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Old 09-23-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Don't replace your brake pads or rotors unless they're worn down or warped, or you fail an inspection. $860 is quite high, wow I should get into this business.
Actually, a BMW brake job should include replacement of the rotors because the rotors are generally not within tolerances when the brake light comes on. It's due to the BMW using a thinner rotor for stopping performance, so I have been told, and I always change rotors with brake pads and have never had brake issues, which can plague BMWs that are not handled by someone who knows how to service them. BMW rotors can never be machined as other, thicker rotors can, as that will put them out of spec.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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Lots of Bimmer owners here. You can tell it's northern VA.

I wanted to add this link to this thread, because I think it will be helpful. It lists reputable local independent BMW repair shops, several of which have already been mentioned, but some that have not: BMW Repair in Washington, DC | Independent BMW Shops & Mechanics | BimmerShops.com

To briefly address a few things mentioned above:

(1) E90 takes 7 quarts (6.5L) of oil -- LetsRock, don't underfill!

(2) $95 oil change is not excessive, since parts alone are around $60 (7 qts x $6 + $15 filter)

(3) BMW recommended oil change interval (for E9x) is 12 mo/15K miles, whichever comes first. OCD drivers change at half that (6 mo/7.5K mi), which is more than enough -- definitely no need for 4K or 5K mi oil changes (although it doesn't hurt, it's just wasteful)
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Lots of Bimmer owners here. You can tell it's northern VA.

I wanted to add this link to this thread, because I think it will be helpful. It lists reputable local independent BMW repair shops, several of which have already been mentioned, but some that have not: BMW Repair in Washington, DC | Independent BMW Shops & Mechanics | BimmerShops.com

To briefly address a few things mentioned above:

(1) E90 takes 7 quarts (6.5L) of oil -- LetsRock, don't underfill!

(2) $95 oil change is not excessive, since parts alone are around $60 (7 qts x $6 + $15 filter)

(3) BMW recommended oil change interval (for E9x) is 12 mo/15K miles, whichever comes first. OCD drivers change at half that (6 mo/7.5K mi), which is more than enough -- definitely no need for 4K or 5K mi oil changes (although it doesn't hurt, it's just wasteful)
You are correct! I wondered why my low oil light came on about two months after I change my oil. I read somewhere that it was only 6 quarts.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Wow, Gidget sure knows her automotive lubricants!
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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Wow, Gidget sure knows her automotive lubricants!
A minor departure from my expected personality, I know a little bit about cars -- but only enough to keep me out of trouble!
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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A minor departure from my expected personality, I know a little bit about cars -- but only enough to keep me out of trouble!
Hey any knowledge you have about cars is a virtue, these days there are very shady mechanics out there that love to take advantage of unsuspected women.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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Actually, a BMW brake job should include replacement of the rotors because the rotors are generally not within tolerances when the brake light comes on. It's due to the BMW using a thinner rotor for stopping performance, so I have been told, and I always change rotors with brake pads and have never had brake issues, which can plague BMWs that are not handled by someone who knows how to service them. BMW rotors can never be machined as other, thicker rotors can, as that will put them out of spec.
Indeed, I've gone through several break replacements over the years and it's always new rotors and pads. ~$500-600 is what I have paid in the past...not $850...you better RUN!

In general, BMW engines are designed to run a very very long time...200k+ miles...that's my goal anyways, so I tend to get oil changes frequently.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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I've been reading this thread. I have both a BMW and a Toyota. It is my 4the bimmer and my 2nd toyota. It will be my last Toyota and the 4th of many more BMWs. And I say this after spending big bucks getting my window regulator fixed (another problem with BMWs). Sold my 1st BMW (525)with 289K miles on it...for $2400, that puppy was a tank. Not many cars you can do that with. In the 10 years I had it, we only had minor problems. My current car is a 2001 330I. With 72K on it. It still looks new.

I've heard alot about the $$ of repairs/maintenance, the status of having one, etc. What I haven't heard is how much freaking fun they are to drive!!!!

I know exactly what the car can do, I love how it can take corners etc. Of course living here doesn't allow me to really drive it, but I really love it. Just had to defend myself.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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I've heard alot about the $$ of repairs/maintenance, the status of having one, etc. What I haven't heard is how much freaking fun they are to drive!!!!

I know exactly what the car can do, I love how it can take corners etc. Of course living here doesn't allow me to really drive it, but I really love it. Just had to defend myself.
No defense needed siduvall! Why do you think we all cough up $95.00 for an oil change

I drive an X3, the "greyhound/Home Depot" hauler. That left my 330xi in the driveway. Our daughter was driving back to Jersey in a Jetta (great little car) but it made me nervous. So, she has the 330xi now.
Hubby traded his 330i for a CPO M3 after he went to Spartensburg, SC for BMW driving school.

Don't mind maintaining them, but don't want to get ripped off, which is the point of this discussion.
We are talking to Fairfax Service Center as it is closest to our daughters' office.

You are in good company, enjoying your car
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