In Reply to: Re: Scary Fictional Story posted by Out of warranty on June 15, 2000 at 12:23:25:
Since the oil and filter service don't have to be performed but every 10,000 miles or so, this quite often is only about once a year. The additional charge for the dealer to change the oil and filter one a year is not such a great expense.
Also, in the case of a car that is still in warranty and is being sold, the dealer may have a problem with the remaining warranty without proper BMW service documentation. Or, an individual buyer may prefer to see that the BMW dealer performed the necessary service rather than hmm.
Your scenario that the dealer could always say that they discovered something in the oil that didn't belong even though the dealer changed it...this is true but at least you would be one big step closer to having the needed documentation that this would be highly doubtful since the dealer performed the work instead of yourself. I guess we could go on and on about the possibilties that could happen. Again, all I'm saying is that you reduce the chances of problems with warranty coverage (and re-sale value) to virtually zero if the dealer peforms the service when the maintenance schedule calls for it.
: Hmm, you could just as easily make up a story where the only difference is you got the oil changed at the dealer, and they drain it and see gunk in there and say, whoa, you added something which caused the damage, our analysis shows this is non-oil gunk which we never added, so you're SOL so far as warranty goes.
: I just don't want people on the board to pay hundreds of dollars in labor (that's what we're talking in terms of inspection 1 and 2) for routine mainteance work or $90 for an oil change they are more than competent and happy to do themselves for the cost of parts only, out of fear that they will not get warranty coverage based on their DIY (or using a non-dealer to do the recommended service). Of course if your car's under warranty you need to document service, do all the recommended stuff, keep receipts, and use the appropriate replacement filters and fluids (BMW approved) if you're DIY. If you want to use non-approved stuff (i.e., maybe BMW says use only BMW brake fluid and you want to use SUper Blue) maybe then you'd be better of having dealer do it using your parts - mine has done this in the past.
: : I understand what you are saying but... Like I said, you never know what could happen.