How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost

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Keeping your BMW in good running condition requires you to stay on top of its regular maintenance schedule. BMW maintenance cost year after year can add up and keep track of the maintenance is such a chore to fit into your busy schedule. Is there a worry-free and affordable solution?

The good news is, BMW offers complimentary maintenance on eligible models for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles. This alone can save you some money on the first few maintenances. If you are looking for a more comprehensive and versatile maintenance package, BMW also offers the fee-based BMW Ultimate Care+ and Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4 which can cover up to a total of 8 years or 125,000 miles of maintenance.

BMW USA stated on its website that the average BMW owners save around 30% on their BMW maintenance over the lifetime of their cars with the BMW Ultimate Care+ and Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4 plans. So, let’s explore each BMW Maintenance plan and investigate the coverage detail as well as the cost.

The BMW maintenance guide explains the following BMW maintenance plans for the 2017 and later model year BMWs:

  1. BMW Ultimate Care is a 3-year or 36,000-mile complimentary BMW maintenance plan for eligible BMW models
  2. BMW Ultimate Care+ is a 3-year or 36,000-mile optional and fee-based BMW maintenance plan for eligible BMW models
  3. BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4 is an optional and fee-based BMW extended maintenance plan which extends the maintenance on your BMW for an additional 1 to 4 years or 50,000 to 125,000 miles
How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost
How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost

Complimentary BMW Maintenance Schedule – BMW Ultimate Care

BMW’s maintenance schedule for model years 2017 and later BMWs sold or leased by authorized dealerships is defined by the new BMW Ultimate Care. The BMW Ultimate Care is the latest, complimentary plan that covers factory-recommended maintenance of eligible vehicles for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever comes first.

BMW Ultimate Care Coverage Detail

BMW Ultimate Care covers the following service items under the BMW maintenance schedule per the BMW Service and Warranty Information booklet:

  • Engine Oil
  • Engine Filter
  • Brake Fluid
  • Cabin Micro Filter(s)
  • Engine Air Filter(s)
  • Spark Plugs
  • Remote Control/Key Battery
  • Vehicle Check
  • Fuel Filter (Diesel engines only)
How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost
How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost

Fee-Based BMW Maintenance Schedule – BMW Ultimate Care+

In an alternative to the complimentary maintenance coverage, BMW offers a fee-based, maintenance package called the BMW Ultimate Care+. It covers factory-recommended maintenance of eligible vehicles for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever comes first.

What is the difference between the complementary and the fee-based maintenance programs? BMW Ultimate Care+ includes everything that the complimentary BMW Ultimate Care covers, PLUS the inclusion of brakes, wipers, and clutch.

BMW Ultimate Care+ Coverage Detail

BMW Ultimate Care+ covers the following maintenance items per the BMW Service and Warranty Information booklet. It includes everything in the BMW Ultimate Care, plus brakes, wipers, and clutch. Here’s the complete list of items under the “+” coverage:

  • Engine Oil
  • Engine Filter
  • Brake Fluid
  • Cabin Micro Filter(s)
  • Engine Air Filter(s)
  • Spark Plugs
  • Remote Control/Key Battery
  • Vehicle Check
  • Fuel Filter (Diesel engines only)
  • Brakes
  • Wipers
  • Clutch
How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost
How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost

Extended BMW Maintenance Schedule – BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4

BMW refers to its new, extended maintenance program as the BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4. Please note, BMW Ultimate Care+ must be purchased first in order to be eligible to buy the BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3 or 4.

BMW uses the +1, +2, +3, and +4 to denote the number of years the BMW Ultimate Care+ extended maintenance coverage runs. For example, “+1” means “plus one more year” in addition to the original 3-year BMW Ultimate Care+ maintenance program, and so on.

The BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4 program covers extended maintenance of eligible BMWs for up to an additional 4 years or 89,000 miles after the original maintenance of 3 years or 36,000 miles expires. This is up to a total of 7 years or 125,000 miles of maintenance coverage provided by the BMW Ultimate Care+.

BMW Ultimate Care+ At a Glance

Note, the following “Total Years Covered” and “Total Mileage Covered” are IN ADDITION to the original BMW Ultimate Care of 3 years or 36,000 miles.

BMW Ultimate Care+ Coverage
Total Years Covered
Total Mileage Covered
BMW Ultimate Care+1
4
50,000
BMW Ultimate Care+2
5
75,000
BMW Ultimate Care+3
6
100,000
BMW Ultimate Care+4
7
125,000
How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost

BMW Maintenance Cost Breakdown by Model

Here is the estimated BMW maintenance cost, schedule breakdown of the model for the BMW Ultimate Care and Ultimate Care+. This information applies to the 2017 and later model year BMWs.

BMW Maintenance Cost Breakdown* for BMW Ultimate Care+

BMW Maintenance CostBMW Ultimate Care+
All Models$600

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BMW Maintenance Cost Breakdown* for BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4

BMW Models
BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4 Cost Range
2 Series
$949 - $4,549
3 Series
$949 - $4,549
4 Series
$949 - $4,549
5 Series
$1,149 - $4,549
6 Series
$1,349 - $6,049
7 Series
$1,349 - $6,049
X1
$949 - $3,599
X2
$949 - $4,549
X3
$949 - $4,549
X4
$949 - $4,549
X5
$1,149 - $4,549
X6
$1,149 - $4,099
M2
$1,349 - $4,549
M3
$1,349 - $6,049
M4
$1,349 - $6,049
M5
$1,349 - $6,049
M6
$1,349 - $6,049
i3
$799 - $3,149
i8
$949 - $3,599
Z4
$949 - $3,599

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BMW Maintenance Cost and Schedule for 2017 and Later BMW Models

BMW maintenance cost and schedule may vary by different series. You can find the detailed breakdown of the maintenance information specific to each BMW Series via the links below:

How to Save Money on BMW Maintenance Cost

BMW Maintenance Schedule Per Condition Based Service (CBS)

All BMW maintenance schedules are strictly determined by the Condition Based Service or CBS system. The maintenance items are dynamically computed by the CBS at specified intervals based on accumulated mileage, high or low engine speeds, and short or long trip driving. The CBS will provide an alert, referred to as the Service Interval Indicator System, via the iDrive and instrument cluster when a BMW vehicle’s maintenance is due.

Check out our complete guide on how to quickly check for your BMW Maintenance schedule due date.

BMW Warranty for 2016 and prior BMW Models

If you are looking for BMW warranty coverage information for model years 2016 and prior BMWs, please visit the links below:

Disclaimer: Please note that BMW’s maintenance and warranty plan details, including schedule, condition, cost, and eligibility may vary depending on the vehicle’s model, year, status, and location. All price and specification quoted on BMWUX are estimates based on the information provided by the BMW USA’s website. While we do our best to keep this information accurate and up-to-date, we do not guarantee that the information provided on our website is exact, as BMW may change the plan details at any time. Please visit your local BMW dealerships for detail.

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