Is it really worth keeping my full BMW service history, have Inspection 2 coming up??

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Hello Cutterz hope all well :)

I have a mint 05 convertible SMG with full bmw service history on 50k miles. 2 previous owners.

Debating selling in the next years so have alot to think about...

I have the big inspection 2 coming up and not sure whether to keep up the service history?!

To be fair bmw did a good job on the last inspection 1 and did valve clearences if i recall. Im just thinking people have such mixed reviews and seem to dislike the dealers.

Thoughts welcome. many thanks ......
 

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Someone pointed out something that really resonated with me.

The car is very old and the mechanics tend to be fairly young and therefore not so familiar with the E46. They certainly don't see them on a daily basis.

Therefore a well chosen independent is probably actually more attractive than a main dealer.
 

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If you are selling in the next few years keep the full BMW service history, it looks good to buyers.
 

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Ian’s point is fair.

the informed buyer might prefer an independent but most are not informed and fbmwsh would be a rare thing these days.

on a separate note, can you provide any details of your car as it sounds interesting.
 

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Ian’s point is fair.

the informed buyer might prefer an independent but most are not informed and fbmwsh would be a rare thing these days.

on a separate note, can you provide any details of your car as it sounds interesting.

Its silver grey with imola red leather all great condition.
 

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Find a BMW dealer with a tech with specific knowledge of E46 M3s and insist they service the car. That’s what I did , when using a dealer, because I agree, in your case, keeping main dealer service history is a plus on a more collectible car due to be sold.
Otherwise as said. indys are better. I used them for car’s maintenance.
 

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Any idea what you'll be wanting for the car and when you are thinking of selling?
 

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If your definitely going to sell I’d keep up the BMWSH.

if your keeping I’d go to a good independent every time
 

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If the car has warranty then stick with the main dealer.

If not then find a reputable independent.

There is a misconception that main dealers can’t service our cars properly, however this is simply not true.

Whilst in general your average modern BMW technician will not have had much experience in dealing with the servicing requirements of our cars (ie valve clearances etc), there are still M technicians at main dealers who have the knowledge and expertise to service cars like ours just as good or better than an independent.

In fact there are many independents out there who are incompetent at their jobs. All you have to do is hit the search function on this very forum to read some of the horror stories.

As per Smuler, the trick is to request for an M technician within the main dealer to service your car (I would even request speaking to them directly and request a video of the work undertaken - something like this: https://video.citnow.com/vtJY7GfPNb2).
 

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If the car has warranty then stick with the main dealer.

If not then find a reputable independent.

There is a misconception that main dealers can’t service our cars properly, however this is simply not true.

Whilst in general your average modern BMW technician will not have had much experience in dealing with the servicing requirements of our cars (ievalve clearances etc), there are still M technicians at main dealers who have the knowledge and expertise to service cars like ours just as good or better than an independent.

In fact there are many independents out there who are incompetent at their jobs. All you have to do is hit the search function on this very forum to read some of the horror stories.

As per Smuler, the trick is to request for an M technician within the main dealer to service your car (I would even request speaking to them directly and request a video of the work undertaken - something like this: https://video.citnow.com/vtJY7GfPNb2).

Well contrary to popular belief changing the oil and filter on a BMW 3 series is exactly the same as changing the oil on a BMW 3 series. A lot forgot that an M3 is well... A BMW 3 series!
 

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Well contrary to popular belief changing the oil and filter on a BMW 3 series is exactly the same as changing the oil on a BMW 3 series. A lot forgot that an M3 is well... A BMW 3 series!
Haha exactly, just have to make sure the correct type of oil is used and it is filled up to the right amount.

You’d be surprised at what I have seen from so called specialists that are recommended on this very forum in reg to things such as simple oil changes!

:oops:
 

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Haha exactly, just have to make sure the correct type of oil is used and it is filled up to the right amount.

You’d be surprised at what I have seen from so called specialists that are recommended on this very forum in reg to things such as simple oil changes!

:oops:

Meh! I used the same indy for years and he is exceptional in my opinion. He doesn't really advertise anywhere and doesn't sponsor forums. Yet he is booked up to his eyeballs.
 

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Carrying out servicing isn't rocket science, and in reality any competent mechanic or diyer can do it, just comes down to whether or not you or future customers value a full compliment of BMW stamps in the service book.
 

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Carrying out servicing isn't rocket science, and in reality any competent mechanic or diyer can do it, just comes down to whether or not you or future customers value a full compliment of BMW stamps in the service book.

An E46 with that low mileage and full BMW history will sell for a proper premium I imagine.

The only problem is its a vert and therefore that kills it as a collectors car.
 

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An E46 with that low mileage and full BMW history will sell for a proper premium I imagine.

The only problem is its a vert and therefore that kills it as a collectors car.

I just can't understand that, why coupes tend to be more collectable, not like they are being used as race cars. Imo they are just as much an M3 as a coupe.
 

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I just can't understand that, why coupes tend to be more collectable, not like they are being used as race cars.

Because an M3 is a drivers car and a convertible is not. They are a tarts mobile for posers who incidentally in 2003 could afford to buy an M3. They are completely at odds with the car and therefore are not the purists choice. (Please bear in mind I am just stating facts not my own personal opinion).
 

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Because an M3 is a drivers car and a convertible is not. They are a tarts mobile for posers who incidentally in 2003 could afford to buy an M3. They are completely at odds with the car and therefore are not the purists choice. (Please bear in mind I am just stating facts not my own personal opinion).
:eek: I should hope so mate... :p :peace:
 

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Keep the FBMWSH up. Buy the genuine parts from one of the sponsors on here and get your local BMW main dealer to service it with your brought parts, that what I do every time and it saves a few £100
 

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Because an M3 is a drivers car and a convertible is not. They are a tarts mobile for posers who incidentally in 2003 could afford to buy an M3. They are completely at odds with the car and therefore are not the purists choice. (Please bear in mind I am just stating facts not my own personal opinion).

Its a great a car and unless your on the track your not going to notice the extra weight. I would argue any one who has a coupe is a boring **** ;), lifes too short to drive without the option of a roof that comes down when the suns out. Has nothing to do with being a poser. This car cost me more than most coupes on the market at the time and wouldnt change it for a coupe even if i had the choice. Edited to include i love my SMG as well manauls horrific in the e46. yeah i said it haha
 
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