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#1 (permalink) Old 09-28-2004, 12:45 AM
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Hey Guys,
I have a 2002 325I and my warranty is almost over. I have 43,000 miles and the warranty covers up to 50,000 miles. I was wondering if it's worth purchasing an extended warranty either from the dealer or a third party? So far I have gotten 3 oil changes, both the driver side and passenger side power window motor fixed, and the rain gutter replaced on both sides. I can just imagine how much this would have cost me out of my pocket, if the car wasn't under warranty.

I also wanted to know if you guys have run into any other common problems with your BMW's other than what I have mentioned above? At least I know that the two costly parts on the car (engine and transmission) are covered past the 50,000 miles. Do you guys know how many miles these parts are covered up to?

Last time I asked the Dealer, when I got my oil change, how much the maintenance would cost out of warranty and they said for the 45,000 mile service it was around $364. I also asked them what other maintenance task they do to the car other than changing the oil and they said they check and adjust a lot of things in the car such as the brakes and the onboard computer. Do you guys know if its safe enough to get the oil changes outside the Dealer like at Jiffy Lube? I heard that once you stop going to the dealer for your regularly scheduled maintenance that it could void the other warranties. Is this true?

Thanks in advance for any input you can provide.
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Extended warranty's are helpful, in that IF something goes wrong, you basically have the "money" to take care of it. I myself did not get an extension and had no issues. I ran my engine up to around 160k miles no problems. Best thing you could do is just get some pricing info, and see if makes financial sense to you. It may be $345 per service, but then again, it's also every 15k miles so....

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Basically if you cannot find a trustworthy garage that works on European cars, namely BMW's then the extended warrantee is a good idea.
Will allow you to sleep at night.
However you must understand that the 45K service you are talking about is the inspection 1 or inspection 2.
Those are not covered under the new extended warrantee.
Also if you do have a problem with your car, it will be up to you to prove that it is a problem, there will be a service advisor that looks at your car from the extended warrantee company.
Needless to say it will have to be major before they approve any work.
I personally would avoid the dealership at all costs.
Find a good BMW mechanic in your area now that the car is out of warrantee.
Will be a lot cheaper and your car will be better maintained.
As for Jiffy Lube are you crazy.
I would not trust them with my bicycle never mind my car.
You have a bunch of disgruntled underpaid kids who will take they're frustrations out on your car.
If you have some time some funny reading about Jiffy Lube:

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/autom...jiffy_lube.htm

Good luck!
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