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Old 12-10-2009, 03:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how much for service on 2004 e46

ive had my m3 for about 6 months and its getting time to take it in for service and i was wondering if someone could tell me around how much it would be to have it serviced?
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Depends on which service:

Oil Service only

Inspection I

Inspection II

Just ring your local BMW specialist or dealer, dont go to a back street garage with a BMW.
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well its at 68k and i have about 2k till i need to bring it in so im assuming i'm going to need the inspection II but i'm not sure.
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BMW Inspection 2 Service - Here's what it involves, you will see below insp 'I' & 'II' on insp 'II' they do 'I' as well!

BMW MAINTANENCE: INSPECTION II
Date:
Mileage:

Inspection I

1. Undercarriage

 Change oil and oil filter
 Check transmission for leaks
 Check rear axle for leaks
 Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks
 Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Exam for leaks.
 Check power steering for leaks. Check fluid level, add if necessary.
 Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc.
 Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads using special tool. If replacement is necessary: Examine brake disk surfaces. Clean brake pad contact points in calipers. Grease wheel-centering hubs. Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear brake pads.
 Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage and incorrect positioning.
 Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust if necessary.
 Check all tire pressures (include spare). Correct if necessary. Check condition of tires (outer surface (left/right)), tread wear and pattern; in case of uneven tread wear, readjust wheel alignment if requested.

2. Engine Compartment

 Read out diagnostic system.
 Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level. Add coolant if required.
 Check level of brake/clutch fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required.
 Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protections. Fill up and/or correct if required.
 Check air conditioner for operation.
 Reset service indicator.

3. Body/Electrical

 Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.
 Perform battery load test.
 Check lighting system, i.e.: headlights, foglights, parking, back-up, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment/area lights.
 Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination.
 Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
 Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer and flasher switch.
 Check wipers and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.
 Check condition and function of safety belts.
 Visually examine the SRS airbag units (Driver and front p***enger) for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations or accessories.
 Check central locking/double lock.
 Replace batteries for alarm remote controls in all master keys.
 Oil hood, trunk and door hinges. Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
 Replace microfilter. (Note: Reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions).
 Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
 Check rear view mirrors.

4. Final Inspection

 Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.

Inspection II

1. Undercarriage

 Half-shafts: Check for leaks at flexible boots.
 Inspect entire body according to terms of rust perforation limited warranty. (Must be performed at least every two years).

2. Engine Compartment

 Replace spark plugs.
 Replace air cleaner element. (Note: reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions).

3. At Every Second Inspection II

 Change oil in manual transmission while at normal operating temperature.
 Change oil in rear axle while at normal operating temperature.
 Check clutch disc for wear.

4. Brake Fluid Service (Replace brake fluid every 2 years (time interval begins from the vehicles production date)

5. Cooling System Service (Replace coolant every 3 years (time interval begins from the vehicles production date)

6. Oxygen Sensor Service (Replace Oxygen Sensor every 100,000 miles)

All dealers charge different rates, so best to ring around, also if parts are found defective on the inspection they are replaced and you are charged + the initial charge for the inspection. A lot of people DIY due to the costs or use BMW specialists.
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ˆˆ $850 plus up the arse taxes in Canada... worth it though. Marti - Thanks for the inspection info!!
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