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Re: do not confuse warranty with maintenance (more (archive)

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Posted by Jerry on October 19, 1999 at 12:48:30:

In Reply to: do not confuse warranty with maintenance (more) posted by Dave N on October 19, 1999 at 11:37:12:

: Remember that Y2K cars have full maintenance for 3 /36. The $399 mentioned is to extend the maintenance to 4/50.

This I knew already. Actually I consider this to probably be the best deal. I figure brakes are probably due around this point, possibly with rotor replacement (depending upon condition, I've heard some people having to get them replaced early). With the possibility of rotors, this might be a decent "insurance gamble".

: This is not the same as an extended warranty, i.e. to extend BMW's warranty that the car is free from defects. BMW's warranty covers 4 years (forgot miles, 50K?). So, your dealer may be telling the truth about the extended warranty. They just did not tell you about extending the full maintenance for that extra year and mileage.

Right, I thought I made that clear by calling it a service warranty vs factory warranty (not the clearest I admit). I wanted the name or BMW reference for the extra year of SERVICE warranty, plus options for extending the base FACTORY warranty.

One item that made me think about the extended warranties was the cost for replacement Xenon "bulbs". About $300 each. They are supposed to last a long time but...

: I have a 99 and did not find it economical to extend the 3yr/36K scheduled maintenance to full maintenance for $700.

: So, in a sense, all Y2K owners are getting a $700 bonus from BMWNA (i.e. BMWNA thinks it cost $700 to cover the extra parts and labor to do a full maintenance).

The extra service is a nice bonus for those of us who had already ordered. :-) I've just been trying to find what is covered by the service warranty that is not covered by the basic factory warranty. Does anyone want to take a quick shot at this? It might be a nice inclusion into the FAQ for Kris.

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