BMW Lifetime Fluids

….Whose Lifetime?…

The car industry today is being shaped by the outcomes of the JD Power Consumer Satisfaction Surveys. It is clear from the survey results that driver’s want cars that they don’t have to service, or maintain. In an effort to build the low/no maintenance car, we have seen factory recommended service intervals increase dramatically.

Manufacturers are using expensive & exotic fluids in their transmissions, final drives & engines. Spark plugs are incorporating platinum to extend their service life, while engine management systems are capable of adapting to worn out spark plugs & dirty air filters, accommodating the associated loss in performance and fuel economy, all the while keeping the car emissions legal.

We feel that this scenario is more marketing driven than engineering driven. The program is great for the first 60,000 miles. The vehicle’s 1st owner will rave about the low maintenance car where he received 4 free oil changes & maybe a brake job. A happy owner drives JD Power Consumer Satisfaction Scores up, more new cars are then sold, and the manufacturer is very pleased.

In our experience, if you’d like to run your BMW reliably beyond 100,000 miles, then the service intervals need to be stepped up – the sooner the better! A joke among BMW Technicians concerns the definition of “Lifetime” relative to BMW Lifetime Fluids. Whose Lifetime…yours, mine, the car? The consensus is that the fluid is good for the lifetime of the fluid & nothing else. Once it’s dirty & worn out it needs to be changed. In our experience, automatic transmission fluid & filter services should be performed at about 80,000 miles. Final drive units and manual gearboxes should be serviced at 50,000 mile intervals. Much of this is also subject to driving style. Cars that are driven on short trips (20 minutes or less) need more frequent services. If you don’t change these fluids preemptively, then the fluid’s lifetime will certainly dictate the lifetime of your vehicle – which could be as low as 100,000 miles.

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Why Schneller BMW

BMW & Mini are technologically sophisticated vehicles that require special training & equipment in order to be serviced properly. Technicians at Schneller are factory trained, and receive continuing education annually to remain sharp. Given our years of service & expertise servicing BMWs, we are proud to be one of the select few Independent BMW Service shops to be members of both the IAIBMWSP (International Association of Independent BMW Service Professionals) and the Bimmer Tech Group. Mike Morris is also the technical advisor for the Boston Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America. You can be confident that we’ll fix your car correctly the fist time!

Our Qualifications

We have invested in expensive tooling & diagnostic software in order to be a “Full Service” Independent BMW & Mini repair facility

Our Capabilities

In the BMW & Mini world, if your current repair facility doesn’t have GT1, AutoLogic, SSS or BMW 3GIO in its repair arsenal, they’re in the dark about fixing your BMW.

Our Commitment

Technicians at Schneller are factory trained, and receive continuing education annually to remain sharp. Given our years of service & expertise servicing BMWs, we are proud to be one of the select few Independent BMW Service shops to be members of both the IAIBMWSP (International Association of Independent BMW Service Professionals) and the Bimmer Tech Group. Interested In This Service? Make An Appointment Make Appointment