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      01-25-2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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Service Lights on - Take to dealer or Indy (GVA)

I've always taken my bmw's to dealerships for maintenance/services but thought I'd ask your guys opinion if an indy shop can do the same job for a cheaper price? any recommendations out there?

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      02-03-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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Since you are in Burnaby, you might want to give Nixon a call; I have only used them for mounting wheels so far, but most reviews seems very positive.
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      02-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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What is the job to be performed ?
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      02-10-2013, 03:25 AM   #4
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I think just my basic servicing, my service lights are on, I was going to just do an oil change but instead I`ll do their schedule 1 maintenance. Nixon quoted me $350 for the following: Is this the same stuff the dealerships go through and anyone know what they charge? If its roughly the same I rather just take it to the dealer

A standard minor service is also known in BMW terminology as an Inspection 1.
Oil Change Service
Drain and refill your vehicle’s crankcase with BMW approved oil. Install a new oil filter.
Check all other Fluid levels, and top off as necessary.
Reset oil light.
Check transmission for leaks.
Check rear axle for leaks.
Visually check fuel tank, lines, and connections for leaks.
Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
Check power steering system for leaks.
Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.
Examine brake disc surfaces.
Clean brake pad contact points in calipers.
Grease wheel center hubs.
Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage, and joint disc.
Check front control arm bushing for wear.
Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
Check condition of tires (outer surfaces (left/right)), tread wear and pattern; In case of uneven tread wear readjust wheel alignment if required.
Engine Compartment
Read out diagnostic system
Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
Check air conditioner for operation.
Reset Service Indicator.
Body/Electrical Equipment
Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.
Perform batter load test.
Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, foglights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination.
Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.
Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.
Check condition and function of safety belts.
Oil hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges.
Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
Check central locking/double lock.
Replace microfilter or Acc. Cabin Filter.
Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
Check rear view mirrors
Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories.
Final Inspection
Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission
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      03-02-2013, 09:15 AM   #5

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That sounds like a good deal for what is being done. I am a big fan of some of the indy BMW repair shops we have around. They will do a good job and most of them have owned BMW's most of their lives which is why they opened the shop in the first place.
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      03-02-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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Pretty sure dealer charges about the same as that for that work
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