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Post by jolacola30 on Feb 24, 2015 21:59:40 GMT -5
Is there a scheduled maintenance service for BMW i3? I couldn't find anything in the owners manual that clearly explains. And the next service date on the car display shows two years from the purchase date of my vehicle.
This car uses Condition Based scheduling. There is nothing that needs to be done other than wiper blades, wiper fluid, tire pressures and routine fluid checks. Bringing it in once per year is likely sufficient for the BEV model. The car will alert you and your dealer's service department if something comes up that needs attention sooner. You will be summoned in periodically for service when software updates become available. The tires do not get rotated on the i3. Look for the separate booklet that comes in the pack along with the owners manual for the explanation about servicing.
There is a pre-delivery checklist that the technician and the salesperson both have to sign off on before you get the car. The antenna is supposed to be screwed into the mount before delivery. Sounds like a sloppy job. You can contact your dealer or the iConcierge to request the booklet.
My REX just got called in for annual service (Dec'14 production, 9K miles). I believe the timing was triggered by the passage of 12 months from the manufacturing date (forget CBS).
Not sure what exactly will be done other than an oil change (all 10 drops of it ;-), plus new wiper blades and some wiper fluid. Plus they will look at it very sternly, and wash it. I asked to apply the latest coding update. Maybe they will do it, may be not.
If i3 follows BMW's standard service intervals, there will be free brake fluid change every 2 years (CBS is mostly BS - it's based on time).
The theory behind such frequent brake fluid replacement (cost US$180) is that if you were driving down a mountain and you blew the fuse which controls the regenerative braking system then you would have to rely on brakes only to get you down the mountain safely. Even though the brake pads are over-sized just in case; a long descent with frequent braking could overheat the fluid and if there was a moisture build-up in the fluid then boiling moisture could lead to brake failure. Any mountains are too far away from me to get to on my all electric i3, so I am tempted to extend this brake fluid change to 4 year intervals, but I'll do it 2 yrs anyway just so that my wife doesn't get distracted by the service check that that would constantly show if I dared do such a thing!