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      06-17-2011, 02:54 AM   #1
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Expiring Manufacturer warranty questions and search tips

I'm looking for some advice on what I can get BMW to do prior to my standard warranty and maintenance expiring. Did some searches and most of them recommend a third party BMW specialist doing a pre-inspection to determine possible issues. That all sounds like a great idea, but is this something BMW dealers don't do for you during any regular servicing routine? Are you not allowed to request a detailed inspection?

Also read that there may be a list of common wear and tear items that should be replaced but couldn't find it in a search.

Looking for some help to get results from the forum search.

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An independent shop has a vested interest in finding issues. They know that if the do a good job then they'll gain a new customer.

The dealership already has you for a customer. Anything they don't find will be one extra thing that they can charge you for down the road.
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An independent shop has a vested interest in finding issues. They know that if the do a good job then they'll gain a new customer.

The dealership already has you for a customer. Anything they don't find will be one extra thing that they can charge you for down the road.
Ditto

Have a separate indy take a look at you car.
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It depends on whether or not you dealer likes to do warranty work. I would think theydo since they know that they will probably loose you to an Indy shop once warranty is over.
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The dealership already has you for a customer. Anything they don't find will be one extra thing that they can charge you for down the road.
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Ditto

Have a separate indy take a look at you car.
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It depends on whether or not you dealer likes to do warranty work. I would think theydo since they know that they will probably loose you to an Indy shop once warranty is over.
True, but the vast majority of people stay with the dealership. They might take their car to Iffy Lube for an oil change but they'll go to the dealer for any major work - including all the stuff that Iffy Lube breaks.

My dealership generally has a handful of older BMWs in the service bays - lots of mid '90s 7 series and late 90's 3 series.
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I had a list going somewhere in another forum....something along these lines are the main issues I am concerned about being inspected and covered.

1. Turbos
2. Wastegates
3. Injectors
4. Thermostat
5. Adaptive headlights
6. DCT or whatever they call what controls traction especially in AWD models.
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I had a list going somewhere in another forum....something along these lines are the main issues I am concerned about being inspected and covered.

1. Turbos
2. Wastegates
3. Injectors
4. Thermostat
5. Adaptive headlights
6. DCT or whatever they call what controls traction especially in AWD models.
They should also check for any leaks ie: valve cover, oil pan, transmission pan, seals, etc. I am sure there is a comprehensive list somewhere.
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They should also check for any leaks ie: valve cover, oil pan, transmission pan, seals, etc. I am sure there is a comprehensive list somewhere.
Question remains, would the dealership be willing to inspect/change these items? Say they were partially worn and prone to break down, not in the immediate future, but in the near future.

Or would they simply say, sorry this isn't broken/worn enough
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Or would they simply say, sorry this isn't broken/worn enough
This.

There is no incentive for the dealer to spot problems. An independent shop will spot/find problems.

In either event, something must be broken. Not something that will break. If that was the standard then the dealer would have to replace your entire car, EVERYTHING will eventually break.
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