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Hello out there. I have a 2003 330i with the 4/50K warranty. I'm interested in making some changes (aftermarket exhaust, tower braces, window tinting), but I don't want to void the warranty. My roommate drives an S4 with all kinds of aftermarket upgrades, and he still gets free maintainence. What the dilly, yo?

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anything that is not BMW will void your warranty except for the replacement air filter (KN Type) what most people do is remove their aftermarket parts before they take it in for a warranty issue, ot they just wait for their car to be too old for warranty, then thye mod it

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ok for example if you have an aftermarket exhaust...your warranty is still valid.

Now if your aftermarket exhaust causes problems with the car...and if the dealer can prove it, you void your exhaust warranty.

So if your window regulators blow for example, they CANNOT refuse to repair the regulators and void your warranty just because you have an aftermarket exhaust because the exhaust system is not in any way tied to your windows.
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Dinan performance upgrades are the only recognized aftermarket upgrades by BMW, and the only ones that will not void your warranty. This basically applies to engine components, i.e. intake, strut bar, chip, etc... Pricey upgrades, but what i hear is they are great quality.

Window tinting would not void ur warranty, and what woobiee said is true.

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what abot ac schnitzer?

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in the United States, Dinan is the only bmw tuner that bmw supports.

AC Schnitzer is supported in the UK
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I have 2003 325. I added B&B exhaust and racing dynamic cold intake. I lowered my car and added 18'wheels.
I was at the service 3 times since then, they did not say anything.
If anything goes wrong with the exhaust, they wont cover.
If i get check engine light i should replace my cold intake with the original air box and go to the service, and everything will be fine.
My friend is a service mngr at concord bmw and he told me that.
Just make sure you don't put cold air that takes up to 2 h to install, it's a pain
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So changing the suspension dynamics with aftermarket parts won't void your front end warranty? If your front end falls apart, I don't think BMW would cover it.

What does your service mgr. friend say about that?

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My roommate drives an S4 with all kinds of aftermarket upgrades, and he still gets free maintainence. What the dilly, yo?
The maintenance warranty and parts warranty are two different things.

Just because you put on Brembo brakes doesn't mean they won't change your brake fluid if your maint. warranty calls for it.

Just don't ask them to fix any damage caused by the Brembo brake. Or damage the dealer thinks is caused by any mod.

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Originally posted by Silver4evr+Jun 17 2004, 07:17 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Silver4evr @ Jun 17 2004, 07:17 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-dado@Jun 17 2004, 06:10 PM
I lowered my car and added 18'wheels.
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So changing the suspension dynamics with aftermarket parts won't void your front end warranty? If your front end falls apart, I don't think BMW would cover it.

What does your service mgr. friend say about that? [/b][/quote]
BMW lowered my car. They can do that you just have to ask them
I got the parts and they did it. It costs about $430.
Whatever they agree to do and change they will cover under the warranty, trust me.
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exactly said by woobie.
you can mod your car. but they cant reject you for service if it has nothing to do with your other mod (ex. they cant reject you for you free oil service if you lowered you car. unless they cant get in on the lift.)

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OK, I think I see what you guys are saying.....thanks for the advice.

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