As a luxury vehicle owner, you understand the importance of regular maintenance to keep your BMW running smoothly. You know you must change the oil, fluids, and filters regularly and replace the brake pads and tires when necessary. But you may still wonder how often you should bring your BMW in for servicing. At Bob Workman’s European Automotive, we get this question a lot from Vista BMW owners, and we are happy to address this concern as one of the top BMW Repair Vista shops.
Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your BMW engine performing at peak levels. The owner’s manual recommends bringing your vehicle in every 15,000 miles or within 12 months. Staying within that 15,000-mile marker is essential, as neglecting maintenance can cause your engine to underperform, reduce gas mileage, and wear on the brakes. You should also schedule a yearly maintenance trip to the shop to keep your car in good condition, especially if you travel a lot with road trips or with a lot of daily commuting. The more you use your BMW, the closer of an eye you’ll want to keep on your maintenance schedule.
If you bought your BMW brand new, with nearly zero miles, after the first 15,000 miles, you’ll want to schedule a check-up. Your BMW service provider will change the oil, top off fluids, rotate and balance your tires, and replace the air filter. They will also check for leaks or breaks in your hoses to ensure your engine runs smoothly. Since your vehicle is still breaking in, checking that it is settling in healthily is essential. This inspection is very routine, but it is essential. If you don’t have all your fluids topped off, you run the risk of the tank running low, which can cause your engine to seize up. In extreme situations, this can total your BMW.
The 30,000-mile check is even more vital since your engine has now “broken in.” This is your “Inspection 1” in your owner’s manual. During this inspection, your service provider will check the undercarriage and every aspect of your car from top to bottom, inside and out. Your BMW service provider will inspect your brakes, suspension, shocks, and fuel filter and perform all the maintenance items during the 15,000-mile inspection. During the 30,000-mile check, the mechanic will ensure to not only top off the fluids in your BMW but will also inspect areas that take more “wear” after 30,000 miles. During this inspection, the technician will give you an assessment on whether or not you will need to have your brakes, suspension, shocks, or fuel filter replaced, and you can choose to have that maintenance done during this visit based on their findings.
As you own your BMW longer and drive more miles, your service provider will advise you on how little or often you need maintenance. It would help if you trusted a professional to inspect and assess your BMW’s condition by keeping all the recommended maintenance on schedule. BMWs can last for a very long time if they are correctly taken care of and maintain a “healthy” maintenance schedule.