BMW have just told me that because my car is at 50,300 miles, my TLC pack is no longer valid. (the service interval was -200, I should have taken the car in a week or two ago!!!!)
They told me that they would charge me £400 for the 'Inspection 2' which seems outrageous. I have declined the quote and am going to collect the car after its MOT (don't ask me why I asked them to MOT it, I should have gone to my council's MOT centre, I'm an idiot).
My question is:
Is it worth buying one of the MINI service CDs off of ebay and doing the job myself? I'm a pretty competent mechanic and have no problems with getting my hands dirty. The only problem I can see with the DIY route is that I won't be able to reset the service interval indicator.
Also, BMW said that the brake fluid needs changing. What type of fluid are people on here using for their general day to day driver? It's not synthetic or anything funky like that, is it?
Every time I get involved in a thread about MINI vs Other Servicing I get shouted down, so I'm only going to say one thing.
Regardless of how many miles over/under 50k your car has done and when you should or should not have booked it in for a service, the first Inspection II that you now need doing was not covered by your TLC.
I doubt this helps, but hopefully it clears some of your query up?
My Brother and I just done the inspection 2 service on my 51 plate Cooper at the weekend with the help of the Haynes manual.
Pretty simple job and only cost me about £80, the oil was the most expensive bit!
The Haynes manual also tells you how to reset the service indicator if that's wot you're worried about.
That number (-265) is the brake fluid interval. Your 265 days past your brake fluid change, as recommended. Unlike the service interval, it is just a count down for each day and isn't altered by your driving style. Brake fluid tends to become less efficient with age as it inevitabley comes into contact with water molecules.
As far as I am aware it is seperate to the oil change/service and there is a seperate TLC voucher for it. And yes I would get it done.
Filters and Fluids £40 max (Even if doing pretty much everything needed on a service with standard parts)
Getting your hands dirty £PRICELESS
Personally I'll be doing mine myself now its out of TLC. My advice is buy a K&N insert filter (That can be cleaned and not just replaced £25) then you just clean it wash and re-oil it regular. Servicing on any car is easy really, the oil filter drain and change is the hardest part and even that is dead simple, especially with a Haynes manual.
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