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Old 10-12-2004, 09:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys heres one for u

can anyone tell me what they change on the car in the different services?

1) Oil Service
2) Inspection One
3) Inspection Two

how much do u roughly pay for each of the above?
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Old 10-12-2004, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i am not sure what the costs are for each of those but if you go to the dealer expect to be raped. my bills are still huge and i go to a place much cheaper than the dealer. maintenance on these cars is expensive!
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Old 10-12-2004, 10:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A word of advice for you... If you have any mechanical skills what so ever... then try and work on your car.... you will learn a lot.. and its way way cheaper... Good Luck

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BTW there should be a service FAQ or something in that order that might help you figure things out in the FAQ forum.
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When I first got my 1995 318i last june 2004 basic oil and transmission fluid change w/ power steering flush and air filter change came up to $300 at the shop in my hood. BMW dealers in Manhattan charges aboutr $580-650 for full servicing (price depend on your vehicle-for eg. a 3 series mid 90s would be cheaper than a 5 or 7 series of the same year or a later 3 series+price also depends on how bear up your ride is).

However, the dealer gives a free car wash and you get freebees when you pick your car up like BMW brand bottled water, popcorn, back massager, apple juice, pens, key chains etc....

As you can see I've amassed a small cache of BMW items in my glove box!!!
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BMW dealers in Manhattan charges aboutr $580-650 for full servicing (price depend on your vehicle-for eg. a 3 series mid 90s would be cheaper than a 5 or 7 series of the same year or a later 3 series+price also depends on how bear up your ride is).

However, the dealer gives a free car wash and you get freebees when you pick your car up like BMW brand bottled water, popcorn, back massager, apple juice, pens, key chains etc....
For that much money the massage should be elsewhere...

but thats pretty nice...I would prefer a back massage while being bent over....
The BMW dealership near me offers no such amenity while they are making me a prison bi**h

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E36 325/328:

~$39.95 Oil Change w/ Synthetic
~$357.50 Inspection 01
~$535.07 Inspection 02

Yes, inspection 2 was performed on my car and it was quite costly, but since i changed the brakes my self (~$300) And i change my own oil ive basically covered the cost for someone to do the inspection 2 for me.

If your mechanically inclined enough id do as much as you can yourself and leave the rest to an independent BMW mechanic you trust, and lastly a dealership (and make sure its a good bmw dealership, they tend to vary)
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For info on the what the BMW Dealership would do for a particular inspection service visit http://www.baydiagnostic.com/inspection.ht...0Inspection%20I

I am in South Africa and own a 1993 325i, did a Inpsection 2 service a month ago and it cost me R1750 ($270).
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Out of curousity, I called Time It Lube about my new 95 BMW 325i and asked how much it would cost for standard oil service on it. They said it would cost $19.95 + $2.25 for any additional quarters over 5 quarts..

So it sounds like you can pretty much take your BMW anywhere you want.. But I hear the synthetic oil is the best to use..

Anyone have any comments concerning what Time it Lube told me?
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that price is probably not for synthetic oil. i think it cost me about $65CDN for mobil 1
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I wouldn't let anyone touch my car who promises to be done with ANY service in less than 10 minutes.....
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Originally posted by Rich328@Oct 12 2004, 03:42 PM
Ok guys heres one for u

can anyone tell me what they change on the car in the different services?

1) Oil Service
2) Inspection One
3) Inspection Two

how much do u roughly pay for each of the above?
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To answer you original question the following comes from the dealer; It is a matter of choice and money; you can follow 97 Alpine's advise (I do) or you can go for the service!

Inspection1
1. Read out diagnostic system
2. Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
3. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
4. Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
5. Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
6. Check air conditioner for operation.
7. Reset Service Ind

inspection ll

1. Read out diagnostic system
2. Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
3. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
4. Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
5. Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
6. Check air conditioner for operation.
7. Reset Service Indicator.
8. Replace spark plugs.
9. Replace intake air cleaner element.

Oil change:
1. Drain and refill your vehicle's crankcase with BMW approved oil. Install a new genuine BMW oil filter
2. Check all other Fluid levels, and top off as necessary.
3. Check and adjust tire pressure.
4. Fill windshield washer fluid.
5. Reset oil light

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you need to watch out and take it to any bmw mechanics that look dishonest. especially if u live in the Oklahoma City area, DO NOT TAKE YOUR CAR TO "LARRY'S EUROPEAN AUTOSERVICE"! they took my car out on a fucking joy ride! the dude that drove it was like the secretary there that took orders or whatever. so he jumps in my car and it seemed like he didn't know how to drive a stick, and like burns my clutch to shit, and sped by me redlining it in first and second gear. SON OF A BITCH! so watch out.
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you need to watch out and take it to any bmw mechanics that look dishonest. especially if u live in the Oklahoma City area, DO NOT TAKE YOUR CARE TO "LARRY'S EUROPEAN AUTOSERVICE"! they took my car out on a fucking joy ride! the dude that drove it was like the secretary there that took orders or whatever. so he jumps in my car and it seemed like he didn't know how to drive a stick, and like burns my clutch to shit, and sped by me redlining it in first and second gear. SON OF A BITCH! so watch out.
First thing I would've done is beat his ass. Second thing I would've done is got the shop to pay to replace your clutch.

If first and second choices don't work, you can always sue.
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No speedy deedy oil changes for my BMW!

Do it yourself!
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What brand of oil do you use and weight? And what oil filter brand do you use?
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