10 Things a BMW Owner Should Know
In this instance the phrase “the ultimate driving machine” is not just the typical marketing hyperbole. BMW has spent its’ entire lifetime constantly redefining what it means to be a luxury vehicle and continually represents a benchmark not only for all luxury vehicles but for drivers as well. Before purchasing a BMW it’s important that drivers know what that commitment entails and can properly care for their vehicle over the years to come. These are 10 things that every BMW owner needs to know about their vehicle.
1. Follow the Service Schedule– The internal computer system in a BMW monitors factors within the engine and the components and will use all of that information to alert you to when service is needed for your car. The service intervals will typically be required every 12,000-16,000 miles and the i-Drive system will tell you just how many miles you have until the next service is needed. Remember that BMW is known for having specific service plans designed for each make and model that they release, made to extend the life of your vehicle and maximize and maintain the performance that has defined the company for decades.
2. Don’t Ignore the TPS– BMW’s will also monitor the air pressure in each tire so that the tire pressure warning system (TPS) can alert you that there is something wrong or out of the ordinary with one of the tires. Even if your BMW is using run flat tires, follow the advice of the TPS and get your vehicle checked out if this light turns on. Your tires are crucial to the control, steering, stopping and operation of your vehicle so be sure to remember to treat them like such.
3. Find the Right Parts and Accessories– Your BMW will run best when it has the right parts and accessories, including the oil. Using manufacturer recommended oil will not only protect your engine but will also improve the gas mileage that you get. You spared no expense with the vehicle itself, so don’t spare any expense when it comes to the service that your vehicle needs and receives.
4. Rotate Your Tires Regularly– In any BMW; regularly rotating the tires is an extremely important piece of routine maintenance. The tires on your vehicle take care of a wide variety of jobs and will also impact a multitude of other systems in your car so it is incredibly important to take care of them. Rotating them according to your BMW’s schedule will ensure that they wear evenly and will last longer and maintain your gas mileage at the same time.
5. Listen to Your Vehicle– BMW’s are packed full of sensors that will continually monitor the health of your car and its systems. Don’t let those warnings and indicators go unnoticed and unattended, these sensors are there for a reason and will help you address a minor issue before it can become something bigger.
6. Keep it Clean– A good portion of a BMW’s maintenance schedule revolves around keeping your engine clean and running smoothly. Regular oil changes will ensure that the oil is clean and your engine is well lubricated. In hotter climates though, higher temperatures make servicing your engine even more important. A hot engine could lead to a big service bill so ask your dependable local auto repair shop if a change to the maintenance schedule should be done to account for the higher temperatures.
7. BMW Engines are Already Well Tuned– Coming straight from the factory, BMW engines are already tuned to a high performance standard. Modifications won’t add much more than just a few horsepower regardless of if it’s adjustments to the intakes, exhausts, chips and other components.
8. “Sports Package” is Considered Essential– Most BMW enthusiasts consider the “sports package” that is available to most BMWs to be a necessity. It usually provides stiffer suspension and better handling along with better seats though it comes with summer only tires, meaning you should buy a second set of wheels should you choose this option.
9. Factory Parts and Labor Aren’t More– Contrary to most popular belief, parts and labor on BMWs aren’t more than the competitor vehicles though BMWs generally require more service and are considered not as reliable as Japanese brands.
10. Your Brakes Are Great, Take Care of Them– They utilize soft pads and rotors which makes them extremely reliable except don’t expect more than 30-50,000 miles from them before needing to be replaced. The rotors will also wear at the same rate as the pads so replacing one and not the other is strongly unadvised. There is a brake pad low light that your vehicle will turn on that you should follow.
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