A BMW is The Ultimate Driving Machine, but as with any precision piece of machinery, it requires a precision service and maintenance procedure to keep it functioning properly. As i am sure you have come to find out, your BMW can not be serviced at just any automotive shop. Even the biggest auto repair brands and dealerships turn away BMW owners because of the complexity associated with maintenance, troubleshooting, and continued service of these vehicles.
With that in mind, making the right decision regarding your service provider for your BMW is an important choice indeed. Trusting your vehicle to an inexperienced service shop can not only cost you more in repairs because of any mistakes made, but time in the process. A BMW is special, it requires extensive knowledge on the workings and designs of each model and year.
BMW of North America certifies its Master Technicians based on their continued updating of their skill set through periodic testing and certification classes. If you plan on servicing your BMW, whether it’s a scheduled maintenance, an unexpected problem, or a major repair, the technician working on your vehicle should be certified as a Master Technician for the repair, diagnosis, and troubleshooting of the Ultimate Driving Machine.
When Should I Bring My BMW In For Maintenance?
Thankfully, your vehicle is loaded with sensors that notify you when it’s time to bring your vehicle in for maintenance issues regarding brakes, oil changes, tire pressure, etc. However, you should always take a proactive approach with the maintenance of your vehicle. Paying attention to the miles driven in between services, any warning lights that come on while in the vehicle, and of course the day to day sounds or conditions while driving your vehicle. Chances are if something doesn’t sound correct, or if the car is driving differently, your vehicle needs to be looked at by a BMW certified Master Technician so they can diagnose and fix the issue.
How are BMW’s Different From Other Vehicles On The Road?
Besides the fact that compared to other vehicles BMW’s are generally more expensive purchasing price wise, they are also more costly to maintain. However, having purchased a BMW you saw the value in such a high-performance luxury vehicle and the many benefits of owning one. That being said, it is imperative that you, the owner, understands the differences in your vehicle compared to others, as well as the mechanical aspects of the car.
This will help you make better decisions in regards to maintaining and running your Ultimate Driving Machine. BMW’s come standard from the factory with loads of features, centered around safety, performance, and luxury. Take the time to understand the features and capabilities of your car by reading your owner’s manual, speaking to your technician or service provider, or doing your own independent research. If you are here already, then not only have you taken the first important step towards understand your vehicle and its needs, but you’ve chosen the right shop to not only maintain your vehicle, but educate you on its needs and attributes of ownership.
What Are Some Basic Actions I Can Take To Prevent Any Issues With My BMW?
As obvious as it might be, choosing a qualified, established BMW Repair Shop is a key action to undertake. Many times, owners will take their vehicle to a repair center that has lower standards for the repair of BMW’s, which can ultimately result in more repairs being needed than initially. Ensure that the repair center you bring your vehicle to specializes or services BMW’s, has Master Technicians certified by BMW of North America, and has a good reputation for repairing, maintaining, and diagnosing The Ultimate Driving Machine.
Another important action to take regarding the continued maintenance and usage of your vehicle is to educate yourself on mechanical aspects of the car.
With BMW’s, there is a wide range of engine types, sizes, etc, but the basic characteristics you should know are:
Engine Cylinders: Knowing the amount of cylinders your engine has allows you to understand the costs and issues associated with maintenance and replacement of spark plugs and coils, one of the most common parts of your vehicle that you will replace through its lifetime. Besides its electric vehicle line-up, BMW offers vehicles with four, six, eight, ten, and twelve cylinders.
Common Maintenance Items For Your Year/Model Vehicle: Every model of vehicles has different issues. Researching or asking a Master Technician about the common problems or issues associated with your year/model vehicle gives you valuable information and insight regarding what to expect in the future for the maintenance of your vehicle.
Service Light Icons & Images: BMW uses a special format for notifying you of problems or issues with your vehicle. Referencing the proper legend, you will find that there are dozens of different lights and symbols that tell you what service or repair your vehicle needs.
Turbo vs Non-Turbo Engine: Many BMW models have turbocharged engines. Maintenance and repair issues vary greatly between turbocharged engines and non-turbocharged engines.
At Bimmer Workshop, educating our customers on their vehicles and their needs is just as important to us as providing the best service possible. We explain to new customers the needs of a turbocharged engine, and some of our preventive maintenance measures that we suggest customers take for their turbocharged BMW are:
- Change oil every 5k to 7.5k miles at a Certified BMW Repair Shop. Proper Oil levels and quality ensures less wear on your turbo.
- Change spark plugs every 25-50k miles at a Certified BMW Repair Shop.
- Clean/change air filter every 10k to 15k miles to allow for maximum airflow.
- Clean intake valves to remove carbon buildup every 5k to 10k miles, essential for a properly functioning turbo utilizing BMW.
Taking these actions towards the continued maintenance of your BMW and educating yourself on the needs of your vehicle will save you time and money in the future. Choosing a BMW-Certified Shop with a proven service record and up to date certifications for its technicians is also key.