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What Is Included In BMW Warranty & Maintenance?

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The latest BMW maintenance cost and schedule 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 up to 50,000 to 125,000 miles
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The latest BMW warranty guide explains the following BMW warranty plans for the 2017 and later model year BMWs:

  1. BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty is a 4-year or 50,000-mile complimentary BMW limited warranty plan for eligible BMW models
  2. BMW Extended Service Contract is an optional and fee-based extended limited warranty plan which extends the limited warranty on your BMW for an additional 1 to 3 years or up to 75,000 to 100,000 miles

Applicable model years for maintenance and warranty plans: 2017, 2018 and 2019 BMW models

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BMW Maintenance

BMW maintenance programs cover factory-recommended, scheduled maintenance services as determined by BMW’s Service Interval Indicator. Coverages include parts of the vehicle needing to be regularly maintained over the specified period per the BMW Owner’s Manual.

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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:

Series

X

M

i and Z

BMW 2 Series Maintenance BMW X1 Maintenance BMW M2 Maintenance BMW i3 Maintenance
BMW 3 Series Maintenance BMW X2 Maintenance BMW M3 Maintenance BMW i8 Maintenance
BMW 4 Series Maintenance BMW X3 Maintenance BMW M4 Maintenance BMW Z4 Maintenance
BMW 5 Series Maintenance BMW X4 Maintenance BMW M5 Maintenance  
BMW 6 Series Maintenance BMW X5 Maintenance BMW M6 Maintenance  
BMW 7 Series Maintenance BMW X6 Maintenance    

 

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Complimentary BMW Maintenance Program – 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)

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

 

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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

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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.

How to Access the BMW Condition Based Service (CBS) System

  1. Press the Menu button next the iDrive controller
  2. Select “Vehicle Status”
  3. Scroll down and select “Service Required”

Service Required Under the BMW CBS System

The BMW “Service Required” screen shows the following five maintenance categories with the detailed information on the left half of the central display screen.

5 Maintenance Service Categories Under the BMW CBS System

  1. Engine Oil
  2. Front Brake Pads
  3. Rear Brake Pads
  4. Vehicle Check
  5. Brake Fluid
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BMW Limited Warranty

BMW Limited Warranty programs provide coverage to major vehicle components that are not typically included in the maintenance plans per BMW owner’s manual.

 

BMW Maintenance Program Eligibility

BMW maintenance program price, detail, and eligibility are based on the specific BMW vehicle. The BMW Ultimate Care and the BMW Ultimate Care+ coverage apply only to the U.S.-specification BMWs imported and distributed by BMW of North America, LLC and sold or leased through authorized BMW Centers or its European Delivery Program or the BMW Military Sales Program. Vehicles purchased or leased from BMW Centers in any other country do not qualify for the BMW Ultimate Care or the BMW Ultimate Care+. Please check with your local authorized BMW Center for maintenance programs eligibility of your BMW.

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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:

Series

X

M

i and Z4

BMW 2 Series Maintenance BMW X3 Maintenance BMW M3 Maintenance BMW i3 Maintenance
BMW 3 Series Maintenance BMW X5 Maintenance BMW M5 Maintenance BMW i8 Maintenance
BMW 4 Series Maintenance BMW X6 Maintenance BMW M6 Maintenance BMW Z4 Maintenance
BMW 5 Series Maintenance   BMW X6 M Maintenance  
BMW 6 Series Maintenance      
BMW 7 Series Maintenance      

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Find Out If Your BMW is Due for Scheduled Maintenance

Under “Service Required” look for the following symbols to identify if maintenance is due on your BMW.

  • A green “OK” symbol displayed next to each maintenance category signifies maintenance is not required.
  • A yellow triangle symbol indicates the deadline for service or a checkup is approaching and the owner should contact a BMW center for an appointment
  • A Red triangle symbol represents the service deadline has already passed

On the right half of the “Service Required” screen, a display also shows part(s) of the vehicle with different colors of highlights which identify if service is needed.

  • Green highlight represents maintenance not required
  • Red highlight represents maintenance required

The due date of the required maintenance in the month and year along with the mileage mark are also displayed on the screen.  You should bring in their vehicles for maintenance on or before the due date or the mileage mark, whichever comes first.

The New BMW Maintenance Coverage

BMW maintenance programs (BMW Ultimate Care, BMW Ultimate Care+, and BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4) cover all factory-recommended, scheduled maintenance services as determined by the Service Interval Indicator per the BMW Service and Warranty Information booklet for all eligible 2017 and later BMW vehicles.

The BMW maintenance covers explicitly parts of the vehicle which need to be regularly maintained over the specified period per the BMW Owner’s Manual. The BMW Ultimate Care (complimentary), BMW Ultimate Care+ and BMW Ultimate Care+1,2,3,4 (fee-based) are all maintenance plans which provide coverage to the engine oil, front brakes, rear brakes, vehicle check, and brake fluids. These items need to be maintained over time for the better performance of the car.

The New BMW Warranty Coverage

BMW warranty programs (BMW Limited Warranty and BMW Extended Service Contracts) cover items that are not covered by the maintenance programs.

The BMW Limited Warranty offers coverage for the major vehicle components that are not typically included in the maintenance plans. These components can include the engine, transmission, and fuel system. The BMW Extended Service Contracts, on the other hand, is an extended warranty program. BMW offers this comprehensive, fee-based coverage plan to extend the limited warranty for the repair of major components that the BMW maintenance plans do not cover.

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