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      02-17-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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bmw inspection 1

Is it wise to pay to get the first inspection done before the warranty ends?
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      02-17-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Get an Indy to do it.

Get an Indy to do it.
I think you are more likely to get true results.
A lot of things you can do yourself like look for leaks in the Engine
Area for example.
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      02-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #3
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Ok, just was thinking it was a good way to make them actually look at the car. I'll look into Indy prices.
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      02-18-2013, 06:14 AM   #4
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This inspection 1 is a true joke. I had my E91, LCI 2009 serviced today and that meant engine oil (castrol edge professional 0w-30) and filter change, cabin filter change, spark plug change and also inspection1. The whole thing costs 440 Euro (600 US dollars!!). The whole thing took just one hour. The so called inspection one consists of the following (from the list that I got from BMW after the service and I was present during the service). The guy began by first resetting the service indicator lights inside the car using just the stalk (as you and I would do, no fancy gadgets!) and then proceeded with the service,
Check the following for service one,
wiper condition and wiper jet stream, tyres tread and pressure, brake lines integrity, visual check, seat belts, under the car fittings (all covered with plastic shield, so not much to see besides the brakes and wheels!), headlight height adjustment (checked and corrected), indicator signal and all lights in the car, horn check, check and fill radiator fluid, measure brake disc and pad thickness without taking off the wheels, battery charge check, and finally connect to OBD port and check for any residual warning/messages. There were none. He tightened the oil sump bolt and the filter without using torque set! He obviously knew what he was doing but it certainly is not worth 440Euro.

I had my Toyota Aygo serviced a month ago for 240 Euro and that guy did a more thorough job than the BMW garage. He did all that that the BMW guy did on E90 and even changed my brake fluids on our Aygo and all that for half the service price of E90. The funny thing is tyhat BMW and Toyota share the garage and work side by side. BMW service is a pure rip off. My advice to all is do the inspection one by yourself and then take your car to the indy guy and get the oil and filter and micro filter changed cheaply and erase all codes/ service indicators. The next time I am going to do the whole thing by myself and save my sely 300Euros!
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Is it wise to pay to get the first inspection done before the warranty ends?
I thought BMW went completely over to condition-based service with the E90, and did away with the old "Inspection I, Inspection II" schedule.

Now the computer tells you when it is time to take it in for service.
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I thought BMW went completely over to condition-based service with the E90, and did away with the old "Inspection I, Inspection II" schedule.

Now the computer tells you when it is time to take it in for service.
Yea it does, but I'm under miles before warranty ends, so I wanted to get it looked over before that.
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The car computer says "service time". Your key applied to the BMW key reader gives you a whole page of what that service entails in detail i.e. oil and filter change, micro filter change, spark plug change etc. plus "service car control one" (it is a direct translation from Swedish "service fordonskontroll ett") which is nothing but a 24 point car inspection list. Call it what you like! He just takes his flash light and goes checking around the car and sometimes measures a few things like Sp. gravity of radiator fluid and brake pad thickness, battery charge etc. Most of it is just visual inspection and hand palpation. But it costs money.
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ah ok, so it's pretty useless, I'll just bring it to an Indy like reccomended before the warranty is up and tell him to look it over.
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ah ok, so it's pretty useless, I'll just bring it to an Indy like reccomended before the warranty is up and tell him to look it over.
My advice would be to go to the BMW workshop and pretend that you are interested in getting service done in future and ask them to read your key on the reader and print out that service information in detail and tell them you will contact them later when you have time. Go to the Indy and get service done according to the list. The inspection bit (service car control 25 points will not be in the list) but use the list I have given you and check those small things yourself. The only bits that you may not be able to do are the battery charge control, radiator fluid sp. gravity, brake pad thickness measurement, headlight beam adjustment, OBD read out since they require special equipment. But they too can be done by the Indy.
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If you are keeping the car a long time.

If you are keeping the car a long time.
Get the Mike Miller old school maintenance schedule and read it.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...42661473,d.cGE
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I thought BMW went completely over to condition-based service with the E90, and did away with the old "Inspection I, Inspection II" schedule.

Now the computer tells you when it is time to take it in for service.
True, except for the Inspection every 30k miles which replaces the old Inspection I & Inspection II. One difference is that the (new) Inspection does not include an oil change, although it may co-incide with one.

And since it is included in the covered maintenance, it is not wise to pay for it - simply have your dealer do it at 30k miles.

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