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I am a few months away from an oil change and brake fluid too.

 

now my question is this, my car is a 540i 09/06 with full bmw and specialist history. What are your thoughts when it comes to maintenance. Do you do all the work yourself? Or do you get the oil change done at a garage for the stamp? Is the latter really necessary if you keep the receipts?

 

thanks for you input

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Realistically you will save far more cash on diy that you will loose on what a dealer takes off the price for it not having a dealer stamped up book.

 

N62 diy is easy.

 

Oil service. 

 

 

Spark plugs

 

 

Brake fluid change 

 

Keep the receipts.  I did loads of work on my E60, over and above the threads here, I did front and rear pads and discs, new rear spring, front wheel bearing, front lower arms both control and traction arms. It was a nice easy car to work on, with plenty of room, other than the two rear most spark plugs and the nyloc nuts on the front lower arm balljoint shanks, but the latter lost its battle with a hacksaw!

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Ok thanks for your input and the links “will look into those” I’ve also got to do the rear pads as just had not and they came up as advisory. 

Thanks  again 

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1 hour ago, Binary11 said:

Great write up. Is you Dad available and dies he still take payment in beer lol

 

cheers

 

Yup, he is pencilled in to help me with my F10 front brakes.

 

One of my earliest happy memories of my dad is playing with my sit in pedal car. We had it "jacked up" by using piles of ladybird books under each front wheel and I was "fixing" it with a set of plastic blow molded tools. That would have been about 37 years ago and we still have fun together working on our cars.

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My last car sold on the MOT record and file of receipts for work I had done myself. 1st person to view bought it for full asking price without even driving it.

Dealer history often means the cars in far worse shape than someone taking it on themselves 

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DIY that way i know its done right i always use the best parts available.

 

Next year when i get an F10 M5 i'll be doing servicing my self again, i actually quite enjoy it, plus having a neighbour whos a MAC tools agent helps lol 

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The only reason I would take these cars for dealer service (and body checks) is the 12 year anti corrosion warranty. After that time has lapsed I see no point collecting stamps on the book opposed to DIY maintenance.

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After taking £40 off the value of my E60 when it went to WBAC because it didn't have a fully stamped service book, the agent did say someone would appreciate the wad of receipts for the diy servicing. I know I saved hundreds doing it myself.

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I find the MOT History as valuable, if not more so, than the service history. I have seen countless cars with a full history but a list of failed MOTs with the failures often being serviceable items. As the owner of an older car I see no point in paying someone to do something I can do myself but I do keep a record of any work I do, including date and mileage, and receipts. Whilst this might not affect future value it will hopefully provide some peace if mind to any prospective purchaser.

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