About to purchase a 2002 BMW 330ci with about 35k miles. It's still covered by the limited warranty until Dec '05 or 50k miles. The BMW maintenence plan (3/36k) expires at the end of this month. I called BMW and they said that I was in a unique position buying this used vehicle. Since it is still < 36k miles, I could purchase an extension to the BMW maintenence program. It'll be about $400-500 to extend it to 4 yr/50k (from service date), or about $1300 to go to 6 yrs/100k.
Given the fact that I plan to own the car for quite a number of years, does it make sense to get the plan? From what I understand, the plan will pay for things such as the oil service, inspections 1 and 2, and things like brakes (incl. pads and rotors), wiper blade inserts.
Is it worth it? From what I hear the inspections can run several hundred dollars. If you oil change, inspection 2 and brake change in the same year it would be more than the cost of the maintenence program.
What do y'all think? I know dealers are an expensive place to get the maintenance done. Can I have an independant BMW mechanic just service the car when the various indicator lights go off?