Maintaining Full BMW Service History

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Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by dib17 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:26 pm

What is everyone opinion of maintaining full BMW service history?

Car is 2010 E82 120D and has covered 135,000 miles. BMW are quoting £363 for major service, local BMW specialists what £260. Should I just pay the extra £100 to maintain the BMW history? Or I could change the air filter and pollen filter myself and get specialist to just do oil, oil filter and fuel filter - this why I still get a stamp in the book.

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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by chall5 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:28 pm

Specialist at that mileage
E82 135i DCT N55
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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by Toed64 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:47 pm

I use an independent garage that has to do a good job to build and maintain its excellent reputation. Their hourly rate is just over 1/3 of my local BMW dealership and their mechanics are all highly qualified.

My suggestion would be to do the same and do lots more maintenance with the money you save. BMW oil service intervals are absurdly infrequent. If you change the oil every 8000 miles or less and your engine will probably last much longer.

IMO, our cars have reached an age when a BMW main dealer history is just a waste of money - a FBMWSH will not add any value now.
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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by Mike_RS » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:03 pm

As your warranty has officially expired by some years I would go down the route of a specialist service. I think with the age of the car having a more frequently stamped service book will be more valuable to future buyers rather than sticking to the BMW service intervals.

I'm considering designing my own stamp so I can have something more official looking for a potential future buyer when I start doing my own services! :lol:
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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by rm1 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:57 pm

A good independent is preferrable to a main dealer. I have seen lots of cars with full BMW history that were carrying lots of undealt with faults-main dealers don't drive the car and often fail to notice things like suspension knocks in my experience.

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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by Toed64 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:25 pm

Mike_RS wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:03 pm
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I'm considering designing my own stamp so I can have something more official looking for a potential future buyer when I start doing my own services! :lol:
I like that idea. Have you thought of a name? MikeRS... What about 'MRS BMW' :D
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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by swanny71 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:41 pm

Mine had full BMW history so I could keep it in warranty until about 120k miles.
Since then I’ve serviced and repaired it when required myself, mostly with genuine BMW parts (eBay). Saved a fortune but nothing has gone wrong in that time that I could have claimed anyway.
Approaching 150k miles, it’s book value will be next to nothing - certainly wouldn’t get my money back if I’d kept up FBMWSH.
Get yer spanners out, use this forum, others like it and YouTube - it’s very satisfying and cost effective.
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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by Mike_RS » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:00 pm

Toed64 wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:25 pm
Mike_RS wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:03 pm
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I'm considering designing my own stamp so I can have something more official looking for a potential future buyer when I start doing my own services! :lol:
I like that idea. Have you thought of a name? MikeRS... What about 'MRS BMW' :D
I'm not too sure about that, if my Mrs car is anything to go by, nobody would ever touch my car again! :lol:
Black sapphire metallic - E82 135i N55 - BMWP Exhaust - Suspension - Brakes - Carbon Mirrors - 18" 313 wheels with PS4's - Wagner Downpipe - Wagner Intercooler - LED Darklines

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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by DGJ123d » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:30 pm

swanny71 wrote:Mine had full BMW history so I could keep it in warranty until about 120k miles.
Since then I’ve serviced and repaired it when required myself, mostly with genuine BMW parts (eBay). Saved a fortune but nothing has gone wrong in that time that I could have claimed anyway.
Approaching 150k miles, it’s book value will be next to nothing - certainly wouldn’t get my money back if I’d kept up FBMWSH.
Get yer spanners out, use this forum, others like it and YouTube - it’s very satisfying and cost effective.
On this note, what have people done to "maintain" the service history when doing oil changes etc themselves? Just sign the book or get a friendly mechanic to stamp it for you? Would having no stand but receipts for the correct parts maintain what's left of these older cars' value?

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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by swanny71 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:51 pm

I keep all receipts, fill out my geeky spreadsheet, fill out and stamp the service book (stamp from eBay “Serviced with genuine BMW parts”)
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Re: Maintaining Full BMW Service History

Post by Toed64 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:56 pm

During the time that my 135i was under warranty and for the remain 2 years of the service pack, my car had full BMW service history...for what it's worth! It also had at least one, extra oil and filter service half way through the standard BMW oil service interval.

I have kept receipts for all of the parts that either I, or other garages have fitted. I have had the book stamped for every service done since I decided to avoid the main dealer.

I have maintained several older, cheaper vehicles myself. One Toyota 4x4 never saw a garage for 9 years, but I maintained it to a very high standard and kept a record of what I'd done and kept most of the receipts. I sold that truck for quite a lot more than I expected to someone who took 10 minutes to read my notes.
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