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    Posted: 26 Apr 2019 at 3:30pm
Hi all

I have just brought a 2015 M5 and would like some advice on the most cost effective way of maintaining it to the required standard.

It has just over a year on the basic BMW warranty (just oil change in believe), so any further advice would be most welcome.

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Jim, you have a valuable car with expensive components. I would look at extending the BMW Warranty for peace of mind especially on major items. I have had over 20K worth of warranty work on my car over 6 years. You can use an independent BMW dealer as long as they fit original BMW parts. There are many good ones. If you have condition based servicing or a service plan with BMW that is another option.

There may be things you can do yourself if you have the skills, knowledge and facilities. I have none of those so follow the aforementioned route.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JimA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2019 at 8:52pm
many thanks for the advice Norrie, looks like I will have to sell the kids then!!!!
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Jim, I am sure they are more valuable than any car. You might speak to Martyn Goodwin about Cotswold BMW he has a good relationship with them and I think is a M owner.
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Sorry, but if I had a car which required £20k of work in such a period I would not have enough confidence to bother keeping it!

In addition to the mystique of the M logo, the cost of a BMW M service is inflated by the theory that all valve clearances need to be re-shimmed at every service.  If this were so, it would indicate a lot of worn valve seats!

From what one reads, and from personal experience on shimmed VW Golf GTi and BMW K100 motorcycle engines, once the initial bedding-in period is over - after 50,000 miles or so - only one or two valves need to be re-shimmed, and even then not by very much, particularly if they have been set to the maximum clearance.

Unless you have money to burn, have your car serviced by a good M specialist, who will not rip you off, while ignoring the Service Interval lights and changing the oil frequently.  Apart from valve clearances and throttle body idle adjustments (not a time-consuming job) there is not much on an M car which is different from any BMW with hydraulic tappets.

The only problem of doing this is that if you decide to sell, lots of potential M owners have swallowed the propaganda that a Full BMW Service History is essential on these 'so-special' engines that buying without such evidence of being over-charged is not advisable, and so will reduce the value of such a car.


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Hi Mike
Many thanks for your advice, I have had similar feedback from other sources, but wanted to hear from real BMW owners with first had experience of these things.
The  BMW services are quite expensive (one  could say overpriced as you infur) so I will think caerfully before spending my "hard earned".
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Jim, there are a few things to consider.

1. Does the vehicle have full service history?
2. What are the most expensive parts which fail on this model?
3. What is your budget for running costs?
4. How many miles are you going to drive and how often are you going to use it?

Do not answer these here just ask yourself, get a good idea of what it costs to own and run this type of car.

Independent garages labour rates from around 60 to 80 pounds per hour, BMW main dealer 120 or so. However, I get discounted parts and labour rate from my main dealer. Do your home work and compare.     
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KimD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2019 at 11:44am
Hi JimA

I also have just acquired an F10 M5 and am considering extending the BMW warranty from early July.
If you hear of any good independent garages in Gloucestershire that can work on these M5s I would be grateful to hear from you please.
Have you any experience of dealing with Cotswold yet?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JimA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2019 at 2:44pm
many thanks again for the response/s,
I am working out a budget and will make a final de ision.

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