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      01-25-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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Should I buy the extended maintenance plan?

My '07 335i has 486 miles or until February 3rd until its warranty expires.

As mine is a purchase, it almost seems like a no-brainer to get the extended maintenance package for both the convenience and just-in-case factors, but I wanted to get the advice of the ones in the know.....E-90 posters.

I have already gotten quoted $2090 for the 6-year/100k Gold warranty. Price is not really the issue here BTW...just whether it's worth it.

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My '07 335i has 486 miles or until February 3rd until its warranty expires.

As mine is a purchase, it almost seems like a no-brainer to get the extended maintenance package for both the convenience and just-in-case factors, but I wanted to get the advice of the ones in the know.....E-90 posters.

I have already gotten quoted $2090 for the 6-year/100k Gold warranty. Price is not really the issue here BTW...just whether it's worth it.

Thanks!
$2,090 for a few routine oil changes and wiper blades over the next 2 years... Do YOU really think it's worth it?

Routine car maintenance such as fluid/filter changes and replacing brake rotors/pads are relatively easy jobs to do it yourself (DIY), especially on a BMW 3-Series. The biggest expense would be IF they do a complete break job using OEM rotors and pads, that would be about $700 in parts (with a BMWCCA discount) + labor.

It's much more cost-effective to spend $80 on the proper Bentley Service Manual, buy the parts (and tools) you'll need for the job(s), and DIY. You'll learn more about your car, know the job is done right (with the best parts available), and save money too.

I completely understand that time is money, but cars are a fun hobby and you just have to find a little free time to work on them. For me, saving a thousand dollars on routine maintenance (labor cost) is worth the 5 hours (or less) of my time it would take me to do a couple of fluid changes and a complete brake job.
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Its only Maintenance items, no MAjor parts are covered. Like stated above, 2 oil changes and 1 or 2 top offs, wipers, brakes, cabin filter twice and washer fluid. Not worth it imo.

I spent less than $700 on front brakes and rotors, oil change, and rear pads. Brakes were done by me and oil was changed by dealer (next time i'll do it) and its been 1yr and 3months from when my maint warranty expired and they quoted me ~$2500 for 2yrs. I see one more oil change and an air filter by the 2yr mark.
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Not everyone DIY's so if you don't, trying to start now to save $2K is a bit unrealistic; especially if you haven't worked on cars in the past and don;t have a good set of tools. The extended maintenace is is like everyone said, a few oil changes and brakes. All of the stuff the maintenace plan covers is simple work that any competent BMW independent shop can do and for way less than a dealer. Maybe you should consider an extended warranty instead, considering it is a 335.
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The big issue with a 335i is the HPFP which is warranted for 10 years/120,000 miles. The only additional maintenance over a 328i is the 45K spark plug replacement which should have already been done as the OP has nearly 50k on his car.

So the Extended Maintenance is a great deal for BMW, but not for the OP whether he embraces DIY or not.

Instead, he should put the $2,000 aside for maintenance over the next two years and throw a big party with the $$$ left over.

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The big issue with a 335i is the HPFP which is warranted for 10 years/120,000 miles. The only additional maintenance over a 328i is the 45K spark plug replacement which should have already been done as the OP has nearly 50k on his car.

So the Extended Maintenance is a great deal for BMW, but not for the OP whether he embraces DIY or not.

Instead, he should put the $2,000 aside for maintenance over the next two years and throw a big party with the $$$ left over.

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Hey, I was just trying to get a little more profit for BMW so the price of my next 3 Series is a little less...
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As mine is a purchase, it almost seems like a no-brainer to get the extended maintenance package for both the convenience and just-in-case factors, but I wanted to get the advice of the ones in the know.....E-90 posters.



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My .02....

I'm from MO, but the guy sold me the extended maintenance plan is from BMW South County (San Diego): Jeff Waters.

2008 BMW 335xi cost: $1795 (note: xi is more expensive than i).

Very nice guy, and straightforward. The number for South County BMW is 619-442-8888

Cost considerations:

Since the plan price is negotiable, I feel at <$1900 it's worth it. I priced out all the jobs at my local independant shop this week:
*4 brakes and rotors/clips/sensors: $1200
*3 oil changes: $240
*tranny fluid change: $300 (diff change is not included, tranny is at 99K for 08)
*Drive Belts: $100
*Spark Plugs: $250
-All prices include tax

+Free BMW to drive to work while I have my car serviced for the next 50K, and not having to bum rides from friends - WORTH something.

The only catch is that you need to make sure you go right at 99K and request they do all these services. Most will, as BMW pays them to do the work. You big ticket items will "need" service by then, whether the tracking system says so or not. If one BMW won't do it, go to another. Mine did all these services at 48K with no questions asked.
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My '07 335i has 486 miles or until February 3rd until its warranty expires.

As mine is a purchase, it almost seems like a no-brainer to get the extended maintenance package for both the convenience and just-in-case factors, but I wanted to get the advice of the ones in the know.....E-90 posters.

I have already gotten quoted $2090 for the 6-year/100k Gold warranty. Price is not really the issue here BTW...just whether it's worth it.

Thanks!
Warranty, maybe -- maintenance, definitely not. You do realize they are separate packages, right? BTW, that's a good price for the 6/100 Gold WARRANTY, if that's what he's quoting you.
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My .02....

I'm from MO, but the guy sold me the extended maintenance plan is from BMW South County (San Diego): Jeff Waters.

2008 BMW 335xi cost: $1795 (note: xi is more expensive than i).

Very nice guy, and straightforward. The number for South County BMW is 619-442-8888

Cost considerations:

Since the plan price is negotiable, I feel at <$1900 it's worth it. I priced out all the jobs at my local independant shop this week:
*4 brakes and rotors/clips/sensors: $1200
*3 oil changes: $240
*tranny fluid change: $300 (diff change is not included, tranny is at 99K for 08)
*Drive Belts: $100
*Spark Plugs: $250
-All prices include tax

+Free BMW to drive to work while I have my car serviced for the next 50K, and not having to bum rides from friends - WORTH something.

The only catch is that you need to make sure you go right at 99K and request they do all these services. Most will, as BMW pays them to do the work. You big ticket items will "need" service by then, whether the tracking system says so or not. If one BMW won't do it, go to another. Mine did all these services at 48K with no questions asked.
Are you certain BMW will cover the Drive Belts (not mentioned in the Service schedule), Transmission Fluid (Lifetime) and a brake job (based on measured wear)?

That leaves 2 oil changes (unless you drive 49k miles in 2 years - and the CBS calls for 3), plugs and maybe a brake job - total of $450~$1,650.

I'd bank the $1795 and self insure.

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I'm an SA and the maintenance plan will definitely cover trans fluid change (if it's on the 100k service schedule) if you are close enough to 100k before the time runs out. I've had them covered at 98k but not any earlier.
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Are you certain BMW will cover the Drive Belts (not mentioned in the Service schedule), Transmission Fluid (Lifetime) and a brake job (based on measured wear)?

That leaves 2 oil changes (unless you drive 49k miles in 2 years - and the CBS calls for 3), plugs and maybe a brake job - total of $450~$1,650.

I'd bank the $1795 and self insure.

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My dealer verified the drive belts, and tranny fluid for 100K replacement, if I showed up just before 100K.

My brakes and plugs wore out at 46K last time. But, I drive hard, and run a JB3+ stage 5. Chaces are high, my repairs will be needed again, around 92K, plus I'll need rotors the next time since they will have 100K on them. Like I siad, the shop gets paid to do the repairs by BMW, so it's a winner for them to do it, if they can even remotely justify it.

Yes, technically, it's all by wear/need. But, with the mileage were talking about, replacement can easily be justified. Tell them your breaks have been sweaking and your car feeling sluggish. Get a good BMW shop, and they'll do all the services, just before the time frame is up, and you'll get your money's worth.

If you get it all done, your ahead. And you get the loaner each time to boot, as well as any computer updates (which is nearly everytime I go), which is worth something for my convenience.

But, each has to decide if he thinks his shop will take care of him, and if he drives hard enough to wear the parts mostly out in time.
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Extended Maintenance - No

Extended Warranty for a 335 that covers the turbos, injectors, waste gate, etc.... YES
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Hi friend!... who is this dealer who quoted you $2090 for the 6-year/100k Gold warranty?... I'm in LA and I am searching for one also... mine is E92 07 just run out of warranty... Do you mind sharing this info with me?...
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i didnt know spark plugs were part of the extended package... wonder if its the same for CPOs purchased with extended maintenance too.
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On my 2006 330i CPO, spark plugs are covered to 6 years / 100K. I do not find extended maintenance to be worthwhile, but it is a personal choice.
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Extended Warranty for a 335 that covers the turbos, injectors, waste gate, etc.... YES
Mine is a CPO so extended warranty is already there...Thanks for the info though.
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Hi friend!... who is this dealer who quoted you $2090 for the 6-year/100k Gold warranty?... I'm in LA and I am searching for one also... mine is E92 07 just run out of warranty... Do you mind sharing this info with me?...

Sure no problem! However, please note that this quote was BEFORE warranty expired back in February.

I went to New Century BMW in Alhambra. That was for their Gold Package (if memory serves correctly). I DO NOT recommend them though as they're notoriously shady. My last rep was fired and they go through quite a bit as they're Always nickel-and-dining you.
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I know them very well... you just need to know how to charm them... BMW Sales/Service are like "SNAKES"... you need to know how to charm them lol!... You need to know that everyone needs to make money, we can't really blame them but of course we want them to be as fair as possible... (but anyways here is a TIP... I just asked LTBMW if they do maintenance, like regular maintenance and he said yes... so maybe you should check them out... I know your car is CPO so don't worry about the warranty... your drivetrain warranty is still valid... only the maintenance warranty is expired...

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Sure no problem! However, please note that this quote was BEFORE warranty expired back in February.

I went to New Century BMW in Alhambra. That was for their Gold Package (if memory serves correctly). I DO NOT recommend them though as they're notoriously shady. My last rep was fired and they go through quite a bit as they're Always nickel-and-dining you.
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Purchased the 3 year 100K mile Gold extended warranty for my 07 335i back on April 30th 2011. It has almost paid for itself with the warranty repairs done already. I factored in the extended warranty cost when I purchased the car last Oct. I wasn't sure if it would be a good investment but I'm convinced now.
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I know them very well... you just need to know how to charm them... BMW Sales/Service are like "SNAKES"... you need to know how to charm them lol!... You need to know that everyone needs to make money, we can't really blame them but of course we want them to be as fair as possible... (but anyways here is a TIP... I just asked LTBMW if they do maintenance, like regular maintenance and he said yes... so maybe you should check them out... I know your car is CPO so don't worry about the warranty... your drivetrain warranty is still valid... only the maintenance warranty is expired...
Thanks! I am at LTBMW quite often so I'll ask him when I'm there in the next 2 weeks getting my rims installed.....when they arrive.

Can you elaborate on what that covers and how much he quoted?
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Thanks! I am at LTBMW quite often so I'll ask him when I'm there in the next 2 weeks getting my rims installed.....when they arrive.

Can you elaborate on what that covers and how much he quoted?
Just talk to Long .... I am very sure it is way way cheaper than buying a service warranty...
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Thanks! I am at LTBMW quite often so I'll ask him when I'm there in the next 2 weeks getting my rims installed.....when they arrive.

Can you elaborate on what that covers and how much he quoted?
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Am considering it as well on my 335i. The oil changes don't make it viable but a turbo going out makes it a no brainer. Rolling the dice no matter which way you go.
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