EugeneM
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Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:44 am

Hey everyone,

I got a 2015 CPO i3 with 13k miles. However BMW no longer makes the ultimate care/maintenance plan automatically transferable to 2nd owners.

The dealership offered me to get the maintenance plan for an extra $600 so because the car was registered in April if 2016, I'd get the remaining 3 years of maintenance for that $600.

To clarify I am not talking about warranty. There I have the remainder of the factory warranty and the CPO warranty on top of that.

What kind of maintenance is there for a newish i3? $600 is a lot to pay for an oil and filter change once a year and some wipers. Is it worth te money they want?

Any opinions are welcome.

Eikon
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Joined: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:57 pm

Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:21 pm

If you have BEV definitely no.

If you have REX, probably still no.

The only maintenance items are windshield wiper, brake fluid and cabin filter for BEV.

Otherwise brakes and pads should last a long time with regenerative braking.

Weinberg
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Joined: Sat May 06, 2017 8:57 am

Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Sun May 14, 2017 2:39 am

EugeneeM wrote:The dealership offered me to get the Male Edge maintenance plan for an extra $600 so because the car was registered in April if 2016, I'd get the remaining 3 years of maintenance for that $600.


$600? Way too much imo.

JamesSimone
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Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:23 pm

EugeneM wrote:Hey everyone,

I got a 2015 CPO i3 with 13k miles. However BMW no longer makes the ultimate care/maintenance plan automatically transferable to 2nd owners.

The dealership offered me to get phen375 the maintenance plan for an extra $600 so because the car was registered in April if 2016, I'd get the remaining 3 years of maintenance for that $600.

To clarify I am not talking about warranty. There I have the remainder of the factory warranty and the CPO warranty on top of that.

What kind of maintenance is there for a newish i3? $600 is a lot to pay for an oil and filter change once a year and some wipers. Is it worth te money they want?

Any opinions are welcome.

You've answered your own question. "$600 is a lot to pay for an oil and filter change once a year and some wipers." If I were you, I would save $600.
Last edited by JamesSimone on Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:42 am, edited 1 time in total.

i3Houston
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Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:33 am

Nope.

I have 2015 and the only issue it had was with the fuel sensor(very common in 2015 i3 rex) and ithat is covered under factory warranty.

CPO requires them to fix any issues, since most of the miles will be electric miles but also the Rex is very reliable BMW motorcycle engine. It is suppose to last even if less than average care is taken.
TM3 Reservation holder/ 2015 i3 Rex

graememwl
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Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:18 am

$600 for 3 dealer oil and filter changes is not a bad deal and if you need brakes, it's a great deal.
$600 for 3 oil and filter changes and if you use an indy is marginal. If you need brakes, it's probably a decent deal.
$600 for 3 oil and filter changes if you are the DIY type, even if you do need brakes is a very bad deal.

Just depends on whether your are the "take it to the dealer for everything" kind of person.

i3Alan
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Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:06 am

graememwl wrote:$600 for 3 dealer oil and filter changes is not a bad deal and if you need brakes, it's a great deal.


First of all, $200 for a single oil change is NUTS! "Not bad" would be $50, even at a premium dealer. Keep in mind that the REX uses less oil than most small cars, and access is not at all difficult.

Second of all, the i3 should get at least 100K miles on the first set of brakes, as they get very little use, relative to non-EV and non-hybrid cars.

Third of all, if an expense is not a sure thing, then one would be wise to ONLY buy insurance when the expense would be a hardship. This maintenance plan is an insurance policy. Don't insure things you can afford to cover yourself, unless the payback is highly likely. Never think the insurance companies don't win most of the time. Casinos have worse odds, but not much worse. Smart insurance is truly needed insurance.

Stick your $600 in a savings account, and spend it as needed for maintenance. Do the same for all other insurance type purchases you really don't need, and you will win, even if occasionally a specific plan banked instead of bought would have paid off.

Mick787
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Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:53 am

We have recently bought an i3 here in the UK from a main dealership. It is a low mileage 6 month old BMW 'company' staff car (CPS?). During the sales pitch by the salesman we were dissuaded from buying the service plan which he said was financially not worth it at a cost of £399. Call me suspicious, but I decided to do some homework. Why, because he appeared to know very little about the i3 and despite his politeness, seemed to be constantly going to check things with his colleagues in order to answer our questions. In short, I didn't believe him when he said it would NOT make financial sense to buy the service plan. He never even took us to the service desk.
One call to the service desk revealed that once again he had talked through his backside. The cost to do the first service, (due in 1 years time), at today's rate, with BMW would be £353.48. On top of that would be the vehicle inspection and would come at a total of over £500. So we could see that there was an instant saving to be made. In addition to that saving, the next service and the vehicle's first 3 MOT tests are covered. So for us, it is a 'no brainer'. May I suggest you do some homework and make sure you know exactly what you will/will not be getting for your cash. These are seriously technically advanced pieces of machinery and IMO should not be going to 'under the arches' garages.

Danaity
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Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:35 am

EugeneM wrote:Hey everyone,

I got a 2015 CPO i3 with 13k miles. However BMW no longer makes the ultimate care/maintenance plan automatically transferable to 2nd owners.

The dealership offered me to get the maintenance plan for an extra $600 so because the car was registered in April if 2016, I'd get the remaining 3 years of maintenance for that $600.

To clarify I am not talking about warranty. There I have the remainder of the factory warranty and the CPO warranty on top of that.

What kind of maintenance is there for a newish i3? $600 is a lot to pay for an oil and filter change once a year and some wipers. Is it worth te money they want?

Any opinions are welcome.



Hi You've answered your own question.
"$600 is a lot to pay for an oil and filter change once a year and some wipers."
If I were you, I would save $600. :D

MKH
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Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:48 am
Location: Dallas

Re: Is the maintenance plan worth $600?

Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:02 am

$600 is a lot to pay for an oil and filter change once a year and some wipers.


For service, you are looking at one oil change a year + the standard vehicle check list they do at that time, and one brake flush every two years + the standard vehicle check list they do then too. Figure $150 for the oil change +, and the same for the brake flush +. Each is going to be a minimum of their one hour labor charge, plus materials and shop and disposal fees.

My two local BMW Dealers both have less than stellar service departments, the closest one has 80% one-star reviews on Yelp, so I prefer going to a local highly-rated independent service garage that specializes in BMWs. You also have the option of doing your own routine maintenance - and then it's just your time and the cost of materials.
Mark H.
2015 i3 Rex, Capparis White, Tera World, Technology & Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Harman Kardon Audio System, 20 inch wheels, EVoInnovate EVSE

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