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I've an 09 525d bought with FBMWSH from the same dealer, I've used the same dealer for an oil service  (£175) since owning the car

 

it's due a major service soon, (Engine oil service with microfilter, air filter & fuel filter) bmw value service site advertises this as £523. A local Indy (BM TECH Manchester) do this for £302 using Petronas  oil, Bosch/Man filters and  BMW oil filter.

when getting quotes for an oil change in the past I've found the Bmw value line not much dearer than Indys so ive gone with bmw,  but a £200 premium, is it worth it?

 

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Nope, not worth £200 more on a 7/8 year old car.

I decided due to the lack of warranty options that don't cost a fortune for next to nothing that my new buy of a 535d E61 wasn't worth keeping the service history as I would do a better job myself!

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extra £200  for a dealer stamp  8y old car i think not.

if the local inde  has a good rep  than why not. if you are not into diy

example the guy i got mine off some 5 and a half  years ago a e39 2004 sport touring ,  had large part bmw  and part inde he owned the car for over 8 years  and he used both

history that shows correct service, i  did not give it a second thought, that it was not a dealer had done all the servicing  a local car and i know the garage where the work was done.

and for the last 5 years it has not been near a dealer or inde as i do all my own servicing 

and all recepts for oil filters pritty much every penney spent, etc and anyone can check mot history now and that says a lot how a car has been looked after

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bm tech certainly had a good rep, not used them for years but assume they are still a good outfit. 

Our local indy provides a friendlier and better value service than the main dealer, and its much easier to discuss any other concerns usually. 

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£175 for an oil change?! Christ on a bike :shock:

 

Do it yourself and get oil and Mann filters from ECP etc! Or find a decent local indy that'll simply charge you labour... Oil & filters are cheap enough, more so when ECP give you their faily good discount codes

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I’m due a service this month. Oil and micro filters £300 feckin quid on the BMW Value Service site. I’ll ask my main dealer for a quote, as the car is still under an approved used warranty - which I have now used twice since July!!

 

I’d rather they just charged me parts and labour standard rate. That would be cheaper I suspect. 

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I use Darren woods in Stockport for my 760li and my e39 525d. The last time I went there was for my inspection 1 on my 760li which I think came to about £600ish that’s including the 12 plugs.. They have a very good reputation on other forums.. 

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thanks for the replies, I suppose my main question was on an 7/8 year old car  does it really matter where it's been serviced as long as it's been done properly come resale time. 

 

I might try a few other Indys as using an ECP discount the oil and filters came to £102, strangely Bm TECH won't allow you to bring your own oil+and filters in

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11 hours ago, mike. said:

Bm TECH won't allow you to bring your own oil+and filters in

It isn't a very good business practice to allow customers to supply parts as they will blame the garage when something goes wrong, even if it just on trustpilot. You know how many fakes are floating about, it isn't worth the risk to a thriving business.   

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12 hours ago, mike. said:

thanks for the replies, I suppose my main question was on an 7/8 year old car  does it really matter where it's been serviced as long as it's been done properly come resale time. 

 

I might try a few other Indys as using an ECP discount the oil and filters came to £102, strangely Bm TECH won't allow you to bring your own oil+and filters in

 

IMO /BMW paperwork to show oil & filter change isn't necessary (well, neither is any other work done by BMW unless the cars under warranty or you're that way inclined)

 

A wodge of paperwork and receipts and maybe with an online build project, like you get on here, means just as much, if not more, as it shows the owner is keen and an enthusiast etc

 

I buy and fit most of my own parts, if not I use my pal who's a respected Indy, I just keep all paperwork, no matter how small and it all goes into a poly pocket etc... Plenty of pics on the project too :) 

 

I'd save yourself a lot of £££ and get your own parts via ECP and use a local Indy who'll do it for beer tokens etc

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I'm a big believer in building a trusting relationship with a good indi specialist, I like to deal with the guy with the spanner in his hand and not take a gamble on what tech might work on it in a dealers as they have widely varying ability. (as indies do)

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10 hours ago, sshooie said:

I'm a big believer in building a trusting relationship with a good indi specialist, I like to deal with the guy with the spanner in his hand and not take a gamble on what tech might work on it in a dealers as they have widely varying ability. (as indies do)

 

Fully agree

 

We've a local trusted indy garage that we use for basics (mainly the wife's Jazz, but stuff on mine that I haven't time to do or access to the necessaries, more so if it needs to be up in the air) and then my motorsport mechanic pal, who I always try to use first, but 9/10 he's chokka and I need to book in a good few weeks in advance etc!

 

I'd never take my car to a dealer unless it was a new car under warranty!

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On 1/7/2018 at 10:38 PM, sshooie said:

I'm a big believer in building a trusting relationship with a good indi specialist, I like to deal with the guy with the spanner in his hand and not take a gamble on what tech might work on it in a dealers as they have widely varying ability. (as indies do)

Agree again - I use Walkers Autotech in Wisborough Green, West Sussex. I wouldn't take mine anywhere else.

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I've just been quoted £230 for an oil and filter change - NOT including microfilters.  Breakdown of that apparently is £134 for the oil (7 litres), £30 for the filter, and £66 for labour.  The BMW Value Service page is quoting £260 for an oil and microfilter change for my car, so something isn't right there I think?  The microfilter is going to me more than £30 I should imagine!

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2 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

£134 for 7 litres of oil?! Jesus H Christ on a bike... :roll: 

 

Absolutely.  This will be my first and last service at the Main Dealer - I'm only doing it for two reasons - firstly, so there's no quibbling with regard to the warranty, and secondly, it'll make things easier when I punt it at the end of it's warranty in favour of a car which generally makes do with its once a year service, like the last car I had.

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27 minutes ago, welshpug said:

there's still warranty worth having on a 9 year old car?

 

7 years old. Yep - 1 year Approved Used warranty when I got it in July. 

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