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      05-17-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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Waiting for my BMW to tell me it needs service

Having purchased a CPO BMW still covered under the factory warranty is awesome when I walk out of my local BMW service center and have $0.00 on my invoice. My question to all of you in forum-land is, do you think it is harmful to wait until your BMW tells you it needs service?

BMW has this long standing rule where if you are eligible for free maintenance, you must wait until your car is withing 1,000 miles until it's next required servicing. With these synthetic oil engines, that could be up to 12,000 miles, and I know we all have our different driving habits, resulting in some burning oil faster than others. I routinely check my oil to see if it is dirty or on the verge of turning black. Paying $150 (which is cheap in comparison to certain other manufacturers) seems like a slap in the face when I could bring the car in when BMW recommends me to and get one for free.

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      05-17-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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Having purchased a CPO BMW still covered under the factory warranty is awesome when I walk out of my local BMW service center and have $0.00 on my invoice. My question to all of you in forum-land is, do you think it is harmful to wait until your BMW tells you it needs service?

BMW has this long standing rule where if you are eligible for free maintenance, you must wait until your car is withing 1,000 miles until it's next required servicing. With these synthetic oil engines, that could be up to 12,000 miles, and I know we all have our different driving habits, resulting in some burning oil faster than others. I routinely check my oil to see if it is dirty or on the verge of turning black. Paying $150 (which is cheap in comparison to certain other manufacturers) seems like a slap in the face when I could bring the car in when BMW recommends me to and get one for free.

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you can use a bt tool to change the oil life meter and make it "NEED" an oil change
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      05-17-2011, 11:17 AM   #3
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I have close 180k on the car and have not done anything other than CBS service. Keep the money in your pocket and wait till service is due is my suggestion
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you can use a bt tool to change the oil life meter and make it "NEED" an oil change
Whoa really? Mine is yelling at me saying I need an oil change since the "annual oil change" it had at 47k didn't reset the computer. Now at 52k it's complaining.
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      05-17-2011, 11:33 AM   #5
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i'll be changing mine myself every 5k. better safe than sorry.
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      05-17-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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If you are not sure bring your key in and they will read it and tell you when your due.. It changes due to how you drive.. I went in a month ago and it said at 12k miles I needed one and now since I drive like a goon I have to go at 10,500...

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