microfilter service:
Petrol 209
Diesel 229

Major Service:
Petrol 389
Diesel 509

Vehicle check:
Petrol and diesel both 99
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Thanks guys I will report back tommorow
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It was a December offer.
BUT Monty at Park Lane BMW has been able to swing it for me at 139 and I have mine booked for Friday.
you mean BMW Battersea stewarts road?!
Yep Stewart's road sorry
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My dealer has left me a message saying they can do the oil and fuel filter change and vehicle check with me supplying both filters for 250

I will do the micro filter and air filter myself and leave the receipt in the SH
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That doesn't sound too far away from what it should be. worth noting they will probably carry out the vehicle check whether you pay for it or not as its generally a means for them to identify other work you may like them to carry out. My dealer certainly did this without any charge and also thankfully nothing needing work was found.
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Booked into Rybrook Warwick as the price was not too far off what my indi quoted, again great CS from them which takes my custom back to them

Microfilter and the air filter I will replace myself and keep the reciept should it be needed for warranty.

I do feel a bit bad not supporting my local indi but I did in the back of my mind thought 120 for labour to change oil, fuel, air and pollen filter and thats me supplying the parts
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