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07-28-2005 11:21 PM #1
inspection 1 and 2 observation
My 2001 X5 4.4i is due for Inspection 2 (64K miles). I am out of warranty, so this one is out of my pocket. I called the dealer for an appointment and quote. $630 for Inspection 2 with the microfilter, $500 without. They can have me in and out in a half day. I checked the cost of a microfilter - $37 from Bavarian Autosport. I can't believe it takes an hour of labor to install it. Then I did a little investigative work on Inspections. Per the Owners Circle maintenance schedule for my vehicle, the ONLY difference between an Inspection 1 and 2 is "check thickness of parking brake linings". That is it. I checked it line by line. Seems like BMW could keep it simple and just have "Inspection". I also noted the things that are not "inspected". It is a short list - change oil and filter, change air filter, read diagnostics, change microfilter, plus replace coolant every 4 years and brake fluid every 2 years.
This seems to be a rather expensive service for something that I can basically do myself other than the coolant and brake fluid.
I do have the CPO extended warranty. Any thoughts on whether having the basics (coolant, brake fluid) done at a third party shop will void the CPO warranty? There is nothing in that Inspection that affects the drivetrain other than the oil change (which I do myself every 7,500 miles). Any leaks from an inspection will show up on my driveway long before it causes any damage.
Any compelling reasons to drop 630 big ones for Inspection 2 if I can do a good bit of it myself?
07-29-2005 08:00 AM #2
Re: inspection 1 and 2 observation
I agree that the "inspections", espc on our nickel, are simplistic in practice and good profit margins for the stlr. Imo, getting a privateer to do brake fluid & coolant and a quick look-see,(that quick look is all the stlr does,too) is the way to go. Should have Zero effect on CPO "warr"; keep receipts of work. GL,md
PS: the microfilter change out is 10 mins if you "fumble",lol!
An "hour" of charge? No way.
07-29-2005 12:06 PM #3
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will not void CPO warranty
the CPO states that it has to be done... not by whom<BR>
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07-31-2005 06:14 PM #4
Check front CV boots carefully
That's about the mileage that mine went out, and they tried not to honor the warranty because they said it would have been caught earlier by them, instead of the shop that changed my oil who didn't note it. Then I went through some water and ruined the axle bearings.
08-01-2005 12:09 AM #5
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08-01-2005 12:31 PM #7
Re: inspection 1 and 2 observation
$130 to change the microfilter. LOL.
I had an outer front CV boot changed at an independent shop (not BMW specific). it cost $275 total. if you notice a wheel with lots of gunk on it (worse than the usual brake dust)check it out closely. you'll see lots of black grease if the CV boot is torn. I caught almost right away so all it required was a new boot.
08-03-2005 05:47 PM #8
08-17-2005 10:53 PM #9
Re: If you can't afford $630
It doesn't have anything to do with affordability, but rather paying a fair price for a day's work. Not to mention going the extra mile for customer service.
Example: I had the INSP2 done at the third party shop. He called me at work and said I needed a water pump and oil separator hoses, then invited me over to see the problem. Said he'd hold up the work on my car until I could get over there. Being a gearhead (he knew that), I was there in 30 minutes and had an interesting and informative conversation about X5 service and repairs. When I told him my CPO warranty would cover the water pump but I wanted him to do the hoses, he didn't charge me for the water pump inspection (required some extra disassembly). My dealer would never do that - plus, customers are not allowed in the shop at the dealer.
He earned a long time customer (it was my first visit there).
08-17-2005 11:15 PM #10
08-18-2005 06:49 PM #11
Re: Dealers charge a fair price for a day's work
Glad your happy, just don't cry when the newbie service tech with "0" training leaves the oil cap off or leaves a quart low due to the filter change, both have happened to me at the stealer. THAT is why I do my own maintinance, not to save $630.
Chances are you didn't even know what they did or didn't do, out of warranty that costs YOU later. My local dealer shop rate is about $180/hr, I know I dont make that much
08-18-2005 07:33 PM #12
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08-18-2005 04:44 PM #16
Do it yourself and save $$$ for real repairs. The
prices the dealer charges for these items is obscene to say the least. I would recommend investing in a reset tool if you plan to keep the car for a long time. I just did my 740 Inspection I myself and saved over $600. And I feel I did a more thorough insepction than the dealer would have.
02-13-2011 05:34 AM #17
Re: inspection 1 and 2 observation
You're right: actually I have the same problem with my X5 in Austria.
It doesn't matter if these guys need approx. 10 minutes for some checks (cause they're working quite slowly), but they calculate a full hour for that. Regarding the spare parts: that's really a horror! If you check some only distributors for original X5 spare parts, the official BMW dealer wants approx. 400% more!!! Like you mentioned before, some things you can fully do on your own, without
the help of "qualified BMW technicians". But finally you need that
damn stamp on your service card to keep the value of your BMW.
08-01-2011 03:19 PM #18
Right on Debbie!!!!
...if you cant afford the dealer service you shouldnt be driving a BMW. There are many potential issues that cant be solved by your local shop. For example my X5 wouldnt start. After my X5 being mauled by my local shop, I had it transported 200 miles to the city. At the dealers, they said my X5 wouldnt start because.....drum roll please....the starter was bad.
Easy issues CAN be resolved by your local guy...higher level issues demand attention by the dealers....
08-21-2011 11:51 PM #19
To Dlr or not to Dlr
Have mixed results with Dealer. My experience is that the Dealer always has the the right equipment to work on their cars. I have realized in the past that to get to an accurate diagnosis you generally have to push for an experienced Tech.
We also have to realize that we drive BMWs.
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