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.
So I have a 2000 323Ci and I am right at about 61000 miles and it says 1500 miles to inspection, im assuming this is inspection II.... I haven't had my car long at all, so I never have done one of these "inspections"... Just looking at the warranty manual it seems like these inspections are mainly just stuff that is completely obvious like checking if A/C works and a bunch of checking for leaks and things, cant I just check for leaks in my very own driveway??? and I think I would be aware that my A/C wasnt functioning!?!? Can I just go in and get my oil changed and have them reset the service interval indicator, and just check the other stuff in my driveway?? it seems like all the stuff on this list is just stuff I would normally check just to be sure!! and also do I need to take the car in to change the brake fluid or can it be done myself, same thing with the coolant, Ive never had a car I couldnt change the coolant on myself?? thanks - darren
Buy reset tool and do it yourself. But then again, warranty: Obviously, BMW warranty is gone; CPO? Extended warranty shouldn't matter...
If warranty you have doesn't require you to do service at certified BMW center, then just document everything you checked on the list and attach recepts for the parts you replaced, or fluids changed...
Yea the car was a certified pre-owned and it has a warranty until 100k or until november of '05.. do you think that will conflict?? I dont mind paying for the oil change or even the brake and coolant flush, as long as these are the only things that really need to be done, i just dont wanna shell out 400 bucks so someone can tell me my AC is working
If you are doing maintenance yourself, you need a service manual. Either Bentley or OEM. It lists the items covered.
There are some situations where I would only use OEM parts. For example, unless you are an expert in cooling systems, or a chemical engineer, I would recommend that you use BMW antifreeze. It does not mix with some other commercial brands which on the surface appear to be acceptable substitutes, eg. those that contain no phosphates or nitrates.
Our BMWs require so little servicing, it doesn't make sense to try to cut corners when they do. I would at least go to your dealership and speak with a service advisor. It won't cost you anything to discuss your situation and determine a feasible maintenance plan.
DIY maintenance is okay for day to day stuff but I suggest taking your car to a dealer for all 'major' service work.
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