Recommended Service Intervals for a BMW

by Lori Lapierre
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BMW is known for their manufacturing vehicles that represent luxury and prestige. Additionally, the company offers a well-made vehicle that retains value and runs well into old age. Whether you purchase a new or used model, BMW recommends regular maintenance at certain intervals, to ensure your car runs at peak efficiency.

Oil Changes

This basic maintenance is recommended as an absolute necessity at 7,500 miles for BMWs made in 1991 or earlier, 10,000 miles for vehicles from 1992-98 and 15,000 miles for BMWs built in 1999 and later (excluding the '99 E36 model, which should use the 10,000 mile guideline). BMW also recommends an oil change at the halfway mark in all three categories: 3,750 miles, 5,000 miles or 7,500 miles.

Inspection One

This examination of a BMW is recommended at 15,000 miles for vehicles made in 1991 and earlier; 20,000 miles for those made between 1992-98; and 30,000 miles for vehicles built since 1999. The mechanic should check for leaks in all systems, change fluids and filters, inspect the brakes, run an engine diagnostic to search for potential problems; verify that major components are functioning within required guidelines, reset indicators and conduct a road test. The cost of the service averages between $400 and $500, depending on the dealer. Recommended every 30,000 miles, owners should have another Inspection One at 75,000/100,000/150,000 miles, depending on the model and year.

Inspection Two

This recommended inspection should be done at 30,000 miles for vehicles 1991 and older, 40,000 miles for those built from 1992-98 and 60,000 for vehicles built since 1999. This complete check-up on the vehicle mimics the Inspection One, ensuring all systems are operating correctly and troubleshooting major components. This inspection is recommended again at 60,000/80,000/120,000, and so forth, depending on the model and year.

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