In Reply to: Re: Oil Changes will void my warranty? posted by Bob ///M3 on June 15, 2000 at 09:15:04:
: I agree with what Chet said but would like to add to it.
: It is best, in my opinion, to have the dealership's service department do the oil and filter change when the "service lights" indicate the required service. If you want to do the change yourself in-between times, that's perfectly okay.
: Also, BMW NA does not always have the best or most qualified people giving out information to consumers on subjects such as this.
: I personally have all the purchase receipts for buying the oil and filters that I have used to change my own oil. My dealership's service manager and the BMW technician know this and understands that I change it myself very often.
: But from the standpoint of a major warranty issue that may concern engine lubrication or the filter, I want them (BMW) to have a record of it where they performed the work so there is no question it was done...stamp the service book and give me a BMW service receipt for my records. You never know-they could suggest you bought the oil and filter but never changed them. Or you could move to another area with a different dealership that services your car and they may not be as understanding. You would have no hard copy proof!
: Bob ///M3
: : Well, I talked to the dealer today, and through the topic of the conversation, the dealer guy tells me. By changing my own oil, I will null/void my warranty on my car. So I chuckle laugh and walk away believing that he is talking a load of crap.
: : So I call BMW NA today and they tell me that yes, by personally changing my oil, I run the risk of null/voiding the warranty on my car?
: : Is this true? I know it can't be or else nobody would be changing their oil on their own. I know they sell those devices that reset the lights when you do it yourself, but supposedly that voids the warranty too.
: : What am I going to do?