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Old 01-25-2009, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello to all you Beemer folks out there. I'm new to the site and new to ownership of a BMW vehicle. In the past, I've had three different BMW motorcycles, all of which I really enjoyed and thought they were the best thing on two wheels. I'm older now and feel a little safer trying to stay on 4 wheels. As of this week, the wife and I found and purchased a 2006 X3 3.0i with 49,464 miles on the clock. As such, the servive warranty and bumper to bumper warranty are about to expire. My question to the group, is it a good idea and worth the money to pick up the extended coverage? The car has not had brakes and I understand it's a $1650 expense at the dealership. Is there something special about BMW brakes that make it so expensive? Is it important to stick to trained techs at the dealership for a brake replacement job?

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Hello to all you Beemer folks out there. I'm new to the site and new to ownership of a BMW vehicle. In the past, I've had three different BMW motorcycles, all of which I really enjoyed and thought they were the best thing on two wheels. I'm older now and feel a little safer trying to stay on 4 wheels. As of this week, the wife and I found and purchased a 2006 X3 3.0i with 49,464 miles on the clock. As such, the servive warranty and bumper to bumper warranty are about to expire. My question to the group, is it a good idea and worth the money to pick up the extended coverage? The car has not had brakes and I understand it's a $1650 expense at the dealership. Is there something special about BMW brakes that make it so expensive? Is it important to stick to trained techs at the dealership for a brake replacement job?

Thanks for any help and insight anyone can give me.

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There is nothing special about BMW brakes. The dealership is simply overpriced. If you are mechanically oriented, I recommend that you do the brake job yourself. Otherwise, find an independent BMW/Euro shop in your are. That should help you save some cash. The only particular I'd like to point out is that you will need new rotors (BWM rotors should not be turned and reused).

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BMW Brake Job

I'm certainly no mechanical wizard, but doing a brake job is relatively easy. I'm about to change front pads and rotors on my 1999 M3. Parts cost me about $220, purchased on the internet. The parts are German made by the same manufacturers that have supplied BMW. The hardest part will probably be getting the hex-head set screw that attaches through the rotor to the hub. I've had trouble breaking this screw loose on another BMW, so I purchased a set of allen head sockets and a sock-it-with-a-hammer impact driver. They may not be needed, but I'll have them if they are. Hopefully, this screw won't be a big problem.

Do your internet research. There are several sites that give detailed instructions concerning BMW brake jobs, complete with photos. And buy new rotors, they are thin to begin with.

If you have done any wrenching on your motorcycles, as most bikers do, you should have the experience to do this yourself. Then treat yourself to something nice with some of the money you saved.
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First off, welcome to the Werkz and welcome to the world of 4 wheels BMW's. I too have had the pleasure of riding a BMW Motorcycle and it was very fun. Now to the heart of your question...

The dealerships are a rip off and you will be surprised what kind of markup they have on parts and particularly labor. Brake jobs in general are very straight forward and any SAE certified mechanic should be confident enough to do the job. Also, the BMW techs are not as good as you would think either. Most have just graduated from UTI and passed BMW's certification program but it is rare to find a master mechanic working at a dealership. My recommendation would be to find a good shop somewhere close to where you live that has experience working on European cars. A lot of low level mechanics won't work on them however in my experience most good mechanics will work on anything.
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Extended Warranty or not?

Thanks for the feedback on brakes and BMW technicians. It sounds like it won't be that hard to do or find a competent independent mechanic that can handle the job.

How about the extended warranty? Should a person spend the money to continue coverage up to the 100K miles or is it better to find a decent mechanic that can fix any problems that may come up? It sounds like if you take out the big expense of brakes at the dealership, you may be better off not buying an extended warranty.

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Thanks for the feedback on brakes and BMW technicians. It sounds like it won't be that hard to do or find a competent independent mechanic that can handle the job.

How about the extended warranty? Should a person spend the money to continue coverage up to the 100K miles or is it better to find a decent mechanic that can fix any problems that may come up? It sounds like if you take out the big expense of brakes at the dealership, you may be better off not buying an extended warranty.

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I bought my E39 pre-owned and it came with an extended warranty. I found that when it came time to buy the extended warranty a lot of things wouldn't be covered. I haven't had any problems since ownership and even though I'm at the 75K-80K mile range where stuff starts to wear out and break being that my car is 9 years old parts are cheaper and I find that more mechanics are willing to work on it. I personally sought out a performance specialist. You know, shops that build turbo systems and supercharger setups. They can pretty much fix/build anything.
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