M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6)General M-Series Discussion - If it does not fit into a more specific M Category above, please place it in here. In addition, previously archived M-Series discussion is located in this section.
I just bought a 2002 M3 with the 6-speed manual trans. I took it to the nearest dealership (Los Angeles area) where they recommended an Inspection II Service. They quoted me the following prices for Maintenance services:
$450 - Oil Service
$1250 - Inspection I
$1700 - Inspection II
Is this what you all are paying for these services? I've never owned a BMW before, but these prices sound ridiculously high (especially the oil change). I'm not opposed to doing the work myself, I just need to buy a few new tools.
For what its worth, my son owns a M3, and when I asked him about cost, this was his reply.
"I just changed the oil last month, my 2nd oil change since I got the car. 1st time the dealer did it, also had the inspection 1 done while under maintenance warranty at XXX Dealer before it expired. No charge!! Inspection 2 is done at 60K and costs around 1500 from what I’ve heard. Oil change is about 60-75 bucks if you buy the oil and filter from the dealer, and is very easy to do (especially if you have a friend with a lift ;0) ) The M3 uses a specially formulated oil ava only from the dealer, Castrol 5w60 synthetic I believe.
The M3 is very easy to do because the oil filter is on top in front of the engine, and getting to the drain plug is the only challenge, which as I say is easy if I drive to XXX Location. I figure I need to get the oil hot any way, and XXX is very cool about letting me have lift time, if I give him notice, and come when convenient for him.
"I don’t feel the cost of maint is high compared to other marques, and if you buy new, it’s covered anyway, so why worry? My lubricated parts are covered for 6 years, or 100k due to the bearing recall done on this production series E46 M3."
Perhaps those prices are because the car has never had these services before and it is in crap condition? I've paid $60 for an oil service.... havent had inspection I/II yet but my service guy tells me $600/$900 on average for them respectively...depending on what they find and correct during the services
Dont feek bad I bought a 2004 M3 SMG in September, replaced the trans $11,000 and Head gasket $5000, and I haven't even gotten Inspection Ior II yet. It's just a rule of thumb, you gotta pay to play...
this thead is from 06 when Teh Prof still had an M3....
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