1. 5 Jan 2020 at 9:20 AM #21
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    Change the brake fluid yourself and put some decent stuff in, it's a piece of cake. All you need is a spare person, a car jack, a jar, fluid and a nipple spanner and 1 hours tops.
     
  2. 5 Jan 2020 at 11:04 AM #22
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    Yep I know it's a simple job, but I want the history updated on the system / i-drive and I can't do that myself.
     
  3. 5 Jan 2020 at 2:14 PM #23
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    This is definitely a worry for me! I'm on 11k miles and I know the rears are probably only 2k or so off a change. Maybe I'll look to get it MOT'd elsewhere.... Would that affect the resale...? Or are people not so fussed about the MOT having been done by a main dealer, providing the servicing has been...?
     
  4. 5 Jan 2020 at 2:15 PM #24
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    Yea ditto
     
  5. 5 Jan 2020 at 6:05 PM #25
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    Each to their own :thumbsup:
    I'm going to do it myself as I know it will be done thoroughly. I bleed the system twice, once, drive it for a week and then do it once more. I'll keep the fluid receipts as part of the history. I'm changing to braided hoses in any case.
     
  6. 5 Jan 2020 at 8:30 PM #26
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    Why? I’ve been to three dealers near me with the same problem and following the pleasure, I wouldn’t trust any of them now with a 500 quid sh1tbox, let alone a 60k m4! These BMW dealerships do NOT have any experienced hands on mechanics anymore, most of them are hoping they can plug it in and the computer tells them what the fault is and what sensor to replace. Anything more than that and they’re fcuked!
    I’m not speaking for all dealerships obviously, just the incompetent inexperienced donuts I’ve dealt with. My car now goes to a very good independent garage and will never see the inside of a BMW dealers again and it isn’t even 3yr old yet!
     
  7. 5 Jan 2020 at 9:44 PM #27
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    Because one of the first things people will ask for when buying a car is 'does it have full BMW service history?'

    I would much rather be in a position to say yes and give the potential buyer some peace of mind, rather than having to say no, but a good garage has looked after it all.

    I am fussy with things like this, I am not saying BMW will do a better job, but I feel it is advantageous when looking to sell for both the seller and buyer.

    I don't doubt that some of these main dealers do not offer a high quality service anymore when it comes to servicing and that some small, local garages would do a far better job. That BMW stamp in the book though can be quite significant to some. I know full BMW service history was something I looked for when buying my M4. That's all it is for me mate.
     
  8. 6 Jan 2020 at 4:16 PM #28
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    I wouldn't even say that most enthusiasts will ask or care that it has full BMW SH. As long as a good Indy has done the job and the job has been carried out to a good standard, it will be enough.

    I've bought a few M3's (E46/E92) for/with friends that were serviced, mostly by Indys and they turned out to be minters.

    Full BMW SH doesn't mean much IMO.
     
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  9. 6 Jan 2020 at 5:23 PM #29
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    Let me know how you find them. They're my local dealer too.
     
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    My cousin has his own professional garage. Whenever he works on any of my cars he is ultra particular with every nut, bolt, parts etc. Recently he fitted my lowering springs and copper greased and marked all bolts and torqued up to BMW standard and knew that I was taking it to Centre Gravity to set up the geometry according to my needs. They complimented my cousin on his work as the too are OCD about the service they provide. I know about cars and in my experience main dealers are no where near as good.

    That's why I use specific people for specific jobs on my cars. I understand that main dealer service history is vital to buyers. But many of these people don't even know how to check the oil or change a flat tyre.
     
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    Main dealers are targeted on getting them in and out.

    My M4 i am now using a trusty independent using genuine parts instead. He can also update idrive and is an approved independent.
     
  12. 7 Jan 2020 at 4:39 PM #32
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    So took the car for MOT this morning at the same garage as i've used for years, needless to say it passed with no advisories (and downpipes fitted).

    I asked about the tyres, and he went back to look at them again and said, there is **** all wrong with them, so BMW were just trying it on with there "advisory" (and really couldn't believe that they had the audacity to try it on with the amount of tread left) when I had the sw updated.

    Spoke to Cotswold about Brake Fluid service, there price is the same as the website, and they don't know why it says M-sport brakes will cost more as the price is generated based on the reg number anyway.

    So i've booked it in for this Sat and will wait whilst they do it. The only other place that can update the service history locally initially quoted me more than BMW, but they have now dropped there price, but for the sake of a fiver i'd rather BMW did it.
     
  13. 7 Jan 2020 at 10:00 PM #33
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    I will do mate
     
  14. 7 Jan 2020 at 10:03 PM #34
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    I'm certainly not saying that independent's aren't as good, not by any means. And I certainly don't doubt that some actually offer a better service as you have stated.

    My only point is that in my opinion, when having sold cars previously, I have always been asked if the car has full BMW/Mercedes etc service history. This is honestly my only reason for having the service carried out by BMW.
     
  15. 7 Jan 2020 at 10:05 PM #35
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    I will definitely look at taking it to a local MOT centre instead of BMW. I did have concerns that I'd end up with a list of advisories and your comments have just added to my initial concerns!
     
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    So just to update this.

    Had my brake fluid service done today.

    The robbing bastards charged me 1p more than they quoted me :eek::muttley:

    Anyway no problems reported with seized bleed nipples, i-drive service history updated, no damage to the car (that I have noticed) and only a little oil left on the front wing and drivers door :rolleyes: so I am happy.

    Glad I didn't let them MOT it though, the free health check that I didn't ask for (or particularly want), came back with advisories in yellow for the front tyres (4.9mm and 5.8mm respectively) and in RED :eek: for the rears with them measuring at 3.2mm and 3.3mm.
     
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    Cheers for the update dude!

    I am booking mine in tomorrow, then I will definitely start looking for reputable MOT station.... Advisories on tyres with that amount of tread is ridiculous.

    Although I am tempted to start looking at replacing the rear tyres soon anyway...
     
  18. 13 Jan 2020 at 9:06 PM #38
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    Brake fluid service booked in for Friday morning.... That's just leaves the MOT to sort out.

    Dare I ask what rear tyres people would recommend for an M4 CP.... I have read through a couple of previous threads on here and it seems to come down to personal preference and/or driving styles rather than an obvious superior tyre...

    I have a feeling my rears will be an advisory, so just trying to decide now as to what to get...
     
  19. 13 Jan 2020 at 9:18 PM #39
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    Tyres = Worms, can, a, opening, of :muttley:

    I stick to standard, mpss all round. Some PS4 rear mpss front.
     
  20. 13 Jan 2020 at 9:27 PM #40
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    I know.... :muttley:

    I did consider not asking, but in previous threads it appeared there was a difference of opinion based on CP and non CP.... 20" and 19" ..... So I thought I'd risk it and ask the question based on CP M4 only. Wish me luck, haha!!

    I am tempted by PS4S, but only if there is a noticeable difference. I don't throw my car around, especially in this weather. So if MPSS will suffice then that seems like the best option... ? I get that it is down to personal preference too
     

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