In need of a BMW Repair?
BMWs are excellent, classic vehicles. Often described as “mid-size luxury cars”, they live up to this name both in appearance and functionality. As for the repair? This could set you back a bit, but only if you don’t have a local BMW specialist to save on maintenance and repairs. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your BMW in pristine condition.
Here’s how you can save costs on BMW repair and ownership
A. Buying a BMW
Choose value over appearance. That new car smell is great. The feel and sound of tearing the plastic on the seats can be therapeutic. However, cars depreciate…a lot. Drive a new car away from the dealership and resale value is reduced immediately.
You’re better off buying a used BMW. It’s cheaper to begin with and still likely to look as good as new. Besides, BMW is a highly reputable brand; they are built to last on the road.
To increase your chances of safety, go for a certified pre-owned car. This is one that has been properly inspected by the automobile manufacturer or an independent BMW specialist.
An independently owned and operated auto repair shop with specific European car manufacturer specializations/training and diagnostic equipment works great for this sort of assessment. A go-ahead from them to purchase the BMW and you can rest assured of value for your money.
B. Go outside the dealership
This is a smart way to save on auto repair and maintenance cost for BMWs. The trick is finding the right alternative. Find an auto repair shop that specializes in the repair and service of various European or luxury makes, including BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Cooper, Lexus, and other exotic automobiles. That way, you’re sure of their capabilities.
However, ensure they will use make specific diagnostic tools for your BMW. Going outside the dealership can save you more than half of the service costs.
What does a BMW Repair entail?
The repair and routine BMW service are somewhat costly. But, this service is extensive, thus, worth it. It often involves an oil change, transmission repair, mileage maintenance, and the service of other parts such as wipers, air filters, spark plug, rotors, etc.
BMW service isn’t one-size-fits-all, which is why an experienced hand is needed here. Let’s take a deeper look at this below –
1. Oil change
BMWs have high standards generally. With such high-performance engines, it’s no surprise that premium oil must be used here. More than simply topping with the oil, it’s important to replace the oil filters and ensure other components are lubricated. With BMWs, it is recommended to change your oil after 10,000 miles or 12 months of driving.
Otherwise, here’s how you know it’s time for an oil change –
Engine noise because the engine is not properly lubricated. The sound of metal on metal will notify you of this.
Oil appearance. Clean oil is a bit viscous and amber in color. Dirty oil or the smell of oil inside the vehicle is a sign of an oil leak or an overheating car.
2. BMW engine and transmission repair
This is a bit of a touchy subject. This is from the false notion that BMWs are built with a sealed transmission. However, after 50,000 – 75,000 miles on the odometer, it is recommended you get the transmission fluid and filter changed.
Engine or transmission problems in BMWs can also result in the following signs –
- The check engine light coming on.
- Vibrating or shaky car, especially when accelerating or decelerating.
- Difficulty shifting gears, regardless of it being an automatic or a manual BMW. This difficulty could be an intense jerking, noisy clutch, or gear hesitations.
- Transmission fluid leaks.
Your BMW transmission repair should be done by a BMW certified mechanic as these issues can be rather complex.
3. Cooling system repair
A BMW coolant leak repair can be a costly one. Once you see red fluid gathered under your car, you should suspect a coolant leak to be the culprit. However, locating the source can be difficult. Let the expert BMW specialists handle this one.
Other symptoms to watch out for here includes –
- The smell of sweet coolant in your car.
- Your engine running hotter than normal – overheating.
- Your check engine light coming on.
Unfortunately, this could happen frequently because the cooling system is an essential part of any vehicle. This results in them being overworked. But driving conditions and style, as well as a lack of proper maintenance can contribute to this.
A trip to an independent BMW shop that handles your auto repair is necessary. They will most likely locate the source of the leak with U.V light. Then, they will drain the coolant, fix the leak, and replace the coolant.
Do not drive if you notice this leak. It could leak into other parts of the vehicle or cause the engine to overheat. An auto repair shop with towing services that offers pick-up and drop-off for your vehicle is invaluable here.
4. BMW brake repair
Another consequence of BMW’s high maintenance standards is that it requires a high-performance braking system. To maximize BMW brakes, inspect them yearly. The pads and rotors can last up to 50,000 Miles, but brake repair and replacement should be done every 40,000 miles.
5. Tire and wheel repair
If you had your way, you’d probably choose to do drive only on smooth roads. Unfortunately, at some point, you might hit a curb, fall into a pothole, or just drive through a particularly bad stretch of road. This can result in damage to your wheels or rims, which causes uncomfortable vibrations while driving. It’s not just uncomfortable, it’s also quite dangerous. Take the car to your BMW mechanic for repairs immediately.
Ultimately, BMWs will treat you right if you treat them right. All you have to do is ensure you have BMW specialists who you go to for repairs and maintenance of your vehicle.
Be comfortable and confident behind the wheels of your BMW. Bring it down to TLC Auto & Truck Repair for service, repairs, and other maintenance needs. With TLC, you’re offered 24 months or 24,000 miles guarantee for your BMW repair which will be done by a seasoned specialist with make-specific tools.
In case of any issues with your BMW, contact us at TLC Auto & Truck Repair. We’re a certified auto repair center and we offer BMW repair of all kinds. With almost 30 years of service, you can rest assured that your vehicle will be in the best hands.