3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
I just have to say that no one should take their car into bmw to get an oil service. I called BMW of Palm Springs up and asked for an oil change and was quoted 99 which was fine considering you don't really have to change it but every 15k miles or so. Well, I get there and the guy gets the paperwork for the oil service going and asks to have me sign it. I look down and the estimate is 250! So I ask what it's going to cost and he says 230 give or take. Needless to say, I walked out. So I call and talk to another guy in service and figure out that the Oil Service is really just a glorified inspection service.. they kick the tires, check lube, and change your air and oil filters. It's not worth that amount of money. The funny thing is if you just want an oil change they won't reset your computer with the service tool. That's just pathetic.
I found a BMW service shop down here(independent) and it's costing me 66.00 for oil change and filter. That's using BMW OE parts and BMW synthetic oil. They're also resetting the computer so I don't have that warning come up. I don't think the other stuff is worth 175.00
So when it comes time for you newer owners to pay for your service.. take it to an independent shop and don't be screwed.
If your car is 2001 or newer you can simply reset the oil service indicator (on turning the key) by pressing the left instrument cluster button as you turn on the car. The OBC will display a couple of different things and then you can reset the oil service / inspection indicator by pressing the button a couple of more times. For more details search this forum or the bentley forum.... or consult a e46 Bentley service manual if you have one.
My last (and will be the last with BMW) oil change the dealer wouldn't reset the service indicator on my instrument cluster. At that time I thought I requred a special ($150) reset tool to do it. It is actually a no-brainer to do the reset (3 seconds). I'm happy BMW didn't do it.... they'd probably want $20 bucks or more.
It sounds like they where charging for an inspection 1 service and not an oil change. I have had the "Good" local dealer perform an oil change and it was $68. An inpsection 1 cost just under $300 and the inspection 2 was just over $300.
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i dont understand why you people just dont change the oil yourself... its kinda a no-brainer in itself.
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I live my life one quarter mile at a time, and for those 23 or more seconds I'm free.
Granted I've only been to my local dealer once for an oil change but they changed the oil, reset the OBC, replaced the cabin filter, vacuumed the interior, AND washed it...for $110. I sure am gonna keep my eyes on them next time, especially the paperwork!!
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I replaced my cabin filter a couple of weeks ago and it was $39 + tax. The oil will also run you around $40 + oil filter $ .... and you also got a car wash. Your problem was the inconvenience of bringing your car to the dealer.... and having cabin filter replaced without request.
IMO a car wash at the dealer isn't all that. They don't do a good job ... always leaving water marks.
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